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Karina’s Complimentary Exchange to MV

I’m packing all of my stuff, and getting super excited for the plane ride tomorrow!!


The Clark, Williamstown – Copy Cat, Clark Remix, Ucurate

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The spring semester class of Visual Studies and Digital Media I teach for the Academy at Charlemont, visited the Clark in Williamstown, twice, the first time to see Copy Cat and the second time for Clark Remix and uCcurate.  For the first visit we combined forces with Roy Superior‘s  drawing and painting classes and enjoyed an informative tour with Alexis Goodin the co-curator of the exhibit.  Her tour took us through the history of copying, techniques and subject, who followed who and why.  Discussion of attribution issues and how the internet is now bringing these issues into the forefront of art making, scholarship and criticism.  With the digital life of images, we will see a completely new generation of copying, collaging and subsequent issues such as forgery rise to the surface not unlike the categories in the exhibition.

The second visit took us through the uCurate exhibition and provided an immersion into the new technologies being pioneered at the Clark.  We were greeted by a congenial guard who introduced us to the tablets and work stations to create our own exhibitions.  First moving through the exhibit in our usual way, reading text and looking at images, each student chose a them to organize their exhibition and began to use the technology to design an installation.  The good news is that digital technology provided a means by which to organize our thoughts about a subject and provide a glimpse into the process of selecting and arranging artworks as a curator. I approached the project from the perspective of choosing a few objects that relate to my upcoming exhibition COVET that brings contemporary artists and museums together through source material and contact with curators.  The Clark is one of our”local” museums involved in the ongoing project.  Painters and sculptors are drawing inspiration and deepening their own knowledge by choosing paintings by Sargent and others to inform themselves and then, subsequently introducing our viewing audience at the gallery, to the artistic process and thus creating connections to history and collections.  For more information on the project, our upcoming behind the scenes tours and the museums involved see the link below.

Click here for COVET at Ferrin Gallery

Click here for COVET programming through ArtBerkshires

As with the writing up the blogs we do for Visual Studies, the curation process involved more time and detail than the class allowed to fully explore and complete the process of commenting on each artwork or creating a curatorial statement.  Additionally, we thought we might be able to finish the work in the classroom but with uCurate, once you close your exhibition, the program does not allow you to edit or revise, so several of us with detail issues had to start over – but the good news is, after you’ve been to the Clark in person, you can start up the program from home and take as long as you like.  With the museum embracing new technology and a new generation of viewers participating in the museum experience both in person and through virtual experiences – the remote location of the Clark is now that much more accessible or at least as close as a laptop with internet and useful to the world of artists and scholars for research and source material.

The New York Times thought so too.

FYI post posting related story …

For those who may have mistaken Pinterest and decor for “curate” or ponder current word usage – blogger Lauren Northup, Curator of Collections at The Hermitage in Norfolk, Virginia vents about the consistent use of the word “curator” – note its counterpart for process – “curation” not even a bonafide dictionary term, finds new common use spread throughout the comments.

Invisible Cities at MASS MoCA with Susan Cross

April 24th our Visual Studies class took a trip to MASS MoCa where we got a tour of the new Invisible Cities exhibit. The show displayed works by 10 different artists whose pieces raged from sculpture, wallpaper, and painting to soap, sound, and video. This artist, Sopheap Pich, works with bamboo to create interchangeable components that form a woven city. The pieces have been displayed several times but the arrangement is never the same. The bamboo, which is softened with water, is molded, woven, and tied together by him and his family in  Cambodia. The individual sections reminded me of bird cages, which gives a whimsical feel to an urban concept.

A link to NPR interview with Sopheap Pich

Slideshow from our visit to Invisible Cities


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visiting MASS MoCA


MASS MoCA’s Invisible Cities exchibition was our latest target what we visited.

The featured works range from the representational to the abstract, reminding us that any city is as much an idea or psychological and emotional experience as an assemblage of asphalt, brick, steel, and glass. The artists translate various cities – or the impressions that they conjure — in charcoal, paint, wallpaper, plaster, soap, and even light and sound, reminding us of the role all the senses play in knowing or remembering place.”(

This artpiece is made by Slovenian artist Miha Štrukelj. He had combined different urban landscapes to one whole artwork, wich came alive from the wall by wires that continue building the frames of the city. This huge charcoal wall draving is interseting full ensemble, i have not seen this kind of exhibiton before. When you move closer to this work you can see how the artist have worked with space and I really enjoyed it.

Miha Štrukelj is more specialized in painting works. More of him and his thoughts about this work you can find from


“Invisible Cities includes work by Lee Bul, Carlos Garaicoa, and Sopheap Pich, as well as major new commissions by Diana Al Hadid, Francesco Simeti, Miha Strukelj, and local artists Kim Faler and Mary Lum.” (

My Senior Project: Graffiti Through Different Lenses

Hey readers!

For my senior project I studied graffiti, and the photography of graffiti. I took almost 1,000 pictures and I created four portfolios of my work in Miami, Boston, and New York.

Check it out here at:

Hope you enjoy!


April 10th our visual studies class went to see Clark Remix exhibition.

When you start your exhibition you are able to take touch screen tablet with ear buds for your own use. In the tablet you can browse pictures and more information about the art pieces of the exhibition. All the artwork was numbered and it was easy to find more info every peace. Some of the artwork had audio commentary and video commentary which shoved close-ups from paintings. It was really neat way to learn more.

Touchscreen made it much more interesting to find out more about some artworks, also you could spot some things about the art pieces from touch screen more easily. It was more interesting also to hear more about things in the exhibition from tablet than reading from piece of paper.

IT is a good idea to combine more technology in to art and museum. I think it might draw more new people in, at least I was much more excited about the exhibit because of all those technical stuff they had there to make experience more complete. I hope there would be more use of technology in the museums than just recorded taps you can listen to

Also in the gallery you were able to create your own exhibition from the gallery’s art. They had couple computers and touch screens where you could choose your favourite art and but it on room however you want and after that you could just save it to computer and add some comments to your art exhibit.

Some of the creation can be found and you can create your own from here:


Clark Remix, April 10th

Last week we went to see the Clark Institute’s “Clark Remix” show. They are currently renovating, adding a new wing, and in the mean time they have put up this exhibit, and a few other small ones.

In “Clark Remix” there are “more than 80 paintings, nearly 20 sculptures, and more than 300 decorative arts objects from the Clark’s permanent collection.” The viewers are, like a normal exhibit, given the opportunity to look at and learn about the work. There is, however, something different about this exhibit: the museum gives all the visitors electronic tablets into which they can enter a code which corresponds to a specific piece of art in the exhibit, or find that art work in a database, to learn all about the piece’s history and its information.

There’s more though. When you are done looking at the exhibit you are given the option to design your own virtual exhibit with the artworks displayed. I choose to do my exhibit on animals, and I filled my allotted room with artwork involving animals. Other people in our group made a modes of transportation exhibit, one for water, and one of babies. The Clark’s use of technology was very impressive.

If you want to design your own exhibit, but you don’t want to go to the Clark you can design an exhibit online…here.

Check out the website…here.

225 South Street  Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 458-2303

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