NYC Continued…

February 23, 2011

I officially committed last night to being a part of the inaugural Verge Art Fair in DUMBO during Armory Arts Week! I submitted some work to their Open Call and they have asked me to reproduce some version of Sweet Senescence for the 4 day show in Brooklyn. It’s going to be a bit insane to re-make some of the panels (I’m thinking 4?), get new hardware for the incredibly tall 14′ concrete ceilings, transport it 6 hrs. from Johnson, VT to Brooklyn (remember? I don’t have a car…) and install/de-install. But I guess I’ve decided it will be a great experience, and now that it’s for real, I’m getting pretty excited about it! I’m still holding onto a tiny bit of hope that a friend might be able to drive me down to the city, but most likely I’ll have to rent a car one-way to drive the work down since it isn’t very shippable. Then I’ll have to convince friends in the city (who don’t have regular 9-5 jobs!) to come help with the install–and bring a ladder with them?–and somehow return the car at the same time? Who knows… but I’ll figure something out! Wish I had money to pay for all of these things….

Anyways! Wish me luck! And I’ll keep you posted as I frantically re-make Sweet Senescence in a week and plan for it’s second viewing… And if you’re in NYC, stop by the show! It will be at 20 Jay St. on the third floor, open Thurs-Sun, noon -10pm.

Inaugural Brooklyn Art Fair

Old Habits Die Hard

January 10, 2011

Here I am on a Monday, my usual blog time, itching to post something. I guess despite letting go of my personal rule to post something every Monday, I can’t let go of the habit. So I will continue for now… Things I found while cleaning my studio upon my return from the holiday season and purged:

A years worth of residency calendars

and name tags (I got lazy at the end)

This is not nostalgia. These are battle scars I’m happily throwing away.

Week 46 of 48 (11 Months!)

December 21, 2010

Not enough time to write a real entry! Juggling way too much at the moment so here’s a few miscellaneous things from the last couple weeks. To complete the final layer of paint on Belinda, I had to setup a make-shift spray booth in an empty studio since we have been buried in snow for what feels like weeks already and there isn’t a spray booth on campus (so annoying!). Then this past weekend, I setup a photo studio to photograph Dura Mater, the suit of armor, in its final form. Thank god for empty studios… Those images will go direct to the new website, which is almost done! Hopefully it will be live within the next week or two… More news to come soon…

home-made spray booth in an extra studio

final photo shoot setup

Week 43 of 48

November 29, 2010

This week is the I-haven’t-taken-any-pictures-lately and am-too-tired-to-take-new-ones-now post. It has been a busy and exhausting studio stay-cation but I don’t really have anything to show for it yet. This is one of the most tired posts I’ve done—I apologize—so here are some older photos! I will try and give you something new and current next week…

stuff hanging to dry in studio

stuff in a container drying after growing

stuff hanging to dry

rings drying

Week 39 of 48

November 1, 2010

I finally gave in and set up a proper poor man’s photo studio in an empty studio across the hall. It’s far from perfect, but after several rounds of experimenting with both the lighting and my camera’s settings, I managed a few rounds of decent photos. I’m also in a building where it’s impossible to have total control of the lighting so despite taking all the flourescent tubes out of the ceiling lights, there is still some bleed from other studios’ lighting. At the very least, I learned a lot more about how to use my camera, so that was exciting. I’m also in phase 1 of the website refresh so all the new photos will show up there whenever I launch the updated site. Here are some of the better rejects from the photo shoot:

my scraped together photo studio...

A close up of the first piece of armor

funky wave of crystals

one of the first experimental pieces

Week 37 of 48

October 18, 2010

After taking a couple weeks off, I’m back! I spent a week working and playing way too hard and ended up making myself sick just in time for my trip to Denver. This meant I barely reached my goal in terms of what I wanted set up before leaving, but despite the sick haze, I scraped by with the bare minimum. Then I took a whole week off (for the first time all year!) for my cousin’s wedding and spent a ton of time with a lot of my extended family. It was a great little vacation, but now it’s time to get back to work… Unfortunately, I came back to some pretty gross stuff—I’ll share the good studio stuff next week, but for now, the gross:

Mold! This experimental tank of brown sugar solution didn't work very well in terms of crystal formation—instead it grew a layer of mold!

when I drained the solution out to clean the tank, the mold stuck to the knit

and the sides of the tank... it was actually hard to clean off!

If you follow my twitter feed, you'll know I found a mouse in my studio the weekend before I left

—it managed to escape death by candy, but apparently it came back and brought a friend while I was gone...

this time they were not so lucky 😦

Needless to say, I spent my first 12 hours back in studio cleaning up the candy death trap…

Week 32 of 48

September 13, 2010

Remember waaaay back when I talked about some collages I had started? Time to share a few of them! I haven’t done them in several months, but picked them up again in recent weeks and showed them to one of the visiting artists for the first time. In case you forgot, I was cutting pieces out of Time and Vogue magazines back in April. Here are a few of the resulting collages.

the only rule is that each must contain at least one image from Vogue and one image from Time

so far they have evolved to come in these two forms

I am trying to fill a sketchbook with them

I'm nowhere close to being half way through the book, so I better get working!

Hopefully there will be many more of these to come

please pardon the bad lighting in these photos...

Oh, and the home studio I built where all of this collaging is happening

and hopefully more drawing too...

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