Posts Tagged ‘Tools’

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Tools: Sarah Adams

On May 8, 2014, the Tools exhibit took place at the Big Car Service Center. This piece is by Sarah Adams. In the era of do-it-yourselfers, my Corner Vice remains the single most important tool proclaiming my profession. It expects perfection and if received, delivers perfection.  My corner vices strictly allow for 90o angles assembled from 2 sticks […]

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Tools: Nhat Tran

On May 8, 2014, the Tools exhibit took place at the Big Car Service Center. This piece is by Nhat Tran.   Urushi artists use small bamboo tubes like this one to sprinkle metal powder meticulously onto a lacquered surface. Simple though it may look, designing this tube requires careful thinking and patient crafting. The core needs to […]

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Tools: John April

On May 8, 2014, the Tools exhibit took place at the Big Car Service Center. This piece is by John April.   My tool is my job. After university, I spent 6 years looking for a job to support my writing practice. The process of looking for a job all but drove me crazy and nearly destroyed my […]

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An Artist’s Studio By Any Other Name

I’m on a business trip. I’ve come to Chicago to visit an artist who established an art studio inside a school. I’m pursuing a question that interests me: Is an art studio always an art studio? I think of the now seldom-paraquoted: A rose by any other name is still a rose. The actual quote […]

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Tools: Julie Crow

On May 8, 2014, the Tools exhibit took place at the Big Car Service Center. This piece is by Julie Crow.   There is no implement I love more than the broom, and few activities I find more pleasant than sweeping. Everybody, everywhere sweeps. It’s universal. It’s like meditation. It is meditation. It’s simple, direct […]

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Tools Exhibit Tonight

Early on in the Ron Frick film Baraka there is a collage of moving images taken in Kathmandu as the sun is rising outside of a temple. There is a woman sweeping, the dust spreading out around her catching the first light of day. I was reminded of this image when I first saw Julie […]