Friday, May 29, 2009

Bemis bound!



Spending the summer in Omaha at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Sterling Allen from Austin has already been there for a month. Can't wait to get started making art and catching up with him. Will post all about it when we arrive next week!

"Few programs exist either on the national or international level where the sole mission is to support the creativity of artists. From the beginning, the art-making process has been the highest priority at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, where both the atmosphere and environment offer ideal situations for creative growth and experimentation. We address the practical aspects of this mission by providing well-equipped studio spaces, living accommodations and monthly stipends. Located in two urban warehouses totaling 110,000 square feet, our facilities are designed to foster creativity and the productive exchange of ideas. Artists from around the world come to the Bemis Center to work in this supportive community and confront new challenges." Find out more at: http://www.bemiscenter.org/residency/index.html

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mon Oncle


1958 comedy by French filmmaker Jacques Tati. The film centers on the character of Monsieur Hulot and his struggle with postwar France's infatuation with modern architecture, mechanical efficiency and consumerism. Mon Oncle is largely a visual comedy using color and lighting to help tell the story. It is the very first thing I'll watch when I get to Bemis... can't wait.

Monday, May 18, 2009

My work, your casa: Austin.



Curious about the life of my work outside of my studio... I've been asking people to send images of how it fits into their world. First image of this new category is "The Pinkertons" photographed in Austin, TX.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Art Starr Ali!



High light of my semester teaching. Form and Text assignment: stitched and sewn shopping cart made of reclaimed plastic bags. Success Alison Starr!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Katrina Moorhead: A Darkling Plain




One last show of note I saw while in Houston, was Katrina Moorhead at Inman Gallery. Go by, stop by, see it! This Saturday at 1:00pm Katrina Moorhead and Michelle White, Assistant Curator at the Menil Collection will have a conversation about her work. Wish I could make it!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Houston Weekend



Another highlight from my Houston weekend, in addition to Noah's show of course, was the Marlene Dumas Exhibition at the Menil: Measuring Your Own Grave.

Marlene Dumas was a huge influence on me in undergrad and this mid career survey reminded me to spend time with her work again. Not only did I get to see old favorites such as "The Painter", but I can't stop thinking about the ink portraits that filled an entire wall of the back gallery. So beautiful and haunting.

The exhibition originally included approximately 65 paintings and 25 drawings and was installed thematically "in order to emphasize the serial nature in which the work was conceived and realized." Franklin Sirmans, Menil curator of modern and contemporary art, worked with Connie Butler to select a condensed version of the traveling exhibition of works that spans from 1980 to the present.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Noah Simblist: Out of Site




Noah's opening "Out of Site" was at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston on Friday night. The work looks so good and I hope if you are near by you'll get a chance to see it. It's up until June 13th.

Sunday, May 3, 2009