Berms and Swells

In honor of my hero in all things tied to water, chance, earthworks and mobile photo as legitimate art making tool, here’s a little accidental photo collage as found in my photo library while hunting for something else:

L: documenting the water flow in my garden R: capturing an image of work by Esther Niesenthal Krintz for use in a pre-K program.

L: documenting the water flow in my garden
R: capturing an image of work by Esther Niesenthal Krintz for use in a pre-K program.

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Pausing in the ‘messy middle.’*

From Jacinda (who says it better than I can):

…I have tried to reconcile this, deciding if it is worthy to pursue (or too insular), but I can’t stop thinking about it. The concept refuses to fade away and I keep taking photographs. I may post a few of them over the next week or two while I formulate the words to describe what this means.

 

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*the ‘messy middle’ is a concept I first read about via Nina Simon. As a total completionist, I find this idea fascinating and scary, and have been experimenting with this concept.

UPCOMING SHOW: Back and Forth @ the Florence Quater Gallery

UPCOMING SHOW: Back and Forth @ the Florence Quater Gallery

Have you been losing sleep at night because you were in the desert last fall and unable to attend ‘For Theirs is an Empire of Memory’ ? Do you love postcards? If either or both of these are true, then you’re in luck! Eight remnants from ‘At-one’ (my contribution to the Empire of Memory) will be on display in the first ever Postcard Collective Invitational Exhibition.

This could be your hand!

This could be your hand!

The exhibition, at The Florence Quater Gallery at Southwest University of Visual Arts, will be up from September 6th through October 11th and will feature work by six collective artists (including yrs truly) and the entire collection to date- nearly 300 postcards.

Like Jacinda’s Cloud Pool, remnants of ‘At-one’ get to visit Arizona before I do-
Maybe they’ll send us POSTCARDS?
(har. har.)

Newt! (or, the laundry list of why I haven’t been at my computer lately)

Newt! (or, the laundry list of why I haven’t been at my computer lately)

This past week, and the week to follow, have been packed full of things. Things such as

  • Getting ready for Wallace to be in the Columbus Arts Festival
  • Going with Wallace to the Columbus Arts Festival
  • Finishing my own work for the Big Local Art Tent.
  • Getting ready for our next opening at Open Door (Figurative Language– come check it out!)
  • Putting together show proposals and juried show entries (all due this week or next)
  • Prepped and executed the first ever Pinhole Photography Picnic Pworkshop (success! thanks again!)
  • all of the end of the month paperwork hoopla at work deemed MOST NECESSARY by the Medicaid Powers That Be.
  • Early summer time-sensitive gardening tasks
  • the most minimal amount of personal hygiene needed not to offend
  • the daily business of eating, sleeping, living, etc.

So in the midst of all of this, I thought to myself ‘ self, you know what you need?’

A kitten.

Specifically, the tiny, snotty, smelly, sad-sack of a rescue kitten that arrived at the Cat Lynch Home for Wayward Kitties last Sunday. Some antibiotics, a few baths and lots of cuddles later, ladies and gentlemen may I introduce you to Newt!**

basking in the glow of impending internet fame.

Named for the nearly as adorable/badass little girl in the 1986 CLASSIC James Cameron film, Newt has already firmly entrenched herself into my stupid bleeding heart. Expect many more pictures to come, especially as Newt and the Georges get to know each other***

And if one kitten wasn’t enough, Newt also came with brother, who I’m currently fostering. The huge-hearted woman I work with who rescued the two christened the dude’ Franklin, though in keeping with house rule 75 (‘thou shalt bestow names gleaned only from the annals of history/pop culture), we’ve been calling him Dr. Franklin. And as happy as we are to keep Franklin while he’s on walkabout****, this guy does need a good home. So if you or someone you know lives in the Columbus area and is looking to make their lives a little more adorable, pass this along (lest I end up like Arline Conradt.)

