Enter the housfrau

Enter the housfrau

“Cat, it’s been a bit- everything okay?”
Oh, yeah, y’know, I’ve just been so busy. Being a mutherfuckin adult, and all.
Cause guess what, dewds and ladydewds-
We totally bought a house.

A house! We bought it! And then we moved! And then we went on vacation!*
Having only been here 1 day and a handful of evenings, it still feels like we’re squatters.

Buying a house was simultaneously the most exciting, terrifying, horrible and wonderful experience. Setting aside the payment schedule that ties one to the bank in the manner of indentured servitude, there’s also the crippling weight of responsibility. While before I blithely accepted everything from black mold to asbestos to demonic-centipedes in the basement with a ‘not my problem!’ I now find myself obsessively monitoring cracks and creaks and tapping on walls for reasons that are as mysterious as they are Utterly Important. Neuroses aside, thought, there’s something about looking out a window and knowing, should the mood strike me, we could build a crow’s nest off the roof, or keep chickens, or PAINT ALL THE WALLS HERRINGBONE and no one can say a goddam thing about it. Makes one feel downright pioneering.

like this guy.

like this guy.

Like a lot of 20something double-x-chromasomed humans, I’ve read, subscribed and unsubscribed (and then secretly resubscribed) to an embarrassing number of ‘life-style blogs.’ And, like a lot of my fellow blog readers I’ve found myself feeling less-than positive about them.  Not that there’s anything inherently insidious about ‘life-style porn- hell, if you want to spend three days making, styling and photographing vegan cupcakes on vintage plates because you seek to put more beauty in the world, I say go for it (and also, send me the link because I will eat that shit up). It’s when those pictures are used (whether externally or internally) to make a woman feel like there is something she should be doing or she’s not a good enough woman that the whole thing just…bums me out.

So, in an attempt at candid honesty and the lofty pursuit of TRUTH, I present a glimpse at our new (yet unnamed?**) house which is no less curated*** but definitely unedited and, for the most part, uncleaned.

The view from the front door. Obviously unpacking books and Tardis lights are number 1 priority.

The view from the front door. Obviously unpacking books and Tardis lights are number 1 priority.

That's the front door you just came through on this imaginary journey!

That’s the front door you just came through on this imaginary journey!

the dining (?) room. Not seen here: the mound of stuff on the floor behind the pile of boxes.

the dining (?) room. Not seen here: the mound of stuff on the floor behind the pile of boxes.

The Kitchen- Beav's mom spent last monday, while we moved, unpacking and settling our kitchen. Friends, this is the most lovely thing you can do for someone who's recently moved and who likes to cook.

The Kitchen- Beav’s mom spent last Monday, while we moved, unpacking and settling our kitchen. Friends, this is the  loveliest thing you can do for someone who’s recently moved and who likes to cook.

The kitchen's also the first room in which we've started to decorate. We've decided to stick with our previous, tasteful theme of 'Awkward Nudity"

The kitchen’s also the first room in which we’ve started to decorate. We’ve decided to stick with our previous, tasteful theme of ‘Awkward Nudity”

This RUMPUS room. Look at all that light! What is this, a futuristic space rumpus room?

This RUMPUS room. Look at all that light! What is this, a futuristic space rumpus room?

Our backyard. There's a yard! And no one's dog can poop in it unless we let them. #thingsthatbecomeluxurieswhenyouliveinapartments.

Our backyard. There’s a yard! And no one’s dog can poop in it unless we let them. #weirdluxuries.

house_first week8

New house = new studio! With three windows!! (trust me, the third’s on the left)

The chair from which I write this now (instead of dealing with the surrounding detritus.) And what's that door- a closet? A studio closet?! Yeah it is.

The chair from which I write this now (instead of dealing with the surrounding detritus.) And what’s that door- a closet? A studio closet?! Yeah it is.

Stay tuned for exciting house updates (spackling! Fixing toilets! Filing paperwork!) and how-tos (ex: How to start a garden, How to Make Cheap-ass Curtains, How to Make Sure Your House Isn’t Haunted, etc)

*not advisable, but as the trip was family-organized and pre-planned long before the house and to a place with temperatures hot enough to make 2pm mojitos downright rational, we allowed ourselves to be 'talked into it'.
**Suggestions? 
***Sorry, folks, no pics of bedrooms or bathrooms. In part because some strange (Puritan? British?New England?) part of my ancestral DNA feels this is 'not done,' and in part because as of right now they are purely functional, and empty (boring) spaces.

