Two CCA Finalists Soak Up Some Visibility in Design*Sponge Scholarships
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Clay Walsh
Congratulations to Justin Carlisle-Andgrand and Kate Nartker, each a finalist in the 2011 Design*Sponge Student Scholarship!
About the Design*Sponge Scholarship
Now in its fourth year, the Design*Sponge Scholarship is $10,000 in awards for full-time undergraduate and graduate students studying art and design. The scholarship was created to support the creative endeavors of the awardees and can be spent without restriction to support their pursuits (internship abroad, tuition, technology, supplies, etc.).
Students from the following majors were encouraged to apply: Architecture, Ceramics Furniture, Graduate Program in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Textiles.
With over 1,000 student entries competing for the scholarship, ranging from all over the globe, we’re thrilled for Justin Carlisle-Andgrand and Kate Nartker who made the coveted list -- and proud that almost 100 CCA students entered as well!
About CCA’s Finalists
Graphic Design major Justin Carlisle-Andgrand
“Throughout the years I have been experimenting with different styles and subject matters. Recently I have gotten back into hand-drawn work, working with contrast and abstract forms. I also create digital-based collage work.”
“I’m part of this creative collective called ‘on-task family’ that originated in high school, but it is now growing into something bigger than expected. The members of the group inspire me to create everyday. Past psychedelia artwork highly influences and inspires me also, but at the same time I don’t try to re-create what has been done in the past. Current local Bay Area graffiti artist GATS also gives me inspiration with his creative character-based style, and another person who has made me want to draw more is the artist Mike Giant.”
Fine Arts student Kate Nartker
“I convert videos into cloth, then back into videos. I am interested in the intersection of cinema and textiles and how the two mediums can follow and reshape each other’s logic and forms. The textile—which shares the Latin root texere (to weave) with the word “text” -- is, like cinema, a visual and spatial text. Both mediums are intrinsically given to narrative and both, whether I construct them frame by frame or stitch by stitch, tell stories through incremental and procedural processes.
“Recently I have begun to work with VHS home-video footage. I am fascinated that family stories rest on fragile video signals, which encode information through horizontal and vertical lines. Just as a cloth is constructed by passing the weft thread through the warp, the actual video information is encoded in the scanning of lines from left to right.
I believe this structural relationship underscores the materiality of the videotape and speaks to the vulnerable character of human memory. By seeking out moments where the tape is degrading, I aim to draw a parallel to the disintegration of clarity, and also to shift identification from a recognizable scene to textures on the surface. I weave these images on a Jacquard loom, scan the cloth into digital format, and animate them. This process abstracts the image through texture and repetitious handling, just as videotape is degraded each time it is reproduced.”
Nartker sums up her own work: “I believe what makes my work unique is the way I integrate digital media with traditional craft processes. I am not aware of many other artists who animate textiles, and what drives much of my work is the wonderment viewers have regarding the process. More specifically, the intersection of photography and weaving is an area that places my work in a uniquely contemporary context.
“This fall craft theorist Glenn Adamson invited me to be included in the exhibition Shot Through at the Hordaland Art Center in Bergen, Norway, with six other artists including Chuck Close. The theme of the exhibition was this crossover of the two mediums. It was an incredible honor to be included in this exhibition and a testament to the unbounded possibilities when disparate realms are explored together.
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