It has been a while, so here are some current “happenings” related to polymer art. Read a synopsis of “The Broken Telephone Project” conceived and orchestrated by Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes in the upcoming issue of Ornament magazine (vol. 36. no.4). Cormier first presented this take on a well know communications game at the IPCG’s Synergy 3 conference in Atlanta, GA in March, 2013. The article written by Cormier leads the reader through from conception to realization. Eight artists participated: Cormier, Cynthia Toops, Meredith Dittmar, Kathleen Dustin, Sarah Shriver, David Forlano, Celie Fago and Maggie Maggio.
Looking back sure does give us some interesting perspective. Recently I ran across the 1992 Exhibitors Catalog for the American Craft Council’s annual show in Baltimore. Only 3 polymer exhibitors were listed there: Martha Breen, City Zen Cane (aka Ford/Forlano) and Grove&Grove. Although each of those exhibitors made jewelry, they were found under the mixed-media category, rather than jewelry.
Seeing polymer exhibited in the Racine Art Museum‘s elegant environment was a feast for the eyes, but the accompanying symposium, “Polymer: The Journey to New Terrain”, was like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Beginning Friday and lasting through Sunday, attendees gobbled up plates of ideas about the current and future state of polymer art. Topics were juicy, open ended and conversation flowed. Here is a sampler of what was served:
The polymer art internet world has been abuzz since last weekend’s events at Racine Art Museum. The blogs are filled with fabulous “eye-candy” from the Terra Nova exhibition, of the attendees and the gorgeous setting. For me, one of the truly historic aspects of the weekend was the breadth and depth of discussions at the Symposium. As part of our mission, Polymer Art Archive wants to share some of the “meat” of that event.
A certain perceived divide has long existed between artists and art historians, likewise between writers and literary critics. Ernest Hemingway had a memorable barb: “Critics are geldings, standing in the field trying to evaluate the work of stallions.”