Fulbright Global Scholar Award in Chile: Day 07 – Latin American Art

Visitors to the Museo Jumex in Mexico City attend an opening-night party above a series of pill sculptures by art collective General Idea. http://beta.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-et-cam-mexico-city-art-scene-20170601-htmlstory.html

Today I’m going through some culture shock. After a quick glance at the Fulbright’s reminders about culture shock, I think, yes I know this and can handle it.

Yesterday at PUCV’s architecture school, I met two staff from Documenta, one in exhibitions and the other in communications. They are in Chile for a month and then will stay Mexico City. Everyone’s talking about Mexico City, they said. I remember this from my time at UCSD when some artists in the mid-2000s were starting to connect to Jumex for funding. This morning, I read the following update from the LA Times.

A PUCV student asked me what North American artists think of Latin American art. Having gone to school in San Diego, our connection to Mexico was always strong. Beyond Mexico, I think of the modernist architecture and vivid use of color from Brazilian artists like Lygia Clark. Having known many Chilean artists at Carnegie Mellon University in the late 1990s, I know the work of Juan Downey and painter Roberto Matta, who studied at my host school PUCV, and his son Gordon Matta-Clark, born in New York City. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Allora & Calzadilla, Pia Camil, Jose Davila, Gabriel Kuri, Adrián Villar Rojas, Gabriel Orozco, Damian Ortega, Analia Saban, Alex Da Corte and my friend Ricardo Miranda Zuniga. I could keep writing many names, but the Getty currently has an amazing survey up right now called Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA about the connection between art in LA and Latin America. More here: http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/ Highlights for me are the exhibitions at the Hammer (https://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/2017/radical-women-latin-american-art-1960-1985/) and LAXART (http://laxart.org/exhibitions/view/pacific-standard-time-lala-video-art-in-latin-america/#press-items). I write all this here so that I can remember the next time a Chilean student asks me.

Today I am wrapping up grades and hopefully moving onto my research here. Future global scholar awardees, this is not an ideal time to schedule part of your Fulbright, especially when you have to leave your six-year old daughter in the States (a detail that is quietly breaking me). Still, I’ll get the work done.

More about my Fulbright Global Scholar Award to Germany, Chile and Hong Kong

More about the Fulbright Global Scholar Award in general


Fulbright Global Scholar Award Part 2 in Chile: Day 04

A visit to PUCV’s architecture program with PUCV Professor Peter Kroeger Claussen.


Their Open City program was given a grant from Graham Foundation this year.

Workshop and Digital Fabrication Space (Laser cutter, CNC machine, 3D printer)


Exam exhibition


Patio overlooking the Pacific


Travel to build temporary structures and experiments outside of Valparaiso.


First year experiments coming out of the travesia


Rain region caused them to rethink the way they touched the ground.

Led by Michèle Wilkomirsky

More about my Fulbright Global Scholar Award to Germany, Chile and Hong Kong

More about the Fulbright Global Scholar Award in general



Fulbright Global Scholar Award Part 2 in Chile: Day 03


I’m aware of the air pollution today in Valparaiso.

But look, Charlotte has sections that are worse. Is that from traffic?

This local detail reminds me of the Container podcast, Episode 6: And They Won, They Won Big.

Additionally, Chile is and is not the place I visited in the 1990s. I don’t remember watching a young man take garbage from a public trash can and throw it violently to the ground. Or an angry woman with a child yell superlatives. Chile’s economy has gotten stronger, but it’s a complicated picture, according to this 2014 New York Times article from Eduardo Porter.

