Week 8-Artist-Joseph DeLappe & Micol Hebron
Artists: Joseph DeLappe & Micol Hebron
DeLappe: Game Art/Performance, Paper, Cardboard, Paint, Drawing, and Imaging
Hebron: Herself, Photography, Video, Digital Media, Performance, and Installation
Joseph DeLappe is an American artist from San Francisco. DeLappe currently has an Associate in Arts, a Bachelor’s in graphic design, a Master’s in Computer Art and Design, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Pictorial Arts. Currently, DeLappe is a professor at a university in Dundee, Scotland. Many of DeLappe’s art works to engage memory, politics, and history for both the physical and virtual world. Micol Hebron is also an American artist from Southern California. Hebron studied theater and visual arts and has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in new genres and contemporary art history. Hebron’s art is mostly centered around feminist activism.
Both artists use a variety of different media. For DeLappe most of his work involves sculpting and installation, however, he also focuses on games as an art style. For many of his sculptures, Delappe uses cardboard as the media. For example for his piece “Cardboard Gandhi” was created out of cardboard using his 3D avatar from Second Life. DeLappe also used cardboard for his piece “Cardboard Soldier-America’s Army”. Hebron’s artwork mostly consists of performance and photography. However, she likes to put herself in her artwork. For example in her performance “Smile On” Hebron as well as 12 other women held a smile for the entirety of an art exhibition. Hebron also puts herself into her photography such as her picture “I Wanna Know What Love Is Part 2”.
Both artists use different media, however, most of their work are both centered around politics. For DeLappe’s piece “Thoughts and Prayers”, he worked alongside artist Pete Frosile to create a 20-foot AR15 Assault Rifle sculpture. The cardboard sculpture was created to show the difficulty of gun violence in America. DeLappe also created the piece “Liberty Weeps” as a response to the statement “truth, justice and liberty”. Delappe worked alongside curator Yosi Sargant and sculptor Charlie Becker to create the piece for the #Manifest Justice exhibition. With her artwork, Hebron is using feminism and the female body in order to create positions and images of empowerment. In the collaborative project “Gallery Tally”, Hebron gathered the number of women presented in art galleries to show the gender gap. It came to show that about 70% of gallery representation was male. Hebron also did a similar piece called, “Burning Bush” which showed the percentage of women in the Whitney Biennials.
I really enjoyed seeing and learning about both of the artists' work. I liked how although both of their inspirations revolved around politics, they used different ways to show their ideas. When reading about DeLappe’s piece “Thoughts and Prayers” it really hit me that gun violence is a serious matter in America. Especially when I read the part where DeLappe is thinking of adding the names of victims of gun violence onto the sculpture. It’s crazy to think that there are enough names to cover a 20-foot sculpture. For Hebron, I enjoyed looking at her work, especially her collaboration “Gallery Tally”. It really shows how women are underrepresented in the world. When looking at her work I was reminded of Bobi Bosson’s work, and how they both involve feminist aspects. All in all, I enjoyed researching both of the artists and I can’t wait to see what they both come up with in the future.