Goodness. The pre-college program I’m teaching in is kicking my ass all over NYC this annoying hot July and I’ve had very little time to work on my own stuff as a result. I did manage to get these done just in time to be included in a group show at the Aldrich Museum – more from the postcard series; these have just been popped into frames and are going off into a Fed Ex box in a moment.
Now the question is whether or not I can get out to the Fed Ex place before first taking a nap to rest up. That’s a very big question.
Happy July everyone!
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…
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 know… I disappeared. Rutgers kicked my ass and then it was spring cleaning time around here, getting organized and that sort of thing. So… back to work this week. Oh yes. Just you wait and see.
I’m (mostly) at home today, working on a prototype for my Rutgers print fellowship, which starts next week. Hopefully I’ll have some early images to post of that later today or tomorrow. Meanwhile, here’s the latest postcard drawing. Happy Saturday!
I am truly of the opinion that there is nothing better than waking up in the morning, turning on Daniel Johnston’s Hi, How Are You? and drawing. And eating pumpkin muffins and drinking tea while doing that. Oh man.
Latest postcard drawing: