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*:

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Also this:

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OH and a little of this*;

(life. size. puppets.) !!!

2) Vision Unveiled: Goodwill Art Studio and Open Door Art Studio
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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.
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No weekly practice piece this week.

Instead, I was busy using the other half of my brain, working on THIS

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IT’S A WEBSITE FOR GROWNUPS.

Creating a serious-looking portfolio with a url that didn’t involve sheep has been a secret goal of mine for the past year or so- one that was delayed for so long, in part, because this time last year I felt way insecure about What Kind of Artist Am I and What Is This Thing I’m Doing. 2012 felt like a year full of thinking and doing and while I’m still definitely working on the answers to both of those questions, I’m feeling less like ‘recent artschool graduate’ and more like an artist proper. 2012 was also a year filled with lots of work, the documenting and digitally displaying of which became a task to large and unwieldy for a simple wordpress site.

To build and host my new site, I decided to go with Other People’s Pixels. Their interface is beautifully designed and easy enough even a Luddite like yours truly can navigate it fairly easily. The real difficulty in building the site was sorting through my hellish jumble of image files. Making a website turned out to be like moving. I kept finding myself yelling variations of “Where did all this shit come from?!”

This week was also full of fun extracurriculars like the current show at the OSU Urban Arts Space:

Mark Beyer: With/Without Text

Holy hell. If you have even ten minutes to check this show out, please do. The sheer amount of stuff is overwhelming, and all of it is awesome. Mad props to Mark Beyer for making it and awesome Columbus art collector and Outsider Art Champion, Tom Wagner for making it happen.

If you have more than ten minutes, pleasePLZ wander over to the other side of the gallery and check out Constructing James Castle.

found paper with unknown color, soot and JAMES CASTLE’S OWN SPIT.

James Castle was a self taught, deaf artist who spent his life in rural Idaho making drawings and miniature sculptures that have been haunting my dreams. The show itself is wonderfully curated as well. Each drawing is framed in such a way that they end up feeling like tiny, sacred objects. The Wexner Center is presenting a documentary about Castle next Tuesday and friends, the exhibition at the OSU Urban Arts Space is so good I’m forgoing $6 Tuesdays at Gateway to go see it.