Tuesday, February 28, 2006

more dada

this review in the examiner is a bit better than the posts take:
Visit wearing pink pajamas, combat boots and your grandmother's bra. (Only men should wear the bra. Women might try their great-uncle's underpants.)


TONIGHT- celebrate Mardi Gras with ARTY GRAS

Art Party
The Warehouse Gallery is hosting an exhibition of New Orleans artists to benefit and showcase the artistic talent of the New Orleans community as well as to raise money for the Habitat for Humanity Gulf Coast Recovery Efforts. Opening on Mardi Gras day (February 28, 2006), the exhibit provides an opportunity to view NOLA artists sharing their diverse styles and unique viewpoints.

SHOW DATES: February 28- March 19

The exhibition is being organized by independent curator Beth Baldwin, in cooperation with the Warehouse Gallery.

Celebrate Mardi Gras at the ARTY GRAS opening night party February 28 at the Warehouse with live jazz, a cash bar, traditional Mardi Gras King Cake and other surprises!!!

arts displacement

There is a website that i have often mentioned in my Bloomingdale blog, but seldom here. Rebuilding Space in the Urban Place.
the most recent post is an article about Arts Displacement. Read it.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Shakespeare Theatre Company

You are cordially invited to a rare Shakespeare Theatre Company event.

Shakespeare Theatre Company
Costume and Prop Sale

Rehearsal Studios
507 8th St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Saturday, March 4, 2006*
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. only

This sale will feature selected items from the past 20 years of productions, including Peer Gynt, The Merchant of Venice, Volpone, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, Part 1 and 2, Camino Real, the 1999 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3, among many others.

The sale will benefit the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic and educational programs.

Street parking only. Nearest Metro: Eastern Market, Orange and Blue Lines. After getting off the escalator, go right on Eighth Street (There’s a Starbucks on the corner) and proceed a block and a half east.

*Invitations to an exclusive donor preview sale on Thursday, March 2, 2006, were mailed the week of February 13th. For more information about the preview sale, please call 202.547.1122, option 7.

"Diogenes at the Theatre"

This was a painting i did a long time ago. It is one of my first attempts at Diognese. It was about 9 feet tall, so the figure is larger than life. I've been intrigued this week by the elements in my work that i've held on to and those that i've abandoned.... and those things i'm finding again.'

Saturday, February 25, 2006

i got an acceptance letter!

Artists tend to receive way more rejection letters than acceptance letters, so i'm always excited when my proposals go over well.

My submission to the Making an Entrance public art project got accepted. I proposed a design focusing on the idea that each door was a portal or right of passgage for each step in our lives. Every door we pass through changes us, and moves us forward.

The next step is for a sponsor to choose my door, so that i will actually be chosen to bring the design to fruition. we'll see how it goes.

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i saw the dada show yesterday. i'll write more about it, but i was a bit disappointed.
and even more disappointed in the post review.

this is what i mentioned before i saw it

Thursday, February 23, 2006

i just got a package.

i'm so excited.

this is odd to me

apparently one of the prop pieces i worked on for the shakespeare theatre was taken from my old website and used on a test for students in chicago.

The piece was a globe for the Merchant of Venice under the "scene design" section.


Wednesday, February 22, 2006


I was asked why i use lightbulbs.

I began to use lightbulb imagery over 10 years ago when i was painting a depiction of Diogenes. ( here's a story) I had him using an old latern, but then thought to use more comtemporary means of lighting. Thus light bulbs.

After doing this painting called "Whats next Prometheus?" i began to draw a connection between the gift of Fire, and the gift of consciousness. I thought that electricity was a better concept for our synaptical responses and wanted to use lightbulbs, wiring, outlets and plugs as metaphors for this.

i resumed doing sculpture in 2002 and did this piece;

now, my work has no references to the human figure at all. much more minimalist in approach, but i am conceiving my pieces more as a body of work, a series, that i had previously.

