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The Japan Foundation Reinterprets Distance in a New Online Exhibition Featuring Work from 11 Artists

April 26, 2021

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Sato Masaharu, “I want to be a wolf” (2017), video (silent), loop, private collection. Image © Estate of Masaharu Sato

Reinterpreting distance in our coexistence with COVID-19, the Japan Foundation presents an online exhibition from March 30 to May 5. 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan features works by Japanese and Japan-based contemporary artists that are centered on the theme of translating distance. The exhibition aims to promote new artistic exchanges in this time of COVID-19, which has brought restrictions to our lives that are forcing us to be conscious of togetherness and separation.

Communication had been speeding up, and now a major turning point has arrived in how we interact. People are beginning to explore and build new relationships based on the assumption that they are apart. Instead of thinking of distance in purely physical terms, what words can we replace those distances with, or translate them into, so that we can understand the concept, including the positive aspects it gives rise to?

Via a bilingual website with text in both Japanese and English, this exhibition presents works that have been created around various kinds of distances, including those between people, between land and people, between history and the present, and between physical places and virtual spaces.

Participating artists are Araki Yu, Han Ishu, Ilyama Yuki, Koizumi Meiro, Mohri Yuko, Noguchi Rika, Okumura Yuki, Sato Masaharu, Sawa Hiraki, Yanai Shino, and Yoshida Shinya, who presents works in various media, including video, sound, animation, and live streaming.

 

Iiyama Yuki, “hidden names” (2014, 2021), video, 46 feet 3 inches. Image © Iiyama Yuki

Okumura Yuki, “The Lone Curator” (2021), video, 29 feet 56 inches. Image © Okumura Yuki

Koizumi Meiro, “Spell of Freedom Hypno-Experiment” (2021), consciousness of the participant, sound of the experiment, instruction, questionnaire, 20 feet 52 inches. Image © KOIZUMI Meiro

Araki Yu, “Bivalvia: Act II (R)” (2021), video, 17 feet 15 inches. Image © Yu Araki

 

 



RISD Continuing Education Launches 160+ Online Summer Courses

April 19, 2021

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Artwork by RISD Summer Programs faculty Polly Becker for a course called Illustration: The Assembled Image

Experience Rhode Island School of Design this summer from anywhere in the world. Choose from online classes with live Zoom sessions or asynchronous learning with no required meeting times. Whether you’re an artist or designer looking to advance your practice, a college student hoping to earn credit, or a high school student interested in pursuing art and design, RISD CE is offering 160+ online courses for adults and teens this summer.

RISD Summer Programs students can earn college credit from live studio classes and liberal arts courses that are pre-recorded and delivered asynchronously. Students work with renowned RISD faculty and receive personalized instruction to advance their creative practice. All courses are three (3) credits and run for six weeks from June 21 to July 30, 2021.

RISD Advanced Program for High School Students provides students the opportunity to access intensive, collegiate-level courses. This pre-college, academic experience is designed for those interested in pursuing art and design at a university and who want to build their portfolios. These courses offer a mix of live and recorded activities.

RISD Adult Extension programs offer students a wide range of classes for all skill levels and can be taken at any time of day or night. Our Certificate Programs are designed for adults looking to accelerate their creative lives and work, and subjects include:

The summer term starts June 21, 2021.

To browse online courses at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, visit cereg.risd.edu.

 

 



Absolut Art Showcases Five Boundary-Breaking Artists to Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 22, 2021

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Image courtesy of Absolut Art

Absolut Art is making artworks by some of the world’s most prominent artists more accessible through a collection of limited-edition prints. Ever since The Absolut Company collaborated with Andy Warhol on an iconic ad campaign in 1986, the company has been closely connected with creative voices around the globe and continuously strives to bring diverse voices to the fore.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Absolut Art is putting a spotlight on five artists: Zoë Buckman, Mona Chalabi, Shantell Martin, Tiff Massey, and Malin Gabriella Nordin are amongst the leading creators of our time, showing their work in museums, galleries, and a variety of publications.

