I am working on a drawing that is 40 x 90 inches long. It will be great if I can actually whip it into shape. It also might kill me.
This one’s a little bigger than the postcards – 6 x 9, I think? I’m trying to slowly inch my way back up there after having done a bunch of the postcards. I have plans for an 18 x 24 drawing collage, which for me is really huge. It might sort of kill me. We’ll see.
Ok, so: This weekend, I’m going to get started on adding the postcard series to my website, which means you’ll be able to click on them and see them bigger and read them if you want.
I’m playing around with postcard drawings based on memories of famous paintings.
Also, I spent a lot of last night thinking about Beuys and a lot of this morning writing about him and Rudolf Steiner and my relationship to both. I had hoped that the sketchbook drawings I made based on that research would be ready to be posted tonight, but they’re really not. I’m aiming for tomorrow…
I have to go to bed RIGHT NOW or I will drop dead, but…
Tomorrow’s project is for me to spend some time thinking about this:
“My objects are to be seen as stimulants for the transformation of the idea of sculpture. . . or of art in general. They should provoke thoughts about what sculpture can be and how the concept of sculpting can be extended to the invisible materials used by everyone.
THINKING FORMS–how we mold our thoughts or
SPOKEN FORMS–how we shape our thoughts into words or
SOCIAL SCULPTURE–how we mold and shape the world in which we live:
SCULPTURE AS AN EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS; EVERYONE IS AN ARTIST.
That is why the nature of my sculpture is not fixed and finished, processes continue in most of them: chemical reactions, fermentations, color changes, decay, drying up. Everything is in a state of change.”
Ok, this one probably needs a bit of an explanation…
About a year ago (I think?) a friend of ours was in town and really wanted to go see David Blaine encased in a water-filled bubble, which was one of his endurance performances he was doing for some TV special. As I’m the kind of person who loves to see, say, Vito Acconci bite himself or Chris Burden nailed to a car, I must have seemed like the absolutely perfect companion for this trip… and yet somehow, I wasn’t. I was totally horrified and grossed out by the spectacle of Blaine floating in this bubble and all of us gathered around to gawk at him. People brought their kids and were posing for snapshots with Blaine’s floating body. It bothered the hell out of me.
Anyway, I have started but never completed several drawings about it before I did this one and I doubt that the completion of this drawing means that I’ve exhausted this as a possible subject for future drawings. It was just that damn awful. Yuck. (Oh, I couldn’t even bear to link to Blaine’s official website above. The link for his name goes to some guy who bought the leftover water from the performance/cry-for-help on ebay and is now attempting to resell it. Double yuck. But somehow linking to that was preferable than feeding the egomachine that is Blaine himself…)
Yes, I’m just that much of a nerd.
But still, a glass of red wine and software that allows me to animate (and make interactive!) my drawings… that sounds perfect. Yes, I’m just that much of a nerd. I can’t wait.
A big thank you to Barry/Neal for the link. It will, no doubt, keep me busy for many, many hours.
Update (06/03/07): I got my Lulu book in the mail a couple of weeks ago and it looks really good – I’m very happy with the print quality. So yes, go ahead and order yours!! I am now officially hyping it.
I’ve been curious about exploring the whole print-on-demand world for a while, mostly because the biggest professional disappointment I’ve faced is my lack of a catalog of my work. It seems like every few months, something percolates up and seems to turn into a real lead in terms of someone showing interest in publishing a commercially available book of my work (ie, like the kind you’d get in Barnes & Noble or Amazon)… and then it all dissapates and turns into nothing. This has happened over and over. (Oh well.)
And so, in lieu of all that, I have turned to the last refuge of a scoundrel: print-on-demand. I have mixed feelings about this venture. On one hand, it is humbling (to put it mildly) to see my art alongside homegrown cookbooks and step-by-step get-rich-quick schemes. But aren’t I supposed to be the kind of person who gets a kick out of selling catalogs of her work next to cookbooks, etc? Isn’t my art supposed to be totally demystified and just a part of my everyday life? I thought so… so why does this feel weird?
In the “pro” column, I have total editorial control over the book. I did the layout myself; it’s for sale as long as I want it to be for sale for and not a moment longer. My friend Bryan Campen wrote the essay and I chose the drawings that made the cut. So that is all good.
I think I will feel better once I have the thing in my hands and can see it, and all these nagging questions I have (is the print quality any good? can you read the text? what about the colors? and so on) can go away. If for nothing else, it’s a good way of having images of my work around to show to people – the joy of POD is that you can print exactly as many as you want, so if only one gets printed and bought by me then there’s nothing wrong with that.
I decided to make my first POD book out of my Second Life drawings, because they’ve been the true canary in a coalmine for my work lately. Anything that I have thought of as being professionally risky (like posting and really pushing the work on Flickr), I’ve tried out on the SL drawings. Because they are less personal and feel different than the main body of my work, I feel ok making them the sacrificial lambs (yes, they are both caranies and lambs, lucky them!) where, if something goes wrong and they’re somehow seen as “lesser than” the rest of my work… well, I can live with that. They’re fun. They’re an experiment. They don’t take long to do. They’re pages from my sketchbook. I’m not taking them as deadly seriously as I do the rest of my work.
So, I’ll get the first copy of my book next week. In the meantime, if you want to check it out on Lulu, you can do so here. I’m not officially hyping it until I can get all my neurotic questions answered, but if you go ahead and order it before then and aren’t happy because the colors suck (or whatever), let me know and we’ll work something out. Or you can wait until I see the first copy.
p.s. feel free to digg the book and make it delicious and so forth…