The Elephant in the Room/Blog.

The Elephant in the Room/Blog.

Right before my impromptu summer-blog break I posted a few cryptic sentences about Employment Opportunities and Life Changes with the promise that I’d come clean once the dust settled. A few months (!) and several posts later I realized I never made good on this promise.

Cat, we come here for art and pictures of your cats- beyond that we don’t care.’

Totally cool. Feel free to skip to the bottom of the page for just that.
But I’ve been thinking a lot in the about why I still blog- I’ve set aside my initial aspirations for internet fame and book deals*, my friends/family are kept updated by calls and texts rather than checking here, and yet I still find myself updating this thing- why?

Two, totally selfish reasons- clarity and accountability.
Having a place where I have to put thought down into words- and those words into actual sentences- helps me take ideas and abstract concepts that are swirling in my brain in a nebulous cloud and funnel them into coherency. This is excellent, low-risk practice for when I have to do that to Real People of Import or write Artist Statements (since most galleries/grants won’t except photocopies of sketches and incoherent doodles. Rude.) And writing such thoughts here, rather than in my sketchbook makes me feel committed to an idea/project. Even if no one reads it but me, having it floating around in the public sphere shames me into Doing as much as Thinking.

So, whether you care or not, here’s what’s been going on in the world of Gainful Employ:

A few months ago I was offered a once-in-a-lifetime, now-or-never job as a teaching artist at the Columbus Museum of Art. Taking it, however, meant leaving the best job I’d ever had at Open Door Art Studio. Leaving Open Door, and the beautiful people who work and create there was possibly the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. It had nothing to do with Open Door and everything to do with me- it was a dream job but it wasn’t my dream. There were many tears, more hugs and even more encouragement from all my ODAS friends that enabled me to move forward. I say all that to clarify that when I talk about loving my job at CMA, it is not because I didn‘t love my job at Open Door. (SO MANY FEELINGZ.)

There was more planned but really, I think that’s enough navel-gazing for one day. You deserve some cats;

The Beast Dreams of Elysium

The Beast Dreams of Elysium

Summer is for Lovers.

Summer is for Lovers.

Hey lady, can't you see I'm trying to nap here?

Newt in Repose

coming soon to an arts fest near you...

coming soon to an arts fest near you…

*mostly.
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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.

Rest dayz.

Rest dayz.

Any long distance runner will tell you that when preparing for a race, even more important than building mileage, even more important than pace runs and fartleks*, are rest days. For most athletes, this seems counter intuitive, but without taking a day to REALLY rest- your body and your brain get tired. This isn’t just a personal belief, it’s SCIENCE.

My running practice and art practice have always been intertwined for me, in part because my brain runs on kinetic energy and in part because both activities require/inspire the same feelings of endurance, quiet and the stubborn belief that what you’re doing is not crazy. So, after an amazingly intense mid-week trip to Muncie for the opening of Pareidolia, followed by an incredibly full and PACKED opening for Open Door’s first show of the season, This Inspired That, I declared Sunday an official Rest Day. Dirt was dug in, cupcakes were baked, walks were taken and Buffy was watched. I’d show you guys some pictures but I couldn’t be arsed to pick up a camera.

In case you missed either or both of the openings, here’s evidence that they happened and were AWESOME.

Yours truly smiling awkwardly. Just about managed to sneak away without any photos but Genny caught me on the way out.

Yours truly smiling awkwardly. Just about managed to sneak away without any photos but Genny caught me on the way out.

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Click the image above to see the rest of the work

And keep your eyes on the Open Door Facebook page for pictures from This Inspired That.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s reading to be done and cats to be held.

*yeah. it’s a real word. And is almost as much fun to do as to say.

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.

New Work – Stills from the BFRO

New Work – Stills from the BFRO
Clync 2012

‘Stills from the BFRO,’ Cat Lynch, watercolor, 2012

Still up for viewing (and for sale) at Open Door Art Studio‘s Are You Afraid of the Art, closing soon!

(and in case you’d like to know more about the BFRO, click here.)

Scream for Entries!

Hear ye, hear ye!

Twenty-One-Eyed Tony by Margaret Stromire

(or should it be ‘see ye, see ye’ ?)

Open Door Art Studio is having it’s first* open juried show ‘Are You Afraid of the Art’ and you should totes enter something into it.

The show is to be held during October, the theme is monsters AND the opening reception is a halloween/costume themed party.
What? You need even more reasons to enter?! How bout this:

  • The entry fee is ZERO dollars. Zero. You have literally nothing to lose.
  • Entries are due by October 4th and you the artist will be notified within two business days if your work was accepted or not. Two days! Neurotics rejoice!
  • Your work will hang next to exciting and visionary art
  • Did I mention the reception is a costume party? (Do you love costumes as much as I do?!)
  • The jurors are not only wonderful people and talented artists, they also have exceptional taste!

Click here or on the picture above for all the details.

 

*since I’ve been there, anyway. Which is all that counts.

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.