With Calder and Miro in mind...

With Calder and Miro in mind, D.C. area teenagers create mobiles for local library.

The National Gallery of Art’s High School Summer Institute is an annual program that pairs teenagers with a local artist whose expertise falls within the institute’s chosen theme for the year. This year, the theme was mobile art, and the students worked together to create a mobile installation at D.C.’s Northwest One Library — a space that has not had any art since it opened in 2009.

Hannah M. Clark, 17, of Silver Spring, touches up one of the mobiles that she and other students in the National Gallery of Art's annual High School Summer Institute created as a permanent installation at the Northwest One Library in Washington
From left, Sam Girardot, 15, Mary Matecki, 17, and Ateret Sultan-Reisler, 17 — students at the National Gallery of Art's High School Summer Institute — add a little paint to one of the mobiles they created as a permanent installation at Northwest One Library in Washington.

Mary Matecki, 17, of Falls Church, touches up part of a mobile before it is installed at Northwest One Library in Washington.
 With Joan Miro and Alexander Calder as inspiration, local teens created mobiles that are installed at Northwest One Library in Washington.

Students at the National Gallery of Art's High School Summer Institute pose with artist Kevin Reese and their newly installed art project at the Northwest One Library in Washington.
Katherine Frey / The Washington Post. 

Works of Calder - Rare Video

Works of Calder on Nowness.com.

Works of Calder
Graphics Pioneer Herbert Matter’s Rarely Seen Film Marks Sculptor Alexander Calder‘s Birth

Surrounded by the hypnotic rhythm of his own sculptures in motion, legendary artist Alexander Calder is shown working in his studio in this clip from visionary photographer and graphic designer Herbert Matter’s 1950 film Works of Calder, featuring a soundtrack by John Cage. Renowned for his ability to “sculpt with air,” Calder dedicated his seven-decade career to observing the complex nature of movement, pioneering kinetic sculptures, called mobiles, which prefigured the work of a diverse range of contemporary artists such as Richard Serra, James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson. “Time, space and the actuality of the moment are integral components of Calder’s oeuvre,” explains Alexander S. C. Rower, President of The Calder Foundation. “Perhaps Sartre most aptly described the intuitive nature of his pieces when he compared it to ‘a little hot jazz tune, unique and ephemeral, like the sky, like the morning.’” Premiered at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in January 1951 and virtually unseen since, the film came about after a chance encounter between Calder and multi-Emmy-winning actor Burgess Meredith in a cocktail bar three years earlier. The pair enlisted Matter to adapt his photomontage techniques to moving image, and create the surrealist portrait of the artist and his mobiles under the hazy light of Roxbury, Connecticut.

Works of Calder (1950). Directed and cinematography by Herbert Matter; produced and narrated by Burgess Meredith; music by John Cage. Sponsored by New World Films and Motion Picture Stages. Burgess Meredith and Museum of Modern Art, New York. [20 min., 16mm, color, sound (English)]

The Calder Foundation will present the full-length film, as well as several other historic Calder films, on calder.org beginning in Fall 2012.

Works of Calder on Nowness.com.

Vector Art Mobile

See what you can balance!
The more you balance the more items given to balance.

Is a great example of balancing of objects of various weights. Se what you can do and how many items you can get. Very fun!!

Skyline Hanging Modern Art Mobile

Interior Design Magazine - June 2012

Peeking through the glass is Julie Frith's Megamo mobile, 14' x 10'.

Above are photos of the June issue of Interior Design Magazine.
An article on Kids II new interiors by the Design Atelier and Joel Laseter Architect.

Frith Tip O' the Day - Cooking Juicy Burgers

Hi there,
It's time for a "Frith Tip O'the Day". I have always had a hard time pressing hamburger out flat and even to cook and make burgers. They always ended up lumpy. I came up with a good idea.
Using 2 plates and wax paper sheets.

Mix in bowl: (use organic ingredients if at all possible)
1-1 1/2 lbs of ground hamburger
1/2 cup dry oatmeal flakes
1/4 cup sweet pepper chopped
1/4 cup red wine
1/8 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Using two salad-size ceramic plates. Turn the plate upside down.
Place a square of wax paper tissue on the plate. And a cup size ball of meat mixture.
Put another wax paper sheet on the burger ball,
and place the second plate on top (right side up).
Press the top plate firmly all around evenly.
The burger will be about 1/2 inch thick and perfectly round.
Stack the burgers on a plate and take to the grill to cook.
Enjoy your grilled burgers!! Add a toasted bun, onion rings, cheese, tomatoes sliced,
jalapeƱos, mustard, mayonnaise and catchup to your burgers. YUM!

Save 25% on Mobiles & Stabiles Book!

