Texas Caviar Recipe

December 8th, 2008

2 cans of Black Eyed Peas with jalapeno peppers (rinse and drain)
1 can of diced tomatoes (with or without green chilis)
2 avocados, cut into bite-sized pieces
half purple onion cut up
3/4 cup zesty italian dressing
1 tbsp lime juice, or juice of one lime
1/4 tsp salt
a little bit of pepper

mix errything together, done. serve with chips or something else.


December 2nd, 2008

To all my fellow Lumpers–congratcha’lashuns ya’ll, a job weeell done! The presentations were phenomenal and the pancakes, OH THOSE PANCAKES, I could’ve eaten the chocolate right off of a hundrrrrd o’ more! I have really appreciated both the venue of class and the online blog; each was very insightful in both feedback and discussions.  I think this is a valuable resource that should be passed to the next generation of Lumpers to come!  We should probably recommend the chocolate pancakes as well.

Japan Society

December 2nd, 2008

Torii Ippo Torii IppoHonma Kazuaki Nagakura Ken’ichi

Established in 1907 the Japan Society is New York City’s single major producer of high quality content on Japan for an English-speaking audience. “The Society is an internationally recognized nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that provides access to information on Japan, offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture, and fosters sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan, and East Asia”. Over the last few years Japanese artists have really pushed the boundaries in working with bamboo as a sculptural medium. Now on display at the Japan Society you can see New Bamboo the world’s first exhibition devoted solely to bamboo works. The exhibition features 23 innovators of all ages who have formed and shaped the bamboo in to beautiful works of art.

Bruce Nauman

December 2nd, 2008

American contemporary artist Bruce Nauman was selected to represent the United States in the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 by the US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs on January 25, 2008.  Performance, neon, drawing, sculpture, photography, and video are the basis for his art.  Nauman previously won the Golden Lion back in 1999 in Venice’s Film Festival.

Check him out if you get a chance!

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Tea Is Not Just For Grandma Anymore

November 29th, 2008

Tea is often associated with the elderly, or maybe royal family, drinking hot tea while sitting in a rocking chair in a robe and slippers.  However artists have been taking the teapot, and thus the image of a “tea drinker” to the next level.  One such artist is Gerard Justin Ferrari, who created a series of rather unusual teapots called Orphaned Teapots (2003-present).  Working in terra cotta, Ferrari created “an amalgamation of biology, mechanics, and technology”, which was influenced by the question of how life will be seen in the future.  The current relationship between humanity and technology is recognized and and further dissected.  Tromp-l’oeil rusted surfaces develop nature’s reclaiming of the objects which humanity has thrown away, or orphaned.  Below are some his creations, for more go to http://www.gerardferrari.com/teapotcatalog.html

Professor Richard Johnson Paints Paint

November 25th, 2008

Considering Liquid

Richard Johnson, professor of fine arts at the University of New Orleans has become one of my favorite artists after seeing his new work in his self-titled exhibition “Considering Liquid” at the Cole Pratt Gallery. The work was somewhat inspired by Hurricane Katrina, after months of exuberant amounts of liquid flooding through the city. Johnson also stated in an interview “actually what I’m trying to do is paint paint in a way that’s more controlled than if I threw the paint”. Johnson’s paintings give the impression that the paint could fly off the canvas. The bold bright colors, combined with layers of paint to create the subtle color transitions, really give his splatter paintings a feel of pop-art which he has said was his intent. Johnson also mentioned that in the last seven years of painting he has always seen a dead-end in this work, and it wasn’t until he started creating the splatter paintings did he feel that it could really lead is work to a more interesting place. Not only has this new realm of painting inspired Johnson but it has made him happy to see a future in his work.

