So, I asked y’all for your suggestions about what I should print for the upcoming Definitely DePere–which, by-the-by, I’m going to be at Polito’s Pizza on May 9th if y’all wanna come see me–and here were the final decisions.
If your faves didn’t make the cut this time, DO NOT DESPAIR! They’ll be in the next batch. I swear.
And, because–omg–busy week was busy, here’s my new display at the ARTgarage:
And, projecTransparency videos because I have been doing them! I just got behind last week (in a fit of the anxieties about ordering prints, actually), so didn’t do a dedicated blog post.
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.
The 5 parts: Winter Soldier, Community Arts Meeting, Gallery Nite, Definitely DePere, and Project Transparency.
I so couldn’t come up with something pithy to call the post today. Sorry-not-sorry.
Part 1: Winter Soldier
So, Captain America: Winter Soldier.
OMG, IT WAS SO GOOD; Y’ALL SHOULD GO SEE IT TODAY.
This has been a PSA. A really unnecessary PSA because Captain America.
Part 2: Community Arts Meeting
There’s a Community Arts meeting tomorrow at the ARTgarage from 4:30-6. Be there if you want to be part of the discussion about the importance of the arts in Wisconsin and how we can make changes for the better for the Arts Community in the Green Bay area.
Really, there’s a lot of artists just kicking around up here; if we could actually get ourselves somewhat organized and have a coalition of something, we might actually have a really thriving scene. THERE IS NO REASON THAT ART AND FOOTBALL ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.
Seriously, everyone get that out of your heads, and we can get started.
Part 3: Gallery Nite
Gallery Nite is creeping up on us on April 17th. I’ll be at the ARTgarage doing–something.
If there’s something that I do that you’d like to see me demo that doesn’t involve fire (because the ARTgarage isn’t zoned for that), leave a comment or send me a message.
Really, I’d appreciate the suggestion(s); I’m drawing a blank (sic) right now.
Do y’all want me to bring things that you can buy?
Part 4: Definitely DePere
I have been accepted to do Definitely DePere again this summer, so that information will be coming along shortly (i.e., as soon as I located the piece of paper I wrote the dates on–I suck at adult).
I’m going to have more of my illustrative and photographic work (in small format) so that there’s inexpensive things there. There will also likely be handspun yarn, handmade books, and buttons.
Ugh, I need to buy a table.
Part 5: Project Transparency
Which continues to be a horrible name, but I can’t think of anything better. Evidently, all my creativity is not present here. (It doesn’t help that I’m the worst at naming things.
Remember my conceptual series spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement? That just rolls right off the tongue.
But, here’s the second vlog of the project. An actual tour of my studio (with commentary, I’m so sorry) because, like I say in the video, I don’t know how many people not-an-artist (or artist-adjacent) actually get to see inside of an artist’s studio.
Please, leave questions, comments, ALL THE THINGS. I’d be happy to hear/read them.
And, if there’s a subject that y’all would like me to address, leave that in the comments (or message me) too.
So, I’ve kinda started a new project that currently has no name–well, I’m kinda referring to it as Project Transparency, but that seems kinda pretentious–and it’s a vlogging project so–yay?
I made the first entry today:
And–I ended up with me saying something ableist, and I’m sorry. I’m working to eradicate that sort of oppressive language (that totally encourages my own internalized ableism towards myself) from my usage. I messed up; I’m still working on it.
I was really trying to wait to start this project until I had a better video camera but who knows when that will be, so instead, I decided to just jump in with all tentacles.
But, yeah, the idea is to make the art-making process transparent for non-artists. Maybe even do some more of the stand-and-stir arting (with a fuckton more editing because, omg, those were awkward) or process vids.
Are there things that y’all would like to see done?
I mean, I’ve been doing some digital painting and procreate has this neat function where you can export the history of your piece as a video. Here’s a playlist of them thus far.
They’re kinda neat to watch.
(NB: Gnome and ‘Lain are discussing putting my time-lapse art vids to music. That’s exciting.)
(By-the-by, I’m still trying to be brave enough to put commission prices up other than in that one post I did–what can I say, I’m kinda scared. Is there interest? Because, if there is, I’m likely to be, well, I still be scared like whoa, but at least, I’ll know I’m not annoying anyone with it.)
