Friday, November 30, 2012

Kate Raudenbush - On Socially Concious Art

Kate Raudenbush is one of my favorite artists at Burning Man 2010 and 2012. Kate creates fantastically intricate, interactive steel sculptures that invite participation. I saw Kate speak briefly about Futures Past in 2010. It's obvious Kate puts her heart and sole into her work and she is very articulate. I found this YouTube video of Kate speaking about socially conscious art at Burning Man 2011 and thought you may enjoy a short inspirational talk from a very inspirational artist.

Here are photos of two of Kate's creations:

Kate's website:


Also, a friend who works for Burning Man emailed me that the 2013 theme has just been announced. It is Cargo Cult and I like the theme poster. Read more about the wacky and zany world to come here:

Illustration by "DA" Dominic Tinio

As soon as I read about the Cargo Cult theme I thought about a childhood television cartoon show I liked to watch during Saturday mornings. Clutch Cargo. I'm playing around with doing Clutch Cargo art on my cargo trailer this year at Burning Man.

"The stories centered around Clutch Cargo (voiced by radio actor Richard Cotting), described as "a writer and pilot with a muscular build, white hair and rugged good looks". As was typical of adventure serials, Clutch Cargo was sent around the world on dangerous assignments. Accompanying him on the assignments were his young ward Spinner and his pet dachshund, Paddlefoot. Actress Margaret Kerry, who provided the look, style, and movement of Tinker Bell in the 1953 Walt Disney Studios production of Peter Pan, provided both the voices and lips of Spinner and Paddlefoot. Live-action footage of an airplane was used as well, specifically that of a rare 1929 Bellanca C-27 Airbus. The attention to detail shown to the aircraft in the series is no doubt due to the fact that the creator of the series, Clark Haas, was a pioneer jet pilot. 

Hal Smith, who voiced Owl in Disney's Winnie the Pooh series and played Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show, was the voice of Clutch's grizzled, pith-helmeted friend Swampy, as well as numerous other characters. In all, 52 Clutch Cargo adventures were produced and then serialized in five five-minute chapters each. The first four chapters naturally ended in cliffhangers, with the fifth chapter concluding the adventure. Haas explained the format of the show: "Each story is done in five five-minute segments so the stations can run one a day on weekdays, then recap the whole for a half-hour Saturday show. It's flexible and works very well.""

From Wikidepia

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