Information about Definitely DePere and Gallery Nite in the video because VIDEO!
While The Community Calendar is still relevant.
I DO NOT SUCK OUT LOUD TODAY. (Okay, I might, but I’M REALLY PROUD OF MYSELF.)
So, I’m premiering some new swag today including my new Avengers set: The Hawkeyes (with an emphasis more on Kate Bishop), Black Widow, pop art!Captain America, pop art!Winter Soldier, and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s re-envisioning of Captain Marvel.
The first iteration of my Paper Towns project (inspired by John Green’s novel Paper Towns), which is buttons, but there’s an interactive installation in the future of this project.
I’ll also be premiering new minicards (not shown because I was spamming everyone yesterday, and I was starting to feel back about it not really), and the first pieces of a project I’m calling (working title) Midas’ Touch.
I didn’t take pictures of these either. Look for pictures of them later or in next week’s video. It’s not going to be a small series and will likely get out of hand like everything I do.
It’s all about abjectness, the auratic, and the copy. So, my projecTransparency video (above) is kinda acting as the beginnings of its thought process. *hands*
There’s also going to be new prints because PRINTS (and there was a printing sale over Memorial Day).
And, we can’t forget my TOTALLY AMAZING SIGN (even if this is a craptastic picture).
Okay, y’all, I gotta go finish doing some things because I AM ADULT-DEFICIENT and the weather was messing up my ability to print yesterday.
I’ve also taken up the task of social media person for The Rainbow Hub. I mean, I just schedule posts to happen, but it means that the Boss doesn’t have to worry about it. Kori worries about to much as it is.
I’m still going on the sketch-a-day, and they keep getting more illustritive and less *blech* so that’s good.
And, because I suck out loud at remembering to do this, here’s last week’s projecTransparency in case y’all didn’t see it.
But, combine those, and we end up with the last, like, week of my sketch-a-day project:
So, there are more, but these are the ones that I’ve uploaded to my Flickr; although, they all are uploaded to my Instagram because, well, Instagram.
Thing High Atop The Thing, when did this all happen?
On a related-not-related note, these are how pretty the postcard-prints came out:
Aren’t they nice? And, waterless printing!
I also picked up a sticker-making machine so–STICKERS!
They’re kinda craptastic? Because the tops aren’t sealed but, still, stickers.
I CAN MAKE STICKERS ANY TIME I WANT TO!
Idek. But, I like that I can make stickers of my drawings/illustrations and digital paintings.
I can also (re: still) make buttons.
Which, also, tickles me. And, yes, I did, in fact, design and make Winter Soldier and Captain America buttons and stickers.
I may or may not (re: may, definitely, absolutely may) have a Marvel-problem.
And, further corollary to everything, the first Definitely DePere was last week and was–okay? May’s always really slow, and this one was no different. But! There are three more:
All of them are from 5-8, and there’s a list of places that participate. For June, I’ll be at Polito’s Pizza again–which they have really good pizza (I thew gluten-caution aside and had my first real piece of pizza in a longtime, and it was good.)–but July and September I’ll be at Great Harvest Bread Co.
I still don’t understand why any of us are in restaurants; I don’t make the decisions. *hands*
There’s also a Meet the Artist/New Quarter Opening at the ARTgarage coming up on May 22nd so–yay? I’m supposed to demo, so I have to sort something out for it.
I’m–also going to be putting up a commissions page/information soon? (And, a PayPal button for donations or whatever. And, theoretically, adding things to my Etsy so it’s–has things in it. Again.)
*THIS IS THE SOUND MY ANXIETY MAKES*
Now, have the most recent projecTransparency videos (with increasingly more refined production value!):
Okay, y’all, I’m gonna go do other things (like sleep, jfc, I’m tired).
People always ask me why I participate in fandom, why fandom and (popular) visual culture inform my art-making practice, and it’s not an easy answer—but it’s easy at the same time.
Fandom—and the products created by fandom—was the first place that I saw and experienced reflections of myself. It was not the first place that I encountered a gay character (That was Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey in the Summer of 1990, I think.), but fandom was the first place that I encountered (recreated) characters that were bisexual, that were pansexual, that were transgendered, that were poly(amorous), that loved because of the person and not whatever body that they had been born in (whether that was the sex they would have chosen or not, whether it matched who they felt they were interiorly or not).
