If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen parts and pieces of this exploration through the past year, and now I’m really excited and energized to see how our individual visions are coming together and creating a dialog of artwork around this subject in the gallery.
I hope you will visit this exhibit in the coming months and add your thoughts to the ongoing conversation. It’s one of particular importance as we face the challenges in this new year. More info about the exhibit and opening reception after the jump.
I’ve got a table full of exuberant drips, bright shapes, giant paintbrush splashes, primary colors and glitter puddles. All this lively artwork was created by small hands/young minds in the art room at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem last week and it’s my inspiration. I have till this Monday to create a work of art inspired by these paintings as part of The Children’s Museum Telephone Project.
Time to dig in! You may remember the last iteration of The Telephone Project I participated in. I hope this one proves to be as interesting and fun. Looks like I’m gonna need a bigger glitter bucket. Here are a few more photos of the artwork that’s brightening the studio this snowy Friday:
I’m so excited about culmination of this project! 52 artists, stretched over all ages, approaches and mediums have a conversation over the course of a year. I’m artist #7 in the conversation and worked on my contribution last October. Looking forward to seeing the entire project unfold. Join us this Saturday.
Beginning in September 2012, over the course of one year, one piece of art was sent through the elementary school “Telephone Game”. Each of the 52 artists created a new piece (prose, poetry, film, music, dance, visual art) only seen by the next artist who creates a piece inspired by the last, and so it was sent forth. Anyone, anywhere was invited to participate. Our first month includes a 6 year-old, a body painting artist, a drama student, and a dancer. Just like the “telephone game”, the participants don’t know what the final product is until the game is over. This show will be the first unveiling of the project in its entirety. Continue reading “The Telephone Project opens Saturday”→
This weekend’s edition of Triad Arts has a nice interview (starts at 38:50) with most of the creative team behind the New River Breakdown covers project. I really enjoyed talking with WFDD’s Bethany Chafin and the NRB team. Bethany did a great job of capturing the story of this project and it was a energizing chat.
There’s a tidbit from our conversation that didn’t make it into the edited interview I wanted to share. While discussing my printing process, Bethany introduced me to a new word:
palimpsest: 1 : writing material (as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times after
earlier writing has been erased
2 : something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface
Has some lovely overlapping with many creative thought and art-making processes, doesn’t it? Later that same day, Terry shared this poem: How to Make a Palimpsest by Katherine Durham Oldmixon—another poet’s take on the same word. Nice Plate of Shrimp, eh? I love discovering new things.
The Creation Process: Step 1 – Grabbing the bull by the horns
Armed with a concept to create riverbed patina, it’s time to roll up my sleeves and start the actual making. First the canvas for this creation–the 13 yards of linen–needs to be tamed. Meaning: washed, cut into smaller pieces, and hemmed to reduce fray during the process.
When Tristin Miller initially described the project to me, I was intrigued. Five artists interpret the same collection of poems by author Terry Kennedy in book-cover form. Each cover design will be produced as part of a set of hand-bound, limited edition books by a local publishing company. A project full of collaboration, exploring the overlap of art and design, all set in the local creative environment—sign me up!
The group met for a project briefing where Terry and Andrew Saulters of Unicorn Press explained their ideas and the project parameters. There were very few. Terry described some key ideas and imagery in the book including his interest in the New River, an ancient river that runs North to South through North Carolina unlike others in the area. He enjoyed how nature can be counter intuitive and related this to how we discover many things work in unexpected ways when examined closely. We artists were given a copy of Terry’s book, bound in plain black paper, and a deadline for final artwork.
The designer side of my brain was spinning at this point. Terry and Andrew didn’t expect to see concepts, vet artist ideas or provide feedback—either very brave or very insane.
My artist-brain was most excited about the fact the hardcover edition was bound in fabric, something that dovetailed perfectly with my current printing experiments on found-fabrics. Time to go read the book and see what this was all really about.