Sunday, April 12, 2015

"On the Spectrum (Fregoli Delusion)"

Aloha Friends!

I have been busy in the studio this week! After traveling it's always a bit challenging to get back into the swing of things. I am really missing Japan, but I am happy to be back teaching and sleeping in my own bed. I do miss all the marvelous sake though... Thankfully I have my pictures and some beautiful memories to reflect on.

Anyway, this print marks the 6th print in my ongoing screen print series. Whew! Only 20 more prints to go! It seems like this series is taking forever and at the same time is moving very quickly. Hopefully once I hit 10 or 12 prints I'll get them all out for a group shot. Thanks for looking! And remember this series is all about perception and personal narratives, so if you have a personal story please don't hesitate to email me or leave a comment. I always want to hear from you.


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On the Spectrum is a 26 part print series, one for each letter of the alphabet, that explores interactions of mental illnesses, developmental disorders and perceived normalcy as abstract landscapes. Please read my artist statement for more details.

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Artist Statement: There is a strange disconnect between mental illness and normalcy – as if there is a stark dividing line between the two: Black and white, us and them, completely separate. I believe this arbitrary classification, ill, healthy, recovering... is very similar to how we catalog our colors: blue, red, green... The visible color spectrum reflects the human experience. An experience where colors cannot be contained as single, definable points. The spectrum is one band of ever shifting, transitioning hues, as are we – our lives and our experiences are continuous and overlapping, yet discreet.

We all exist in a world with other people. We interact daily with a wide range of personalities. It is not possible to limit your experience to “normal.” We are but one piece in the cosmos. No one exists in a vacuum. So instead of pushing past others whose mental or physical health might not reflect exactly our own, we must embrace.

We are made of many parts: our personalities, our bodies, and our world.


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On The Spectrum (Fregoli Delusion)
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11" 
$100 (unframed)






Details:











Characteristics:

The Fregoli delusion, or the delusion of doubles, is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. The syndrome may be related to a brain lesion and is often of a paranoid nature, with the delusional person believing themselves persecuted by the person they believe is in disguise.

A person with the Fregoli delusion can also inaccurately replicate places, objects, and events. This disorder can be explained by "associative nodes." The associative nodes serve as a biological link of information about other people with a particular familiar face (to the patient). This means that for any face that is similar to a recognizable face to the patient, the patient will recall that face as the person they know.

Tibbetts, Paul. " Symbolic Interaction Theory and the Cognitively Disabled: A neglected Dimension." Jstor. Winter 2004. Web. 28 September 2011 Symbolic Interaction Theory and the Cognitively Disabled: A Neglected Dimension

Mojtabai R (September 1994). "Fregoli syndrome". Aust N Z J Psychiatry 28 (3): 458–62. doi:10.3109/00048679409075874PMID 7893241

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Art Teacher Planner (Work in Progress)

Aloha Friends,

I was looking back over my posts and it looks like (from what I've put here) that I'm only working on the print series and teaching. But there is so much more going on than that! Before I start posting some up coming shows I wanted to post a few more doodles from my teacher planner. I do these mostly during meetings and other places where I either really need to pay attention or to help pass the time. There have been studies the suggest that tapping, moving or drawing helps students' concentration and makes for better information retention. I'm not sure if it's true but it seems to work for me!










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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

IPA "Rocks your School" Grammy WINNER!

Aloha Friends,

As soon of you may or may not know I am lucky enough to be a secondary fine and digital art teacher at Island Pacific Academy on Oahu. Recently IPA WON the GRAMMY Foundation "Rock Your School" Son National Contest. Musical Director: Micah Hirokawa and Digital Art Teacher Boz Schurr.

** I was not expecting us to win, I thought we had a pretty good chance of getting an honorable mention, but I am so over-the-moon thrilled that WE WON! I am so very proud of all the students and even more so... Proud to be in Hawaii. Nationwide Competition and they chose us. Awesome Job IPA! We're now a GRAMMY Signature School!






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Boz Schurr

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vans Custom Culture 2015!

Aloha Friends,

I know I have been blogging about my students more than I have been blogging about myself, but I just can't help it! I am so fortunate to be able to work in such a creative community of kids and teenagers!

Recently my students have entered in the 2015 Vans Custom Culture shoe contest. Each student received a fresh, brand-spankin new pair of Vans shoes to decorate and customize with one of four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor. 

Here are what my four freshmen girls came up with:


Cyanne Moreland (Local Flavor)


Elise Pangelinan (Music)


Kyra Kobashigawa (Art)


Miryam Wiggli (Action Sports)


We will find out the results of the contest in Early May so check back for the results!!




