three reasons to put on pants and get out of your house this week.

three reasons to put on pants and get out of your house this week.

If you happen to be in C-bus for any part of this week you are in luck. I don’t want to tell you how to live your life, but if you miss these events you are going to regret it. Possibly for forever. Can you live with that kind of regret? Do you want to try? Of course not.

So check these out. Or else live a tormented half-life of contrition. Your choice.

1) Strings Attached; The Living Tradition of Czech Puppets @ the Columbus Museum of Art.
Where: The CMA
When: Open Tues-Sunday 10a-5:30p, Thurs open until 8:30p
What: According to the website-

With more than 140 puppets and related set designs, masks, and costumes, dating from the 1850s to the present, Strings Attached explores the rich history of puppetry in the Czech Republic and its influence throughout the world. Through touch-screen monitors, exhibition visitors can view a sampling of productions and watch puppet-makers at work. This exhibition is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, and the Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague.

Oh, also it’s cool as hell. There are puppets, there are videos, there are black lights, there is fascinating historical context, and  there’s this*:

!

Also this:

!!

OH and a little of this*;

(life. size. puppets.) !!!

2) Vision Unveiled: Goodwill Art Studio and Open Door Art Studio
W
here: OSU’s Urban Arts Space

When: Opening reception this Thursday, May 16th, 6p to 8p
What: Oh, you know, only the best collection of Outsider and Visionary art up on display in Columbus.
Vision Unveiled features work from Goodwill Columbus’s art studio as well as new work from my homies at Open Door Art Studio. I have the amazing good fortune to work with ODAS artists and personally know artists from both. Even without knowing the artists, the depth and breadth of the work on display is impressive and a great survey of what’s going on in Columbus’s progressive art studios.

3) Rooms to Let: Summer Edition
Where: 219 N 22nd st, 194 N 22nd st, & 214 N 20th st.

When: Sat, May 18th, 4p to 9p
What: If this sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve been to this blog before. Now normally, I would feel like a dick for saying that my own artwork is something that you MUST see, but this isn’t just an installation of mine- this is 3 houses, 11 exhibits and TWENTY-EIGHT PLUS artists all using houses as their medium. Also there will be a taco truck. So yeah, maybe you don’t see my installation in particular? No biggie.  But  miss the whole day? You’ll rue it.

*all of which, incidentally, dovetailed nicely with this, which I’m currently reading. Review/thoughts to come when I’m all done.

New Work – Self portrait for ‘Pieces of Me’ (open now!)

New Work – Self portrait for ‘Pieces of Me’ (open now!)
Clynch 2012

‘No Room in My Mind for Haterz’ Cat Lynch, watercolor, 2012.

 

This piece can be seen in Open Door’s gallery as part of the UH-mazing show ‘Pieces of Me’ The show features over 50 self-portraits from Open Door’s artists and staff. The show opened this past weekend (so that’s where you’ve been!) as part of our annual Open House and holy. cow. It was awesome. It is awesome. It’s up through most of December so you have plenty of time to stop by to check it out and I have plenty of time to rest/recover and find words to describe how well it went.

Outside/In left my brain Inside/Out

Outside/In left my brain Inside/Out

Outside/In is open!! The opening came and went this weekend and not only did lots of art find good homes, I also got the chance to see some of the wonderful people we met over the course of collecting all of it again.

Seeing all the other studios around Ohio, meeting all the lovely people who work in them, and putting it all together into a show taught me a few things;

  1. I like making art a lot more than I like hanging it.
  2. Ohio is RICH with amazing visionary and outsider art. Seriously.
  3. Curating a show is kind of like through-hiking the Appalachian Trail (I imagine) it sounds awesome, worthwhile and you enjoy how impressive it sounds to say that you’re going to be doing it. But then you’re in the middle of it and you’re cold and tired and blistery and bears, hot on the trail of your recent menstruation, have eaten your last PowerBar and you haven’t showered in days-
  4. Or at least that’s what it’s like if you don’t have quasi-wizard co-workers who are willing to help above and beyond what you ask for to make sure your opening is not only ‘not so bad’ but actually ‘fun!”
  5. I have those coworkers

 

The show is open until September 21, so should you be in the Columbus area between now and then, stop by and check it out!
Now, onto the Upper Arlington Arts Fest.
Regularly scheduled programming to return shortly.

STUFF AND THINGS – Press for Outside/In

STUFF AND THINGS – Press for Outside/In

Remember that show I mentioned a month ago and have not stopped talking about since, the show that think about all the time, the show that has stolen my sleep, sanity and personal sanitation?

Look! Publicated proof of its existance!

Preview in Columbus Alive

Front Row Center (Greater Columbus Arts Council’s monthly newsletter)

GCAC Presents in Columbus Underground (by yours truly)


Hopefully reading these has you thoroughly intrigued and as excited about Saturday as I am.
(Minus the stress diarrhea.)