Fandom gave me this.
Fandom gave me the words to be able to explain that I can love more than one person at once, that I can love someone because they’re who they are and not what is or isn’t between their legs, that my gender expression (perceived, received and/or imposed) is not the beginning and end of my Self—long before I took a class in autobiographical theory that taught me about trauma writing, about interiority versus exteriority, about performativity.
Grad school may have taught me the terms, but fandom taught me about Othering and alterity long before—that insidious societal coping mechanism that’s really only good for allowing people to feel that they aren’t somehow “deviant” or outside the norm (whatever that is) by shoving people not like them into these categories that they don’t want to be caught in—but fandom taught me that Othering and alterity are just another mechanism of oppression.
And, that’s important. That all is very, very important.
That’s a lot for a bunch of strangers (their not strangers, not really—I really think that fandom is a place that everyone can come to and it’s safe because we all are, largely, anonymous) to have given me.
But, fandom hasn’t even just given me these first glances, first tastes, first experiences into the person I have grown into; fandom also taught me to write, to read, to think critically about situations (on the screen or the page and off of it, IRL), to put myself into someone else’s position—to think about what their situation is/was that has caused them to act in whatever way that they are acting—to not be afraid to try new things.
…there are millions of teens who read because they are sad and lonely and enraged. They read because they live in an often-terrible world. They read because they believe, despite the callow protestations of certain adults, that books–especially the dark and dangerous ones–will save them.
As a child, I read because books–violent and not, blasphemous and not, terrifying and not–were the most loving and trustworthy things in my life. I read widely, and loved plenty of the classics so, yes, I recognized the domestic terrors faced by Louisa May Alcott’s March sisters. But I became the kid chased by werewolves, vampires, and evil clowns in Stephen King’s books. I read books about monsters and monstrous things, often written with monstrous language, because they taught me how to battle the real monsters in my life.
And now I write books for teenagers because I vividly remember what it felt like to be a teen facing everyday and epic dangers. I don’t write to protect them. It’s far too late for that. I write to give them weapons––in the form of words and ideas—that will help them fight their monsters. I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed.
And, yeah, books did this for me—they still do—but (popular) visual culture does this for me too.
But, fandom? Fandom doesn’t have to go through editors (We have betas; they aren’t totalitarian dictators.) and get by puritanical ratings systems that want to maintain a homogenized, heteronormative status quo (We rate ourselves, and we tag for triggers so that readers and viewers can negotiate for themselves whether this whatever is something that they need in their lives right now.).
Fandom is anarchic creation; fandom lets us see things that we might not ordinarily see, experience that which is outside of our everyday experiences.
Fandom lets us share our lives with each other.
Fandom is a community experience, a communal reality. Fandom is participatory—hence, it’s academic name being Participatory Culture–and a place of participation where all are welcome, where everyone has a friend, where everyone has a voice, where everyone has someone to catch them when they fall.
So, yeah, when people ask why fandom is an integral part of my art-making practice, this is what I think about, this is what I want to tell them, but—usually—people don’t want to listen.
I don’t have anything done from it yet (actually, I’m kinda still incubating it a bit), but I think I might be ready to talk a little bit more about it.
So, for those of you playing the Home Game, once upon a time, I was a dyed-in-the-wool academic.
Still am, actually; I just do art-y things now that write papers or present at conference mostly.
And, if you’ve heard this all before, please feel free to skip to the end. Just like in Princess Bride. I promise there will be no damaging of perfect breasts in this. No breasts were remotely harmed in the making of this post. Swear.
But, yeah, academic, and I don’t fanart well because, while I’m an artist, I’m not really a draw-people type artist. I’m conceptual and mixed media with sculptural tendencies and a hankering (sic) for fiber. So–drawing, not really part of my wheel-house except when we’re talking about things like my unnamed friends or the beast series.
It’s just how I roll: fast and outta control.
I’m also post-postmodern (or quixotic postmodern or conscientious postmodern–something of that nature), which means that I deconstruct, analyze (and is it just me that “analyze” is kinda a pervy word?), meta, reconstruct, and meta some more.
Again, this is why popular culture/Visual Culture, fairytales, and mythology are like my THING. They’re inherently meta, and I can just fiddle meta about.
