Fixing the Earth: California Bound

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So it sounds like I’ll be heading down for the opening of Fixing the Earth: NOW next month. I’m really looking forward to that and hoping I’ll be able to spend an extra day or so to explore. The Humboldt State University campus looks pretty cool too (Founder’s Building shown above). And there are redwoods nearby, which is a huge plus.

I will also probably be going down to the bay area in March for a friend’s birthday weekend. Last year, I only took four vacation days (all separately, and one of them was to move). I was in Minneapolis for three weeks in late fall, but that was still training for a new job. Speaking of which, the new job is awesome and I love only working four days a week. Gives me more time to devote to art!

Pressed to the EDGE: Corridor Gallery @ TK Building

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These works are not new, but they are newly framed. Which is almost as good, if not better, since they are ready to hang. I made these back in 2010 at Crow’s Shadow on my first visit that spring and included some of them affixed directly to the wall in my BFA show. There are probably about ten (or more?) prints in this style, four of which I have framed and ready for display at an upcoming show at the Corridor Gallery in the Tashiro Kaplan Building titled Pressed to the EDGE.

I was really happy to discover these again and actually get some of them framed because they are so simple but vibrant. Also, they look really good framed. I’m so excited to show them! The four prints being shown are different from the three I used in my BFA show also. Right now they are hanging in the living room at home until I deliver them to the gallery. Part of me hopes they sell because I can’t keep everything I make and it will give me more to invest in supplies/frames for other work. I do love living with them right now though, and if one or all of them don’t happen to sell during the show’s run, I have the feeling that at least one will find a permanent home here again.

One sad printmaking thing: I had a series of prints that I had made in the spring of 2011 at Crow’s Shadow that I now believe have gone missing during our move last fall. I have three of them that were framed, but the rest (there were a lot!) are nowhere to be found. I remember dealing with them during the move and the only thing I can think of is that they may have gotten caught up with packing material and ended up being recycled? Super sad, but they weren’t among my favorite works, so it could have been worse. I’m really itching to do some new prints this spring, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to make it to a workshop at Crow’s Shadow. If that doesn’t work out, I suppose I can look into taking a class or find space locally to make some new prints too. Maybe…

Fixing the Earth: NOW!

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Finally completed, framed, and shipped off my work for an upcoming show. Amusingly enough, I actually have work in two shows opening this February. This one in California and another one here in Seattle. The work above is one of a series of four (you can see the other three on my website). I didn’t end up making a whole lot of new work last year, but I’m hoping that I’ll be really productive this year.

It was also nice to go back and create some color pencil drawings which I haven’t made for a couple of years. They’re fun to do and the process of making a series of four pieces was a great experience. It was important that I specifically made them one at a time from Spring through Winter. They represent an annual cycle of renewal, in keeping with the theme of the show they were made for. I’ve heard that they are trying to bring me down to Arcata for the show, but not sure when that may be happening. It would be fun though! Details about the show are below:

Fixing the Earth: NOW sheds light on the traditional tribal practice of healing the earth through World Renewal Ceremonies. The exhibit highlights an on-going dialogue about World Renewal and art between the artists, cultural leaders and community members.

Free to the public, all participants are welcome.
Place: Goudi’ni Gallery, Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Humboldt State
University Campus, Union Street at 16th Street. Arcata, CA.
Dates & Times: February 21 – April 27, 2013, Monday – Wednesday, 12-5 p.m.
Thursday, 12-7 p.m. Friday, 12-5 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 5 – 7 p.m.
Contact: Michele McCall-Wallace, Gallery Director, 707-826-5814rbg@humboldt.edu

 

Work in Progress – Fix the Earth: NOW

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I was meaning to write an “end of the year” post for 2012 which obviously never happened. And then I was instead going to talk about the new year and goals and such in a post after I missed my “end of year” post, which also, clearly never happened.

While I’m about to walk out the door to meet a friend for dinner (Bryn is in Miami this week for work), I figured I at least have enough time to throw up a sneak peek of some new work I’m making for an upcoming show!

View above is of work in progress. Finished work is a series of four framed ink and color pencil drawings. They are for a group show titled “Fix the Earth: NOW” which will be held at Humboldt State University down in California. The artwork needs to be there by January 26th, so I assume it opens fairly soon after that, although I don’t have an exact date at hand. I’m excited to be included though! It is a collection of work by Native artists who belong to northwestern California tribes that perform annual/biannual world renewal ceremonies. (Southwestern Oregon may also be included.)

I believe that Rick Bartow is also going to have work in this show, which is exciting for me because I really love his work and have found it to be quite influential in some respects. Also Brian Tripp who is Karuk and does really awesome geometric paintings which have also informed my own work to a degree. I’ll need to photograph the pieces before I send them, so will post images again either here, or on my website. Preferably both, but we’ll see how it goes.