Monday, February 20, 2006

some shots of what i'm working on

this is one of my newest pieces

another one with reliefcast float glass

heres a small piece

this is a piece where i've embedded concrete as i was casting a fiberglass panel. its very lightwieght but looks like concrete.

the following two pieces are sgraffito in concrete trials. the color in the picture is a bit off.

this week

This week i am lucky enough to spend nearly the whole time in the studio.

i do have a meeting tomorrow for a mural job. If i get the gig, i guess i'll be painting that...

And i have a meeting with a gallerist on friday... so i need to tidy up the studio a bit. (a lot... concrete dust get everywhere)

I have about 50 pieces of one series to show, and at least 50 of another

then there are a few other series.
concrete panels - about 6 pieces
fiberglass/concrete panels- about 4 pieces
painted fiberglass panels- 6 pieces.

i'm working on cataloging all of them.

also this week. there are a few shows to apply for. Interior designers to email about possible faux finishing jobs, finishing the bid for the tree project, and finding more faux finishing gigs. anyone need some nice wall finishes?

Munch museum offers art theft board game for sale

Oslo's Munch Museum has shocked the art world by defending a new board game inspired by the daring 2004 theft of Edvard Munch's The Scream.

The game, entitled The Mystery of The Scream, was created by Aschehoug publishing house. Last week it hit the stores, including the museum's gift shop.

read here

art ist housing

see what's in the future for artists housing

"It's a no-brainer," says Anne Corbett, executive director of the corporation, an eight-year-old nonprofit supported by public and private funds. "How can we not be involved in housing? Affordable housing is the burning issue in Washington, whether you're a secretary or an artist."

Sunday, February 19, 2006


Deadline: March 31
The Baltimore Mural Program is seeking artists for the Baltimore Farmers’ Market Murals. As a continuing partnership with the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, Inc., the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is producing a competitive project to add murals at the site of the market located on Saratoga Street between Holiday and Gay streets underneath the Jones Falls Expressway. Six octagonal pillars around the market have been selected, with each side being approximately 27” wide. The murals should be painted in the round and measure 14’ vertically from ground level. The selected artists will receive an $800 stipend to paint the murals on the designated locations and the BOPA will provide the materials. The Baltimore Mural Program is a program of Mayor Martin O’Malley and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. Artists must submit six electronic files in JPEG CD format of relevant existing work, a mock drawing of the proposed design, a current resume, and the completed copy of the application form. Materials are due by Friday, March 31 to Shawn James, Baltimore Farmers’ Market Murals, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, 7 East Redwood Street, Suite 500, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The Baltimore Mural Program, a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, has worked with local community associations, artists and funding sources to commission murals for 30 years. This program beautifies the cityscape, increases residents’ exposure to the visual arts, supports local artists, and unites communities. For more information on the Baltimore Farmers’ Market Murals, call 410.752.8632 or visit http://www.promotionandarts.com.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

an odd take on exhibits

check this out

"Caravaggio: una mostra impossibile!" does not feature the actual paintings of the artist, known for his realistic and dramatic treatment of religious themes - and his rebellious, bad-boy lifestyle.

Instead, high-resolution digital photography has been used to create true-to-scale reproductions that are then backlit to mimic the artist's famous interplay between dark and light, known as "chiaroscuro."

while i think this is a great idea, i have a hard time with calling this an art exhibit....
I say great idea because of the powerful tool for exposure to art not normally seen, but it isn't the art thats been seen. Its sad to me how used to digital imagery we are getting.

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Friday, February 17, 2006


i finally got my bloglines figured out. i'm so not an early adaptor.