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Monday, April 6, 2015

Hands on Art! (Spring Kroc Center Art Class Wrap Up)

Aloha Friends,

I recently wrapped up my first ever "Hands on Art" class at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii in Kapolei and it was wonderful. If you haven't been to this facility yet I HIGHLY recommend it. Beautiful facilities, great people, etc etc. And the art studio is fabulous!

So to give a little background: I contacted the Kroc Center a few months ago with a few ideas for some art classes. They have an amazing facility and I am always looking to expand art programs and community involvement where ever I can. So I offered to teach a few young student classes and one teenage class (Alas the teenage class did not go through, but I teach teenagers everyday at IPA so I was very happy to get a chance to work with the little kids).


"Hands on Art" sign courtesy of my lovely studio assistant Ralph!


Even though my summer is going to be jam packed with art-making and traveling, there will be a few more classes upcoming in May/June and then we'll restart programming in the fall (most likely in late August)! Here is the course description for the Spring 2015 "Hands on Art"class (two sections, ages 5-8 and 9-12+) I am hoping to keep these classes going as long as possible to fully explore all kinds of art making! I will be mixing up the projects as much as I can so even if students wish to take the class again they won't be doing the same thing twice! Mahalo for looking and, as always, comments and suggestions are always welcome!

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Hands on Art, Ages 5-8 (1 hour per class)

Art doesn't always have to be made with pen and paper! This art class explores all kinds of art making techniques and allows young students to experiment, play and grow confident in their creativity. Every ability level is welcome, all students need is a willingness to try new things. Every class creates a unique and unusual masterpiece! 


Hands on Art, Ages 9-12 (1 hour per class)

Expand your creativity with a hands on art class. This class gets young art students to think outside the box and try new avenues of art making! Risk taking and experimentation are the foundations of this class. Enjoy some traditional art with a twist! Every ability level is welcome! 

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Here are some example photos from class projects:

Puppet Theater:

This was a great way to break the ice and get the kids talking. It took a few minutes to warm them up but they really loved the puppet making and the final video!








Collage Mask Making:







Valentine's Day Leis:






Clay Characters:






The Living, Growing Ocean (Getting Collage OFF the Page):




The big kids made a collage too!



Time-Lapse Mural Painting:

This project is probably the kids' absolute favorite! They kept asking for a turn and really got creative all on their own! I am so happy with how this turned out and hopefully we'll be able to do larger murals with longer time frames later in the fall. If you have a big kid you are thinking of getting enrolled check out my students at Island Pacific Academy for an example of what a teenage time lapse mural could look like!






Time-lapse video:




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Here is the description for the time lapse mural painting class/club. If you are interested, feel free to send me an email, call the Kroc Center or leave me a comment anytime!

Mural (Time Lapse Painting), Ages 13-18 (2.5 hours per class)

This fun interactive mural allows students to watch their progress as they paint! With time lapse photography and video students will paint and repaint a large mural that they can watch change again and again. Students of all ability levels will enjoy learning to improvise, collaborate and create this fun time lapse painting. After class is over, the final video will be posted online for students, family and friends to enjoy!
 



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Don't forget! The Kroc Center is having another art night in April! This event's theme is "Alive" and will feature some watercolors done during the "Hands on Art" classes. Also I'll be doing some more live painting! Please check out my youtube channel for the last art night's time lapse video! April 24th, 6pm-8pm, hope to see you there!


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Boz Schurr

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

"On the Spectrum (Excoriation Disorder)"

Aloha Friends! 

This is the fifth print in my series! I am so excited to have made it this far! If you red my last post you know that the On the Spectrum series is following the colors in the ROYGBIV visible light spectrum. The first prints used more red and this print is the first print that is using orange. The intention is to create a subtle color shift through out the print series (which can only be really seen when they are all lined up together). 

I really enjoy this print because the use of clear gloss ink invites the viewer to further interact with the print (see what I mean in the detail sots below). Thanks for looking! Feedback is always welcome! If you have a personal story with the illnesses and disorders I've chosen, please share, I would love to hear about your personal connections and your suggestions. Mahalo.


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On the Spectrum is a 26 part print series, one for each letter of the alphabet, that explores interactions of mental illnesses, developmental disorders and perceived normalcy as abstract landscapes. Please read my artist Statement for more details.

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Artist Statement: There is a strange disconnect between mental illness and normalcy – as if there is a stark dividing line between the two: Black and white, us and them, completely separate. I believe this arbitrary classification, ill, healthy, recovering... is very similar to how we catalog our colors: blue, red, green... The visible color spectrum reflects the human experience. An experience where colors cannot be contained as single, definable points. The spectrum is one band of ever shifting, transitioning hues, as are we – our lives and our experiences are continuous and overlapping, yet discreet.

