1. Hard days work ;)


  2. 00000 GHOOST $HOW

    Looks like my old bronze grandfather clock got into the ghost show this year! >:)



  3. More carpet tape, more photo/sculpture in the making

  4. This Will is a project that I started today that will be projected onto a wall with a small table with a simple switch on it. I plan on programing the switch to either play forward or reverse depending on which way it is flipped. Giving the viewer the option to decode the message with much more to make choices compared to most art objects. (This is only one video I made. Even though it starts off the same it is a little more difficult to make out the words.  While I don’t want to make it impossible for people to decode, I don’t want to make it easy either.) I also plan on building some sort of installation to go along with it. We shall see how it goes.

  5. Pretty stoked about the collaboration group I’m in! Industrial designers: Laëtitia Diouet, Alexa Gagan. Drawers: Aleischa Kronshagan, Devon Hatton (Devon is doing the critical writing about this project). Photographer: Sage Rowe. Sculptor: Margaret Halquist (me) have recently formed a group project outside of school merging disciplines of fine art and design. We are working on making and curating a show by January (that’s our goal but it might be pushed till this summer as we get busier with thesis) centered around an object. With this object (that we have yet to decide what it is) we will be creating a narrative, and then designing a product to “fix” or assist in our narrative. We are approaching the idea of product loosely, it can be anything: conceptual, tool, built space, coaster, umbrella, etc. These products that will act as both fine art and design pieces and placed in a fine art setting.

    It seems like a really challenging project and a really fun show to curate. Even though we are creating our own pieces for this we are meeting up on a weekly basis to discus different avenues and ideas on where this can go. I am creating a blog outside of this one to showcase what we are discussing as well as in-progress photos from everyone.  I’ll post a link when we have more things worked out!

  6. Notes from Kambui Olujimi’s talk last night at the Pitch Project. Really great talk, always worth an hour and a half of my time to dive in another artists world, especially when going with a non-artist (roommate) who knows little about contemporary works. I was also lucky enough to get a studio visit from him on Friday. Attending talks with people who know little about art helps me understand what where things need to be grounded but at the same time what is unfamiliar that could really push their boundaries. There’s a lot of artists like me who’s goal is to reach out to everyone without making it “easy” or a simple illustration of a thought or idea.

  7. Letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse, 1965

    Dear Eva,

    It will be almost a month since you wrote to me and you have possibly forgotten your state of mind (I doubt it though). You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t! Learn to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itchin, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!

    From your description, and from what I know of your previous work and you [sic] ability; the work you are doing sounds very good “Drawing-clean-clear but crazy like machines, larger and bolder… real nonsense.” That sounds fine, wonderful – real nonsense. Do more. More nonsensical, more crazy, more machines, more breasts, penises, cunts, whatever – make them abound with nonsense. Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety. And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant [sic] approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end” You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!

    I have much confidence in you and even though you are tormenting yourself, the work you do is very good. Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be. But if life would be easier for you if you stopped working – then stop. Don’t punish yourself. However, I think that it is so deeply engrained in you that it would be easier to DO!

    It seems I do understand your attitude somewhat, anyway, because I go through a similar process every so often. I have an “Agonizing Reappraisal” of my work and change everything as much as possible = and hate everything I’ve done, and try to do something entirely different and better. Maybe that kind of process is necessary to me, pushing me on and on. The feeling that I can do better than that shit I just did. Maybe you need your agony to accomplish what you do. And maybe it goads you on to do better. But it is very painful I know. It would be better if you had the confidence just to do the stuff and not even think about it. Can’t you leave the “world” and “ART” alone and also quit fondling your ego. I know that you (or anyone) can only work so much and the rest of the time you are left with your thoughts. But when you work or before your work you have to empty you [sic] mind and concentrate on what you are doing. After you do something it is done and that’s that. After a while you can see some are better than others but also you can see what direction you are going. I’m sure you know all that. You also must know that you don’t have to justify your work – not even to yourself. Well, you know I admire your work greatly and can’t understand why you are so bothered by it. But you can see the next ones and I can’t. You also must believe in your ability. I think you do. So try the most outrageous things you can – shock yourself. You have at your power the ability to do anything.

    I would like to see your work and will have to be content to wait until Aug or Sept. I have seen photos of some of Tom’s new things at Lucy’s. They are impressive – especially the ones with the more rigorous form: the simpler ones. I guess he’ll send some more later on. Let me know how the shows are going and that kind of stuff.

    My work had changed since you left and it is much better. I will be having a show May 4 -9 at the Daniels Gallery 17 E 64yh St (where Emmerich was), I wish you could be there. Much love to you both.


  8. This is my “three projection project” I made for my video class. I’m working with elements of drawing in space, sectioning off installation to create a new (and wrong) interaction, and with the topic of anti-illusion. 

  9. goodinthestacks:



    that’s what they do when they herd!!

    Ollie x 5

    (Source: sizvideos, via happy-beautiful)

  10. http://myvocabulary.com/word-list/

    Looking at language and associations for my Public Art class. We are working with Washington Park, a neighborhood whos had a troublesome history but over the last 15 years has made much progress through organizations such as Express Yourself MKE, Our Next Generation, as well as the communities effort. 

    This website of definitions and associations has been catching my attention recently. Some of the words they have available (Yawning, Sexting, etc.)  have strange relationships with the bank of similar words, for being on an educational website.