st. croix apartment complex houses about 10 of uf’s mfas/recently graduated. Last night they opened their doors and invited the public into their homes to look at the art that they “live with” on a daily basis. some apartments transformed into pristine gallery spaces and some transformed altogether.
i started at the door which had the biggest crowd when i arrived. gleefully that crowd seemed to shift organically around the the complex through out the night. galen olmsted’s monolithic wooden structure covered in porcelain poops stood surrounded by kalina winska’s large ethereal paintings.
next i moved upstairs. drew avakian’s cut and reassembled, structured pots contrasted nicely with donna flanery’s soft, painterly cups and teapots. rob kolhouse’s futuristic busts held court alongside them.
back downstairs i found that varian wolf and charlie cummings, both big advocates for the florida springs, had filled their apartment with water and fish in order to allow us to experience life under the water for ourselves. luckily we were able to enjoy it without getting wet from the comfort of chairs outside, where we could observe the underwater goings on through the front windows. their projections of spring life at times presented compelling narratives that we wouldn’t otherwise be privy to.
down a ways, in jen clay’s apartment, large, long legged birds had taken over the everyday living room scene. they seemed to be jumping on everything, their blue, white and black feathers leaving a puffy trail. In the kitchen, one of clay’s “friendly unknowns” seemed to be having a fit over spilled milk and dry cereal. though clay’s apartment itself was the least changed, her creatures inhabiting the space transformed it into a wild unknown.
kate helms’ door was closed but in her absence she had placed a sculptural replica of herself, complete with overalls and a conductor’s cap. one of her works memorializing the cabbage palm was also displayed.
lastly, i visited the apartment of one of the organizers. several 2d works were hung, and when you ventured back into one of the bedrooms turned gallery you saw Jessika Normington’s light and string installation. The bright cacaphony of color and light against a fluffy white cotton clouds turned x-mess lights into firefly crackles of electricity.
after popping our heads up into the light scape some of sat on the floor and chatted. eventually the night died down. doors closed. a pie-zilla and coke showed up upstairs. good times were had by all.
unfortunately i didn’t get pics of everything but here are some pics from galen’s facebook.
nice night team st. croix!
whew, what a relief to have the show up. opening night was great. my awesome parents catered the event, providing more than enough foccacia, stromboli, hummus, coponata and beverages. lars din and mel malfa played some sweet tunes, there was quite a crowd and sales were good.
and of course i couldn’t have pulled it all off with out the cavalry coming in at the last moment in the form of a. she helped me with hanging, designed all the text for the wall, took installation images and offered unwavering moral support.
i’ve been taking a break from the studio. i picked up a few shifts at my job the last couple of days but finally stopped in at the studio today to sweep. it’s that time again. time to sweep and mop and rearrange my studio space and get back to work.
some exciting projects are coming up.
-november 21st i’ll be selling work at an art sale in gulfport called “eclectic and then some.” i’ll post more details on that soon.
-the atomic holiday bazaar is december 12th. i’m really looking forward to participating.
and last but not least
tomorrow is j’s closing reception. the show has been open all week. if you haven’t seen it yet i would definitely recommend coming out tomorrow.
monday the show will come down and i’ll get down to the business of installing. can’t say much at this point except that i am very appreciative of everyone who is helping everything along. i am highly stressed! but so much awesomeness is happening simultaneously. i got a very exciting invitation to show in march as part of a four person show.
my brain is getting ready to explode, but in a good way, often. just need to get through this week.
ok, here is a little preview from the kiln i just opened…
i’ve had lots to post about but nothing but technological difficulties. i bought a camera a month or so ago and it seems to be malfuctioning, actually it won’t even turn on. am i cursed with all things electronic? and in addition my laptop seems to be on it’s last breath. i’m going to have to give in and get a new one soon.
but anyway, lots of stuff has been going on. preparation for showtel 7 has been underway. all my little microbes got finished up. i ended up soda firing them and was pleased with the results.
working with the kiln tech to check my work i sorta kinda “solo” fired the minnasota flattop and the soda kiln sunday. rudy, the flattop was done in a sweet 12 hours but our new soda takes a little longer. we had it done in 16 which is about average. hopefully as it gets fired more and we get to know it better the average time will decrease a little bit.
our kiln tech is a really great teacher and i’ve learned a buttload from him over the course of my residency. the soda kiln is a nice size to fill a load of my work and and fire solo, or to split with another resident. after finishing up sunday evening, i was already amped to start making work for the next one.
i’m getting really interested in the soda finish i’ve been getting on raw porcelain. i love the gray color and peach blushing that is typical of a soda fire, but for my work, the clean orange peel sheen is the best. especially when you get the little gray squiggles. i have so much detail in the form that putting glaze over it always seems like a bummer, but the soda sheen just coats it nicely, finishing it off. we’ve been firing to about cone 10 each firing, but next time, when i can fill the kiln or split it with j who also uses porcelain i’d like to push it to cone 11 or 12 and really max on the soda.
anyway, tuesday we were able to unload. everything came out great and is headed down to west palm with me today. showtel 7 is saturday. if you happen to be in the area, come on out!
microbes pre-fire. will post fired pictures and installation shots asap.
right now is kind of hard. i am getting benefits starting dec. 1st. so i need to work at least 25 hours a week. usually i am working more, because i need the money, but i am trying to scale back. i am at the clay studio one day a week and at creative clay one day a week. at the moment, when i finish working, i just want to chill, and not think about making work. i’m feeling a lot of frustration. i want to have a whole day to work in the studio. and i think i need a whole day to do nothing and to be completely alone but there are not enough days in the week.
i applied and was accepted to kara walker tome’s next show 10 x 10 in west palm beach in mid november. i am creating a large scale sculpture installation of a garden out of white glazed earthenware. i have the picture in my head and am so excited to work on it. on top of the clay sculpture i’m going to add materials like gravel, crocheted yarn, sand, etc. i just want there to be a lot of layers. i worked on the mock up tuesday and the main layout is done. now i just need to create the main sculpture pieces so i can start adding detail. i am so lazy, i just wanted to do detail work. i spent a few hours coiling the other day, and then ended up balling it all up and pinching the mock up out of it. i just wanted to warm up. once i really took the layout in i realized that i’m going to have to make some temporary slump molds. i think those big exercise bowls will work and maybe some big trashcans and/or plastic storage bins.