We all exist in a world with other people. We interact daily with a wide range of personalities. It is not possible to limit your experience to “normal.” We are but one piece in the cosmos. No one exists in a vacuum. So instead of pushing past others whose mental or physical health might not reflect exactly our own, we must embrace.

We are made of many parts: our personalities, our bodies, and our world.

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On The Spectrum (Excoriation Disorder)
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11" 
$100 (unframed)




Details:






Characteristics:

Excoriation disorder is defined as "repetitive and compulsive picking of skin which results in tissue damage."

Research has also suggested that excoriation disorder may be thought of as a type of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).[5] Excoriation disorder and OCD are similar in that they both involve "repetitive engagement in behaviors with diminished control" and also both generally decrease anxiety.

Dell'Osso B, Altamura AC, Allen A, Marazziti D, Hollander E (December 2006). "Epidemiologic and clinical updates on impulse control disorders: a critical review". Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 256 (8): 464–75. doi:10.1007/s00406-006-0668-0. PMC 1705499. PMID 16960655

Odlaug BL, Grant JE (September 2010). "Pathologic skin picking". Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 36 (5): 296–303. doi:10.3109/00952991003747543. PMID 20575652


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Monday, March 30, 2015

"On the Spectrum (Dissociative Identity Disorder)"

Aloha Friends!

After spending a magical week in Japan (blog post to follow) I am back teaching and preparing myself for another day in the studio this upcoming weekend. Until then I am going to continue to write and post about this print series in an effort to catch to where I actually am (my posts are a few weeks past due, whoops!) After such a dark, heavy print as was Cotard Delusion, this new print is much lighter but no less chaotic. The hand drawn lines are meant to be an artist's interpretation of a mental illness, personality disorder, etc as an abstract landscape. Each individual's experience with mental heath is unique and the goal of this work is bring attention to these unique experiences as right or wrong but to be viewed through a lens of acceptance.

As you may have noticed I am trying to stick to very specific colors for this series. The first print and letter of the alphabet, Asperger's Syndrome, started with the color red. I used this color because it is the first color in ROYGBIV also known as the visible light spectrum. If you read my artist's statement the use of the colors becomes clear. The second print, Bipolar Disorder, used a lighter, slightly more orange red and the third print, Cotard Delusion, becomes even more orange still. The color shift will continue so on and so forth till I reach the 26th print, letter Z, which will end in a lovely violet. Thank you for reading! I will update you on art, travel and teaching again soon! Thanks for reading!

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On the Spectrum is a 26 part print series, one for each letter of the alphabet, that explores interactions of mental illnesses, developmental disorders and perceived normalcy as abstract landscapes. Please read my artist Statement for more details.

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Artist Statement: There is a strange disconnect between mental illness and normalcy – as if there is a stark dividing line between the two: Black and white, us and them, completely separate. I believe this arbitrary classification, ill, healthy, recovering... is very similar to how we catalog our colors: blue, red, green... The visible color spectrum reflects the human experience. An experience where colors cannot be contained as single, definable points. The spectrum is one band of ever shifting, transitioning hues, as are we – our lives and our experiences are continuous and overlapping, yet discreet.

We all exist in a world with other people. We interact daily with a wide range of personalities. It is not possible to limit your experience to “normal.” We are but one piece in the cosmos. No one exists in a vacuum. So instead of pushing past others whose mental or physical health might not reflect exactly our own, we must embrace.

We are made of many parts: our personalities, our bodies, and our world.

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On The Spectrum (Dissociative Identity Disorder)
2015
Screen Print on Paper
15" x 11" 
$100 (unframed)




Details:







Characteristics:

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a mental disorder on the dissociative spectrum characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person's behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness.

Dissociation, the term that underlies the dissociative disorders including DID, lacks a precise, empirical and generally agreed upon definition.[7][16][17] A large number of diverse experiences have been termed dissociative, ranging from normal failures in attention to the breakdowns in memory processes characterized by the dissociative disorders. Thus it is unknown if there is a common root underlying all dissociative experiences, or if the range of mild to severe symptoms are a result of different etiologies and biological structures

"The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders". World Health Organization.

Lynn, SJ; Berg J; Lilienfeld SO; Merckelbach H; Giesbrecht T; Accardi M; Cleere C (2012). "14 - Dissociative disorders". In Hersen M; Beidel DC. Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 497–538. ISBN 1-118-13882-1.


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