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First-ever TEDWomen Conference

How are women and girls reshaping the future? The first-ever TEDWomen invites men and women to explore this question in depth. From the developing world, where a single microloan to a single girl can transform a village, to the West, where generations of educated women are transforming entire industries, women are powerful change agents, intellectual innovators and idea champions.

No surprise to anyone that I’m already a Ted fan but I’m seriously looking at joining the webcast associate series.  It allows you to stream live for $100.

Powerful stuff: “Women are Heroes” by street artist JR

I was introduced to JR’s work in 2008 when he started work on a project called “women are heroes.”  After reading about this artist in a recent issue of Fast company, I’m still drawn in, happy and troubled by his “women are heroes” project. I can only hope that JR’s recent recognition from the 2011 Annual TED prize goes back to these women. The prize is given to “exceptional individuals” devoted to changing the world. The TED genie grants those prize recipients One Wish to Change the World — as well as $100,000.

JR creates art that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum discover something absolutely unnecessary. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators. JR owns the biggest art gallery in the world. He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not the museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

Robert Carolina’s Daybooks, A Collection of Curiosity

David Coggins is a Minneapolis artist, writer, and set designer. Last weekend I attended an art opening at his very hip studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  I could have spent the evening exploring his space but we were there for the featured work of artist Robert Carolina and his recently published Daybooks.

Created over a ten-year period (2000-2009), Robert Carolina’s eight Daybooks total 1,700 pages and contain 1,000 collages.I felt a kindred spirit with this artist, a fellow storyteller using found objects, text and imagery.  They were humorous, sad, thought provoking and above all they kept me wanting more.  The entire event was magically staged in a setting reminiscent of Paris.  Catered by Grand Bakery, every bite was as interesting and tasteful as the art.

David Coggins Studio in the Grainbelt Brewery

A Better Radish (page from The Green Daybook, 8 x 6)

Daybooks Boxed Set

Available individually and as a boxed set. The Daybooks were edited by David Coggins and are available through Cobalt Press.  To see more examples of either artists work visit Cobalt Press.

David Coggins set design --The Deception by Pierre Marivau 2007 Coproduction Theatre de la Jeune Lune and La Jolla Playhouse

Brilliant Storytelling

The Anthropologist is one of those emails that I can hardly wait to open.  It is always interesting, entertaining, thought provoking and usually introduces me to something I haven’t already seen in a multitude of places.  In other words it is original.  At the same time it frustrates me because this is how I envisioned the content on my blog.  My goal is to introduce you to the stories of artists that I meet.  I realize I need to give myself some credit given they have the support of a corporate sponsor, Anthropologie and probably do this as their full time job!  Still, when I see something great I want to share it.

Enjoy the story of true craft.  PE Geurin is the nations oldest decorative hardware company.  Artisans craft intricate metalwork just as they did when the company was first founded in 1857.

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Series 11, Creative Space: Champagne Toast

Gregg’s equipment arrived this week.  We are close to having phase one complete with a functioning shop, heat and a working bathroom! It was a perfect Fall day to have friends out for grilling burgers, a champagne toast and s’mores to complete the spectacular day.

Series 10, Creative Space: The Rock

This week we unearthed a limestone rock from our land that we think can work as a nice step from our back door.  It’s about 68′ wide by 44″ deep.  We’ll see if it can pass the inspector’s approval.  The rush is on now to get everything closed in so we can turn on the heat and get Gregg’s shop set up for phase 2.  We also have a new friend that arrives daily mostly to get us to  toss a stick or two.  We know it’s the neighbor dog but we don’t know his name  so we have nicknamed him Rufus. (Ted has turned up his nose at him, no time for a farm dog.)

Back door where we want to place the rock

Rock from property is approximately 68w x 44d

Ignore the lovely satellite

Our new neighbor dog friend, Rufus

Now that's a roof!

Brilliant!

Making Her Mark, Serbian Street Artist, Sashka

I am always curious about the work and process of  street artists.  Some of their work is quite beautiful and inventive. TKV is the artist name of Sashka (1988), a Serbian street artist, living in Belgrade. Doing stencil art is a basic need for her: she has to go out and leave her creative marks throughout the city. It’s as essential as eating or sleeping.

Since graffiti – like in most places – is prohibited in Serbia, TKV has to be very careful not to be caught by the police. That’s the reason why Pretty Cool People filmed her in a matter that makes her less recognizable.

Although TKV is extremely concerned with the social situation of her country, this doesn’t mean she loses herself in political slogans. On the contrary: she wants to add something beautiful to the world, she wants to surprise unsuspecting passerby’s and make her fellow citizens smile. Albeit for a moment.

Pretty Cool Crew: Commissioning Editor for SubmarineChannel: Geert van de Wetering, Interview & sound: Jessie van Vreden, Camera: Pierre Rezus, Editing: Jessie van Vreden, Axel Skovdal Roelofs.

What Do You Think?

The image you see below was an outdoor sculpture created by Ogilvy & Mather — under creative direction by Gary Caulfield, Millaty Ismail, and Alfa Aphrodita — which is meant to visualize “speed” and has popped up in various locations across Jakarta. It also happens to share  similarities with a piece by sculptor, Ryan Johnson. See for yourself. On the left is the UPS campaign. On the right is Pedestrian, from 2007:

Serie 9, Creative Space: Here Come the Windows

The windows have arrived and we are on track for having every thing closed up by Fall.

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