Another batch of residents come and gone. Sweet Senescence has also come and gone as well as half of my time here in Vermont. With the conclusion of the show, I’ve spent a lot of time viewing and editing all the various forms of documentation, cleaning and re-organizing studio and thinking about what’s next—both here in the studio and once I leave VSC in December. I am planning on having another show in November and then December will just be packing up and preparing for the move to New York. But all of that is still several months away (though I can not believe it is already August!!) so for now, more images from the show and eventually I will put together some of the video footage as well.

the sign, after a week, was reduced to a puddle

the 2nd to last day of the show... not much left except the new panel on the far right

a detail, half way through the show

the same detail at the end of the show

another detail

moth, caught in the amber

Week 25 of 48

July 27, 2010

Half way point!!! I missed last weeks entry with the craziness of the show, but it was the exact half way point of my time here on staff at VSC. The choice to have the show half way through the year was certainly intentional and will hopefully provide the momentum and motivation to finish out the year as strong as possible. In any case, the show has been really great for more reasons than I can count. It was a bit sad to take it down, despite it being the right time, and yesterday I projected the time-lapse of the entire piece in the gallery for everyone to share in as well. So without further ado, more images and video!

an individual sheet, at the end of the first day

all the sheets were poured differently in order to learn the most about how the layers move

Another panoramic, half way through the show

a detail

And lastly, the time-lapse video:

Week 23 of 48

July 16, 2010

Writing a little late this week because of the show opening Wednesday night but finally found some time to sort through the hundreds of photos I took on day 1. Images from the actual opening are up on my facebook page. For now, here are a few from before the show actually opened as well as a few from the next day to show the quick melting progess. More will come next week as things continue to change! There should also be a video or two and some time-lapse once the show is complete…

close up of the title before it started melting

not fabulous panoramic of the entire piece

one side

a single sheet, melting in the heat

the title the next day... totally illegible

view from outside, at night, the next evening

What a whirlwind this week has been! I finished installing the show just in time for Open Studios to begin Saturday and Sunday; had over 300 strangers come traipsing through my apartment, loving it or hating it, respectful or browsing through our personal belongings; cooked an insane amount of food for my reception Sunday evening (I am still eating my way through the leftovers!) and had several friends stop by to chat, check out the  work and deliver some gorgeous flowers; crashed early every night to try and catch up on lost sleep and recover from taxed people skills (thank god for Flour!  If it wasn’t for working there I’m not sure I would have the ability to tactfully deal with all of them!); got up as early as I could force myself Monday morning to take down the big piece and figure out how to transport and more importantly, translate the configuration; loaded it all (including the bed) into a Zipcar, drove to Warren, RI, just outside of Providence, reinstalled the whole thing with 2 foot higher ceilings, cleaned up the disaster we had made of the gallery, and drove back to Boston!!! Then it was back to the jobs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with a trip BACK to RI, this time by commuter rail, for the opening reception Thursday night.  AND a 5am commuter rail back to Boston this morning to arrive in time to open the bakery.  All I can say is thank god for Kent, who was key in installing the Paper Jungle way back when, and for Zipcar, even though it cost me an arm and a leg…

Install 1

We were both on ladders for the full 4 hrs. of reinstallation

Install 2

We used trace paper on the ceiling to translate the exact locations of all the eye hooks

Install 3

And numbered each tooth individually to map out which belonged where in the composition

Install 4

Ellen Blomgren, the gallery owner, tested the view when we were done

AC Show 1

At the opening...

AC Show 2

Dearest friends Rachel and Nick, visiting from Providence, enjoyed the view together

I still have to share the “nicer“ photos I took of the piece when it was still in my apartment with ALL the lights turned off except the two illuminating the piece from below.  Those will come soon…

Architectural Ceramics

October 23, 2009

No time to write a proper entry as I am trying to force myself to go to bed in liu of having to open the bakery tomorrow morning, but just wanted to quickly post this announcement for an upcoming group show. Vestigial Organs will travel to Warren, RI the day after South Boston Open Studios for Mudstone Studios‘ Architectural Ceramics show.  So if you can’t make it to the show here in Boston, catch it in Rhode Island instead!  It will be up until December 2nd so you’ll have plenty of time and no excuses…

Show Announcement

Show Announcement

The Show

January 14, 2009

The "staircase" display when you first walk in the door.

