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.
So, lovies, I hope that y’all had (or will have) the pleasant holidays or not-holidays of your choice. Mine was insane what with the not!Apocalypse intervening. Although, it did make liveblogging the apocalypse so much fun over on my Tumblr.
Okay, things that I’ve been up to since the last time I was here chatting with y’all:
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when he noticed something: work by an artist named Josafat Miranda that looked exactly like his own. Miranda had taken photographs shot by Levesque years ago and painted them nearly to a tee — recreations with added color and flair. He had done the same thing with some photos shot by Marie Killen. Miranda’s pieces were being sold for $4,000 a piece at a gallery booth at Scope.
It’s actually a very complicated discussion, and this may not be the best example as the basis for this discussion because, honestly, we’re not really getting whether or not Miranda had a conceptual re-contextualization of Levesque’s work or not; therefore, a truly informed conversation about this particular incident is difficult to have. <–I actually kinda want to know whether or not he was indicating where he was getting the imagery from. It doesn’t necessarily change anything, but it would expand the breadth of the conversation.
Yet, this is a very interesting fair use vs. intellectual theft conversation–especially since Levesque was less concerned about his work and more about his friend, Marie Killien’s, whose a young, struggling artist and that Levesque provided examples about what Miranda could have done to tread the line of fair use BETTER.
And, maybe, this is the difference between artists that came up through the ranks of deviantArt and Tumblr and other places that have a heavy fan-culture association, who came out of fan culture to begin with, versus those that come out of a purely fine art background: we live off of the mash-up; we borrow heavily; we synthesize, and usually, we’re very good about saying where our inspirations are coming from. Because that’s how we survive as a fan culture.
We also police the hell out of ourselves so that everyone knows where the lines are.
This is a conversation that’s going to have to happen more and more as artists of all flavors come out of these fan places (I see it on Tumblr a lot with cosplay, oddly.) because, as much as it may seem simple and straightforward, there is rarely anything that IS simple and straightforward.
So, what do y’all think about this?
Remember, be reasonable, be thoughtful, be considerate.
So, I’ve been the sickest of little squids the last couple of days (I caught a cold at Thanksgiving from my extended, loving family), and then I had to kind of rush to finish my Art Meets Heart canvas for the ARTgarage, which totally makes it sound epic but it totally wasn’t. <–It was basically spray painting the canvas and then attaching all the bits and pieces to the canvas.
And, because it’s a very 3-dimensional work, a collaged photo-set!
And! I finished my NaNo! I have proof!
If, say, y’all would like to read what I have been writing for NaNo (and I know y’all do ’cause, seriously, why wouldn’t y’all want to hear my manic characters be manic because who wouldn’t), check my NaNoWriMo tag over on my Tumblr.
I kinda like my novel (what I have of it because–OMG!–plot-y novel is plot-y!), but I have 50,000+ words and am nowhere near being done with the actual novel. <–This is freaking me the fuck out. Seriously. I’ve never had a novel be so–novel-y.
And, since I have been sickly-squid, I’ve been watching movies. We all have movies that are our go-to movies when we’re sick or upset or whatever; The Avengers has totally become one of those movies for me (and I could go on and on for weeks–and have!–about how amazing it is), but my other movies (and long-time readers will be aware of this) is Julie and Julia.
I know, they don’t seem to have anything in common, but emotionally, they do for me for some reason. I think it might be that entire “searching for our places in the world thing” that they both have going on: everyone in the Avengers Initiative because they’re all considered freaks because they aren’t “normal” people (whatever that means) and are still unfinished people for various reasons, and Julie Powell and Julia Child because they’re both trying to find who they want to be.
These are themes that are relevant to my interests.
And, I love this moment in Julie and Julia because it comes so close in the movie after Dor and Julia talking about how they never fit in Pasedina and the near-fisticuffs about McCarthy that Julia gets into with her pops. I just love how they reach for each other like “this was the only place we belonged, with each other” and then, just after, their husbands shake hands, and then there’s this feeling of “and now we fit here too with these valiant individuals who are brave enough to love us.”
I like it. I like it a lot.
And, this theme of belonging and trying-to-belong I think is something that always permeates my work since, fairytales, really do have this undertone of belonging and not belonging and figuring out how to belong in them.
So, yeah. Belonging.
And, I have waxed rhapsodic in a drugged haze a bit too long, I think.
Or, ya know *waves encompassingly*, if y’all squint to hard at anything I’m up to.
I’m a complete and utter fangirl/boy/squid, and since my work is conceptually driven by fairytales and popular culture, fandom–in all of its glorious ridiculousness and wonder–is totally my home.
Hell, most of my conference papers, articles, and class papers have involved popular culture in some way.
It’s what I do.
So, yeah, I’ve been kinda absence because fandom sucked me back in in the best possible way, and I’ve been glut-researching for fics that I’m writing–if you like that sort of thing, I have a Supernatural fic about Bobby and a Teen Wolf fic about Stiles that I have recently finished and are posted for the interweb to see…there’s SGA fic over on Wraithbait too–as well as novels that I’m working on because–sometimes–I don’t think of things like pack dynamics, but when you’re writing Therian-based novels, considering pack dynamics is kinda important.
Here’s a weird little taste of The Novel:
Oops, there was the cranky again. “Nothing,” Delilah sighed resting against the smooth, glowing bark of a hugely ancient birch tree. “I wasn’t here because there were any signs of Therians. I was here to live my life.”
:That’s what I was doing here too; before every night became about me running from you and our little bantering flirtation. This is really cutting into my day job, ya know?:
“Tell me about it. I could totally use not doing this every night too.”
:Then why are you? You don’t have too. What are the other Hoods going to do if you don’t actually hunt me down and kill me? How will they know?:
“Trust me. They’ll know.”
:It’s just an excuse.:
“I don’t want to kill you.”
:Well, I don’t want to be killed.:
“Fantastic! We’re all agreed!”
:You make a very bad Hood.:
“And you make a lousy rhetorician. We each have our crosses to bear.”
:And everyone’s favorite professor would know all about that, wouldn’t she.:
Yep. This is what I write: Hunter and Hunted flirting bantering in the woods. How is this my life?
So, yeah, in essence, research ate my brain. It does that sometimes. And I can totally give out a brilliant list of recs for Teen Wolf, Sherlock, Stargate: Atlantis, due South, The Avengers and a number of other fandoms that would make y’all weep.
But, also–in the interim–I’ve had a couple of new series ideas rattling around that are scarilylargelyoh my god, what am I thinking? working off of ideas that would actually take advantage of my fluency in fandom.
So, me with the thinky. But, I’m not going to tell y’all about them right now. I have the basics of the ideas down, but I’m waiting for them to mature so that I can fully articulate them to someone–anyone–who doesn’t have an intimate understanding of how my fan-brain and my art-brain work. So, yeah, ‘Lain’s about it at the moment.
And, I’m still totally PTSD-ing from the Job of Evil Evilness ’cause, ya know, it’s fun for the whole family.
So, the things I’ve been working on in a totally not concentrated or organized way:
I’ve been doing some spinning too (silk is a bitch to spin–just sayin’).
These are mini-art batts that I got from Hello Purl all spun up pretty like.
They were an absolute joy to spin. Just sayin’.
So, yeah, love me, love my art. Love my art, love my fandom habit.