Super Massive Website Update (and other changes around here)

Super Massive Website Update (and other changes around here)
Cosmika performance

click the image to find out more about these sensual spacebabez.

Website updated! Website updated! Curious about what I was doing the later half of 2013? Go check it out. If there’s one lesson I can take away from 2013 it’s to either document as I go or to save up 20 episodes of This American Life for the two times a year I do update everything. (On a related note- any recommendations for a good, streaming radio program one could listen to while doing such tedius tasks as website updating, dishes doing or rug making? I’ve just about exhausted the TAL and RadioLab archives.)

You also may have noticed, if you’ve been here before, that things have changed around here as well- In an effort to simplify and clean everything up a bit, I went ahead and deleted the pages that were serving as a makeshift portfolio in years past. Looking for art? Click on the links above or go to www.catlynch.com– that’s where it’s all going to live from now on.

I’ve also changed up the header and tagline to be a bit more intentionally generic. After the few weeks of private and public existential crises, I’ve decided 2014 will be a year of experimentation here- instead of trying to figure out what this strange nook of internet is for RightNow, I’m going to give myself permission to not give a shit about what I give a shit about this year. My only goal is to write, and to write often. Both online and off, for the past six months I’ve felt the ever suffocating weight of writer’s block- in large part because the longer I wait to write anything, the more loaded and precious it feels like the next thing has to be. So forget that- good writing, bad writing, relevant and global, inward and navel gazing- nonfiction, fiction, a grey area between the two- funny writing, sad writing, absolutely vanilla writing-  reviews, how to’s and interviews- writing I’m proud of and total crapola.

And now, the semi-regular New Year’s nod to Miss O’Hara.

ONWARD!

Attn People With Skillz!

Attn People With Skillz!
Click above to see the collection thus far

Click above to see the collection thus far

We at the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum are committed to the ideas of sharing knowledge, inspiring curiosity and celebrating that which makes Northam Park, and its residents, unique. To this end we are offering a series of visitor driven workshops, free and open to the public, both to attend and to lead.

Do you have knowledge that you’d like to share? A skill that can be taught in 15 minutes or less? Would you like 15 minutes of Grandview’s attention? Maybe you just need a line on your resumé? If any or all or some combination of these is true, then this is your chance! Email crlynch2@gmail.com or fill out the form below to sign up to lead a workshop at the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum. (Please note, all workshop leaders will be required to furnish their own equipment. At this time the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum does not have electircal access.)
The 2013 workshop schedule is as follows:
September 2nd, 2013
10:30a – 10:45a
11:30a – 11:45a12:30p – 12:45p
1:30p – 1:45p
2:30p – 2:45p
3:30p – 3:45p
4:30p – 4:45p

 

 

I look forward to working with all of you!

Best,

Cat Lynch
Director, the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum

the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum is brought to you in part by the North American Pseudohistorical Society

“The shortest day has passed…*”

“The shortest day has passed…*”
My mother, making the necessary, traditional cinnamon rolls Christmas Eve.

My mother, making the necessary, traditional cinnamon rolls Christmas Eve.

CLynch 2012

G.

Clynch 2012

G’s favorite way to spend evenings…and mornings….and afternoons.

Newt, in a rare moment of stillness.

Newt, in a rare moment of stillness.

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Snowstorm as seen from inside a tiny, warm kitchen.

CLynch 2012

mint, jade and onions – enjoying a bit of sun

A wonderful, love-filled Christmas and a blissfully quiet and Schwarzenegger-filled New Year’s Eve.

Despite all my outward protestations that New Year’s is ‘just another day’ and ‘barely a real holiday’, every year I get pulled into the list-making, vow-taking optimism that comes with a new calendar year. I have no logical reason to believe that a 3 where there was a 2 will suddenly transform me into a new being that Dresses Smartly! and Cooks Dinner on Weeknights Regularly! and Balances a Rich Creative Life with Social Outings! and yet I still find myself some time in the early days of January declaring that this is the year I become more/less ____.

In the spirit of my hilarious friend, Sharon, this year I’m trying to keep it a bit ‘mo’ real’;

  • focus less on things like ‘becoming famous’ and ‘getting into shows’ and focus more on making art.
  • this I will do by cultivating a daily art practice and following through on current projects before starting new ones.
  • learn to cook more ‘intuitively‘.
  • run 2 half-marathons (one in spring and one in fall)
  • drink more water each day than I do coffee (because drinking nothing but coffee and wine in a 24 hr period can’t be great for my kidneys)

ONWARD!

