Love Jen. Love Clifton. Love this essay. Love Portland design. Thanks for sharing, DWP!
Share Document is a collection of writings on design, edited by Clifton Burt and Nicole Lavelle, and published by Ampersand on the occasion of Design Week Portland 2013. The book is available for purchase here. With big thanks to the editors and contributors, we’re sharing the essays that were published last year here on the blog.
Ten Lessons Graphic Designers Learn That Every Artist Should Understand
By Jen Delos Reyes
I have spent the past five years co-directing an MFA program at Portland State University focused on art and social practice. The program is based on a foundation of access, community, collaboration and engagement. It values and acknowledges multiple forms of knowledge, and embraces an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary art. The mantra of the program could easily be that art and social practice starts and ends not in rarefied spaces, but out in the world. The program educates and activates students to develop and utilize their artistic skills to engage in society. It is the kind of learning that creates engaged citizens.
I believe that the fairly recent interest in and proliferation of art programs that focus on what is being referred to as either art and social practice, public practice, or community arts is in part because these programs propose not only alternate forms of sustainability for an art practice outside of market constraints, but promote the multitude of ways artists can function in the world. However the majority of these programs are at the graduate MFA level only, which is highly problematic.
I believe that an artist’s relationship to and placement in society should not be an area of specialization, or afterthought, but instead a core component of the education of all artists. Because I believe that all artists need to contemplate and consider context, publics, and relationships, I have recently been making the argument that art and social practice needs to be taught at a foundations level. As much as artists are pushed to develop craft and hone in on concepts, they should be thinking about context, publics, and social function. This should be the basis of all art education today.
In 2007, the brilliant Jen Delos Reyes founded the Open Engagement conference. Since 2011, I’ve been the designer for the conference branding and identity, with Sarah Baugh. This year, web wizard Alex Harris of Internet Studio built a new website for OE 2015, which will take place in Pittsburgh.
The website launched this weekend, woohoo!
Love collaborating with these brilliant people.
SUMMER HOUSE PHOTOS now available on Flickr.
There might still be a website or a catalog on the way, who knows.
Summer House was a mellow art residency in Lagunitas, California that took place in August at the old Lavelle family summer cabin. There was a haul of magic people that popped in, for days or a week at a time. Lots of clay, salad, paint, adventuring, swimming, and fireside chats.
Thank you, all you dreamy people, for coming to the woods to spend time and creative energy together.
BREAKING NEWS: the photo of Sarah and me in our VISITING ARTIST sweatshirts is finally made public.
Here is a short interview we did with the Carville Annex, about the mag and its context.
I took a picture in Nevada City on this disposable camera that Cortney sent me in the mail. Then I mailed it to Taryn Cowart. Excited to see the rest!
the disposable camera for CCOOLL’s Adventure Club 2014 project has returned!
photo contributors: Ike Edeani, Nicole Lavelle, Taryn Cowart, Kevin Novales, Nichole Gawalis, Martine Syms, Debbie Carlos, Amanda Jasnowski, Matthew Feyld, Erin Gilkes, & David Barclay
Here is a postcard I designed for Southern Exposure's Mission Voices Summer program. The premise for this session is very cool: What if sometime in the past, kids took over the city? I would like to find out. The opening is coming up on Wednesday, I’m going to go. Maybe you will too?
Thank you Sarah Hotchkiss for the opportunity to work with this rad program within this rad institution!
Last winter and spring I wrote a lot of postcards to Mary Rothlisberger, and she wrote a lot to me. It became a collaboration project called THAT MOON THIS PLACE WHICH WAY that Mary installed in an exhibition called I THINK OF YOU ON MOUNTAINTOPS at the New Gallery in Calgary, Alberta.
It’s about place, space, landscape, longing, remembering, and moving forward. I met Mary in the desert in the winter after we had narrowly missed crossing paths like, 100 times prior so this was a nice, fullfilling, long-time-coming kind of thing.
You can read all of our postcards (if you want to) in this PDF that Mary made.
We are pleased to announce that we’ve sent the Green River Magazine to print. Thanks to a 2013 Sappi: Ideas that Matter grant and the incredible generosity of Epicenter, we will soon have a printed document of a lot of hard work in the town of Green River, Utah.
People, would you like to receive a copy in the mail? Use this form to give us your address. We’ll ship them until our shipping budget runs out, at which point you’ll have to travel to Green River to pick up a copy.
Photo by Miles Mattison
Sarah Baugh, Megan Deal, Ryan Harroun, Detroit, 2012
STREET THÜNDER GRAPHIC DESIGN CIRCA 2009