Ok, my keyboard problems aren’t really solved yet, so this will have to be quick, but…
The Miami fairs are just a week away (yikes!!) and so I’m working away on my freebie multiple. Every year I go around to the fairs and meet people and give away a small work of art created specifically to be given away (usually involving computer print outs or that sort of thing, but also usually a lot of labor and care as well so that’s it’s a genuine gift). I’m trying something really different this time – it’s a xerox with hand-coloring that folds up really small, and then unfolds to be a poster about 17 x 22.
Hopefully I’ll have a pic to post this weekend. If my camera works and if my computer doesn’t totally die first. But I’m still psyched about the new multiple.
…like, for instance, the reason why I haven’t been posting here. It’s pretty simple, although it’s a two-parter:
1. The keyboard to my computer is broken. It works well enough that I can make do with it for a while, but it’s really not great – it’s the spacebar that’s busted. So in order to get a space to register, I have to hit it extra-specially hard, or twice, or something annoying like that, all of which leaves me not really wanting to write long, ponderous posts. (Just writing that above paragraph took me about 4x as long as it should have. Argh.)
2. The fancy camera I was borrowing from school had to be returned. I still have my crappy, cheap digital camera, but you know – going back to that after having the really nice one is like crawling after you’ve been walking for a bit. Argh.
So, yeah. No keyboard + no camera = sucky blog. So annoying.
I went to go check out the space with my friend Mary yesterday. The project seems a lot more doable now – in my head, the exhibition space was getting bigger and bigger, and the amount of work I was going to have to do was becoming more and more immense.
The Museum has a nice, homey feel to it. The space that I’m going to be in is big but not huge by any standards; it’s about the size of the first room of BravinLee, I’d guess. Throughout it are these really cool wood beams that give the room a lot of warmth and make it a little quirky.
I’m working on some new sculptures that I’ll put in, but I had the idea of making something that, if it’s not actually “site-specific” in the true sense, at least response to the space in some way. Here’s the entrance to where I’ll be:
What we’re looking at is the outside of the room that the show will actually be in, and when the show is up, all these sculptures in the outside hall will be gone. But what I liked about the space was this wall that leads you to the door which leads you to the space… the space itself is contained and closed off from the rest of the museum, so I thought it would be interesting to do something where going through the doorway is like going through a transformative process that leads you to the show itself.
So I became sort of fixated on the doorway and thinking about what to do with it. My first thought was to make paper branches and pile them around the doorway so that it was like stepping into a bird’s nest or something, but as I thought about it more and more I’m not sure I liked how that worked so well. I kicked around a million other ideas (the closest fit was to make a bunch of autumn-colored leaves out of paper and cover the walls with that… but there’s already an exhibit up at the museum that makes use of this imagery, so I decided to avoid that).
What I came up with was ivy. Like, vines (made out of paper, of course) that can twist and cover the outside of the doorway and then snake their way into the space and become part of the installation. I think it will work well with that warmth and homey-ness that the space has, and there’s a nice relationship in that our home (like, our actual home) is covered with ivy.
So this is the idea I’m playing with now and I’m getting pretty excited about it! Vines and… birds. Definitely birds. Maybe some bugs. Not sure yet.
I am working on an idea right now for my Hunterdon Museum show and, much like all my ideas these days, this one has a steep learning curve. I am building a tiny ship crashing into a tiny iceberg and the whole scene is in a glass bottle… seems like the perfect rainy-day activity for someone as obsessed with little tiny things as I am, but man is it tough. I would kill for a pair of tweezers about 18″ long, but alas – they don’t make such a thing.
Anyway, it was coming along so well for a bit there that I was sure that by today I’d be able to post some pictures, but this morning I ran into trouble. My iceberg keeps falling over or drooping – not very good icebergy things to do – which really sucks because it otherwise looks exactly like how I want it to look. So frustrating!!
I’m off to run some errands and I’ll get back to this tonight. I’m thinking it might be the kind of project best done after a couple of glasses of wine anyway…