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blake spells out dada for us

here is the gopnik review of the DADA show at the NGA

here's a quote from Blake
The National Gallery of Art is launching one of the most impressive, significant exhibitions in its history.

from Marcel Janco ,one of the originators of Dada
We had lost confidence in our culture. Everything had to be demolished. We would begin again after the "tabula rasa". At the Cabaret Voltaire we began by shocking common sense, public opinion, education, institutions, museums, good taste, in short, the whole prevailing order.

i'm going to try to go with a few fellow artists next week. i'm sure i'll be more enthusiastic about it than i was the cezanne show.

oh.. here's the spelling

also, this piece from the show makes you think:

in comparison to this piece at the hirshhorn:

Stuff this weekend

6th Annual Flamenco Festival - Flamenco Gala 2006: Gala de Andalucia
Friday, February 17, 2006 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street, NW

"The Happening"
despite the bad title this should be interesting....

An extraordinary audio/visual benefit experience produced by R & B Coffee to celebrate those committed to living life, the beautiful struggle.
more info here

1359 h street NE

2 pm

What Is Dada?
Sunday, February 19, 2006
at the NGA
What is Dada?
February 19
Leah Dickerman, associate curator of modern and contemporary art, National Gallery of Art
A book signing will follow.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

illustration friday

this is my illustration friday contribution

Arlington arts center

I went to the Arlington Arts Center last night for a lecture sponsored by the washington glass school
the panelists were
Tin Tate
Lillian Fitzgerald
Malik Lloyd
Gary Rosenthal

Aside from sitting next to some beautiful tiffany glass panels, it was great to hear marketing advice and observations from people working in the arts.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

cezanne and this week

I saw the cezanne show this week.

It was a good show, but not completely inspiring. not inspiring enough to write about anyway....

So this week. I did my group art project. this time at Fado's in Chinatown. Yeah.. i miss the argonaut.... so its back there next time.

here is one from the 8 or so we did:

I'm also working on my series of concrete and glass castings on wood.
By the end of next week i'll probably have 50 pieces. maybe 60.

i'm also playing with sgrafitto into concrete.... i'll post some pictures of that soon.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

comments but not a review of chawky and cupidity

I went to the Chawky Frenn Opening at Fraser Gallery and the Cupidity show at Neptune Gallery

Chawky's shows are always almost too amazing for me to comprehend. His talents as a painter and conceptualist are outstanding. His imagery is profound and sometimes haunting. This is the largest show of his that i've seen.

Its quite worth a visit. I feel that Chawky's work is the type of work that continues to give to its viewers, and in fact requires much time to sink in. And apparently the Fraser gallery validates parking in the garage underneath, so there's that.

Cupidity is quite the opposite of chawky's work. Still talented and worth the trip. Here, the talent lies more in the creativity and originality. it is more capricious than the weight of Chawky's subject matter. Pairing artists and writers to react to "I saw you" type ads, Cupity offers very witty pieces in a number different styles.

A print by Kim Bentley stood out for its stark colors and clarity. Also works by Mike Janus, Kirk Waldrof, Matt Sesow , and Scott Brooks stood out to me. Curator and gallery owner Elyse Harrison did a bang up job on this show.
here is a short but real review

lenny writes about the opening here

Friday, February 10, 2006


Its amazing what interest this guy drums up. I'm much more fascinated by the lines people draw when talking about Borf, than by his art.

Many are strong in their convictions of guerilla art. many are staunchly oppossed. It brings out what seems to me way off topic arguments, ie.. his race, his age, etc...

What do you think of Borf?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


I'm goin to try to see the Chawky Frenn show at Fraser on Friday.
read about it here

February 10 - March 8, 2006

fake tree

in contemplating working on a bid for a fake tree sculpture, i had a friend dig up a photo of one i had previously done.

the one i'm bidding on is about twice this size, and in the round. What? no UPSTAGE side?

