A Struggle for Existence

Struck dumb by an ethnic conflict. Message is the same with a different language. Same features, same eyes, same history; talk different speaky. Sustainable confusion designed by dumb tongues and inflexible elders. Coexistence is "no problem" so long as change is off the table.

Prisoners of ethnic heritage.

Prisoners of ethnic heritage.

Weathered.

Weathered.

Forward.

Forward.

All of the answers.

All of the answers.

Learning is birthright.

Learning is birthright.

Plastic Plis.

Plastic Plis.

Answers / Questions.

Answers / Questions.

All together now.

All together now.

At play, in the wilds.

At play, in the wilds.

Young Country - Old Ways

A trip to Kosovo with my friend and colleague, Greg Milo, and 5 top notch students opened my eyes to warm people, chaotic infrastructure, harmonious religious diversity, tense ethnic subtleties. Spending time in a country that, to most, doesn't exist is like entering a Narnia closet. My experiences in Kosovo left deep impressions...but stepping back through the wardrobe I have a hard time articulating what I've learned. 

Altitude Adjustment

Altitude Adjustment

Istanbul from above

Istanbul from above

Clarinet player on Mother Theresa Blvd

Clarinet player on Mother Theresa Blvd

Heroes and Observers

Heroes and Observers

Holy smokes at the bazar.

Holy smokes at the bazar.

Exploring architectural remnants.

Exploring architectural remnants.

Unfinished business.

Unfinished business.

Internally Displaced Canine.

Internally Displaced Canine.

Onlookers.

Onlookers.

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Hoban NYC Printmaking Trip

Last weekend seven students from Hoban traveled with Kim and I to New York City. We walked through the city (over 38 miles in 3.5 days!), visited museums and galleries, met with Hoban alumni, played in Socrates Sculpture Park, met my sister at World Trade Center 7 and spent time at Brand X Editions and the Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University. What a fantastic experience.

Students get minimalist with Dan Flaven.

Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens is free and open to the public 365 days a year. It was created by sculptor Mark DiSuvero, who has partially completed sculptures on location in his workspace.

At Brand X Editions, a print publishing studio, students viewed works by Helen Frankenthauler, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Alex Katz, Jennifer Bartlett, Howard Hodgkin, Leroy Nieman and many others.

At Porter Novelli, an international PR firm, students met with my sister, Melissa Taylor, to learn more about her job and to see the incredible view from the 36th floor of World Trade Center 7. 

At the Museum of Modern Art we walked through galleries full of art history book material. Pollock, de Kooning, Warhol, Rosenquist, Johns, Rauschenberg,  Krasner, van Gogh, O'Keefe...and on and on. It's almost obscene how many incredible works of art there are in this space.

A bonus was time spent with Hoban grad, Isabella Cardina. She is interning as a trend forecaster for the fashion industry. Isabella talked with our students about her job and what it's like to live in New York.

At Columbia University, the students spent time with Marie Tennyson, Doug Bennett, and Gregory Santos at the Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies. This non-profit professional print studio works with artists like Kiki Smith, Thomas Vu, Sandra Sze, Jasper Johns and William Kentridge to produce limited edition prints using a massive offset litho proofing press, laser cutting machine, etching and litho processes as well as screen printing.

One really cool highlight was seeing a large scroll by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija. Two years ago on the printmaking NYC trip the students and I saw and loved this piece at the Print Out show at MoMA. Seeing it in the studio it was originally created in was a great "full circle" experience.

On our way to eat pizza at Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, we found a Shephard Fairey mural. Later that evening we had dinner with Hoban grad Kristina Deckert. She is the in-house designer for NYU's Performing Arts Center.

On our way to eat pizza at Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, we found a Shephard Fairey mural. Later that evening we had dinner with Hoban grad Kristina Deckert. She is the in-house designer for NYU's Performing Arts Center.

A beautiful day to walk on High Line Park in Chelsea.

A beautiful day to walk on High Line Park in Chelsea.

On a stroll through Central Park we stopped for a photo pop in front of a spaceship.

On a stroll through Central Park we stopped for a photo pop in front of a spaceship.

Jumping for joy after a great trip. Already excited for next time...

Jumping for joy after a great trip. Already excited for next time...