It’s up! West Thames Park!!!

January 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm (art, culture, drawing, interesting, painting)

My installation is finally up at West Thames Park!

Photos courtesy Katie Armstrong. More available here.

And more info on the project, including a copy of the text that will accompany it available free for download, here.

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The Degenerate Craft Fair!

November 29, 2009 at 11:53 am (art, culture, interesting, life, other sites to see, painting, personal, thoughts)

I know – I’ve been MIA for a while.

About a million things have happened, and I will happily bring you up-to-date on all that on some other day. But for right now, I’m reminded of a bumpersticker we used to see around New Haven (“My kid and my money go to Yale”). If I were wearing a sign right now, it would say “My brain and my heart belong to the Degenerate Craft Fair.”

I am way to flustered to blog correctly, but here are the basics:

The DCF is being put together by me and Shannon Broder. It involves 20+ artists and will run for five days spread out over three weekends, the first being this Friday night at a DIY place called Silent Barn. The weekend after, it moves to a storefront in Williamsburg, and then the weekend after that it’s in Chelsea at BravinLee. For allllll the details and info, see our website: http://www.degeneratecraftfair.com

A slight aside: Have you ever been to Shecky’s Girl’s Night Out? It’s this really terrible event in the Puck Building – you pay something like $20 to get in; there’s tons of goodie bags and freebies and free ultra-sweet alcoholic drinks, and lots of vendors selling stuff. You go, the whole evening is a blur, and you wake up the next morning with a pounding headache and a brand new purse next to you that I guess you bought (probably stuffed with other things you bought), but good luck if you remember actually doing so.

Ok, so the Degenerate Craft Fair is supposed to be the good version of all that. Vendors (aka artists) selling FUCKING AMAZING stuff at fantastic prices, giving you lots of things to give as ultra-cool Christmas presents or maybe keep for yourself. And yes, alcohol and music and a party-sort-of-atmosphere. And also free to get into. Fun!

So basically I’m scrambling to get all my own work done (tons of cheap editions I’m making – books, “records”, other fun stuff) and also help organize this thing. It’s a lot. But I really hope you’ll consider coming and maybe even re-blog this event if you keep your own blog.

I have a million things to do, so let me close with some of the work that you’ll see at the fair…

Lauren Fatzinger: Beard Scarf

Everest Hall: (color xerox edition)

MiYoung Sohn: One Dollar USA (inkjet print)

Yura Osborn (Imaginary Friends)

Shalimar Luis

(and dare I say, “and much, much more…”?????)

 

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New drawing (There is a sense that childhood must be perfect…)

June 28, 2009 at 12:32 pm (art, drawing, painting)

This is a relatively small one, but the bigger ones are proving hard to put into blog format.

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It’s based on this:

Hey, new cheap multiple on its way! There are still a few of the cloth books left, but now the cover is khaki (everything else remains the same… there’s a long story there about how the fabric store sent me defective fabric and… ok, never mind). So far the project has gone amazingly well, so there are definitely more projects in the works!

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New drawing (I have this image of myself)

June 22, 2009 at 8:09 pm (art, drawing, life, painting)

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New drawing (6/14/09) – updated!

June 14, 2009 at 2:00 pm (art, drawing, painting)

I wrote a post this afternoon about the new 22 x 30 drawing I just finished and my frustrations with photographing it in our apartment, but I managed to actually take a few decent shots between using a good camera and pulling apart my scanner so I could do some closeups.

So! Here it is…

This is a full shot, which I know is not so great:

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And then two closeups:

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OMG NY TIMES!

January 17, 2009 at 10:50 am (art, drawing, interesting, life, other sites to see, painting, personal, Uncategorized)

The NY Times is going to run an article about the Hunterdon show in Sunday’s edition. I’ll post a scan of the hard copy soon as I get one, but for now, here’s a link:
http://tinyurl.com/a2txal

The article is terrific. I honestly can’t believe how terrific it is. If I have one qualm, it’s that the author mentioned my old gallery but not my new one. I show with BravinLee programs, not um, that other gallery that was mentioned. But to be fair, the article is so nice and awesome that I suck for even bringing that part up.

I tried to stay up til the article was posted last night, but I only made it to midnight. Around 3:30am I checked my email and there was one from Mary waiting for me – she was apparently able to stay up a little later than I was! I have to say that was possibly the first time ever that forwarding emails to people in the middle of the night was actually fun – usually when you do that, it’s because something terrible has happened. But… yay. Hooray! (As I’m sure you can tell from this post, I have basically been up since 3:30 and I’m way less articulate than usual. Today is going to be an interesting day…)

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A first shot…

December 30, 2008 at 12:58 am (art, culture, life, painting)

Holy cow… I never thought building a dollhouse would be so hard.

