I tried to capture in this drawing this strange thing that happened last night. It’s happened to me before, but I would pretend that it didn’t; for some reason, I’m really into embracing it right now.
Her arms are fucked up, but I like her anyway. Been working in my sketchbook tonight with walnut ink and watercolor and really liking how it’s going.
The scan on this one is a little screwed up at the bottom (the piece was too large to fit completely on my scanner; it’s actually cropped a bit on either side), but you get the idea.
So, my “treat” for getting through 2007 is that I’ve decided I’m throwing my practice wide open and drawing whatever I like. I did this one a week or two ago, but looking back on it, it was the first step in this direction.
Ok, lil blog, it’s been a while.
I’ve been getting knocked around a bit by life, but ultimately I think it’s turning out to be a good thing, in that “it’s forced me to grow” sort of way, not that it’s been fun or anything.
I have been listening to Grinderman and PJ Harvey and Foetus. I’ve been looking at a lot of art, and thinking – probably too much.
With about one month to go, I’ve scrapped my original plans for the JC Museum show and come up with something so much better. I’m now genuinely excited about that show, moreso than I’ve been about a show in a long time. December is going to be a tough, long slog getting ready for it, but I’m up for the challenge.
I’ll be in Miami hanging out, looking at work, thinking too much (most likely), and giving out cool little multiples as I often do. Get in touch if you will be there.
Come see this! It should be great.
The School of Visual Arts presents
The Honors Program Annual Lecture: This is DIY
YouTube and Flickr are just two of the latest incarnations of the Do-It-Yourself ethic, which has shaken up markets and created new communities. Arts and media leaders at the forefront offer some perspective: Vanessa Bertozzi, editor in chief and director of communications, Etsy, the online retailer of handmade goods; Steve Englander, director, ABC No Rio community-based arts center; David Reinfurt/Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister: A Just-in-Time Workshop & Occasional Bookstore; and John Strausbaugh, a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post and Cabinet. Moderated by SVA students Michaela Murphy and Tarah Rhoda; organized by faculty member Amy Wilson.
Thursday, November 15th at 7pm
School of Visual Arts Amphitheater
209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor
Free and open to the public.
I’ve had some bad weeks, but this one takes the cake.
Anyway. A flurry of stuff has come together – stuff in my head, stuff in my life (both professionally and personally). Art shit, school shit, life shit. All of which has gotten me thinking about my process, my practice, and so forth.
Some new revelations and some old ones:
Precious vs. casual.
Painting vs. drawing.
vs. the audience.
vs. art. (Sometimes also the reverse.)
This weekend, no more preparing for shows or anything like that. I just need to sit down and make my damn work and say goodbye to everything else for a moment, just to remind myself why the hell I do all of this to begin with.
Tomorrow: MOMA. Sunday: studio, all day, just fucking around and making stuff. I need that.
I was invited to be a part of this blogger art show and of course, I happily sent off some work. It’s a really cool idea for a show! Around here, we’ve been talking a lot about the relationship of blogging to the tradition of artist’s writings. Personally, I think few things could be better than if the show inspired more artists to open up their process to the public (or the public-such-as-it-is in the blogging world).
So blog! And see the show! And I swear to god, those oil paintings are forthcoming, just you wait.