Art Drops & Urban Art
The year 2014 saw the launch of a new project, taking unwanted ceramic art around the studio and giving it back to the community. There's no sense in something just sitting around and gathering dust, so why not create a temporary art installation out in the world? Every art drop has a corresponding Instagram post and hashtag, so as to aid in tracking art, finding fellow artists and searching for stuff that was recently posted. Currently, I'm working exclusively with my own work and leftover goods in the Laney Art Studio, all ceramics; however, I hope to get other folks involved and branch out into other mediums! Will you join me in this urban art project and connect with members of our community?
#FreeArtToFind is the all-encompassing title and hashtag I'm using for any piece of art I leave out in the world. These pieces are my own work, glaze experimentation and work left behind in the studio. As seen here, and described further below, are the Subcategories known as #KuroSkull, #100Relics and #PostcardFromKuro. If you ever find on of my #freearttofind art drops out in the world, I'd love to know what you did with it! These all make great gifts, keepsakes and/or just fun pieces of art for collecting.
The 100 Relics Project began on accident, as most interesting things do. I loved this strange organic form I had created by just aimlessly molding the clay in my hand, so I naturally made one hundred of them. Now, each one is individually colored in some way, numbered and left somewhere in the world. Only the first 100 will be available as free art.
The Kuro Collective is a group of established & emerging artists who are dedicated to bringing art back to the community through collaborative and individual art drops. We'll work together to create one-of-a-kind group drops housed in jars, cases, bags and whatever we can get our hands on.
If you might be interested in joining, contact me for more information, the more the merrier.
Current Artists of the Kuro Collective:
- Mynt Ortega
- Cindy Gieng
- Susan Troy Designs
#KuroSkull Totems are clay impressions of a ring I wear every day, a piece of jewelry given to me by my sister a long time ago. Each piece is numbered, signed, hand-painted with acrylics or metal patinas and given a matte finish. They can be made into buttons, carried on your person, used as table game tokens or just displayed as little pieces of art.
These one-of-a-kind ceramic postcards are fired stamp-impressions that are glazed individually and left matte after a second firing, giving each a worn, but beautiful finish. Each is numbered, signed and given a message on the back. Fun to keep for yourself as an art piece, or feel free to leave it in a different location and post it online for someone else to find!