Call for Entries: Postcard Collective

Call for Entries: Postcard Collective
Cat Lynch 2012

hooray summer!

 

Ahoy! It’s time for another Postcard Collective Exchange! The deadline to apply is June 22nd, and the instructions are all on the website.I’ll be sitting this one out, due to an abundance of commitments already this summer, including my own correspondence art endeavors, however I highly recommend it to anyone else. Not only is it a fun challenge, but in the end you get thirty pieces of tiny, awesome art from all over. Check out the Collective’s archive for a look at past exchanges, and check out Laura‘s blog for a look at the most recent exchange (she’s way more on top of things than I am)

Postcard Collective – Winter 2012

Received this gem in my inbox two days ago:

huzzah!

I’ve been thinking about the exchange for a while now. Originally, I figured if I just started working on postcards before finding out if I got in or not then at worst I’d have some new work made and at best, I’d avoid the frantic marathon sessions of last time.True to form I started today. In part, because I need to have some sort of definite deadline, and in part because I was doing a lot of thinking about this run of cards in the interim. Now that there is a definite deadline looming (along with a vacation the week before everything needs to be sent), it’s time for some making.

32; Postcard Collective, Winter 2012

32; Postcard Collective - Winter 2012

Planning on doing all new watercolors again. Still thinking about the process/concept. It’s all in there, just not in coherent language yet. I’ll let you know when it’s all reshuffled.

Again I say Huzzah!

Absent and Present

Apologies if updates have been sparse in number and in content. I was essentially useless last week due to the beginning of peak marathon training (coinciding with sudden “record breaking” heat) and a lack of sleep. Add to this the energy required to not get fired from my amazing new job and a trying family emergency and you get one useless person. I was even napping after work- Napping!

Fortunately, though, all things must pass- Been spending the weekend practically hibernating, the heat wave is breaking at this very moment (rain! huzzah!), and the family thing has been brought to an end that, when viewed unselfishly and objectively, is the best possible. Finally feeling like the me of seven days ago.*

Also been working on that drawing/performance collaboration that no one but me remembers (probably). As strange as it may sound coming from one who writes in first person narrative and makes largely autobiographical pieces, I hate being looked at, being the center of attention. My work? Fine, yes, totally. Look at it! Look! Just don’t look at me. With most of my work, there’s an object or image or words that can act as a buffer- tell the stories I want to tell while being detatched from myself. With performance, however, there’s immediacy. The audience is right. there.

With this drawing project, I knew almost from the beginning I didn’t want to do a big, elaborate ‘in a gallery with an audience’ type of performance.I admire the hell out of artists like Marina Abramovic, but Marina I’m not. Around the time of the Goodwill Project, I started to do a lot of thinking about performance as PERFORMANCE! vs. performance as ritual. Over the course of several conversations with artists who I’m lucky enough to know, including Hannah Barnes and Jen G., the idea of private performances came up. The idea of making things in general as a sort of meditative and ritualistic process is already a favorite theme of mine- even if the end product isn’t a tangible object, why couldn’t I keep working with this theme? Hannah in particular made a comment about ‘setting up an experience’- making public work (like the Goodwill Project) that invited participation which could be noticed or not. (sort of like Miranda July’s Eleven Heavy Pieces or Art Club’s shows).

So, over throughout September, I’ll be doing a series of five performances- each 1-5 minutes, each based on a 5 min. drawing from 5 artists I know that I’ve received over the course of a year. In keeping with the themes of impermanence, lack of control (on my part) collaboration, and the use of antiquated technology**, the performances will be executed with the help of 5 new artists met in the past year and documented with pinhole cameras.

This weekend I built a prototype and experimented with exposure times. Here’s a ‘best of’ (most of the rest are repeats of these images w/ slightly different exposures).

Also, I’m pretty sure using a matchbox to take photos is akin to magic. Definitely sure. I’m practically a wizard.

*Jeff Smith would say it was the rain.
**and in part because my A4 is in disrepair

Laura Hruska- you know the drill.