So, I’m not going to put a whole lot of the new sketch-a-days in this post because it’s already getting ridiculously long, but again, if you’d like to see the sketch-a-days in their entirety, either check out my #studiosquid or #sketchaday Tumblr tags (since I’ve kinda been doing Pacific Rim and Hannibal sketches for the last couple of weeks).
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).
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.
So, I’ve been being pretty useless of late–wait, that’s not even an accurate assertion.
It’s more like having epic ennui with a side of the Worst People Hangover in the History of Ever.
I’m honestly not certain about these Things That Normal People Do.
But, yeah, I feel useless and like I haven’t been getting art made and I probably shouldn’t be just pouring this into here for y’all to see, but I guess I am? Sorry?
I mean, I know this is something all artists have a problem with: times when we don’t feel as productive as we could be, when the idea/concept is not doing what we want it too, when we feel like we should just chuck it all and find a job in banking or whatever it is that “normal” people do.
I know this. I’ve been here before. I recognize that tree.
I’m just–having a harder time with it. I don’t know if it’s because I’m doing all this writing for The Rainbow Hub–which I maintain is still best job is best–and I end up using all my words there or if I have too many extraneous groups/activities going on (e.g., Fiber Fanatics, worst name EVER; Traveling Treadlers; Knitting Guild; Saxony Spinners; the ARTgarage making me not happy) or I just–have too much going on in my head and am paralyzed by Too Much To Make and Too Little Squid To Do It.
It also doesn’t help that none of my classes are really going and that the only thing I ever seem to sell is yarn.
Which isn’t bad, but could someone actually buy on of my artworks? Please? It’d be nice, and I’d be able to get a new laptop or, ya know, any of the equipment I need to actually make my art-making more efficient/effective.
IDEK, but I’m done whining at y’all for now. Sorry about that. This is what a transparent art-making: insecurity, art, and angst in non-equal measures.
Dude, I’m sorry. This just isn’t on.
Have some art and art-like substance.
So, yeah. This is what I’ve been doing (mostly–there’s more monoprints kicking around in my studio), and the chimera series, which is not a quick series to work on (but when has anything I’ve ever made been “quick”), is wanting to be my next Quarter display and I may just–let it?
And, move my blog days to Fridays for now? With my current writing schedule, which has the majority of everything due on Monday with Sleepy Hollow and Agents of SHIELD due on on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, Tuesday’s been acting like a–day off?
Not even really that because I do the preliminary watching of Sleepy Hollow to write that week’s review, so make of that what you will.
…it doesn’t help that, with the embroidery series (THAT STILL DOESN’T HAVE A NAME FOR SOME REASON), I really need something that I can just sit and watch/listen too while I work.
I need to get used to just streaming something like whoa on Netflix or Hulu. Y’all wouldn’t believe how much embroidery I got done mainlining the first eight episodes of the Supernatural anime (Who thought that was a good idea? It’s all sorts of not-right. <3)
So, speaking of getting work done, this is what I’ve been working on this week:
This is currently what the larger of my two work surfaces looks like. The other work surface has glass over a huge portion of it so that I can do monoprinting. I also has a huge cutting mat underneath it so that I always have a measuring/positioning grid, and when I’m doing fabric things, I have a huge cutting mat to, ya know, cut fabric on.
But, the piece that I finished (for certain values of “piece”–for my money, it’s an interesting experiment, but who knows, yeah?) is embroidery over mixed media (paint, ink, and pastel) on handmade paper that started off looking like this:
And, now that I’m done with the embroidery, it looks like this:
I thought I was having a kinda Cardcaptor Sakura/CLAMP moment, but when gnome came home and saw it, gnome’s first thought was that this is what The Lights Over The Arby’s (Welcome to Night Vale) look like.
So, The Lights are Wheels.
Kk. It’s possibly. I haven’t decided if I’m going to accept and adapt that interpretation, but it’s certainly more interesting than my whole lotta nothing I had going on. *hands*
So, yeah. Slow art-ing week is slow, but I GOT SOME THINGS DONE.
I’m–gonna go do something. *shifty-eyed*
Okay, I’m probably just gonna go play Candy Crush or make a cuppa tea or something. idk. It’s like 11:30 pm here, and I have to go into Green Bay tomorrow to see Runner, Runner so that I can write my review on it for The Rainbow Hub.