so, one of the newer things that we’re doing at The Rainbow Hub is that we’re covering ballets, operas, and art shows.
which means that i get paid to go to art shows now.
we’re also starting to do kinda features on artists, and i’m writing the first of the visual artist profile this week. \o/
(NB: if you’re a visual artist or know a visual artist, send them my way, yeah? i mean, we’re really trying to feature young, emerging, and/or unknown artists because–dammit–artists need more exposure.)
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.
Friendly reminder: Gallery Nite is Thursday. I’ll be at the ARTgarage.
So, yeah. I finished a piece yesterday that I’m calling Medusa.
The thing I can’t decide is if I want to hang it high so that it has this Malevich Black Square icon reference, or if I want to hang it more on-the-level so that it’s confronting the viewer.
Help me to decide?
Here are some (fairly craptastic) snaps of it to help y’all decide:
And, evidently, Medusa exists in conversation with gilded hive:
They talk about art.
Somehow, I made art about art, and I’m not entirely certain how that happened? But, they’re talking about what happens when you forcibly decontextualize objects and re-contextualize them into spaces designated as Art Only spaces and how that changes their objectness to abjectness, their loss of identity.
Think about Duchamp’s Readymades. They’re kinda sad objects.
So, I’ve been ears deep in writing (and playing the most massive game of catch-up from the Winter Holidays–seriously, who even thinks having three massive obligation-celebrations within a 6-week period is a good idea?), and that means I’ve been neglecting y’all.
My poor, poor darlings.
I really need to do these posts more often so they’re not so fucking long.
On the upside, I’ve pick-up writing a twice-a-month meta column on Welcome to Night Vale, which is a-MAZ-ing.
Seriously, I’m never going to get over getting paid to write about things that I read, watch, listen to.
Best gig is best.
And, in Art Land, I’ve started as sketch-a-day project to get me drawing everyday (because I’m honestly kind of suck out loud at drawing. DON’T TELL.) and trying new things in a low-risk kinda way.
The results are happy-making for the most part.
My favorites so far are:
Tentacles and WtNV are definitely things that happening. *hands*
I–haven’t processed the photos from the Steampunk Show Opening (not that there are a lot because I didn’t really take any during the Opening since there were THINGS going on that I had to handle), but there are better ones that these.
The Festival of Lights in the Church of Αρcετηεθτηισ
(The Moon, The Deep, and The Devourer)
Αρcετηεθτηισ, oh triadic wondrous horror,
illuminate the darkness of winter
as the light waxes and wanes
and the night envelopes us
Αρcετηεθτηισ, all hail!
The Moon, The Deep, and The Devourer
each in their orb
awaiting cold (re)birth
—a fragment from The Words of the Devourer by Τηεοσιδ, Third Speaker of Αρcετηεθτηισ
The Dress Uniform of Leftenant-Colonel Αβιγαιλ Ποδεσ, Order of the Silver Octopus
This is the dress uniform of Leftenant-Colonel Αβιγαιλ Ποδεσ, Order of the Silver Octopus and Oathsworn Protector of the Realm, 7th Regiment under The Victoria Elisabeta the Second, 5th in success of Victoria the Great, may She live in Αρcετηεθτηισ’ eldritchian splendor forever and ever—Madness Be!—who decreed that the Empire, long may it shine, should forever and always be ruled and protected by the women of Her realm.
These’ll suffice for now, yeah?
The Steampunk Show goes down the 30th, so if you’re wanting to see it, best get to the ARTgarage Tuesday or Wednesday.
And–the new Quarter starts Saturday, so that’s also a THING I’m working on.
It–doesn’t really have a name yet. Something about jellyfish and lightboxes and phoenixes.
And, if that isn’t some of the most prosaic wanking I’ve ever written. Sheesh.
I’m finishing this year with two new (very intense) works from my studio made in just the last month (and maybe a half…I can’t remember when I started the dress uniform, and I’m feeling to lazy to check).
*I did not name this show nor was I consulted in the name of this show. I–it’s just a really not-good name for the show.
But, what do I know.
So, yeah, this is why I haven’t really been around, in case y’all have been wondering why I’ve been AWOL–aside from an epic people hangover from T-Day and the writing.
Did I mention that I now have an official title now? I’m a Senior Contributing Writer.
Tell me that isn’t awesome.
So–I’m in this steampunk show, and I’ve been working on a costume because, sometimes, I just really enjoy making wearable art.
But–hey!–I figured new show, new piece (because that’s just the kind of squid I am).
So, the idea for this is an Order of the Brass Octopus dress uniform for a Lieutenant-Colonel, but this is an Order of the Brass Octopus that’s run by Madame Lefoux and is, not only militaristic, but also highly matriarchal.
Remember, this isn’t remotely done yet.
Can we talk about how much I despise setting grommets and how awful fan-lacing is to do?
And, yet, here I am: grommets and fan-lacing galore. *SIGH*
There’s a video around here somewhere, but I can’t for the life of me remember where it was. I’ll find it!
Yeah, but for some reason, November is ridiculously busy and throw in that I’m still on my ancient-upon-ancient laptop. Not only is it NaNoWriMo, but it was also the beginning of the new Quarter. And, there was the Meet the Artist/Quarter Opening, and Gallery Nite’s coming up, and I have three freaking meeting tomorrow plus Guild, and then, there’s another Guild Thursday, and I’m–
I’m kinda legitimately done with the universe.
I had a really bad night at the Opening last week and the week before that when I installed because other exhibitors were being–less than kind, and yeah, I suck. I’m an elitist snob, but I’m never actually cruel about it.
Actually, I never say anything negative to the other exhibitors. I do kinda complain in the direction of people who I know feel the same way, but none of us would ever give any indication that we were less-than-supportive.
These are not people that respond well to concrit or conversations that don’t revolve around how amazing their work is.
I decided that, since I was behind in everything in the universe, I’d display some pieces from my chimera series since they really haven’t been shown outside of End of Semester Critiques or small things at Columbia, so why the hell not, right?
Especially since I’ve ceased giving any fucks about whether I sell anything ever (because, let’s face it, I live near Green Bay) or being situated within the local scene remotely.
I’m a little cranky about the art scene lately? Theoretically, I’ll feel better after the Community Arts Meeting tomorrow?
But, yeah, these are my friends that are up:
It is extraordinarily difficult to take pictures of the installation where they’re at. There’s another wall, like, right there.
And, because they really don’t all fit in the same picture:
So, literally, I had a photographer, who photographs kinda meh landscapes, say to me just as I finished my install “Three dimensional work. That’s different.”
And, not in the excited \o/ sorta way but like my work might contaminate his work. Just–IDEK.
At our Quarter Opening, I had this woman–who makes these pretty pictures of I’m not even certain but they look like scarpebooking papers?–ask me where my work was (I was demo-ing and not–exactly–near my work) and when I told her say “you mean you don’t have any art up.”
And–I just kinda lost it. I managed not to yell at her or say dispariging thing about her work, so we’ ll call it god, except it’s not remotely good and this is just adding to my OMG I AM SO DONE.
I do have some very nice people coming to my rescue–other artists who have been through the same fuckery.