  • New York-based Zoë Buckman has presented her sculptures, installations, and photography from Los Angeles to South Africa and delves into themes of feminism, mortality, and equality. “The artworks that most successfully unpack the status quo,” she says, “are the pieces that invite people in and create a space for dialogue.”
  • Detroit-based artist Tiff Massey has exhibited her work globally from New York to the Netherlands and creates sculptures and wearable artworks that draw on extravagant adornment in hip-hop culture. Referencing a series of brass jewelry, she once said, “It’s all about that moment when you’re really feeling yourself.”
  • In her practice, Shantell Martin explores her own identity as a queer woman of color, while offering affirming messages like “You are you.” The talented and prolific artist has partnered with the global sensation Lizzo, Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, the American Ballet, and Google, as well as had solo museum shows around the world.
  • London-born writer and artist Mona Chalabi is all about quality data journalism, and her work often illuminates statistics through illustrations. “The ultimate goal,” she says, “is to make information accessible in as joyous a way as possible.” She’s contributed data drawings to publications like The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Emmy-nominated series The Vagina Dispatches.
  • Exhibiting her paintings and collages in China, the U.S., and Mexico, Stockholm-based artist Malin Gabriella Nordin works across multiple mediums, ranging from painting to illustration and sculpture to installation. She has compared her intuitive creative process to a game of telephone, in which the work-in-progress shifts in form and meaning during its creation.

To learn more about these artists and explore a larger collection of works in celebration of Women’s History Month, visit Absolut Art’s site.

 

 



Join SCI-Arc This Summer for Making+Meaning, a Program Exploring Architecture and Design

February 8, 2021

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All images courtesy of SCI-ARC, shared with permission

Making+Meaning students are introduced to the exploratory practice of architecture and design. It exposes participants to a wide range of techniques within a conceptual design framework, departing from the recognizable to create unique, engaging content and experiences. Students complete the program with a sophisticated design portfolio showcasing work produced using a variety of digital representation and fabrication methods, made alongside a global community of creators. Students are offered the opportunity to employ cutting-edge tools such as animation, AR content visualization, photogrammetry, and 3D modeling throughout the program.

Making+Meaning is for students and professionals worldwide looking for a shift in career, a break from everyday monotony, or simply to indulge a curious mind. Participants range from existing architecture students looking to strengthen their portfolios to professionals thinking about architecture as the next path in their career. The program culminates with an exhibition during which students present their work and receive feedback from renowned architects, artists, and design professionals.

Registration for Making+Meaning 2021 is now open on the SCI-Arc website. To jumpstart a career in architecture and design, expand existing skills, or inform a possible shift in career, sign up for Making+Meaning 2021. No previous experience is required to enroll.

 

 

 



RISD Continuing Education Announces 140+ Online Courses This Spring

February 1, 2021

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by RISD CE student Christian Heidsieck

Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education is excited to announce more than 140 online courses for adults and teens this spring—including RISD’s Advanced Program for High School Students. RISD CE Certificate Programs are now being offered 100% online.

Continuing Education students can take online classes from anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night. Courses are taught by professional artists, designers, and makers, and RISD CE is open admission—everyone is welcome.

Students can enroll in online courses for personal or professional enrichment and as part of a RISD CE Online Certificate Program. Designed for those looking to accelerate their creative lives and work, subjects range from interior design, product development, and graphic design to painting, photography, and animation.

While some teens may attend RISD CE Online Teen Courses for fun and enrichment, others have academic goals. Online courses like animation, illustration, fashion design, and art school prep provide a strong grounding in the visual arts, encouraging creative and personal growth through self-expression.

While Rhode Island School of Design has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 RISD Pre-College program and will not be hosting in-person classes this summer, RISD’s Advanced Program for High School Students will be available to help young adults develop as artists and grow their college application portfolios.

The spring term starts March 1, 2021. For more information on RISD CE Online Spring Courses, visit ce.risd.edu.

 

 



SVA’s Spring 2021 Continuing Education Courses Begin January 25

January 4, 2021

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Artwork by Clarisse Provido, SVACE Student

Whether it’s to advance your career or try something new, SVACE offers more than 170 online courses to choose from. Visit sva.edu/ce to view all course offerings.

Online courses are available in:

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About the School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College please visit sva.edu.

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