Soooooooo, I’ve been up to my pointed, little ears in busy.

Sorry-not-sorry for having been gone without even a postcard.

Okay, I’ve been tweeting, so technically, there’s been postcard-ish things.

Kinda.

BUT!  It’s all been work-related.

Except for the Eureka mainlining…and the Jekyll mainlining–that wasn’t strictly work-related.  Oops?

I also had a job interview and was offered the job and didn’t accept it.  I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN TO Y’ALL WHY I DID THAT.  IT WILL PROBABLY COME BACK TO BITE ME IN THE ASS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

eloi: jellyfish
2013
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I just finished this guy today.  He started off as a quick one-off piece during the painting day of the Children’s Art Workshops I was teaching for the ARTgarage.  I like him so much that I decided to re-envision him digitally–and evidently, revisit a long ago series I used to do called eloi.

So–that’s a thing that happened.

I dunno.  I kinda like him.

And, other pictures from the workshops (kids more-or-less removed for safety’s sake).

My table at Kids Try Art Free Day!  Yay!

Obviously, I was teaching bookmaking.

Missie and her kiddo at the painted mosaic table.

My unfinished maquette from my sculpture class.  The kids crit’ed mine and everything.  I was so proud.

One of my sculpture kid’s piece.  This is the kid who was adamant the week before about realism.  Maybe I helped to shake something loose for him?

We’ve also had Gallery Nite relatively recently.

It was nice.  I didn’t sell anything, but it was nice.

I’ve also been trying to refine my table because–let’s face it–I’m tired of schlepping everything everywhere. C’est la vie.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, because if I don’t Gnome will be mad (and an angry Gnome is a no fun Gnome), here is Crinoline Vortex (feat. me ‘Trie, eep!) at Gallery Nite.

Okay, I’m gonna go hide my head in shame now.

Courage.

Words of reason from Brian Eno: not art but triggers for experiences.

In this article about Brian Eno on art, Eno said that we should

Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. (Roy Ascott’s phrase.) That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, or whether Carl Andre’s bricks or Andrew Serranos’s piss or Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ are art, because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ … [W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you — so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.

I like this.  Triggers of experience is really what most of us are trying to do, and I think there’s an argument to be made that this what conceptual art is at it’s most basic:  experience, memory, thinking, connection.

I also think that this definition really allows for those grey places between art and craft and artisan.

…I still need someone to explain how the watercolor paintings of pretty ducks counts as art, but viewed through this lens, I can see how someone might have an experience trigger with it.

Unfortunately, because of this definition of art-as-experience-trigger, it’s easy to fall back into the outmoded “I know what I like./I know art when I see it, and that’s not it./My kid could do that.” mentality because this lens leaves out the critical thinking (and the encouragement of critical thinking) that’s inherent in art.

So, there’s that.

And I’ve made myself sad.

Like ya do.

So, yes, I may have mentioned that I started doing some freelance writing?

Well, if y’all are interested in that sorta thing, I’m writing for The Rainbow Hub as Trie.

Here are my articles thus far (NB:  My articles usually come out on Tuesday, but if I write two for the week, the second comes out on Wednesday.):

Can y’all tell that I still title things like I’m in academia?

So, I’ve been making bookmaking demos for my friend bloo, and yeah, I think they’re kinda horrible, but she seems to be enjoying them.

Maybe y’all will too?

insta-books

3-hole pamphlets

Soooooooooo, I mentioned Definitely DePere (which, by-the-by, I will be at June and July also).

tentacle-made studios’ display at the May Definitely DePere.

Crinoline Vortex (unplugged!) at Definitely DePere…basically lazing about my display.  He does this a lot.

IDEK, what I’m doing this week.  I think I’m trying to finish catching y’all up, but largely, I’m just kinda blah and meh.  I’ve got emails to respond to and research to do for my next article (re:  reading Black Widow comic books) and finishing processing photos from the Supernatural cosplay that I shot for some of my friends.

I’ve totally got more things to show y’all, but this post is getting way long…and I really should be in my studio working on things and trying to sort out Life, The Universe, and Everything, but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY!

Courage.