Artist trading cards registration call

28 05 2010

Hi gang, as promised here is the info on the ATC event. Remember, participation in this event will satisfy my requirements for your summer work. You don’t have to do this, but if not this then you’ll be given some other grand artistic task. That could be good, or it cold be bad.

ATC from 2009 show

Charlottetown – P.E.I.’s fourth annual artist trading card event is coming to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery this summer, and gallery staff are looking for artists of all ages and disciplines to register now.

Artist trading cards (ATCs) are miniature works of art. They can be created with any material imaginable. Cards can be made from paper, wool, wood, clay and more.

The registration deadline is June 11. A week after registration, participants will be contacted to confirm the number of cards they are required to create for the August trading event. If 50 people sign up for this program, participants will be requested to create 50 ATCs for trading at the August event.

Cards can be produced in editions (a limited number of the same card), series (set of cards with a unifying theme), or as singular originals.

The main requirement is the size: cards must be the same size as modern baseball cards <>  or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (6cm x 9cm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. ATCs must be self-produced and signed by the artist. The artists’ name and contact information as well as the card title and the edition or series number is written on the back.

That trading event will be on Wednesday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. Along with the card trading, there will be music and refreshments. More details on the evening’s program will be announced in the summer.

For more information or to register, please contact Monique Lafontaine at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery by email at <> , or by phone at 902-628-6105.


Photo of the Day

17 11 2009

Jamie Livingston

This seems like an all too familiar theme to me. I’d gather some of you already know why.

I heard about this photographer this morning on Magic 93 of all places. Not that I’m badmouthing Magic 93, in fact, after this I hold it in much higher esteem, but usually I listen to the CBC in the morning and that leads me to these new artists or issues.

Jamie Livingston (October 25, 1956 – October 25, 1997) was a photographer from New York. He was also apparently a circus performer and sometimes film maker. While at Bard College working on his photography degree he began a ‘Polaroid a day’ photographic Diary. This diary lasted from March 31, 1979 to October 25, 1997, the day of his death. Nearly every day in that time he took a fresh picture, and although some are missing now the collection still contains 6,697. The collection was dated, and put in order and organized into an exhibit by Livingston’s friends Hugh Crawford and Betsy Reid at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College called “JAMIE LIVINGSTON. PHOTO OF THE DAY: 1979-1997”.

This photo documentary of his own life came to encompass his own battle with and death from cancer, as well as the happier times in his life such as his engagement and marriage. The final image is of the artist, dead in the hospital, taken at his request.

When I heard about this on the radio I thought that each and every picture was a picture of the artist himself, at least, that’s how Paul Allen made it sound, but looking at the work online I see it’s so much more than that too, and I can already feel it influencing the way I think about my own

Richard Haines

photography, and the ways that my work has at time parralleled his own.

I want you to have a look at Livingston’s work, and tell me what the art present here is. What makes this art? Ruminate further even. Tell me how you feel about what this work does. Is it important?

Coming up with an interesting title is hard.

26 10 2009
Richard Haines

Richard Haines

Alright, times have been a little hectic over the last couple weeks, and that’s not going to stop anytime too soon.

I missed last week’s final post, where I reviewed what I should see from your sketchbook. But that is simple enough to fix; first, remember that you are to find two artists whose work is in some way similar to your own (but only one of which may derive from popular culture). Secondly, remember to do work for your own sake. If there is a third, it might be something like a response to the film we have been watching in class.

This week we will discuss our ink drawings, do some more independant work and introduce the final drawing before we strike of into a new media. Excited? Excellent.


Also try having a look at this, it’s just neat;

I like opportunites to view the effect color has on our perceptions. For more info about that, check here;

The Blogs at HowStuffWorks 

Huzzah! We did it!

18 09 2009
Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

Well, we reached the end of the first week, and as we hoped to do, we covered all of the seven elements of art.

Each day we dealt with one or two of the elements, discussing their purpose and use, and hopefully coming to understand each of them properly. In your Investigative Workbook we should be able to show our understanding of each of these different elements now.

We also got this blog started, and each of you is expected to respond to our first question before returning to class next week. I must say, I can’t wait to hear how each of you define art.

Monday will also have us sharing our first “Art Topic”. Just a reminder that each of us was to find a topic in the world of art to share with the class by creating a layout of visuals and information in our workbooks.

Me with Hilda Woolnough and the ART 401 Scream in 2006ish
Me with Hilda Woolnough

Finally, the last thing we were meant to do over the first week and a half of classes was to find a piece of art that represented the pinnacle of art to us. The sort of thing which you aspire to, and showing that image in your workbook, you should also find out as much as you can about it and/or the artist who created it. Good questions to know the answer to when it comes to that? How about; What doe sit mean? Why did he create it? What “style” does the piece represent? Don’t worry if you don’t find those exact answers, any information you find that interests you is good.