Thursday, October 28, 2010
Last week was the start of Mee Moo Art Happy. We painted and leared about what Jackson Pollock painted with, where he painted and how to drip, splat and blop the paint. This was artist of the week!
Today we began making Alexander Calder mobiles. Super fun!
More info and pictures here.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Once I saw her sing in an old castle in Germany, tonight at the Strathmore! Can't wait!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the Hugh and Crye team a few months ago when we teamed up on a give back project called 'Who Gives A Shirt'. Where Hugh and Crye collect used mens dress and work clothes and gives them back to Marthas Table. Where they then help men get ready for going back out into the work force, and interviews feeling confident and proud.
They then invited two students I work with and showed them the ins and outs of a small company and everything that goes in it. Including the product! Each person got to leave with a new Hugh and Crye shirt! I know Chuck loves his, because I saw him in it at the Jazz concert at the Freezer Sat night.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Saturday, October 16 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Rear alley, 516 8th Street SE
Thrive, Despite! is my search to find balance between conflicting feelings of hope and despair as we near the end of the first decade of the 21st century. While so many things seem to be getting better, it is hard not to recognize strife all around. Capitalism proceeds to run amok unrestrained despite the recent financial meltdown, seemingly engineered by Wall Street greed-heads themselves; old-fashioned American Imperialism is... kept fresh with ever-occurring wars; natural resources and wildlife are plundered haphazard, and prisons and poverty continue to expand despite the presence of a so-called progressive administration. One could devote a lifetime to work on any given issue in particular, but my interests lie in weaving threads of unity between divergent causes and championing our profound human ability to overcome.
My artistic practice allows me the space to digest the environmental chaos and injustice all around us. As an activist I feel committed to create subjective work that is meant to directly communicate the need for transcending the multifarious issues present in our time and place, but there is also introspective work which needs to be done to to heal our internal "stuff" and allow for dealing with overwhelming aspects of contemporary American life. While I recognize the utmost importance of populist art and propaganda in social movements, at the end of the day we must be able to nurture the self before crusading for the sake of justice or, humanity, or anybody for that matter. Embracing imagery that illuminates the best and worst of what we have to offer, the pieces within Thrive, Despite! are intended to champion our resilient human nature to strive and resist, reinforce the need for solidarity and action in our daily lives, and always to remind us of those on the front-lines of injustice everyday.
Thrive, Despite! is meant not only to reflect the tragicomic nature of our existence, but also to challenge the social and political structures of the hegemony through contemporary manifestations of traditional propaganda such as letterpress, screen prints, and artists books. The media and subjects I choose are how I make sense of it all, and it is my hope that to create space for discourse around the pressing issues of our time while celebrating our human capacity to survive at a time when most of popular society seems destined to run itself off a cliff. And, if nothing else, I hope my work will help bolster your wild spirit through the tough times ahead. Despite the abundance of brutality, oppression, and exploitation, especially here in the heart of the empire, we've got to find ways to live, love, create, and resist.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Fridge, 7/9/10
This is a moment of silence for Yas Bones. I wish I was featuring him and telling you to go get tattooed by him. I met Yas as he was featured in Decoy Ink at the Fridge as Decoy’s in house tattoo artist. He painted these lovely roses that are still on the outside of the Fridge (516 Rear 8th ST SE). I was going to go and reshoot the piece, but then I noticed Decoy’s angel might be pulling Yas off to heaven… ;)
We miss and love you, Yas! So young and so talented, gone too soon.
Post from my friend Teri's blog.