Save 20% with the promo code HAPPYTHOUGHTS @BlurbBooks: Mobiles & Stabiles

If you want it signed... go to my website, http://www.frithmobiles.com
Let me know what you would me to write.

A Great Calder Story - A Blast from the Past

A great story from a fellow mobile maker Rick Bissell of the Mobile Factory, thought I'd share.

 FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

Alexander Calder and Segre's Iron Works by Rick Bissell.

Of all the posts that I've put up on this blog, the most popular by far has been the one about "How I Found Alexander Calder's Roxbury Home". I've received many nice comments about it (thank you, dear readers) but the best of all was a phone call that I received from a wonderful fellow named Bob Hicks.

Bob, who is retired now, told me that he has been a fan of Calder for a long time, and mentioned that my posting about the Roxbury House inspired him to try and find it for himself on a recent trip to Connecticut. It was really fun to hear how he was able to find the house using the maps and information that I posted and to listen to his impressions of what he saw.

We spoke on the phone for quite some time and had a really pleasant conversation about Calder. Bob has traveled all over the world and has seen many Calder sculptures that most of us can only dream of seeing, like the massive "Teodelapio" stabile in Spoleto, Italy (more about that in a future post).

But I was most excited to learn that Bob had visited Segre's Iron Works!

You may be wondering, what is so exciting about a metal-working shop? The answer is that Segre's was responsible for the fabrication of many large Calder stabiles that were created in the Sixties and Seventies, turning Calder's ideas (usually expressed in the form of a "maquette" or small model of the proposed sculpture) into the massive pieces that stand in city squares, colleges, business, and sculpture parks around the county. Bob had seen Segre's when they were actively making Calder sculptures.

Bob explained that he was traveling through Waterbury Connecticut in the late Sixties and was surprised when he suddenly whizzed by what was obviously a large Calder stabile sitting out "in the middle of nowhere". He turned around and went back to find a somewhat mundane looking metal-working shop surrounded by several Calder stabiles in various stages of completion. Amazed by what he was seeing, Bob got out of his car and went into the shop to find out what was going on - and to get permission to take some pictures.

"You have pictures of Segre's Iron Works with Calder's sitting outside?" I asked...

"Yes!" said Bob, "I took quite a few. They are on slides, if you are interested in seeing them I'll dig them out and see if I can make some prints"

"Oh wow" I said, "I would LOVE to see those! Could I post them on my blog?"

"Sure!" said Bob, "give me a couple weeks to get them together and I'll send them to you. You can do whatever you like with them"

And so, here you are. A collection of vintage photos from the late Sixties showing the birth of some of Calder's most famous stabiles: the "Flamingo" just before it was shipped off to Chicago, and "Stegosaurus", which is now at an art museum in Toledo, Ohio.

Many many thanks to Bob Hicks for sharing these great historical photos.

Approaching Segre's Iron Works - Waterbury, CT - Photo courtesy of Robert Hicks
Segre's Iron Works - late 1960's - photo courtesy of Robert Hicks
Front yard at Segre's - Photo courtesy of Robert Hicks
Stegosaurus and small Flamingo at Segre's Iron Works - Photo courtesy of Robert Hicks
"Flamingo" (full size) - Photo courtesy of Robert Hicks
Photo courtesy of Robert Hicks
Alexander Calder's "Flamingo" at Segre's Iron Works - Photo courtesy of Robert Hicks 

 Blog post courtesy of UNIGAMI - The Mobile Factory www.the-mobile-factory.com

Breaking Bad TV 5th season... WATCH for mobile!!

This 5th season of the show Breaking Bad will feature a modern architecturally designed home, with one of my custom mobiles. It is 66"wide by 72 "high, red and black called Mobius II. Here is a photo of the mobile. So watch for it coming soon to a TV near you!!!!

Blurb About Calder...

Calder written by Victoria Charles.

High Open Ceilings? Fill it with Art!

Mobiles and Music

View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/vtUB4aD2HsE

This is a video I made of my Rolly Abstract mobile. I also made the music, recording in a program called Reason. I am a musician since the age of 7.

"Mobiles & Stabiles" book by Julie Frith

This is a brand new book by Julie Frith. A collection of photos of her mobiles and stabiles she has made from 1998-2011. It is a small 7x7 colorful collection, 120 pages filled with over 200 original designs all wonderfully titled. A must for the the art collector, interior designer, architect, or just a great gift. A softback book with pro paper, and fantastic photography. Here are a sample of a few pages.

To buy go to www.blurb.com and look up "frithmobiles" after Feb. 20th, or go to www.frithmobiles.com to purchase today. Takes a few weeks to get. $45.99


Modern Art Mobiles