Friday, March 26, 2010

Art Handling, Vegas & New York

Over the past several months, Shannon Eakins has been programming a series of workshops for the Sculpture Department at UNLV that are "designed to introduce students to the tools and basic techniques of preparatory art practices". Based in the woodshop (and woodworking) these have included making french cleats and pedestals, power tool operation and techniques, and this morning, a demonstration on the fabrication of a wooden shipping crate for art. Today's workshop was conducted by JW Caldwell, artist and art handler (his blog is here). His demonstration seems especially timely and prescient in this economic (and artistic) climate, as noted in this recent article in The New York Times.

While the workshops are currently open only to UNLV students, faculty, and staff, you can follow their exploits and see image albums by following Sculpty Unlv on facebook.

Top image: JW Caldwell, working his magic. Bottom: Art Handling Olympics, image courtesy NY Times.

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