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Rare footage of Auguste Rodin
I went back to the excellent YouTube channel by nickwallacesmith for this rare footage of Auguste Rodin, shot some time around World War I. The actual moving images start around the 30 second mark, with film of him hammering a little at a sculpture after that. What's funny about some of this is that you get a clear sense of this old artist, born many decades before the invention of moving pictures, really not caring a whole lot about this camera business. "You want me to come out of the door, walk back and forth, then go back in? Take a step towards the camera? And another one? Really?"
It's really great. I hope you love this sort of thing as much as I do.
Artist Mary Ellen Croteau is showing these columns made from recycled plastic cartons and lids in the window of the Columbia College bookstore on Michigan Avenue. They are a playful homage to Brancusi's "Endless Columns", with a serious environmental message for our times:
Mary Ellen also runs a wonderful experimental art gallery in a window space in west Chicago, called Art on Armitage. I will be exhibiting a mixed media piece there during August 2012.
I've just finished restoring and assembling my large etching press -- a six week process involving lots of rust removal, scrubbing with steel wool, and repainting. Here is a photo of the same kind of press from the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative:
And here is a short YouTube video of me testing the press, making sure the motor still works after nearly seven years of lying in storage: