Slowly but surely I’m getting back to work – it’s still hard; I’m still lacking that kind of great drive that I get, the one that kicks me out of bed early on a Saturday and forces me into the studio because an idea is burning up in my head. I (still) blame it on the election and on all the shit that’s going on in the world which I’ve found to be so distracting, but time rolls on regardless. I gotta get back.
I’ve been tossing around an idea of making a funnel cloud book – a tornado that pops out of the centerfold of a book, like either this:
The second one looks more like the pictures of funnel clouds I’ve seen online and in books. I tend to think that the first one looks more like a funnel cake than a cloud, but it also seems to have more of that swirling motion built into its shape, so I’m not immediate dispensing with it. The other idea is to just knock the whole thing around so that it’s more like a mushroom cloud, but I like the “act of nature” reference a lot more than the “act of war” one.
So anyway. I’m thinking. That’s a start.
Is it me, or…
Do you find it really hard to make any kind of substantial decision until after the election is over? I can get up and go to work, go grocery shopping and do the kinds of things I have to do, but when it comes to doing anything substantial (like making art), I just feel crippled. I’m spending too much time nervously checking news headlines, watching the Nikkei plunge (since when do I really care about the Japanese stock market?), and being preoccupied with trying to figure out what it all means.
I need all this to end so I can get back to some sort of peace within my own mind and make some work again. I am really looking forward to November 5th and hope that it all comes rushing back then.
AT LONG LAST!!!
I’ve been working on these damn things since before the show opened. And now they’re finally done!
These are my new homemade catalogs – 6″ x 4 1/2″, 30-ish pages, printed off my computer and hand-assembled by me. Each one is very very VERY handmade.
The title of the catalog is “Some of the drawings and texts from the show The Myth of Loneliness” and that’s what it is – it’s not all the drawings from the show, nor is it all of the text. It’s just sort of a smattering of both; it’s intended to be a souvenir or keepsake from the show, not an actual documentation of it.
They are on sale at the gallery (BravinLee: 526 W 26th Street, #211, NYC) for $20.
This is a drawing I made for Dieu Donne, that will be part of their Oct 14th auction to honor David Kiehl. They actually invited me to be part of their exhibition back in September, but I was so busy with show stuff I just never could get it together to finish in time.
This weekend I’m finally getting back to work for real – starting with a piece I have in mind for the upcoming Hunterdon Museum show in January. And also, a new book that’s been gnawing at me for weeks (I started it hoping to have it done for the current show, but realized I was rushing it). It’s sort of a contest to see which I’ll take on first as I get back…
Yay, New Yorker! I’m a dork for taking a screenshot, but hey. Indulge me….
John Haber, who has been a really big supporter of my work over the last few years, just wrote a nice review of the show that’s up now.
Did I really do a drawing about kissing Jeff for the first time? I truly don’t remember that. But um, I said a lot of things in those drawings… so it’s totally possible… I really want to go and check now!
Here’s the article. Thank you, John!
Hey! StudioTau – an artist-run blog – has an interview with me. Check it out!