'Coming with me'. This is a submission for a show called 'No place like home'. The wood pieces are shingles off the house which expose the original orange paint from when we first moved here almost 42 yrs ago. The metal is the crankcase from my first dirt bike, a Kawasaki 100. The arrangement of the shingles and the crankcase suggest a soldier's grave marker giving a nod to my father who was in the merchant marine in WWII. The bovine jawbone is from the old barn no longer standing which doubled as a slaughter house 100+ yrs ago, there were cow bones and skulls scattered around which we would use to carry on with visiting kids ;). The chicken wire is from my chicken coop over 30 yrs ago and the wool woven through it is from Mom's last warp still on her loom.
I used to be a planner, organizer, all around 'type A-er'. I strived to have things move around in the most efficient way possible and for that I needed a good plan. It worked for many of life's scenarios but for the instances where the unforeseen happened, which was often, I needed improvisation skills...and quickly. It seems now that most aspects of my life require more improvisation and less of a 'good plan'. I do this in my work all the time as I find myself teetering on that fence rail of 'making'. You know the instance, when you're working away on something and suddenly you realize that the next step is something you've never encountered and are unsure how to approach it? *Gasp!* 'How the hell am I going to do that?' I ask myself, followed by a good number of expletives as I march around my bench waving my arms around. At first I question whether I took it too far and feel like throwing up but eventually I get to the point were it all comes together.
This is the inside of my bandsaw.
This is the wee mouse that lived to tell about it.
Pink sawdust - not this time.
*no animals were hurt during this photo shoot
Early last month I had applied to the Craft Alliance to join the group for an educational mission to the Sculptural Objects & Functional Art show (SOFA) in Chicago in November. I'm heading out today to attend!
"Craft Alliance is engaging the services of a marketing & public relations consultant in the Chicago area to coordinate the educational mission program. The full day workshop will take place Thursday, November 1st at the SOFA venue. A full day of expert guest speakers will be on hand to discuss topics relating to SOFA and the sale and exhibition of contemproary craft.
Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in the SOFA Lecture Series on Friday, November 2nd, visit galleries in the Chicago area, tour the SOFA exhibition and participate in other SOFA related events during the weekend. SOFA hosts an extensive lecture series throughout the event, which participants will be able to attend." Craft Alliance
Some of you may not know that I began my art career on that little spit of sand called Nantucket. Well into his second summer as a gallery owner, Robert Foster is busy presenting work to a captive audience. 'With a full schedule of rotating exhibitions (group & featured artists shows), everyone will find a gem to add to their collection.' One of my small pieces will be delivered to the gallery on Friday so if you are on island, be sure to head over to 8 INDIA around 6pm so that you don't miss out on photographer Daniel Sutherland's opening ... oh, and have a glass of prosecco for me!
We were happy Dave finally made it back from NYC for a visit during Jazz Fest in Halifax last week. I met Dave over a decade ago back when I was the producer of the Atlantic Jazz Festival. I remember this happy guy strolling into the office fresh from NYC (originally from Ontario) wanting to put together a jazz series at the Kyber in Halifax, Nova Scotia and well, I'll let you read what others have written about him...it's all true...
David's work is an inconvenient cross-pollination of jazz, blues, art-rock, free improv, pseudo-classical, drone, minimalism and beyond.
It has also been called, "jazz...sort of", which is harsh, but true.
He generally works in such an odd and uncomfortable way, that it will pretty much guarantee that he remain in absolute obscurity. Intrigued?
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