Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, project transparency, and Gallery Nite

So, yeah, in case y’all don’t know, tomorrow is Gallery Nite in Green Bay, which basically means that a bunch of the art-oriented venues are open with booze, nibbles, demos, and artists to talk to.

Like me.

I’m always at the ARTgarage since I’m a Studio Artist there, so if you’re in this part of Wisconsin, y’all should come by and see if I’m as adorbs in person me.

So, over the weekend, I went to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, and it was amazing.

WATCH THE VIDEO!

If you want to watch the individual vidlets of the exhibitions, there’s a special playlist for it:

There were three exhibits that day, the first was the Salvage and Selvage by the Fiber Artists Coalition.  My favorite was Resident Alien #1 by Linda Witte Henke:

There was also ReDress:  Upcylced Style by Nancy Judd, which my favorite was The Enviromental Steward-ess:

Seriously, tell me that this isn’t some Superhero-Levels of Amaze.  I’m not even kidding when I say that the cape are cut-up safety pamphlets from the airlines, which really do have the same sort of coloration that the old Golden Age Action Comics used to have.

This one was also bril (but I forgot to take a full picture of it and capture it’s info plaque–I’m trash).

It’s a Flamenco dress made out of candy wrappers that have been folded into little fans.

No one can doubt Nancy Judd’s commitment to Sparkle Motion.

My favorite exhibition, though–and the one that I was able to speak with the artist Jennifer Agnus–was Nature Composed.

I–may have taken a lot of photos?  Maybe?  So, I’m not going to subject y’all to all of them, but here are some of the highlights:  a representative corner of the installation, the dollhouse, and a couple of details.

Agnus’ work is just so conceptual and so beautiful, and I just love everything about it.

Check out that wallpaper!  Angus designed it and screenprinted it onto the paper.

That’s hardcore.

But, it’s basically an insect representation, with the insect images coming from Victorian illustrations, of the Bayeux Tapestry.

I want this wallpaper.

Yes, those are real, preserved insects.  They’re from the rain forests of Southeast Asia.

OMG, THIS IS SO COOL.

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SUCH BEAUTIFUL INSECTS?

It’s just the best installation.  If you can go (or see one of Angus’ installations elsewhere), y’all should do it.

Just to warn y’all, I’ll probably be posting squee and meta about this installation for awhile.  Fair warning.

And, for future planning purposes for Gallery Nite, here’s the dates and venues and things directly from the Gallery Nite page:

2014 dates are all held on Thursdays from 5 – 8 p.m. including: 

  • April 17
  • June 19
  • September 18
  • November 20

Here are the stops:

  • Cedar Street Gallery (1375 Cedar Street)
  • Flowerama (1405 Main St.)
  • Cineviz (1236 Main St.)
  • The ARTgarage (1400 Cedar Street)
  • East High School (1415 E. Walnut St.) *Not able to participate in April
  • Photography by Fix (517 Forsest Street)
  • NL Johnson Art (1263 Main Street)
  • The Attic Books & Coffee (730 Bodart Street)
  • The Glass Haus (633 E. Walnut)
  • NWTC Artisan Center (1417 Cedar St.)
  • Photography by Emily (1228 Main St.)
  • The Plant People (931 Main St.)

And, in that vein–but totally not in the title–here are the date for Definitely DePere, which I’m participating in (again):  May 9th and June 13th, I’ll be at Polito’s Pizza, and July 18th and September 12th, I’ll be at Great Harvest Bread Company.

IDEK.  I don’t make the schedules.

Courage.

the end of one year; the beginning of another

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).

So, here they are (in Instagram snaps because I haven’t processed the actual photos of the dress uniform and the installation can’t really have good pictures of it taken until it’s, ya know, installed):  The Dress Uniform of Leftenant-Colonel Αβιγαιλ Ποδεσ, Order of the Silver Octopus and The Festival of Lights in the Church of Architeuthis in the Aspects of The Moon, The Deep, and The Devourer.

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A reminder that, in the New Year, y’all will be able to see these pieces–up close and in person–at the ARTgarage in Green Bay.

We’re installing the show on Thursday, and the Opening for The Steampunk Extravaganza is January 9th from 5-8 PM.

I’m putting together a steampunk playlist and everything (like I don’t already have 7 just sitting around on my iPod *whistles*).

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We’ve all (nearly) survived 2013!

THE YEAR IS DEAD; LONG LIVE THE YEAR.

Courage.

rejected by a toaster, the highlight of my day

So, today’s going to be a little—perfunctory.  <–I’m kinda having a bad day with not-good news kinda piling everywhere, so I’m not feeling very chatty.  But!  I want to be with y’all and talk about crazy art-y-ness.

 

UPDATE:  Evidently, the post wasn’t perfunctory after all.  *hands*

 

First on today’s menu, the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.

 

Awesome and not real.  *SAD*

 

But, wouldn’t it be nifty if it were real?  I’d totally picket to protect them.

 

And, in other art related news, I’ve been saving up geektyrant‘s post on Disney princesses reinterpreted as comic book characters created by J. Scott Campbell–especially after my fairytale post a couple of weeks back with the Who Killed Bambi? ‘s post about horrific interpretations of Disney princesses.

 

 

Okay, really, they’re more like comic book pin-ups, but they are really well done, even if they are totally objectifying.

 

And, to be fair, David Kawenas has a deviantArt folder full of scantily clad Disney princes, which is kind of a nice change of pace.

 

A sample.

 

 

Kinda weird, yeah?

 

*tra lala la-s into a random segue*

 

So, last week, I was talking about the new-ish take I have going on with my taxonomy series that I’m really just kinda referring to as The Nothing ’cause I’m still trying to sort it out.