Michael Enn Sirvet

Check out the work of Michael Enn Sirvet

I really like his compositions in steel.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


this was done as party of my weekly group art project

art happenings

see event listings here

art to do:

How to Market Your Artwork". Presented By The Washington Glass School and Arlington Arts Center - VA
Wednesday, Feb. 15th. This interactive seminar is designed for the craftsman as well as 2-D fine artists and sculptors to learn how to get your artwork off the shelf and into a buyers hands. Many ways of marketing your work will be discussed.....art fairs, galleries, unjuried shows, etc. Much of this will be of assistance to photographers, sculptors and painters as well. This panel will be made up of craftsman/fine artists/consultants who have successfully taken a track and they will share this information with you. This is designed to be anecdotal and interactive. Come with lots of questions.
Panelists : Gary Rosenthal / The Rosenthal Collection - Tim Tate / Studio Artist - Malik Lloyd - Founder and Director of FindArt info Bank - Lillian Fitzgerald - Curator and private art consultant.
Location : Tiffany Theater - Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22210; 703-248-6800. Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15th, Time: 7 to 9:30pm, Cost: $30 in advance / $40 at the door RSVP's are appreciated. This is the first of many cooperative seminars to be given as a collaborative effort by the Washington Glass School and Arlington Arts Center. Washington Glass School - 202-744-8222

Four Public Art Commissions: Sculpture, Public Art, Mosaics - FL

All applications due February 28, 2006. The City of Coral Springs, Florida, seeks public artists for four new projects in 2006. Download calls to artists at http://www.coralsprings.org/publicart.................. 1. “University Drive Entrance”, $41,000, New or existing artwork to mark the entrance to the City................... 2. “City Gym Seating”, $40,000, New artwork as exterior waiting area with seating................ 3. “Sculpture on Sample, Year II”, $5,000 to $30,000, Purchase of existing sculptures for main civic boulevard. ................ 4. “International Peace Garden Mosaic Sign”, $10,000, Glass or tile mosaic as entry marker into the garden.................... The City of Coral Springs initiated its public art program in 2004 through fees paid by private developers. The city of 126,000 people is located 60 miles north of Miami. In 2005, public artworks were purchased or commissioned from Hanna Jubran, Cero Design, Jack Howard-Potter, Doug Makemson and Richard Medlock. Qualifications: Experienced artist in outdoor sculpture, public art or mosaics. How to Apply: Download calls to artists at http://www.coralsprings.org/publicart. Apply via slide or jpeg. US Mail or EMAIL Delivery.

Justice for All?: Artists Reflect on the Death Penalty- TX

Deadline: March 20, 2006. The Texas Moratorium Network and the Texas Death Penalty Education/Resource Center announce a call to artists for "Justice for All?: Artists Reflect on the Death Penalty". This international, all-media, juried art exhibition takes place May 6-22, 2006 at Gallery Lombardi in Austin, Texas. All works submitted will also be displayed in an online exhibition for at least one year. Work in all media is eligible. Open to all artists, living anywhere. Cash Awards totaling $1300, including $500 for Best in Show. Jurors: Annette Carlozzi, Lora Reynolds, Malaquias Montoya. $15 for three entries, $5 each additional entry. Prospectus and Easy Online Entry Form are available at: http://www.deathpenaltyartshow.org/prospectus.html Questions? For more info, contact Scott Cobb at info@deathpenaltyartshow.org or 512-302-6715.

Viridian Artists' 17th National Juried Competition
deadline: Friday, April 14

Viridian Artists, Inc. announces a call to artists for the 17th National Juried Competition. The exhibit takes place July 6 - 26, 2006 in New York, NY.
1st prize: solo show.
2nd & 3rd prize: 2 person show.
Open to U.S. artists working in 2-D & 3-D media. Juror: Guggenheim Museum curator Robert Rosenblum. $25/3 entries, $5 each additional. For prospectus send SASE to: Viridian Artists Inc., 530 West 25th St., New York, NY 10001.

for more info:
Viridian Artists, Inc.
t: 202.414.4040 or info@viridianartists.com or www.viridianartists

Friday, February 03, 2006

more concrete pieces

I add more concrete pieces here

Some art

From a Certain Point of View
mixed media
Sean Hennessey

The Fear of Beginnings (Trial by Ice)
Mixed Media
Sean Hennessey

Wednesday, February 01, 2006