53 thoughts on “Make an imprint. | The Art Assignment | Sopheap Pich

  • August 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm
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    Oh man this looks like so much fun. Can we use multiple objects and/or multiple colours?

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  • August 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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    I really like the idea of bringing art back to its roots. Not all art needs to be grandiose (much as I love art like this). Sometimes it can be simple, made with simple materials. It seems like, in this day and age, we must own the most specialized stuff. We must have nice, expensive things. Few people (including myself) make our own clothing, furniture, or art. In my own life, I feel the dichotomy of wanting to buy things I don't really need (or truly want) for convenience or pleasure and the desire to make my life simpler (which also ties into my cheapskate nature).

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  • August 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm
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    Been really loving this series! I really enjoy how it challenges the common misconception that art is simply something restricted to things like painting or sketching. I used to be so confused by abstract art and such, but you guys really opened up my eyes to how artists think and express through their work! DFTBA!

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  • August 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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    gonna thy this one as well, I love this approach to art, and it looks so fun

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  • August 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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    I have no excuse to not do this Art Assignment, therefore I shall do it. This is a very interesting assignment, and I think that I shall enjoy it. 

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  • August 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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    ah Penone's work was in the Art Gallery of Ontario! 

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  • August 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm
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    Wow. That painting he made is beautiful.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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    "Find an object that you find interesting…."
    Me: My Cat!
    "…. cut it in half…"
    Me: oh

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm
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    I absolutely adore this!

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm
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    The "Please Do Not Touch" sticker on the laptop makes me endlessly giddy.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:30 pm
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    Hey everybody, when Sopheap Pich gives you an assignment….you do it.
    I'm not joking.  Seriously, do this assignment.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm
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    I’m really digging the physicality of this, and of art-making in general.  I really miss doing hands on stuff, which hasn’t really been part of my schooling. In a way, working with your hands sort of brings you outside of yourself and your daily life. To me, working with your hands and working with your mind are just two sides of the same coin. It can be intimidating though, especially within the sterility of modern life, which is why we need The Art Assignment as a stepping stone.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm
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    Arte Povera definitely relates to the democracy of art that Hickey talks about in Air Guitar, which I still need to finish! And apparently, scientists have discovered that Picasso used commercial paint himself:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/science/picasso-used-common-house-paint-scientists-say.html?_r=0

    I think that gives us all a little more confidence to try out paint, in whatever form.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm
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    I’m glad you guys are including such a diversity of artists in your series, it’s great! It certainly makes YouTube a more interesting place to be 🙂

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm
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    Where do you get paint, if not at an art supply store?

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm
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    If you truly cannot get any paint, use ketchup.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm
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    I'd like to nominate TAA for some kind of Internet award, please!

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  • August 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm
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    This is a great assignment! I love Sopheap's work! The bamboo interactive sculpture he has at the IMA is one of the coolest things to see. I can't wait to see the things that people create with this assignment! 

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  • August 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm
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    Love this show!

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  • August 14, 2014 at 9:41 pm
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    My favorite assignment yet! For me, the most interesting part of his final print is the area where two imprints got a little messy and ran together a bit. The "imperfection" is a big part of why the print is so beautiful.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm
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    We totally need to translate TAA into other languages!

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  • August 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm
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    If my object is a seashell can I break it instead of cutting it?

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  • August 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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    You can cut lots of things in half. Weather it is a good idea or not… depends.

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  • August 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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    This was fun!

    http://paolaechegaray.tumblr.com/post/94761923087/the-art-assignment-imprint-inspired-by-sopheap

    #theartassignment

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:19 am
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    Aah this is kind of a tangential comment but I just wanted to thank the people at Art Assignment for featuring a Khmer artist. As a young 2nd generation immigrant Cambodian, we rarely get to see any of our culture or our people celebrated in western media or any media at all really. It really means a lot!

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  • August 15, 2014 at 12:44 am
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    Two things that come to mind:
    – when you cut an apple in half, and you can sort of either cut it the "normal" way (vertically) and get a very apple shaped print, or you can cut it horizontally and get a pretty bland circular shape but with the star shaped seedy bit on the inside that always rather enamoured me as a child.
    – things are cool when you slice them, like when you slice cones and you get conic sections – ellipses, parabolas or hyperbolas, and you can get different looking ones with different properties depending on the cones themselves. 

    Idk I just like the idea of exploring an object with its 2-dimensional cross-sections…you end up with a kind of shadow-work.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 2:41 am
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    I wonder if art created by computer would be considered elitist…

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  • August 15, 2014 at 2:45 am
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    This is my excuse to cut up a bunch of fruits and vegetables and make dorm decor and a huge mess! 🙂

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  • August 15, 2014 at 2:47 am
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    "Find an object that you like" me: Oh a book! "Cut it in half" Me: haha noooo, new object..

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  • August 15, 2014 at 2:54 am
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    I don't mean to come off as lewd even though I will but John, your wife's hot.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 3:12 am
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    i love this! i would be stoked if ya checked out my covers on my channel!

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  • August 15, 2014 at 5:04 am
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    his artworks are beautiful! I love that they're made from anything.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 6:08 am
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    This is really similar to a project that I've just finished (thought I haven't had a chance to install it in a space yet). I've done lots of prints of leaves with paint and a few clay castings. But this is really cool! I'll have to give this version a go

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  • August 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm
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    Not going to lie I started to scream uncontrollably when I realized there was a prominent artist that shared the same heritage as me. Thank you so much for showcasing this brilliant artist.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    I have watched every Art Assignment and simply think about them, but today I watched this in bed and got right up and did it! It felt good!

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  • August 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm
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    …Why is there a deleted video in the Assignment Episodes playlist? Was that the vidcon video?

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  • August 17, 2014 at 12:48 am
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    Such interesting and beautiful art with such simple materials. I love it <3

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  • August 17, 2014 at 6:00 am
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    Okay, so I'm going to try to use my words and describe what has been going through my head which was inspired by this art assignment. When Sopheap Pich asks us to create art by cutting an object, dipping it in paint and making a series of imprints to further our study of that specific object, it made me think about a definition of art that I've never thought of, and never heard anyone discuss before (Please tell me if someone has thought about this before). So my definition is: Art is when a thing (human, animal, whatever) interupts the "normal" pattern of another thing (human, animal, whatever) and creates something that would not normally have been created. An example is when a person (thing) cuts down a tree (interupts normal pattern of tree, which is to grow) and makes a chair. The process, the end result, and the steps in between are all art. Now, I like this definition for a lot of reasons. One is that this definition does not tell you whether or not the end result is beautiful; Because art does not equal beauty, and beauty does not equal art. Something created by a human isn't necessarily beautiful, and something beautiful might just as well be the pattern itself, or something that's pattern has not been interupted. I feel like this definition encompasses everything that anyone could call art. I would love to hear others' thoughts on this, and/or if this definition could somehow be narrowed without excluding anything that we think of as art. I hope that made sense, and I would really love to discuss this further with whoever is interested. 

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  • August 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm
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    Can we nominate innovative artists in our area to possibly be on the show somehow?

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  • August 18, 2014 at 6:16 am
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    I remember seeing a tree carved out of a tree (Giuseppe Penone's Tree of 12 Metres) in the Tate in London thinking it was so awesome! My favourite piece there!

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  • August 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm
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    This is interesting, in a way, but it reminds me of potato stamps. Almost all the interesting things in my house are either hollow (and would leave bad imprints if cut in half) Or books. And I don't wanna cut my books. 

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  • August 19, 2014 at 3:36 am
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    Michael Aschenbrenner would be a cool artist to get an assignment from:

    http://www.michaelaschenbrenner.com/

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  • August 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm
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    Thanks for the video! I have a question about 'Arte Povera.' Doesn't Penone's iron casting count as use of conventional or "elitist" material? Creating an iron cast of his own hand would need extensive equipment, right? Or does it's combination with a tree, thereby making it art only with the tree, reclassify it as 'arte povera'? 

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  • August 21, 2014 at 9:27 am
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    I really love his art; simple, natural, creative. Perfect.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 6:49 am
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    Did anyone else notice the mistake in the credits…? Lauren Zoll is stated as the artist instead of Sopheap Pich, she just can't get enough of The Art Assignment.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm
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    I'm going to be trying this assignment, i can tell I'm going to get messy. 

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  • August 24, 2014 at 8:56 pm
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    I love how this is kind of a printmaking assignment but without the need for facilities or a press or chloride or anything.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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    It would be so awesome if every museum had a room for showing short interviews with the artists about the art they currently display. It would be so much more understandable! I love what you do here, it's like showing the new and more beautiful side of art:)

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  • August 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm
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    @Samrita Menon we could do this one too 😀

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  • September 8, 2014 at 10:54 pm
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    The thing about art stores is interesting to me because I've had the experience of growing up in a rural area with no art stores nearby and learning to make art and enjoy making art with the things that were available to me, and honestly I find it a lot more fun that way. It's more difficult for me to create things while surrounded by things that are purely intended for the sake of making art, actually, because tools don't inspire me and I don't feel much of a personal connection to them. Maybe this is just because I see the process of making the piece as part of the piece—I do tend view it as a story or a narrative, unlike Mr. Pich—but I find it's more fun when I'm making a mess in my bedroom and using nail polish because there's no paint that hasn't dried up rather than working with good quality materials in a studio. Actually tbh this is also probably just because I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to art and professionals intimidate me. But I still think it's interesting, and I'm curious as to whether anyone else has the same problem of not being quite as creative in a professional setting. 

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  • March 2, 2015 at 3:08 pm
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    I have to say the Art Assignment program is really inspiring me. Well done to all involved in the making of it. More please, a hugely beneficial enterprise all round, life enriching.i love it.

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  • July 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm
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    do you make all the art assignments?

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  • July 10, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    There is a channel featuring the yeti?

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