Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hearst Museum Move

There is a great history behind the inception of the Hearst museum collection in addition to that of the objects within it.  The Phoebe Hearst Museum located in the Kroeber building on Berkeley’s campus dates back to 1901.  Since its establishment the collection of ethnological and anthropological items has grown to 3.8 million.  The collection increased dramatically in size between 1940 -1960 upon receipt of several African items in addition to a few other specific cultures.  Today the museum is undergoing an laborious move in effort to provide their collection with the best storage facilities available.  It is their utmost concern that the collections are given the correct respect due to their direct ties to living and historical cultures.
Most all of the 1.7 million objects the museum is relocating have not been touched in decades, requiring them to pass through a long process before reaching the shipping box. The process begins with objects coming out of storage areas.  The objects come down in groups and are inspected, cleaned, and repaired.  From there they are photographed for the museum’s internal database and for a public database called Delphi.  They are given a barcode with all their specific details such as name, date, material, provenance and more.  The objects are then taken to the preparators for packing and boxing up.  Due to the volume of objects needing to move, the Hearst museum conservation team will be spending just enough time with each object to ensure they are in a stable condition and no more.
Fortunately for the Hearst museum, their director was able to secure a nice sum of funds through Berkeley University to properly equip them in the move.  The money enabled them to purchase nice archival packaging and storage materials.  They are able to hire on extended staff members to expedite the process, being that their former headcount would not suffice.  Apart from all the tangible assets the funds acquire, they ensure a higher quality for this move.  With this move the museum will be able to update the documentation of their collection in a way they've been unable to in the past.
You can follow the current progress and process of the move on the Heart Museum's blog.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Shaun Odell at Jack Hanley Gallery

Artist: Shaun Odell
Exhibition Title: Ruined
Exhibition Dates: December 13, 2012 - January 20, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 13, 6-8 pm
Address: 327 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002

Wish I was in New York to catch this. I love Odell's references to geologic shapes and textures.   His work in this show takes images of that which is naturally existing and uses man made techniques to alter it almost like a collage.  I like the juxtaposition of this technique and his process.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

"What It’s Like to be a Dog Toy"

Something that made me happy today.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Drawing is Making

Today I wanted to make something.  Feeling inspired by all the girly bracelets I've seen people wearing lately, I was about to buy the pieces to make one of my own.   But after I calculated the time, cost and effort involved my enthusiasm subsided.  I attempted to go buy one at mediocre instead and failed.  Later in the evening, as I sat on the couch reading books on design and public programming my itch to make something came back.  I remembered these drawings I recently created on my iPad and decided to share them here with you.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dreaming of Zebras

More of my own experimentation with Photoshop Touch. Two images, one from a google image search on zebras, the other original photograph of my bedroom wallpaper. 

I was at Guerrero Gallery last night to see Hillary Pecis' current body of work created with digital collage.  There are about eight 2D pieces and one short film on exhibit.  At first glance the pictures are beautiful and then you get a skeptical thought in your head about how challenging they actually were to make. I asked my friend, a gallerist and digital designer how much work one of them would take. She diminished my skepticism by explaining the various steps Pecis had to take to get everything aligned correctly, not to mention determining the location for each layer.   Really when it boils down to it, digital collage is not easier than regular collage, if anything it is more involved.