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Mon, Sep. 25th, 2006, 08:35 pm

DAVE

     What's up with my vocabulary?

RYAN

     It's because you lost your balls.

DAVE

     Ah yes, the speech center of the brain.



context = everything.

Tue, Sep. 26th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
larvi_leaving: totally unrelated and out of nowhere

hello. i am a fellow portlander. i am an artist and i live in the SE. i am 25 and went to undergrad at amherst college in mass. i am contacting you because you seem to be the guy running the lj reed site. i have a proposition.
i am working on an art project and i need people to climb trees. i've been around the reed campus and believe there would be some decent trees to climb around there. i wanted to plan a get together at a certain time on campus where people could meet and climb trees. i was thinking you could help me post on here to let reed students know about it.
to say a little more about my project:
i ask people to climb a tree. i give them a little digital voice recorder and ask them to record their thoughts, feelings, memories about that particular climb or tree climbing in general. i take their picture and then i will compile them for a show.
first i realize this may seem a little weird coming out of nowhere, but i figured college aged kids would be willing to climb, and reed students have decent things to say. no to mention the nice campus with good trees to chose from. please tell me what you think, ie, is this a good idea... would you be interested? would other people?
if you'd like to see some work i've done go to http://toddsmith.deviantart.com/gallery/
there are descriptions of each piece below the image.
i'd really appreciate your thoughts on this idea and help getting in contact with any other students (art students) or who ever who might be interested in this.
thanks
todd smith

Tue, Sep. 26th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
holyloki: Re: totally unrelated and out of nowhere

As it so happens, I was an art student at Reed. Your project sounds interesting enough, and people climb the trees at Reed all the time. I don't think there is any problem with your project as long as you don't intend to attach anything to the trees, in which case the physical plant (grounds crew) will take issue. There also shouldn't be an issue with using the grounds for photography.

If you would like to make a post in ReedLJ, all you need to do is join the community and make a post. If you feel uncomfortable with this, you can say I gave you permission to make the post...Reedies can be a bit snarky, but if you manage to convince them of the merit of the project they probably won't mind the OT post too much. It's probably best if you make the post yourself so I don't have to play middleman.

Oh, and Reed kids are all really busy, so if you want them to participate, it might help to bribe them with something. : )

If you have any other ideas on how i might help, ask away.

On another note, have you ever animated those letter drawings of yours? Mind if I turn them into a video painting?

And,
nice to meet you.

-Ryan

Tue, Sep. 26th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
larvi_leaving: Re: totally unrelated and out of nowhere

thanks for the suggestions. i think i'll go ahead and make the post myself once i've decided on a date and time. though i'm not sure what i would offer as a bribe, i'll have to think about that.

and i definitely know about the troubles with physical plant. i installed works on the amherst campus and had them destroyed twice. but after i met with the head of the physical plant they helped me out. not that i'm planning any installations for the reed campus, but i completely understand the warning.

as for the video painting, that sounds awesome. i've never animated them cause i don't know how. i just drew them by hand and that was that. but this idea sounds very exciting to me. please do so if you'd like, i'd love to see the result.

so, you were a reed student... what do you do now?

todd

Tue, Sep. 26th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
holyloki: Re: totally unrelated and out of nowhere

Now I'm a musician/sound artist, a video artist as you saw, and I work in a rehabilitation home for people with traumatic brain injuries. ; )

I do other things, but those are my primary foci at the moment.

I'm also a grad school hopeful, but I'm rather embroiled in projects locally and am once again questioning whether I'll actually get my portfolio together and be ready to leave Portland and the networks I've been building here. I'd ultimately like to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but we'll see. If things keep progressing the way they have been, grad school might be an unnecessary step.

As far as bribes...my first thought is that beer is always welcome, especially if you can pick a nice sunny friday, or something of that sort. : )

Wed, Sep. 27th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
larvi_leaving: Re: totally unrelated and out of nowhere

wow, sounds familiar. i spent two months in new york looking at grad schools this summer. pratt, parsons, columbia, sva, hunter, yale, and even took a bus down to the virginia commonwealth u. to see their sculpture grad program. and just today i set up an appointment to look at calarts in la. my first choice would be yale, then sva. columbia was really nice but also crazy expensive.
right now i am basically taking step one to start building my portfolio for an application to some of these schools. hopefully in time for the 08 or possibly 09 school yr. only i have no connections in portland as i just moved here in june with my fiance who transfered from bastyr in seattle, to ncnm here. that's the naturopathic medical school, if you were unaware.

as for the art institute in chicago, i've been there a few times because a really close friend of mine from amherst graduated from there spring of 05. he was in the painting program but did a lot of sculpture too. he also got the jacob javitz fellowship* that paid for all two years plus a handsome living stipend. he liked it but felt disconnected in chicago. he felt as if going to school in ny or la where the art centers are would have been better. so now he lives in queens and works in a gallery in chelsea. if you want to contact him to ask him questions let me know.

*don't know if you knew about this already, but if not. look it up. very good thing to get.

nice to meet a fellow artist.