Goodbye Vermont!

April 18, 2011

Hello Virginia! Just arrived in Roanoke, Virginia yesterday evening in an aptly named Ford Escape full of studio tools and materials for my upcoming residency at VCCA. I packed the rental car in Vermont with snow still on the ground and reports of flurries to come that evening, and unpacked barefoot in Virginia surrounded by green and late spring flowers. The last couple weeks of packing, cleaning and departure partying have been pretty ridiculous–I’m happy to have survived it! It hasn’t hit me yet that I don’t live in Vermont anymore, but I’m sure over the next week or two it will slowly sink in as I am free of the office drama, meals in the dining hall, and the general fishbowl that is life at the Studio Center. I left a TON of stuff behind–I didn’t realize until it was time to pack the car and nothing fit, that my studio/artwork was one car load and my personal/apartment stuff a second car load. I tried to get rid of as much stuff as I could–studio, artwork, and personal–but I obviously did not do a very good job! In the panic of trying to get out of town at a reasonable hour, I ended up packing all my studio and leaving behind all my personal belongings. I have 1 suitcase worth of clothes, otherwise everything else will have to be picked up in June or July when I can make another trip up there to grab the rest of my stuff. Until then, I’ll be doing a lot of residency prep work for the next two weeks and then be able to dive right in when I arrive on May 2nd. Can’t wait to get started!

purging artwork

This show was the first time I wrote my own press release and sent it out to every local contact I could think of/find. And who knew that sometimes people actually pay attention to them! I did it mostly as a formality, and maybe as practice, but didn’t expect it to actually lead to anything. For the most part, I don’t think people have actually gotten up to go see the show themselves, but they’ve at least posted the information in their papers and on their websites, or called me for a quick little write-up. And at the very least, it got Anahi Costa, of ArtseenVT to come check it out and write up a review. Not to mention it was great to finally meet her after working with her on Studio Center advertising… Science is Fiction is up for 2 1/2 more weeks so there’s still time, but I wanted to go ahead and share some of the fun publicity I’ve received so far.

Vermont Art Zine, online VT arts magazine–published back when I first sent out the press release

Seven Days, Vermont’s free newspaper–just published yesterday

ArtseenVT, online arts magazine–published this morning

I also got a great write-up in the RISD Alum magazine (pg. 13 and pg. 26 & 27) that happened to coincide with the launch of their new website, so the article ended up on the front page of the alumni section of the new site in addition to in print in the magazine! Had nothing to do with the press releases–just lucky timing.

And I’ve been trying to find some time to write a “Things Learned” entry after the Brooklyn Art Fair fiasco (before I forget everything!), but just to give you a sense of it, I found this article today, which is pretty accurate to my experience. Let’s just say I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was a catastrophe.

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

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