More about my Fulbright Global Scholar Award to Germany, Chile and Hong Kong

More about the Fulbright Global Scholar Award in general

Fulbright Global Scholar Award Part 2 in Chile: Day 02


My Fulbright Global Scholar Award to Germany, Chile and Hong Kong

The Fulbright Global Scholar Award in general

Fulbright Global Scholar Award Part 2 in Chile: Day 01

Agnes Martin. “Summer” (1964): Synthesizing both Abstract Expressionism and minimalism. From Peter Schjeldahl’s 2016 article in the New Yorker titled “Agnes Martin, a Matter-of-Fact Mystic.” By Peter Schjeldahl, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/17/agnes-martin-a-matter-of-fact-mystic

Leave it to brainpickings.org by Maria Popova to remind me of the importance of being alone.

“Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude,” young Delacroix counseled himself in 1824. Keats saw solitude as a sublime conduit to truth and beauty. Elizabeth Bishop believed that everyone should experience at least one prolonged period of solitude in life. Even if we don’t take so extreme a view as artist Agnes Martin’s assertion that “the best things in life happen to you when you’re alone,” one thing is certain: Our capacity for what psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has termed “fertile solitude” is absolutely essential not only for our creativity but for the basic fabric of our happiness — without time and space unburdened from external input and social strain, we’d be unable to fully inhabit our interior life, which is the raw material of all art.

She’s talked about it through the lens of many artists and writers. I’m especially attracted to the following posts:

At a time when I am happy in my Davidson bubble, I know it’s good for my soul, artwork and everyone in my life to slow down a bit and escape into a productive state of solitude. But I miss all the ease of routines and the love of my family, but I’m trying to make the transition to Chile as fearlessly and efficiently as I am able. In the meantime, a few good reminders about adapting to a new place and adopting the right mindset: https://www.goabroad.com/articles/teach-abroad/5-tips-for-traveling-alone

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 93-100: One-Week Catchup / Final Post

Not surprisingly, I’m lumping together my final week in Hamburg in one large post. The mad dash to get studio work done before leaving has me feeling a fantastic sense of accomplishment. This first leg of my 3-country Fulbright has had its ups and downs, but mostly many, many ups.

Here’s the final stretch in summary:

HFBK Graduation Show
Opening was Thursday, July 13, 7 pm to 2 am.

Artistic Influences
Tru Luv Media on video games for people who don’t like video games
Burly Men at Sea by Brain&Brain
Tearaway, Media Molecule, 2013, UK
Johnny Lui’s graduation show in London
Elemental Incremental Housing in Chile

Technical Hurdles:
More work in Blender (z-fighting), Unity, After Effects


October 2017:
Two-person exhibitions with Owen Mundy at:
– Lake Forest College, Chicago, Illinois
– University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
– Art Center Nabi, Seoul Korea

December 2017: 2nd part of Fulbright in Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile

February 2018: Co-chair panel about women in new media art with Kathy Rae Huffman at College Art Association conference in Los Angeles

More details on my news page soon.

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 92: Blender Struggles

Another day of Blender struggles, but hopefully soon will have a breakthrough.

Hong Kong’s main container terminal, Kwai Tsing Container Terminals (Kwai Chung Container Terminals until Container Terminal 9 was opened on Tsing Yi)


I’m using a Blender addon called blender-osm (documentation on Git Hub). I wanted to download the port, downtown buildings and mountains (makes it clearly Hong Kong), but the model became too complicated.
The addon allows you download terrain…


Then OSM buildings. See Open Street Map wiki to figure out how the edges of land masses are tagged. Still figuring that out


But building do not seem to land correctly (note on the left, the plaza floats above the land)
Ports, Networks and Liminal Spaces

2017 Summer Semester seminar at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg with Joelle Dietrick, exploring the local port and other places of transit

Leslie Rankow Fine Arts



travel and baby oh my

Painters on Paintings

A conversation between contemporary artists and their influences across time.

History of Art and Technology

At Florida State University with Joelle Dietrick, Fall 2014


Daily chronicle of the art world for artists, gallery owners and collectors

Maggie Cavallo

Contemporary Art, Learning + Social Practice

Interactive Architecture Lab

: Design for Performance and Interaction

Bad at Sports

Contemporay art talk without the ego