November 25th, 2008

Question: Dear Uncle Lumpy, I think I’m in over my head – what should I do? [xoxo]

Answer:  Friend, I know this time of year is incredibly stressful, what with exams and presentations and all of the final touches to be put here and there.  You may be in over your head, but that just means your going to have to work extra hard to dig yourself out.  Like that great duo, the White Stripes, once said: Be like the Squirrel.  Break your problems into managable pieces and take them down one at a time, don’t think too much about the sheer size of the load, but prioritize and don’t give up.  And don’t forget to eat breakfast every day.  Might I suggest pancakes? They are tasty brainfood that can’t help but cheer you up when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

The Rape of Europa: Review and Call to Arms

November 25th, 2008

While Uncle Lumpy loves to share the current workings of the artworld here and abroad, I also feel it is important that we acknowledge some of the great losses the world has suffered.  As a modern bunch, we are all familiar with many of the great works of art through museums, and to a lesser extent, books and photographs.  What we often fail to realize is that we only see a paltry amount of the works of the past; many (tens of thousands) of works have vanished or been destroyed.  Time and human strife are always guilty of such a crime, but one period in history has been substantial in its contribution to our current impoverishment. In September of this year, a documentary was released entitled The Rape of Europa, from which we learn of the incalculable damage done to the world’s art treasures. World War II may have been Hitler’s attempt to rule the world, but the destruction and oppression of its people were only part of his plans.

As the interviews of the documentary slowly unfold, a pattern emerges; much of Hitler’s invasions were based not on the presence of beliefs contrary to his own or even ethnic prejudice, but on the particular works of art contained in the cities and countries chosen for attack.  In early November, an article in the New York Times presented a significant discovery : Hitler’s notebook.  This notebook contained the works most coveted by the Fuhrer, and reads almost as a “to do list” of military targets, based on the value of their artistic treasures, which Hitler wanted to place in his future capital city to support his claims of superiority. Hitler’s greed is only one aspect that has contributed to the current state of things, since massive bombings and subsequent looting played a significant role as well.  Luckily for us, the French people predicted Hitler’s goals and were able to protect the Louvre, but many, many others were not so fortunate.  We are extremely fortunate to still have access to DaVinci’s “Lady with an Ermine,” a work that was recovered after its theft.  But massive numbers of paintings, sculptures, murals, drawings, and relics have vanished, including Raphael’s “Portrait of a Young Man” (pictured below).  Even those works that have been recovered are often a point of contention; many works have been transplanted from their original home and retained by countries who believe the works the be a very small recompense for all of their suffering during the war.  One art historian interviewed believes that this cannot be resolved as long as there are people living who still remember the war, and so many must continue to wait to restore bits and pieces of their histories.

I don’t say all of this to depress you, readers, but rather to encourage you to appreciate what we have, and also to call to arms those who may be interested in joining the ongoing search and restoration of these lost masterpieces.  Anyone who loves art should watch The Rape of Europa to really understand what we have lost and what we still have to gain.  It will also be encouraging to learn of the efforts taken even during the war to protect and retrieve; during the many later battles, the military recruited individuals to accompany the soldiers to help protect valuable works.  You think you love art, try taking a bullet for it! Anyway friends, I encourage you to watch The Rape of Europa and really understand the value of art in the world, and its power to alter history.

(The documentary is based on a book of the same name by Lynn H. Nicholas)

Ceramics Studio Happenings

November 24th, 2008

The ceramics studio is always a bit hectic around this time of year–the dry date for pieces is tomorrow at 8am, and the glaze date is right around the corner. The bisqueware shelves are full of pieces, and there are lots of students in the studio currently working. Here is a small sampling of some of the unglazed (and some totally unfired) pieces (hover over each image to see the name of the artist, and click for a bigger image):

GINGER pancakes!!

November 24th, 2008



Ginger Pancakes
adaptated from The Homesick Texan blog
and the Magnolia Cafe in Austin, Tx.

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups Half & Half
3 eggs
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ginger
1/2 tablespoon nutmeg

Melt the butter, add the Half & Half, the eggs, the yogurt, and sugar and mix well. Sift together the dry ingredients. Combine the two gently and then judge if the batter is too thick. It should be thick but have some movement. I ended up adding another 1/2 cup of Half & Half.

Cook them on a hot griddle or pan. I make a landing place of a cooling rack on a cookie sheet with a clean tea towel to keep them warm and I put them in an oven that was heated to the lowest temp and then turned off.

Serve with maple syrup and toasted pecans. Enjoy.