 

The Nothing (10)

I found some more references that these pieces are doing for me.  The first is Digimon Tamers, arguably the best season of Digimon. <–Yes, I am, in fact, a massive dork…and totally sound like Sheldon.  Huh.

 

The villain in the second half of the season was this thing called the D-Reaper, which isn’t really evil but wiping out everything, so ya know, there’s The Nothing.

 

 

 

Tangentially, someone did an environmental installation based off the D-Reaper.

 

 

So, yeah, random.  And geeky.  But also blobular, oozing, Neverending Story destruction.

 

Additionally, I’m totally having a retroactive reference for The Fades. <–The Fades (i.e., dead people who haven’t ascended to whatever) are trying to be reborn/resurrected, and when they manage it, they go through a process that looks kinda like a metamorphosis of a butterfly–except that it’s more like some sort of transmutation.

 

And way more disgusting.

 

The Fades resurrecting is going to bring about the end of everything, so it’s a happy!Nothing again.

 

And, I’m done.

 

For now.

 

Until I have something, ya know, that makes more sense.

 

Courage.

 

Classes at the ARTgarage:

 

Storybeads:

  • Saturday, January 14th: basic beading structures & open studio
  • Saturday, January 21st: fiber incorporation & open studio
  • Saturday, January 28th: pendant structures & open studio
  • Saturday, February 4th: wire work & open studio

When: Saturdays, January 14th-February 4th, 10 am-12 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $25 includes use of tools and basic materials (sign-up for 3 classes and take the 4th free!)

 

Bookmaking:

  • Saturday, January 14th: Instabooks
  • Saturday, January 21st: Concertina books
  • Saturday, January 28th: Pamphlets
  • Saturday,February 4th: Japanese Stab Binding
  • Saturday, February 11th: Codex books
  • Saturday, February 18th: Tunnel books
  • Saturday, February 25th: Flag books
  • Saturday, March 3rd: Carousel books
  • Saturday, March 10th: Folded structures
  • Saturday, March 17th: Altered books

When: Saturdays, January 14th-March 17th, 1-3 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $60 for first session, $40 for each following session

 

Papermaking:

  • Saturday, February 11th: History, equipment, initial pulls
  • Saturday, February 18th: Cotton pull
  • Saturday, February 25th: Abaca/flax pull
  • Saturday, March 3rd: Kozo, dyeing, and forming
  • Saturday, March 10th: Inclusion papers
  • Saturday, March 17th: Pulp-painting and collage pages

When: Saturdays, February 11th-March 17th, 9-12 am

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

Mixed Media:

 

Possible projects include 10-layer drawings, altered books, and assemblage and techniques such as photo-transfer.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

When: Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 10-12 am

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

 

Sculpture:

 

Possible projects include mini-installation, guerrilla fiber, fiber art, assemblage, wearable art, and/or environmental art.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

When: Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 1-3 pm

Where: the ARTgarage

Cost: $150 for all six classes

Teaching Schedule at the ARTgarage

As promised, my teaching calendar for the ARTgarage.

 

…so, ya know, y’all can come and take classes with me.

 

‘Cause all the cool kids are doin’ it.

 

*whistles*

 

I’m scheduled to teach five classes at the ARTgarage:  Storybeads, Bookmaking, Papermaking, Mixed Media, and Sculpture.  I’m going to list the class dates categorically so that y’all can just *waves hand* skip to the class that you might be interested in…’cause that makes sense to me.

 

Storybeads:

  • Saturday, January 14th:  basic beading structures & open studio
  • Saturday, January 21st:  fiber incorporation & open studio
  • Saturday, January 28th:  pendant structures & open studio
  • Saturday, February 4th:  wire work & open studio

 

When:    Saturdays, January 14th-February 4th, 10 am-12 pm

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $25 includes use of tools and basic materials (sign-up for 3 classes and take the 4th free!)

Bookmaking:

  • Saturday, January 14th:  Instabooks
  • Saturday, January 21st:  Concertina books
  • Saturday, January 28th:  Pamphlets
  • Saturday,February 4th:  Japanese Stab Binding
  • Saturday, February 11th:  Codex books
  • Saturday, February 18th:  Tunnel books
  • Saturday, February 25th:  Flag books
  • Saturday, March 3rd:  Carousel books
  • Saturday, March 10th:  Folded structures
  • Saturday, March 17th:  Altered books

 

When:    Saturdays, January 14th-March 17th, 1-3 pm

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $60 for first session, $40 for each following session

Papermaking:

  • Saturday, February 11th:  History, equipment, initial pulls
  • Saturday, February 18th:  Cotton pull
  • Saturday, February 25th:  Abaca/flax pull
  • Saturday, March 3rd:  Kozo, dyeing, and forming
  • Saturday, March 10th:  Inclusion papers
  • Saturday, March 17th:  Pulp-painting and collage pages

 

When:    Saturdays, February 11th-March 17th, 9-12 am

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $150 for all six classes

Mixed Media:

 

Possible projects include 10-layer drawings, altered books, and assemblage and techniques such as photo-transfer.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

 

When:    Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 10-12 am

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $150 for all six classes

Sculpture:

 

Possible projects include mini-installation, guerrilla fiber, fiber art, assemblage, wearable art, and/or environmental art.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • Saturday, April 28th

 

When:    Saturdays, March 24th-April 28th, 1-3 pm

Where:   the ARTgarage

Cost:      $150 for all six classes

 

I also have been working on a tunnel book on and off all day; it’s currently in about seven pieces awaiting assembly.

 

And, if y’all don’t get snowpacalypsed in, there’s an opening at the ARTgarage tomorrow for the 1st Quarter Artists.  <–If we get snowpacalyped, I may not be going. *shrugs* So goes it.

 

Courage.