I’m building this kind of intricate dollhouse completely out of paper and white glue for an upcoming (upcoming = we install next week) show at the Hunterdon Museum and it’s only now starting to come together and show some progress, weeks into its making.

I’ll probably be done with it tomorrow. This is, as I have learned, one of the sucky things about sculpture – it’s sort of grueling, grueling, grueling, fail fail fail, giving up hope, grueling, sucks, grueling, then REALLY FUN AND CREATIVE AND GREAT AND ALL COMING TOGETHER! and then it’s done and you want to make another one. I find that drawing and animation are more of an even process, with the fun parts and the shitty parts much more neatly balanced. But I do like the potential of sculpture, what it looks like in the space, and the way that the viewer interacts with it… so I’m a little stuck for now.

Hopefully more photos soon, although it’s a bitch to photograph. Once it’s in the space, it’ll look good (I can’t even fully install it at home):

yellowwallpaperhousejpg1Ok, so – this is a shot of one room of seven in the house (not counting the attic, which will be filled with boxes). The whole house has this yellow wallpaper (the stripes and crisscrosses) covering the interior. The house is actually split in two lengthwise and the stripes are what holds it together. This is all an allusion to The Yellow Wallpaper, a short story about a woman who thinks her wallpaper is coming to life (which is eerily similar to nightmares I used to have as a kid). In this room (the image is shot through one of the windows), one of the girls casts a shadow that is covered by the wallpaper… in other rooms, plants mingle with the wallpaper, the wallpaper makes its way down stairs, and so on. There is text on the outside of the house (which, other than it being split in two, looks like a normal dollhouse – it’s blue with shingles) that relates to what’s going on, and you have to peep through the windows (with homemade curtains made on my new sewing machine!) to see what’s going on. The strips of wallpaper will wind their way through the windows and doors of the house and onto the floor of the museum, where they will look like a pretty, abstract mass (my vision is to have them trail out for some distance, like most of the gallery).

Good lord, this is hard to capture in a photograph. But trust me – it’s coming along…

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Miami multiple for 08!

November 25, 2008 at 11:06 am (art, culture, drawing, interesting, painting, personal, Uncategorized)

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.

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The Myth of Loneliness (aka the pop-up book) folded, top view

August 31, 2008 at 7:26 pm (art, culture, drawing, interesting, life, painting, personal, thoughts, Uncategorized)


I’m nothing if not honest, so let me make this totally clear or I won’t be able to sleep at night…

This is not the exact same book you will see in pictures below, all set up and installed in the gallery. After working all summer on it, I decided not to risk screwing any of it up (ie, dinging the paper, crushing tiny little elements by mistake, or so on) by folding it up and photographing it. When we brought it over to the gallery, it was lightly folded onto itself such that it fit very nicely into three large boxes. And then from there we were able to get it to extend to 16′ and then some.

But the whole point of this project was to come up with a way to propose a pop-up (using that term lightly) book that *would* fold down into a small package, and so while it was being constructed, that was taken into consideration. I am confident that the book that’s up at BravinLee right now would, if carefully handled, fold down to the original size intended – there are pieces (ie, the pieces that make the huge trees in the middle, primarily) that would have to somehow become unglued, but each of those individual pieces equals less than 6 x 9 and would easily fit into this package. And so the idea of the prototype or proposal is that you would get this book that is really, really thick (it’s about 10″ thick) and you would piece it together as a craft project to reveal the whole story.

In order to make this mockup of what it would look like in its folded state, I measured out paper the length and width of the unfolded book, and scored and folded it very similarly to the way that the completed piece is made. I stuffed the back of the book with about 2″ of space to represent where all the papercraft “pieces” (ie, the trees, etc) would go – this is probably over compensating for them, as they were made of ordinary printer paper and I actually estimate that they would take up 1″ tops… but I wanted to leave a little room in case I shortchanged something in my calculations.

So – this is what it *would* look like, rather than what it *does* look like.

Oh my god, I can’t believe this project is almost done…!!! (below is the side view)

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Getting there…

August 28, 2008 at 9:03 pm (art, culture, drawing, interesting, painting, personal)

Slowly but surely.

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