Our Press Scholar, Gina Trakadis, decided a showcase of all the letterpress done at the Bow & Arrow over the last couple of years would be a good idea. So we got together as many samples as we could, and put them up in the ArtSpace in the Adams House residence hall at Harvard, where the Bow & Arrow Press lives. This would be the first time all of my letterpress tweets have been hung together in one setting. Here’s a photo:
And here’s a 60x time-lapse of the show and reception:
It was a good selection of prints and a great turnout tonight!
This coming Thursday, February 21st, a printmaking show I organized with Carolyn Muskat as juror will open at the new Nave Annex, located in bustling Davis Square in Somerville, literally right next to Redbones BBQ. Any Boston folks will definitely want to go check it out. We’ll have a closing reception on Friday the 8th of March. Here’s the front of the postcard:
Participating artists are Nancy Brooks, Elizabeth Cameron, Lisa Conrad, Christiane Corcelle, Nancy Diessner , Gary Duehr, Dominique Duroseau, Amy Kaufman, Jackie Miller, Elisabeth Nicula, Katie O’Brien, Damir Porobic, Anne Russell, Annie Silverman, Karl Stephan, Emily Trespas, William Turville , Katherine Vetne, and James Weinberg.
I posted the Minumental random walk drawing, and then I realized: I never posted the set of random walks I did for my MassArt thesis back in 2008. Well, let’s fix that oversight! Here is a gallery of the 10 random walks I created using 22″ x 22″ paper, a pencil and a spinner made out of the bottom of a cup, like so:
I start at the center of the paper, let the spinner spin, and then draw a line to where it points. Then I reposition the spinner to the new point, and spin again. I do this until the line intersect the edge of the paper, then I start back at the center.
Here are the 10 drawings I made in my thesis show:
It’s that time again, time for the 11th annual Minumental show at New Hampshire Institute of Art! This is a school-wide show, and each piece can be no more than 2″ x 2″ (x 2″, for 3D work). Here are the two pieces I’m including in this year’s show:
Letterpress Alphabet Sampler Based on Locus of Articulation, similar to this one, but smaller.
And a very tiny random walk, similar to this one, but done on paper with pencil.
Greetings, folks… Sorry it’s been a very light time for the blog, it’s been a crazy busy month, with my new job teaching intro printmaking at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and some craft fairs and other fun things. Among those things would be the shindig for the relaunched Big Red & Shiny, which will be at the Mills Gallery Saturday the 29th at 6pm. My MBTA Icosacompsites will be one of the featured works for the shindig! Before you go there, you might want to check out my tent at What the Fluff? in Union Square in Somerville. And there’s also the Hyde Park Open Studios this Sunday in Dedham. All sorts of art to see!
The artists presented in Invested Landscape wield a wide variety of methods and aesthetics for investigating the human/landscape relationship. For centuries artists have interacted and interpreted the great outdoors, capturing the light in their surrounding village or recording exotic vistas, real or imagined, from distant lands. Recently, this interaction has become more direct, digging up the earth for land art that can only be seen from above. In this exhibit, urban and rural landscapes, both near and far, familiar and unfamiliar, are altered and deconstructed to represent or interpret our relationship with place.
Artist Jane Lincoln abstracts the ever-elusive color and light on the bogs of Provincetown into vertical signifiers in her paintings. In contrast, Rimas Simaitis constructs a self-contained exploration vehicle and videotapes his exploration of a suddenly alien landscape. Sarah Bliss collects information through interviews, images and found objects, that helps her define a foreign landscape she encountered during her residency in Cill Rialaig, County Kerry, Ireland. Each artist invests the landscape with a personal interpretation of place and affect. Gathered here is a group of works that deconstruct the understanding of what landscape is. Tivy’s postcards, Ransom’s pinhole cameras, Johnson’s descriptive snippets—they’re all landscapes, but put through a diffracting lens.
Today I did my first GPS drawing in a couple of years. This time I traced—as near as I could—the boundaries of the City of Somerville on my bike. Here is a quick thumbnail of the results:
The magenta is the path I took on my bike. The white is the official boundaries of the city. Some of the discrepancies are due to fences, houses, construction, freeways, cliffs, MBTA tracks, GPS errors and water. The base perimeter is 11.9 miles long; my route was 20.2 miles. I learned an important lesson on that 20 mile ride: 24-inch BMX cruisers are great for short commutes, but for long-distance riding they put a bit of strain on your knees.
This image, and more, will be seen at the show “Invested Landscape”, opening at the Nave Gallery on September 7th.