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.


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.



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.


Medusa, project transparency, and the Wisconsin Arts Board

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, yeah.

There’s a new project transparency on my Youtube Channel, or y’all can watch it below:

Which is, actually, all about the Wisconsin Arts Board Community Meeting I went to last week.

I’ll let the video speak for itself, but if y’all want to look at their Strategic Plan yourself, look here.

I’m heading off to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau.  That’s exciting.





This post comes in 5 parts.

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.


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.



stuff and things

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.)

saint ravenstag
digital painting
‘trie blasingame

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).

Also, it’s really easy to just duck into my sketch-a-day Flickr set.

But, I’ve actually managed to complete a conceptual, mixed media piece so–yay!

gilded hive
found object, aluminum mesh, spray paint
‘trie blasingame

And, on a side note with More Information Forthcoming, I’m going to be participating in Definitely DePere again this year.

(It’s also my birthday today.)