i have always enjoyed things that have decayed, but especially architecture, industry, man made things. I like the vestigial parts of buildings, things no longer in use.
As a kid, i used to break into abandoned buildings to look around. I loved the ruins of the revolutionary war era forts and buildings in my hometown. I loved Ellis Island and the adandoned factories in the new york area. Things like that amaze me. They still do.
Yesterday i went on a tour of the old McMillan Sand Filtration Plant, which was a revolutionary and very advanced water treatment plant built in 1900, in my neighborhood of bloomingdale. Here are the photos i took.
I saw the show about liminal space at the DCAC currated by two people i admore greatly, Margaret Boozer and Claire Huschule. I really enjoyed the concept of this show, The Space of Change. The time period/ thought process between distinct times or personas or mindsets. It's an element in my work that i didnt know had a name. I think of it as an everyday heroic journey, which is some form or another, is the theme to my works.
Still, i tend not to react to artworks based on their concept, but on what they look and feel like. sometimes how they are made. There were two series of works that i found rather dull... mathematical, even. One looked like a print out for a design of a music box cylinder, but was actually an overlay of the new york times with only the O's filled in. the other, appeared to be some type of changing graph readout, but was ( i think) the outline of words in the dictionary. both were a bit not my style or interest.
The prayer-bears, however were very fun. creepy. a bit cold. a bit easy. still, fun. The pods/seeds were the coolest to look at. Great textures/colors. There was an automated piece that was a bit interesting. The concept was fun, and i always enjoy a bit of automation in art.
Amy Kaplan made the bears. Martin Brief made the new york times and dictionary series. Justin Rabideau made the pods and some photos i didn't care for. Wendy Weiss and Jay Kreimer made the automated climbers.
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I am having a show here next year and wanted to gets some snaps of the place to think about the series i will create.
If i'm not mistaken, i think i saw the production of the "black rock"sculptures at a farm up thataways a bunch of years ago. They dug big trenched in the ground and poured the concrete into the hollows.
I've been to a wedding out there once. and a friend had an exhibit there earlier this year.
Then I headed over to Black Rock Center for the Arts where i will be having an exhibition next year. I had wanted to drop off my contract and check out the space. I took some pictures and will soon begin sketching my ideas for the show.
After black rock I met with artist Sabrina Mandell who is half of Happenstance Theatre and whose parents run the terrific Schmidt-Mandell Studios I have hopes of working with Sabrina on some faux, decorative or mural projects in the future.
Finally, at the suggestion of Margaret Boozer, and through the kind invitation of Pattie Firestone I sat in on a board meeting of The Washington Sculptors Group. I was hoping to become active with this group, and after tonights experience feel very positive and (if i wasn't so tired after such a long day) excited about it.
Since i have a gig on saturday, i think i'll go ahead and take tomorrow off.
I finally made it to the finally reopened museum. damn it was gorgeous. I hardly noticed the art, but i'll go back many times. The vicotrian styling of the great hall is stunning, and super fun in that elegant/ carnivalesque kinda of way that only the victorians can be. The hall on the east side of the building is a wonderful space for modern american art. Funny that most people in the room at the time i walked through it were SITTING in front of the television installation. I remember the bathrooms from the museum pre-closing were fascinating in that old institutional tiled way. Now, they look like any plain restaurant. i was disappointed by that.
Here is the view from the Portico Cafe, which by the way has a full bar.
here is the row across the street with the inspiring facades.
Rania and I each set up to sell our art during the Adams Morgan Day festival yesterday. I have only set up at a few other festivals before... and that was ten years ago. She has never done this before.
Needless to say we were rather nervous.
We have been working tirelessly for the past few weeks getting things ready. I created a series of smaller pieces, and polished up a few of my concrete disks.
Rania created an awe-inspiring workshop in our dining room and living room and studio in order to complete a lot of her very ambitious ideas. Which, our course, she did.
We packed up our car on Saturday and cautiously drove it 30 blocks to our house, parked it in our driveway/patio and covered it with a tarp.
All night i was wary of some alley denizens toying with the stuff on the roof i dreamed of the car disappearing or being stolen with all of our stuff inside. Generally is very bad practice to leave ANYTHING in your car in our hood. Still, there was no way in hell I was going to pack it up in the morning. We had to be there by 7, and we are not morning people.
We woke up at 5:15 ish to get going. I downed about 750 cups of coffee and a sip of water.
We arrived and started to set up. We were met by our friend and assistant for the morning, the fabulous Beth Baldwin. Thank you Beth!
Another friend, Tom helped us out putting up signs and various finishing up stuff. He also did a coffee run to bring my total up to 750 1/2 since I shared it with rania.
It took just over an hour for me to get my walls up and pieces hung.
I met Avner Ofer, the organizer for the artists. He did a bang up job.
People started trickling by as they were walking their dogs or jogging or going to get the Sunday paper.
Rania sold a painting before the event even started!
Thousands of people walked by. Hundreds came into my booth. Scores asked about my work, picked up my card, signed my mailing list, and many bought my work.
many other bloggers came by, but I already knew them.
A number of friends were set up too.
The wonderful painter Dana Elyn whose work I love, but don't yet own. The AMAZINGLY prolific Matt Sesow The Washington Glass Studio guys, whom of course, I think are great. A former Art Monday chick, and cool silkscreen producing Kristina Bilonick.
I was set up next to a new friend Moira, the Bookish Lady. I quite liked her image transfer pieces.
All in all it was a very energy packed day ( 750.5 cups of coffee not withstanding....) i had tons of fun, it was a freaking beautiful beautiful day. I hope to do more shows like this.
Th reactions to my work were generally very positive. People seemed to enjoy my titles quite a bit and i received some alternative interpretations of my work. In one instance a woman walking by glanced at my work and actually SCOFFED very loudly. Another woman in a very codescending and loud voice said," Well, thats interesting".
Definitely the most amusing negative critics i've had.
Thank to everyone that came out, and special thanks to all of you that bought my work!