I’ve been incredibly busy the past month. It’s been bittersweet. Great things happening all the expense of time to decompress.
The next show at MOCA VA is almost up. The opening is this coming Thursday night. The work of Robert Sites, a professor at NSU, and former VCU student Jared Clark fills the space beautifully.
I’ve been working on getting the future I Like Soup show going, an ancillary exhibition to coincide with MOCA VA’s future Warhol exhibit, packing boxes and mailing packages, for MOCA VA, keeping up with homework, working at the art supply store and painting for school and other projects. I really wish sleep wasn’t so necessary.
Jason is giving a talk at ODU to the AIGA student group this Friday. If you are in the area please attend. It’s open to the public.
I’ve also been struggling with how to complete a memorial article I’ve been writing about my former teacher. I talked about it in a previous entry.
Otherwise things have been good. The step-babies are doing well. Ian is making his movies. Belle is continuing guitar.
Below is Ian’s stop motion animation, music provided by our friend Chuck Abadam
This is just a snapshot of one of the many things I’m working on.
Here is the last piece of from my past semester. It’s still not exactly where I want it to be, but it’s not the type of piece I can go back in time on. I need to figure out how exactly to get the effect I want and streamline the process. I feel very close…just, you know, not close enough. The model I worked with is Porcelain, a burlesque performer working out of Raleigh NC.
Another in progress shot…
And here is a lil’ still life I did of rabbits feet.
Today I started my internship at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Virginia. I’ve been there one day and learned all sorts of handy things. If nothing else I’ll be able to do home repair on my own after this semester. I’ve never been happier to do physical labor!
I’ve updated my fine arts section with some of the work I’ve produced during the school year. There’s more, just not complete yet. I hope to finish them soon, and I hope they turn out better than what I’ve uploaded. I like the technique’s I’ve explored, I just hope to push myself techniquely further and faster.
I wish I could put off next semester just a little bit longer! I’m happy to be in school but I could use a longer break. I recently attended a prep class at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Virginia about conservation and art handling. It was very…illuminating, haha. I apparently always pack my art wrong. Basically everything I’ve done is wrong. I guess I already knew the truth. I’m glad they gave us packets to take home on how to ship work properly. This class was also to prepare me to help install art shows for the museum. Exciting!
I’ll be uploading some more old time radio horror plays soon as well. If you like them, let me know! I’m going to try to put some Christmas themed ones together, or the very least winter. And I’ll post some photos of our tree(sarcastic pentagram topper and all).
Happy Horror Days!
I’m sad that I wasn’t able to attend my school’s annual faculty art show this month. I had work and then was busy doing my best to throw Jason his 36th birthday party.
I feel that my little art school is often looked over in our spread thin arts community so I wanted to take the time to focus on the teachers there and their work. It’s always a bit weird and fun to see what your instructors do on their own time, outside of the classroom.
Below is Ed Gibbs’ piece Les Des de Marcel Duchamp. Ed is actually a photography instructor and he had other pieces in the show of his photo scans. I snuck a photo of these during school hours. It was hard to resist nudging them to see if they’d roll.
Here are three out of four of Mary Thumma’s work. I’ve never met Ms. Thumma, but her work stood out to me. Of course I’m partial to skulls and all things boney. Something rang a bit wrong to me in the color paper chosen, but maybe I paid more attention to them because of the unsettling color. She wrote that her pieces were inspired by a comment she read by a critic about a ballet. The critic said something like that one of the ballerina’s was getting fat. You can read a bit more about Ms. Thumma in an online article from the Virginian Pilot.
Check out this link to see more of the work from the show. I also really like Nikki Webb’s work which is shown in the above link. Hers are the cyanotypes(I think) of linen dresses and other pieces of clothing. I may update later with some pictures of her pieces.
I’m also excited about next semester. I’ll be taking an internship at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Virginia, formerly the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia.