Spring 2018 Topics 3D: Second Lives – Maika’i Tubbs

Second Lives

Maika’i Tubbs

Thursdays 9 AM

PUFA 3230C

Aurora Robson, Plant Perception, 2014, 65′ x 12′ x 7′, plastic debris (PET), aluminum rivets, tinted polycrylic, mica powder and stainless steel aircraft cable

Garbage is a word used to describe things we have only managed to find one way to use. For artists garbage is merely a challenge that requires some imagination to give it a second life. This intermediate sculpture course is devoted to understanding things that are thrown away in consumer culture and to find innovative ways to reuse them as sculptural materials. Students will build upon the skills they have mastered in Core Studio 1:3D utilizing traditional media such as wood, metal, plaster and clay, as well as commonly discarded waste which will serve as both potential mediums and limitless teachers. We will examine craft techniques, Land Art, and the DIY movement, along with artists like Jane Perkins, Vik Muniz, Wim Delvoye, Aurora Robson, Yong Ho Ji, Michelle Reader, Guerra De La Paz, Robert Bradford, Tim Noble and Sue Webster as sources of inspiration. This hands-on material course will focus on gathering, experimentation and transformation to develop concepts for a series of small projects throughout the semester culminating in a final 3-D project. 

Tubbs is a sculptor from Honolulu, Hawai‘i and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA in Painting from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and his MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design. Tubbs utilizes found detritus to create sculptures and installations around themes of obsolescence, consumption, and ecology. He regards discarded objects as untapped resources and transforms them to reveal a world of hidden, limitless potential. His process-oriented work reflects honest observations of unnatural familiarity influenced by the blurred boundaries between organic and artificial life. When he is not out collecting trash, you can find him in or along the nearest body of water. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally and can be found in the permanent collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, National Gallery of Canada, Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the Landesmuseum Hannover in Germany.