Art-St-Urban is settled in the beautiful rural Switzerland. Each day you hear the bells of the nearby abbey. Having never been to Switzerland, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I am surrounded by lush forests and fantastic architecture. The air smells like freshly cut grass and fertilizer. The landscape reminds me of East Tennessee with its mountains and rolling hills, until that one hour in the day when I can see a snow-capped mountain off in the distance and I am reminded of how hot it is back home. Continue reading
My third and final month at Mana has seen my productivity wane as I prepared for a one week exhibition with another resident in the building and friend, Sam Pullin. I had to shift gears from churning out pieces to finishing some half-baked ideas for the work planned for the exhibition titled American Dark Age, curated by Allison Hall. Wanting to build on the things I did the last time exhibiting in Jersey City, I have opted for another participatory installation titled, Make America Grieve Again. I see this piece as a way to talk about violence in our world without it becoming confrontational or partisan, both of which seem nearly impossible in the current climate. Audience members are invited to use bullet shaped chalks to write on the walls of the gallery space. Some took it seriously and vented their frustrations after yet another school shooting. Others were more irreverent, drawing lewd cartoons or making silly jokes. Both are fine, it was their work, not mine, and I am not the arbiter of how my art is approached once it is out of the studio. Continue reading
After an exciting and quick move to the ISC residency studios in Mana’s basement, I am finally settled into my space and starting to tinker. Continue reading
My wife’s eyes glazed over a little bit when I said, “I was accepted for a three month residency in New Jersey”. Three months. I felt like packing right then and there, let’s get this show on the road! That wasn’t an option, there were leaves to clean up, pinewood derby cars to build with the kids, and numerous projects around the house that I’d been putting off; it was time to get them all done. Well, almost all done. Continue reading
Death needs time to grow the things that it will kill.
Think about it. All of life is a constant cycle. And when I say life I don’t just mean humanity, I mean life as a whole. Every living organism on this planet is caught in this same cycle of growing, deteriorating, dying, decomposing, and eventually making way for something else to live. But death doesn’t happen without the growth and growth doesn’t happen without time. Death needs time. Death needs time to grow the things that it will kill. Continue reading
We have entered the last month of our residency. Trying to complete the work in progress is now the priority. We just participated in Mana’s open studio by putting together a group show of all ISC Mana residents and two residents from “Grounds for sculpture”. The event was an occasion to see the Brooklyn Rail’s installation “Occupy Mana” as well as a number of exhibitions such as the food installation by artist Song Dong. The open studios drew an enormous crowd, including many people visiting Mana for the first time. Shortly after, we had a studio visit with artist Sean Mellyn. The visit led us to an insightful conversation about our works and being an artist in the current art scene. I was impressed by Sean’s observations and want to keep his comments in mind as I keep moving forward with my work. Continue reading
For this update I thought I’d give you an insight into my studio practice by breaking down the network of information that contributes to my process. Below, I’ve put together a self-interview of sorts that discusses the things that educate, inform, and shape my work. Continue reading