What I’m planning is kinda a two (maybe three?) pronged series where bits and pieces of fanfic are going to be translated into embroidered pieces and/or giant Word Art (because Word Art was always one of those things I enjoyed playing with and working on, but I really haven’t had anything Word Art-y in the process since I left Art School because it always seems to take up so much space and there’s already a space issue in my studio because old art hasn’t sold or hasn’t been boxed properly to be sent to storage), and there’ll be sculptural not-installations that are meta character studies like I’m totally cos-playing evil-werewolf!Stiles from Dogs of War by Saucery and this image by creature13 and have plans to install the costume as an art piece with these sources cited. And I have ideas for semi-Cubist metal sculptures/wall pieces that are, like, gestural experiences of certain characters or moments from fandom and stuff with exquisite-corpse-esque interpretations of media.
So, yeah, it’s gonna be fanart, but it’s gonna be fanart in that was that isn’t in a traditionally-fanart way.
…I’m likely to end up being really unpopular everywhere? Maybe?
I’m very good at citation. I swear.
And, because I know most people don’t read my blog for me being all wordy and blathery and stuff, here’s some yarn (imaged as a process) that I just finished up.
And, believe it or not, I sold these three skeins:
Also, since we’re here and talking about yarn and fiber and things, I’m going to be at ArtStreet off and on all weekend with the Traveling Treadlers. Also, I have my class information, if people are interested in classing with me:
“Give Spinning a Whirl.”: An Introduction to Spinning Yarn <–Sorry bad!title is bad. We tried “Spinning, yo.”, but I didn’t want a Knitta-Please-level of awfulness; the only other thing we were coming up with was “You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round.”, but we figured it was wrong for the demographics.
When: Thursday, September 13th 4 – 6p.m.
Saturday, September 29th 10a.m. – 12p.m.
Tuesday, November 13th 4-6
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $50–includes drop spindle and roving
6-in-6: Six Books Types in Six Hours
When: Saturday, November 10th 1-4
Sunday, November 11th 1-4
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $60–includes materials
Additionally, Gallery Nite is coming up on Sept 20th. I’ll be there demo-ing and trying to be charming.
Questions, comments, concerns? What to ask me what I’m thinking with this fandom stuff? Go for it! I do enjoy chatting about this stuff.
I know I’ve been being, like, the most boring, non-art-posting art blogger/artist in the history of forever.
Though, for those of you that follow the Tumblr or the Facebook page, you have to admit that there has been some choice art and some really good Avengers fic.
Just wait for it. I’ll be sharing Sherlock fanvids with y’all yet.
But, yeah, with the lack of direct, specific art-related posts over here in WordPress Land.
I want to show y’all a better picture of my spinning wheel, but I don’t have any pictures of Vincent yet. I have, if y’all are into that sort of thing, set up an Instagram (I’m triesquid like I am just about everywhere) because I sucked it up and got an iPad for myself.
I kinda <3 him. His name is Hermes.
I don’t know why. Don’t ask me.
…and, yes, I do name pretty much everything. I’m a weirdo that way.
I did find this really interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education this last week (or was it last week? I don’t remember. I just know that I have been saving for y’all. ‘Cause I <3 y’all so much!): “Poets in the Print Shop.”
It’s quite nice.
On another side note, ’cause I’m full of them today, I’ve been reading Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian. It’s fantastic.
*flails around for an image so that this won’t be another image-less post*
Did I mention that I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Nut and Bee, who is going out of business and I’m SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD about it.
…does anyone think that using the llama stamp for the “you’ve been to The CRANE Center” stamp would be too–backhanded? Y’all know what it’s like to be a panic-ridden student (quite a few know what it’s like to deal with panic-ridden students): is the llama stamp too obviously “drama llama?”
Also, Instagram. See, I wasn’t lying about the Instagram.
This is a presentation that Hrag Vartanian created about Copy and Meme Culture in a (post)post-modern art world; he called it “Holy Holy Copy Copy Culture Culture, A Manifesto.” It is fantastic, and before any other people on Pinterest artists can get all rage-y, Vartanian emphasizes that citing where an image comes from originally is important.
Just like in Academia.
The funny thing is that I was explaining this to my tutorees when I was still in the Land of Academia, so <3s.
Sir, you are fantastic and awesome, and I <3 your brain.