The "staircase" display when you first walk in the door.

 I finally managed to find some time to drop by the Arsenal and take some photos of the completed piece so here they are!  I also received this link to a flickr page that RISD is maintaining for the show.  It has images of all the work in the show (in case you can’t come see it in person) and will supposedly be updated with photos from the opening at some point.  Of course these photos are not even vaguely equivalent to seeing the work in person, but it’s a good start.  And lastly, I’ve started my own YouTube Channel.  Originally I opened it just to post the one video in the previous post, but now that it’s there I might as well put other things on it!  There’s only one additional video right now, but I hope to post a couple more of both this piece and the Paper Jungle.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Installation Photos!

The final layout of stacks and piles
The final layout of stacks and piles
Broken Tiles Pile
Broken Tiles Pile
Single Broken Sheet
Single Broken Sheet
You can even see all the dirt on the fabric/tiles from people going up and down the stairs
You can even see all the dirt on the fabric/tiles from people going up and down the stairs
Post-Processualism = Archaeological Theory related to Post-Modernism
Post-Processualism = Archaeological Theory related to Post-Modernism
View from the 2nd Floor, looking down
View from the 2nd Floor, looking down
A couple of the framed pieces, scattered throughout the gallery
A couple of the framed pieces, scattered throughout the gallery
One of my favorites
One of my favorites
Some of the frames in context
Some of the frames in context
They are purposefully scattered in forgotten places
They are purposefully scattered in forgotten places
Oftentimes the forgotten spaces are unlit, making photographing the pieces quite difficult
Oftentimes the forgotten spaces are unlit, making photographing the pieces quite difficult

Installation

January 11, 2009

The show opened yesterday.  Sadly I forgot to take my camera with me in the rush to get out the door so I have no photos to share yet. I can, however, share a couple from the installation process.  I went to the gallery on Thursday, after the majority of the show was already up, and began installing the “pile”, then went back on Friday afternoon to install all of the frames throughout the gallery and touch up the pile.  I don’t have any photos yet of the completed piece, or of the framed elements hanging throughout the gallery, so those will have to come later.
When I walked in with my boxes of tiles, here's what the show looked like.

When I walked in with my boxes of tiles, here's what the show looked like.

And here's what my piece looked like after the first day of installing

And here's what my piece looked like after the first day of installing

Initially, I was just stacking them randomly because I had no idea what I wanted to do, or what form they should take.

Initially, I was just stacking them randomly because I had no idea what I wanted to do, or what form they should take.

A few unexpectedl did this wonderful layering with the broken edges where you could see some sort of form emerging

A few unexpectedly did this wonderful layering with the broken edges where you could see some sort of form emerging

To me, it hinted at some sort of decay or ruin to the perfectly arranged stacks, so intentionally rearranged them to empahsize this

To me, it hinted at some sort of decay or ruin to the perfectly arranged stacks, so I intentionally rearranged them to emphasize this

I had one box of blank tiles left, so I printed those later in the evening and brought the final pieces in the next day to complete the "pile"

I had one box of blank tiles left, so I printed those later in the evening and brought the final pieces in the next day to complete the "pile"--I will post those photos as soon as I take some!

One of the coolest things about installing was the breakage factor.  Especially with the larger central tower, as I added more to the stack, tiles below would break as they succumbed to the weight of the tiles above them.  They made this amazing popping noise and would shake the whole stack whenever one broke.  I thought it was so cool, and something no one else would get to see once the stacks settled, so I caught a bit of it on video just so I had some sort of documentation of this phenomena.

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