The next installment in the great Correspondence Collaboration Extravonanza:

Postcard 8, from me to you.

Decided to sit down yesterday and finally finish the drawing that took me two weeks to think of, only to find that I hated it. It was in the same vein as my Pulp photos (and the guest post I mentioned in the not too distant past), and while I was excited when  I started, I spent most of the morning getting madder and madder. At everything: the drawing, the color, the concept- God knows I love ‘clever’ art, but this just felt too forced.

Hm, pencil looking overworked. And also stupid. Light washes? AH! NO! Take it back, maybe some blackblack around the eyes and- NO! quick, make it messy? Like on purpose?? WHY??? WHY DO YOU HATE ME?!

Or

Hey, this soup’s okay, but a little bland. Maybe I should add a little salt. Maybe a little more? Just a leedle more? Damn, too much. I’ll just add more liquid. Oh, now it’s bland again. I’ll just add the teenyweenytinymeenyminymoeiest pinch of salt….G’dammittosalty.

Here’s the thing about art, though- I’m not getting paid, in fame or legal tender, and if I make a less than perfect/clever/significant object, I still get to keep all my fingers. I personally don’t believe in art without hard work, but if all element of fun is gone from the making, how fun can the looking be?

So that’s what this is: The better part of a day spent listening to a book on tape, and sewing (because I felt like some muthafuckin needle-craft) an image from an old biology book I’ve held onto for years (waiting for the ‘right’ time to use it) onto a plain piece of paper. Master piece? No. But it felt good.

detail. (what is it about thread-gore that's more disturbing than real-gore? there's something there.)

*Maybe you’ve had a similar experience? Tell us about it in the comments. We can comiserate then later french braid each other’s hair and sing into our hairbrushes.

some-er- Correspondence Campaign

About a week ago (alack!) I received the most recent installment in the Correspondence Campaign from Laura

This is actually a view of the front next to the view of the back. When you hold the card to the light you can see the images combined. Awesome. I think my favorite part about this card is that it can only exist as an object (postcard). If I were to frame it, I’d lose half the piece. I was thinking about this the other day- In my studio I have all the cards from L hung up on a line in order and it’s interesting to see the evolution of this process. As they’ve gone along they’ve become less individual images and more a story/conversation (which I suppose is the point of correspondence) and their being postcards (rather than paintings mailed in envelopes) has become more important.

The image itself is about perfectionism and an epic sunburn, which you can read more about on her site. I had an idea about cataloging my own body’s experience with summer (I’m pretty sure 75% of my blood now lies scattered amongst the Olentangy mosquito population) but didn’t think of it until too late. I could always document my burgeoning farmer’s/runner’s tan a la Travis Shaffer ,but that feels like too much of something already done. Hm. Will ponder….

If you’re name is Laura Hruska, and you like surprises don’t read this post! (Correspondence Campaign – update)

If you’re name is Laura Hruska, and you like surprises don’t read this post! (Correspondence Campaign – update)

Finally finished my next installment to Laura’s Correspondence Campaign!

number 6, watercolor.

When we first started the campaign there was no discussion about trying to make our postcards related, but it’s been eerie how connected Laura’s cards have been to my own ideas. Like Laura’s  last card, I too wanted to try and just paint something. I’ve been having thought/doubts about my use of (reliance on??)minimal symbols and repetition. At the same time, though I wanted to create a context in which realism would be appropriate.

And speaking of appropriate context,

this.

Accidents- the Correspondence Campaign continues!

Woo! Just got (…by which I mean a few days ago. Bad blogger,bad.) the newest part of the Correspondence Campaign from Laura. You can read more about it by clicking the picture below:

Plans are in place for the next installment from me, and will be coming soon…

Also, in other rando- news (and in part, an excuse about the lack of posts the past week or so) We’re moving! That’s right, Boyfriend, Georges (the cat) and I are relocating to the far-flung location of…across the street. To a place with outdoor space, an extra bedroom (read:studio), a basement, gushgush. First, though, comes the completely overwhelming task of packing/cleaning/cleaning/unpacking. o.O