Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dear Thick and Easy

Dear Thick and Easy
Acrylic and Ink on Paper
30 x 22"
2014

A new series in the works...now time for some 3D response to the 2D images.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Second Day Noodle (on the seventh day): Nudity in Fine Art

So, I'm not attempting to argue for one side or another in this post. Just thinking about somethings and asking questions.

I recently read a Hyperallergic article about a controversial nude piece up in a downtown Manhattan gallery, Rivington Design House. It got me thinking about nudity in the art world. My initial thought was "Yea! Finally an image of a nude man instead of a nude woman!".

The nude male photograph in the front window of a Manhattan gallery (Image Courtesy of Claire Voon).

Then I started asking some questions.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hyperlink


Now introducing...drum roll please...HYPERLINK!!! A group of artists, of which I am a part, who originally know each other from Colorado, have started an art collective thing. We've named the group Hyperlink because we're trying to "physically enact the way the internet has shaped our experience as artists". For now, we are using Chicago as our "homepage" city, and we have set up gallery space in the Zhou B Art Center. Every month will feature a different show, with the opening reception held on the the third Friday. With every show that is done we aim to incorporate homepage based individuals. An artist in Chicago may be asked to curate or collaborate on a show. An art historian may be invited to write a review or conduct an interview. We are really hoping to use the space to connect with and learn from artists who are outside of one's own physical space (Colorado). I am so excited to be involved with such a dynamic and rich group of artists! Let me introduce you to the crew. 

There's Amber Cobb, a very talented artist and all around great lady, who is represented by the Gildar Gallery in Denver.

Amber Cobb
Amber Cobb
The Skin of 1000 Lovers
platinum silicone rubber
2013

Meet Rachel Eng, an artist who does some pretty new and innovative stuff with clay.

Rachel Eng
Plexus
Ceramic, resin, glazed scoria
11'' x 11'' x 8''
 2014 

 Tobias Fike, who's a master at playing with light. 

Tobias Fike
Light Describing a Tree (detail)
c-prints
8” x 11”
2014 
  

Matthew Harris, a talented sculptor, video and performance artist.
  

Matthew Harris
Weightless
 mixed media
80”h x 42”w x 60”d 
2012


 
 Take a look at some of the work Harris and Fike have collaborated on. It's really great stuff!


Fike & Harris
Repeated failures of trying to do what we thought we were doing (detail)
2012


Donald Fodness, represented by the Plus Gallery in Denver, does some really captivating drawings and sculptures. There always seems to be something drawing my eye back in.

Donald Fodness
In the Ringworm
Ink, Fake Gold, on Paper
2011 

Laura Shill, whose instillation pieces are captivating, is currently collaborating with Amber Cobb at “(Residency): Process to Consumption” in Denver.

Laura Shill
Shrubs
2014

Cobb & Shill
2014 

Casey Whittier, a colleague I got to know at CU Boulder, tells stories using delicate ceramic objects, video projections, and mixed media.

Casey Whittier

The Weight of Translation detail

 Porcelain Thread, Cotton Thread, Synthetic Grass, Rocks from artist's collection: gneiss, porcelain, pumice.
12x7x18
2014


Ashley Williams' paintings grip me with the soft yet very powerful tone their language holds.


Ashley Williams
Oil on Canvas
40" X 24"


And then there's Xi Zhang...what can I say? Lucky me! I get to live with these awesome images he makes! 

Xi Zhang 
PWOS01E05-Kim Jong il's Dorian Gray 
Acrylic on Canvas
40 x 60"
2013
If you want to keep updated on the Hyperlink happenings we're sending out a newsletter via the Hyperlink website. Check it out!




Saturday, June 21, 2014

Second Day Noodle (On the Sixth Day): Memory, Identity

Just a question...a thought really. How much of one's identity is made up of one's conscious, autobiographical memories?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Second Day Noodle: Home

Is this home? What is home? A colleague of mine asked us what each of us associates with home. Since then the idea of home has been an unpacked suitcase in the closet of my mind. I've been in Colorado for the last two weeks and most of the time stayed at my family's house. Is that my home? No. I love it there, but it is my parent's home.

What and where is my home? Do I, can I have only one home? I know a house is not my home. I'm not crazy about the house I live in now, but it is where my home is. It is not my home, it is where my home resides.

I'm warning you now. This is going to sound very mushy. I was in Colorado for my wedding. At one point during a conversation I remember being asked why I love the  man I was about to marry. I find that an almost impossible question to answer. I can name a bazillion things I love about him, but none of those are exactly why I love him. I felt any answer I gave would take this unmeasurable feeling I have for him and reduce it down to one thing that can fit in a jar and hold a label.

So, the closest answer I could come up with that was true and did not reduce what I feel for him was that he feels like home.