CLynch2012

been eating an unreasonable amount of citrus and apologizing to no one.

*”The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer.  Minute by minute they lengthen out.  It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change.  It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.”
–  Vita Sackville-West

Monday Mania – Art VS Art!

"I say, Picasso, your ass is grass." "Unlikely, Braques, my good fellow."

I’ve mentioned my awesome job several times here before (and more than several times if you’ve spent more than five minutes with me outside of the internet). One of the best parts about working where I do is a daily activity, we’ve all come to know as AwesomeTime. The official purpose of AwesomeTime is;

  • To provide a background of art history, formal critique techniques and vocabulary not normally gained outside of an Art Institution.
  • To expose the artists to new and unusual methods of artmaking present in contemporary art.
  • To promote a sense of community between the studio artists at ODAS
  • To encourage conversations between our artists about their own work and how it relates to the broader art world

In practice, AwesomeTime looks like anything from interactive games and stories to formal art analysis to scavenger hunts and BEYOND! (I believe in AwesomeTime.*)

The other major perk to working where I do is that I get to work with so many Amazing and Creative People. One such person is Allison (who’s new blog, Creative Cleanse, you should totally check out if you, like me, enjoy making things for cheaps). Allison is the creator of a popular AwesomeTime segment known as ‘Left or Right’- Where two pieces of art that are somehow related but different are shown, discussed and eventually voted on. The only catch is that whichever way you vote, you must defend your choice.

The game has been super successful, and has fostered some great discussions. So much so that I started thinking “hmm, how could I steal this for my own devices?”
Because espionage and stealth are not first nature to me, I decided to just ask Al if I could borrow the format (but do my own legwork/image gathering, of course), and she graciously agreed.

So, without further ado (three hundred words worth of ado seems like enough), it’s time for-
Art VS Art(get ca-razy!)!

The Rules: each Monday evening, as you’re just winding down from your first day back at the grind, I’ll present to you, two pieces of art. Look at both, but vote for only one by leaving a comment stating which one you choose and why.

This first Monday, it’s a look back on two controversial works of art from the past:

 

'After Walker Evans' by Sherrie Levine. 1980

 VS

 “Erased De Kooning” Robert Rauschenberg, 1953

Which gets your vote and why?

*I probably could (and probably will) write an entire post about AwesomeTime.

im in ur museumz talkin to ur kidz.

Recently, at the gracious invitation of Jen G, I got to go to CMA  to talk to Project Pivot; the coolest group of teens I’ve met (and so stylish! Maybe it’s because I’m from Indiana, and the 90’s but these kids looked awesome.) This was also the first time since college that anyone asked me to think about my artistic practice and turn it into something serious and coherent (which was eye-opening). The group’s working on social practice within art, something in which I have a large interest.

After a brief talk about how I became ‘a painter who doesn’t,’ they helped to create the Third public performance of what is now known as ‘The Letterbox Project.” (if you were near Broad Street around 2pm you might’ve seen it.) They. Were. Awesome.At one point I asked “What do you guys think it takes to become an artist?” Had you asked me that five years ago I probably would’ve said “Uh, graduate from art school? Go to grad school? Have someone buy my things?” These guys responded with answers like “passion.” “risk-taking” “keep working on your skills.” Rock. I can’t wait to hear what they decide to do for their project.

Big screen!

Thanks Prezi.com, for making me seem tech savy to a group of Gen Z'ers!

An impromptu, DRAMATIC reading of Laura's drawing. You go!

Also got to hear Kenay Kash speak, which was mind-blowing. I’ve known Kenay for a while through our mutual involvement with CMA, but I had no idea he designed the Metal Head connector in the Wonder Room. Or that he was a complete artistic badass. Be sure to check out his other site, too- Puntitler.

[CHARGE!]

Postcard Collective: See all 30

Postcard Collective - Fall 2011

 

By the time this posts, all thirty will  be mailed and off to their destinations. You can see them all here. Huzzah.

 

Now to carve a pumpkin (not too late, right?) reconnect with all the friends I’ve missed and clean the house.

 

 

OH and carry on with the in progress performance pieces (next one coming soon to a public space near you…)