Thursday, December 6, 2007

Juried Ungergraduate Exhibition

Congratulations to all the students who made it into the Juried Undergraduate Exhibition!

Lauren Diggs

Kyleen Jeans Jacinda Friedkin
Tomoko Uehara
Min Won Kim
Terri Valencia
Cheyne Carnaham

And a SPECIAL CONGRATS to Miss Lauren Diggs, one of 4 recipients to win a $100 gift certificate to Arizona Art Supply!!!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

500 Metal Vessels

Congratulations to everyone from ASU who was included in the new 500 Metal Vessels Book!!
above and below: Becky Chader (McDonah)
Professor and Dept. Head, ASU Metals
above and below: Tedd McDonah
Professor, ASU Metals
below: Lauren McAdams
Current MFA candidate, ASU Metals

below: John Tzelepis
MFA Alumni 2006, ASU Metals
below: Dale Wedig
MFA Alumni 1985, ASU Metals

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ceremonial Mace and Medallion

While rummaging through old file cabinets in her office the other day, Becky stumbled upon some old newspapers. In them she found this article about the Ceremonial Mace and Medallion that Dave Pimentel created for the University in 1982.

The mace and medallion are only worn/held by the president of the university.

This part of the article was particularly humorous.
We decided to track down where the Mace and Medallion are housed and ask if we could come to see them in person. The director of University Ceremonies, Melissa Werner, got back to us immediately and said she would love to have us come! So, we took a little field trip to the ASU Foundation and got to see and touch Dave's beautifully crafted work.

Becky wanted to hold the mace.
So did Victoria. Front and back of the medallion.
Some details of the mace.
We had a great time and really appreciated being able to see Dave's work in person. We are glad that ASU is continuing his legacy, and that we can be a part of it.

To find out more about the mace and medallion click here or here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

BFA Graduate: Tomoko Uehara

Tomoko Uehara
"I am always collecting fun and interesting objects. My tendency to collect attractive objects comes from my own background growing up in Japan. The country is flooded with cute and odd trinkets. They captivate people and it creates a sort of consummerism in Japan. My country is obsessed with cute and fun oddities and this is somewhat a reflection into my own life. I am one of those people. My work is an explaination of this idea of consummerism.
I hope to continue pushing the idea of consumerism in the future. This is because we as a human race are all tied to our things. We are tied to rings, tied to jewelry, or even stuffed animals and other unecessary objects."

BFA Graduate: Min Won Kim

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

ASU Metals Goes Green!

Currently in the ASU Metals shop, we are going green and joining in on the recycling effort! Victoria and Becky decided it would be a good idea to collect cans for new tools! Help us reach our goal to buy a new dapping punch set by donating your cans to the studio today!

A special thanks to Garret for going the EXTRA mile by donating bike parts! Thanks Garret!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

BFA Graduate: Lauren Diggs

Lauren Diggs
Strange Ways

"I have always been fascinated by human behavior. Observing other humans has made me realize how unique some of our behaviors are. I’m especially curious about our reactions to frustration or anxiety. It seems that these emotions can become physically painful, mimicking the sensation of needles in one’s eye. More curious how we deal with these emotions, finding solace in a medicated state of mind.

More recently, I have become interested in the way that humans interact with their environment. While we are a part of nature, we often react to it in entirely unnatural ways. I have found that rather than living with the natural world, we tend to destroy it, sterilize it, build structures upon it, and then attempt to recreate it in designated areas. I address these ideas in my work by using geometric and natural forms that occupy the same space, much like human structures and plants or insects do.

By creating these ideas in metal, I feel that it gives them structure, makes them more permanent and relatable. I hope that in viewing these pieces, people take the opportunity to consider their own emotions and reactions. I want people to think about these strange behaviors and the way that they make us uniquely human. "