turnip the noise, turnip the funk.

My new year started with a car that wouldn’t, George puke on paintings and work. *wa wa*

So, in the spirit of the Mighty Pythons, I’ve decided this year officially begins on Jan 2nd. And so, armed with pet specific-carpet cleaner and a (probably stupidly misguided*)  belief that a combined six months experience selling car parts has made me a mechanic- Hello 2011!

And while I’m not one for making (and seriously keeping) new year’s resolutions, I do have a few goals for this year, one of which can be seen here. I’ve mentioned running/St. Jude’s on this blog, but in an attempt to keep this site more streamlined (as well as help out with the second goal mentioned below), I’ve created a second blog to record specific runs/times/anecdotes/musings as I train for my first marathon, as well as generate interest in St. Jude’s (in doubling distance I also hope to double the amount of funds I raise).

But, art-wise, I really want to work on focusing. I’ve always had about twenty different ‘projects’ going at once. On one hand, I don’t think I’ve been bored since 1992. On the other, I get so excited about thinking that sometimes have a hard time sitting and just doing. Right now, for example I have about five different (but somewhat related) series/projects going on in my brain, as well as a list of ‘experiments’ and what-ifs I just want to try, and an on-going list of artists to research.
(how did I ever get anything done in school??)

brain.

chart of the different parts of my brain right now. (artistically, anyway). totally normal.

But.

This is the year I get. shit. done.

-The collaborative drawing project I’ve been working on is almost ready for the next step
-Have totally, shamelessly glommed onto Laura’s mail art/collage campaign
-I’ve got more plans for body parts as well as some new plans for more body-related  drawings.
– Am starting a monster of a drawing/’residency’** project, the seeds of which were planted with Family of Curiosities
-Another classification project, also related to my love for early naturalists
-And last but not least, solid goals/direction regarding shows that i don’t feel quite confident about to put up yet.

So.
yeah.

*update- a few hours, scraped knuckles and lots of swearing later (and thanks to the Napa guy who lent me tools) battery is fixed!

**”residency” instead of residency as it’s not a real, hard-one, resume building residency as it is an autobiographical project based at my parent’s house that I’m treating like a residency.

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Upcoming Show – Auto.Bio.Graphical

Remember those ‘good things’ I mentioned coming to Muncie in July? Three words – “FREE” “PUNCH and “COOKIES,”  (three very good words), available at the Artist Within in downtown Muncie, July 1st. 

building frames for a series of drawings

Oh, and the tasty treats will be provided in conjunction with the opening of Auto.Bio.Graphical, paintings and drawings by yours truly, focusing on themes of autobiography, narrative and chance.
(Just dropped off the work, feeling more ‘grown-up’ than is probably merited.)

While most of it’s older, from the past year or so, none of it’s been shown outside of class critiques or my parent’s living room, and this is the first time I’ve sought out a venue, organized and framed my own show outside of the comforting bosom of academia.

Woo!

the finished product

...times nine. thank you obsessive compulsion.

And the livin is easy.

That's right. Gradimicated biznatches.

Summer! Huzzah! Time for sun tea and bike rides and farmer’s markets and reading… and more consistent updates!*

Bonus- now that I’m free of The Man (read; higher education) for a bit, it’s also time to finish up some old projects and start some long awaited ones. Including:

~finally uploading some long overdue undergrad stuff

~The Goodwill Project. All three memorial sculptures are now finished (you can see two of them now here.), leaving just some typing/framing/display things to do with the documentation. This week I’m going to investigate a few ideas I have for a possible show.

~The Muncie Drawing Project: in which I spend the next month taking requests from Muncians, the month following drawing them all, and the month after that (the last before my lease is up) displaying them somewhere, as sort of a “peace out, thanks for the goodtimes” type of show. If you live in/have lived in Muncie and have a request you can either email it to:
mun.see_drawing_project [at] yahoo [dot] com
Or submit it here.

~AND, last but not least, I’ve signed up for my first mini-marathon (Indianapolis, 10/16) which is not only my first mini, but also my first time running as a St. Jude Hero. While not an art project, per se, St. Jude’s is definitely worth checking out. As if treating and researching cures for kids wasn’t cool enough, part of St. Jude’s mission is to provide care for all children who come there. (No family is ever turned away because of their ability to pay for medical treatment.) As a St. Jude Hero (their term, not mine), I’ve committed to raising $500. So, in between checking out some photos, submitting silly drawing ideas, if you could check out the above link, spare 5 minutes and 5 dollars you’d be doing a really really good thing.

And now, I believe it’s time for some Conan and a Fat Tire. hurrah summer indeed.