Participate in the Body Project

I am seeking people to act as surrogate Body Project card collectors.  My goal is to have 1,000 cards before the online archive is officially launched.  Right now I have about 250 cards.  The general idea is that you will hand people provided cards with the request “Please breifly describe your body.”  They have about five minutes to answer in whatever way they see fit.  It is anonymous and there are no requirements for what the participant writes on the card in their native language.  I am really hoping to get a variety of responses from all over the globe.  I will get the cards to you if you get them back to me.

Body Project in Bei Gao, Beijing, China

The details:

1. You send an email to with your address, the number of cards you would like,  and a guess as to when you think you can finish the cards.

2. I will send you cards, a description of the project, and some pointers about passing cards out.

2. When you receive the cards you simply pass them out to friends, colleagues, teachers, family members and the public (if you have a buddy).

3. You stick them in an envelope and send them back to me.

4. Wait anxiously for the website to launch in 2012 so that you can see the fruit of your labour!

Click here to see the cards.

Thank you so much!

Auguste Rodin Drawings


More famous for his sculptures such as The Kiss and The Thinker, Auguste Rodin was also a very talented with a pencil.  If you are in Paris please go to the Musée Rodin and visit these beautiful works.  If you aren’t in France, you can have a glance of some of the drawings here.

I have always had an affinity with figure drawing.  To me the quick, raw lines are the best way to capture a body.  Bodies are constantly in motion (even if it is just a heartbeat) and a successful figure drawing always alludes to that.

Collecting Art (The Affordable Version)

With the internet art collecting has become more accessible for those with a smaller budget.  It is not only more affordable but also very convenient.  It is ideal to buy art directly from the artist but sites like the ones I’m about to share with you enable the artists to focus on making and gives them the opportunity to be part of a larger community of artists selling their work.

My current favorite site for affordable art collecting is Jen Beckmann’s 20×200.  20×200 has limited edition prints at three different size: 8×10 inches at $20, 11×14 inches at $50 and 16×20 inches at $200.  For a higher price you can select to have them framed.  Below is a recent image I really like from the site.

From 20× by Eadweard Muybridge

I also like this, these, and this.

And no, 20×200 is not all lady body based, I just like that.  You can sort through the prints by color, subject matter, and size.  Go look, it is fun.

Another interesting option is what I call “Netflix Art”–Turning Art. On this site you buy a subscription for either $10 or $30 per month, they send you a frame, and just like Netflix, you trade out the art print as often as you like.  Another great aspect of this option is that each dollar you spend goes towards buying an original work.  I think this is a fantastic idea but I didn’t find much art I liked (they have a huge selection) and ideally the artwork would be originals instead of prints.

Black List Studio prints has a limited selection but the genius idea of sizing their prints to match IKEA frames.  I got this one for Chad for our first anniversary.  Though, I bought the wrong IKEA frame.  Please don’t ask me about that day.

Finally, I woud like to mention Etsy.  Etsy is the where I sold my work back in 2007-2008 and where I continue to have my current paintings listed.  That being said, the Etsy marketplace is incredibly saturated.  It is really a site for creatives to use as a storefront and not a site where artists can count on being discovered by new buyers.

Where do you buy art?

Saturday Morning Coffee (Oatmeal with Kim Joon)

For my thesis research I have found the Korean Eye exhibition catalog very useful.  It is an exhibition that was created because someone (outside of Korea) thought that Korean artwork is not well represented in the global art world.  Kim Joon’s artwork is on the cover.

Kim Joon, Bird Land – Chrysler, 2008


What brought me to Kim’s work this morning was a list of the 20 most searched Asian artists on Art Radar Asia.  Here is the list.  Out of the twenty, two artists from South Korea were listed–Meekyoung Shin and Kim Joon.  At quick glance I was taken in by Shin’s work, though I do find her use of materials interesting.  Kim Joon’s work, on the other hand, is hard to not stare at for a bit.  Art Radar did an interview with Kim in 2009, it is a quick read and interesting.  Because of my own research, I was particularly interested in what he said about using the body and his statements about contemporary art (global and South Korea).  Regarding the body, he did not “intentionally create erotic images” but it is hard to avoid sexual connotations when dealing with idealized nude figures.

Anyways, work time.

Christine Sun Kim

An idea I roll around in mind on a regular basis is the sensual experience of art.  Most art, but surely not all of it, is visual–for our eyes only.  Once the product is finished and in a space for public view we rarely have the ability to access the touch, smell, taste, or sound.  We look.  This morning I was reminded of this.  Zane Davis sent me a link to Christine Sun Kim’s short video, a Selby Film.  I highly recommend watching it.  The film takes a few steps through Kim’s life, shows her performance experiments with sound, and gives excerpts of Kim talking about her experience with sound and language in general.

Click here to view the video.

In the film Kim says, “Let’s listen with our eyes, not just our ears.”

KoreAm is an interesting link I found on Kim’s website–the Korean American Experience.

Also, she occupies wall street with signs as sound.

The Art Museum [Book]

Phaidon Press just published a ten year in the making comprehensive art book–The Art Museum.  The book includes the most “important” works of art since cave painting–the art history of art history.  I am dying to get my hands on this book to see which Korean artists were included, to see how they organized and labeled the works, and see who contributed to this project.


I listened to a chat about the book on NPR and was very curious to see the format of the book.  It is meant to simulate going to an art museum, to see all the most important works from your coffee table.  I think the idea is a good one but you can never replace the museum experience and at the cost of the book it is unlikely that it will make those works more accessible to those who couldn’t access them before.  I have only clicked through some images online and need to see the book in person but overall I was hoping to see the traditional art history book format challenged.  That being said, from the bit of reading I have done and from listening to the NPR interview, I think Phaidon’s goal was one of consolidation rather than challenging cannon.

If you are curious, click through the photos of the book here!