Here’s a recap of blog posts you may have missed this week:
Blogger-in-Residence | Tracking the Gaze
Continuing his fascinating series on neuroaesthetics, blogger-in-residence Michael Neault wrote about the phenomenon of eye movement; and the Russian psychologist Alfred Yarbus who invented an apparatus to map human vision. Neault summarizes Yarbus’s findings: “Eye tracking revealed that the eyes are rarely stationary–they jump around from point to point, like a water strider on the surface of a pond.”
Open Enrollment | Resolution Time…Once Again
MFA student Katherine Pulido shared her three resolutions for 2013, and managed to slip in a recipe for Butterfinger candy bars. In thinking back on the time she spent making these crispy, chocolate-covered sweets, Pulido was moved to make her first pledge of the new year: stop procrastinating and get back in the studio.
Teaching with Contemporary Art | When Works of Literature Make The Leap
Art21′s Joe Fusaro explained how contemporary artists like Jenny Holzer (Season 4) and Glenn Ligon (Season 6) and “even performances like the off-Broadway production of My Name is Asher Lev” can inspire students to get involved with literature.
Praxis Makes Perfect | No Rest for the Teaching Artist
Antonius Wiriadjaja wrote about his experience assisting two teaching artists–Marina Zurkow and Claude Wampler–during the academic winter break. Both artists are showing work in New York’s Chelsea gallery district.
Looking at Los Angeles | Heather Rasmussen: Cataclysmic Collections
Reporting from the City of Angels, columnist Danielle McCullough considered catastrophe in the work of sculptor and photographer Heather Rasmussen. That this Los Angeles–born artist is obsessed with portrayals of disaster on film, McCullough finds fitting given that in movies “the unwieldy region” of the artist’s birth “has blown up, slid into the ocean, [and] had its freeways rumpled by earthquakes…”
Gimme Shelter | Toward a Possible Body: An Interview with Emily Roysdon
Marissa Perel chatted with interdisciplinary artist Emily Roydson about her recent performance at the Tate Modern, and her participation in the Museum of Modern Art’s first Annual Performance Symposium. Roysdon says of her broadcasted Tate performance, “When the livestream opened I wanted the room to be full, for the viewers online to be looking at something that appeared as much as an audience as a performing body.”
Exclusive | Richard Serra: Tools and Strategies
Art21′s Jonathan Munar released a new video for your viewing pleasure. Filmed in 2000, it features artist Richard Serra (Season 1) in his Manhattan studio as he describes “the various tools and conceptual strategies he has used throughout his career when working with lead and steel.”
Next week on the Art21 Blog
Michael Neault (whose blogging residency has been extended through January 30) continues his series with a piece on two Nobel Prize winners and their feline test subject; conservationist Richard McCoy asks for your help in writing the history of art; and columnist Jessica Lott recommends some inspired exhibitions to see in New York City.