*we’ve been watching a large amount of Metalocolypse which has a surprising amount of kitty humor.
**unless we work together, in which case you’ve already been introduced by the daily batch of cell phone photos and rambling narratives about her latest goings ons.
***Remember back in the adolescent days of this blog when Things My Cat Did featured heavily in the content? Now that we’ve gotten a new channel in our version of cable (a.k.a. cat watching) I might have to bring that back. Maybe as a weekly Feline Friday? thoughts?
****if you giggled at this we can be friends. Friends who watch a lot of Babylon 5

Interview on the Interwebs

It’s my first interview! Thanks Jacinda!

Working on the Spring 2012 exchange. Please excuse the mug graveyard/drying racks.

Being forced to take what I was thinking about while making things and put it into words and put those words in a sentence was scary, and difficult, and ultimately very, very helpful.

Sharing the Love: People and things I love that you should probably love too.

People I Undeservedly Get to Know For Real

Yay Sockpuppet!– featuring the art of a talented lady who makes me almost pee my pants on a daily basis.
Cody Heichel – also known as the ‘watercolor master’ at Open Door. Seriously, this guy rocks.
Open Door Art Studio – this is where I spend 40+ hours of my week. These are the people I see regularly. And it’s my job. This fact alone is beautiful.
you are awesome ^_^ – ‘a collection of neatness brought to you by Kifer’. If you like any of the following: puppies, beautiful things, art, math, science, SCIENCE, other cute animals, human rights, unexpected things- then you will enjoy it.
While You Wait for the Bread to Bake – My friend Laura’s blog- regularly updated with awesome art, photography, style, CAT PHOTOS! basically, if this chick lived in Columbus I would bother her to hang out all the time.
Thanks and Sorry – photos by Amelia Morris. Although I didn’t talk to Amelia much when we were both at school, her work is some I’ve always admired.
Sarah LaBarge – another classmate of whom I was in awe, with whom I was way too shy when we were in classes together. Brilliant writer, brilliant artist. Thank goodness for the internet to bridge geological gaps (and social ineptitude)
Jacinda Russell and Hannah Barnes – have you ever had a professor that taught you a lot, not just in school, but through their own artmaking and who had great taste in books and who made you think “man, I wish we were friends.”? I was disgustingly lucky enough to have two of them.
Art Club – Want three mind-blowing artist brains for the price of one artist-collective? Win. Until you have pie-eating contests at your show opening, you’re probably not as cool as Art Club.
Kenay Kash – making art more fun and potentially uncomfortable on the regular. I was a huge admirer of Kenay’s work before I even knew it was his.
Museum 2.0 – Have you joined the Nina Simon fanclub yet? (Even though we’ve only had two exchanges- one at a question/answer session after a talk she gave and one via email re: how to draw in museum visitors, I still count this as knowing. Mostly because I want to.)

[insert here all the lovely people who don’t have websites but who still make my life awesome. Awesome.]

People I’ve Never Met, But Who Appear Most Frequently in my Internet Browser
Smitten Kitchen
I Like This Art
Jealous Curator
Garment House
You Grow Girl
Hyperbole and a Half
Knitty


Cabin Fever

Structures in China's Gobi Desert.

From.

Eleven Heavy Things. Miranda July

'Spiral Jetty.' Robert Smithson

from Laura Hruska's collection of performances/photographs featuring the artist in elaborate costumes

from Laura Hruska's collection of performances/photographs featuring the artist in elaborate costumes

from Situations. Sigurdur Gudmundsson

From.

snow sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy

from Memisis. Barbara and Michael Leisgen

 From.

Mended Spiderwebs. Nina Katchadourian

Time Landscape. Alan Sonfist. A rectangular plot of 25' x 40' in lower Manhattan filled with plants native to New York in precolonial times.

Jacinda Russell's water samples. This one from Fort Stevens State Park, OR.

Jacinda Russell's water samples. This one from Fort Stevens State Park, OR.

 

And speaking of art outside:

from the first performance of The Letter Box Project. Cat Lynch.

The fourth (and fifth) performances coming soon to a public space near you*. Details to follow.

*if you’re near Columbus, OH, that is.