I received a fine little package this week from artist Brandon Boan. He’s just returned from a month of teaching in Hungary. The following, entitled Pinch Pots for Hungarian Birds, was made during his work on a series of thermal drawings which will be showing soon; I’ll be sure to update with details as I get them.
I’m pleased to have some of my work included in the upcoming group exhibition, Migration.
Opening Reception: Sept. 11, 6 – 9 PM.
Migration will be on exhibit from 9/11 to 10/17.
Work Detroit is open Tue – Sat, 11am – 4pm.
There will be a migratory performance entitled ‘No Fixed Address’ on 10/02, from 8 – 10pm
Migration manifests in many ways: changes to a neighborhood’s demographics, personal identity, contested borders, or movement in a lifetime or a week. These changes bring about conflicts (and resolutions) of space, economies, labor and industry, and race and ethnicity, to name a few. This exhibition brings together a wide range of creative work inspired by these issues.
David Edward Parker
Kelly Salchow MacArthur
Special thanks to Stephen Schudlich and the Work: Detroit staff.
Click here for the Facebook event page/invitation.
I think I have the luckiest mailbox.
My dear friend Jude writes the most wonderful letters. I’m giddy every time I get one! Jude Stuecker is a fiber artist whom I met at Penland in North Carolina where we were both Studio Assistants during an 8 week Spring Concentration. She made a beautiful quilt for Felix that lives on the red recliner. Jude is currently in the middle of her busy summer show and festival season.
Also this week I received post cards from ever talented writer and poet Claudia Manz. Claudia changed my perspective on poetry completely. I met her during a month long fellowship/ residency at Jentel in Wyoming. Prior to that I just didn’t “get” most poems, didn’t really know how to think about them and in turn took the unfortunate stance that I just didn’t really like poetry. After hearing Claudia share some of her favorite works as well as watch her work and listen to her read, I found a whole new appreciation and enjoyment for poetry altogether.
Claudia sent two poems from Portland.
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Tagged Art, Artist, arts, Claudia Manz, fiber, jentel, Jude Stuecker, letter, mail, penland, poet, poetry, writer
In doing some research, I’ve come across some interesting ways of working with grass and had to share.
I hadn’t heard of artist Tomas Saraceno until doing this search, but have become completely smitten by his work. Here are his Floating balloons of grass from the “Lighter than Air” exhibition at Walker Art Center.
This next image also of Saraceno’s doesn’t involve grass but is just too gorgeous not to share:
Keep off the grass! was an undulating suspended landscape that was installed in the Southern California Institute of Architecture’s school gallery for 8 weeks.
Artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey grew grass on vertical surfaces including a cathedral and mausoleum.
as well as portraiture.
I also came across some grass lamps.
All images in this post belong to their respective owner/ artist.
Information about the Love mail art project was sent to me by Aimee (see mail from her here and here). I have been working on a piece of artmail to send to Romania as well as a few artist correspondents.
Simultaneously, I’ve been working on some Artist Trading Cards for an event/ exhibition at Richmond Art Gallery in British Colombia, Canada.
Pile of postcards:
All they need now are stamps and a mail box!
ATCs or Artist Trading Cards are another fun way to get other artists tiny works. The gallery requests that the works be sent in a Trading Card sleeve/ 9 card sheet. I still need to pick one of these up, but my cards are ready otherwise.
All of them together:
and a few close ups:
Like my other recent work, these are made using reclaimed polyethylene. I got a slew of it from someone on freecycle back in Delaware. It had a lot of wonderful marks left from plant roots and mud from it’s previous use. The piece I used for this set of works though, had also been used while I was cleaning one of my screens after printing. The red marks are the screen filler that was washed out of the screen and dried onto the polyethylene. I love how many lives things can have and to think sending them out to others gives them yet another life is really quite exciting.
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Tagged Aimee Lee, Art, Artist, artmail, British Colombia, card, Gallery, Love, mail, post, project, Romania, Trading
Last week I received artmail from a former classmate of mine, Ben Kiehl.
Ben said “The whole motive for the image started by holding two sharpies at the same time and trying to control the image in spite of the double-strokes.”
I’ve always appreciated the amount of dexterity and meticulousness found in Ben’s artwork. I’m so pleased to receive bits such as this in the mail.
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Tagged Art, Artist, artmail, Ben Kiehl, drawings, mail, mail art, post card, post cards
Last week, my mailbox was presented with artmail from Elizabeth Isakson. Liz is a dear friend, who’s work has such a lovely sensitivity and grace to it.
I love how serene the imagery here is. It came just in time: I was a little hectic with party prepping last week (don’t get me wrong, it was all fun!). This reminded me to take a deep breath and enjoy.
Liz and I actually live in the same town. Near or far, I do love mail!