Catching Up: Summer 2013

Catching Up:  Summer 2013
Cormier, Dan, Videojuegos Pin, 2012

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.  

Ford/Forlano‘s large reversible neckpiece, “Pillow Collar”, is back on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The work was commissioned by the PMA in honor of their late director, Anne d’Hornoncourt.  It is part of the “First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia” show on exhibit in the Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries from July 13- September 8, 2013.

RAM is currently asking the public to vote on favorite works of art.  The show,  “Top 10 at 10: Favorites from RAM’s Collection” highlights over 100 selections from RAM’s permanent collection and asks the public to choose their top 10.  The museum web site has a running tally.  Within the works in this exhibition, there are 13 polymer pieces by 12 artists.  Artists included:  Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron, Rachel Carren, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Kathleen Dustin, Steven Ford and David Forlano, Lindly Haunani, Tory Hughes, Nan Roche, Maggie Maggio, Cynthia Toops, Pier Voulkos  and Elise Winters.   If you are in the Milwaukee – Chicago area in the next few months, get to Racine and vote!   The show is up through October 6.

Cynthia Toops has 6 polymer inclusive pieces in the Fuller Craft Museum’s current show: “Art of Mosaics: Piecing It Together” as well as one non polymer pendant.  The Fuller is located in Brockton, MA just outside of Boston; the show runs through October 27, 2013.

I cannot remember a time in my life that I wasn't interested in looking at art, talking about art and the making of art. In 1990 I earned a Phd in art history at the University of Maryland. My first experiences with polymer clay were in 1992, but I consider my real work with the medium to date from 1999.