This weekend was sort of exhausting, but fun. Road tripped to Brooklyn with one of my best friends and visited two of my favorite people. FINALLY bought a new Monroe piercing that fit properly, and took the Olive Garden Never-Ending Pasta Challenge with Missy. Also ordered a bottle of wine at the table of the Olive Garden, because, why not?
Traffic back to Baltimore was awful, especially around the Delaware/MD border. A trip that should have taken 3.5 hours took 5. Needless to say, I was ready to decompress, but not before finishing this:
Conceptually, I like the stuff outside the “cave” I’ve put this character in, but I think I don’t like that stuff outside as much. It’s growing on me, I think. What do YOU think?
Not dead, but extremely busy. Between working full time, training for a triathlon part-time and hangin’ out in my spare time, I don’t get a lot of sleep.
So… highlights? For brevity’s sake, three updates and a picture.
1. Brown Paper Bag is doing well, and the response is better than I expected. Blogging is hard work! I’m constantly trying to keep it fresh and think of new stuff. Connecting with people across the world is cool too.
2. One of my best buddies, Laura, came to visit me in Baltimore last week. We spent four days hanging out and on Saturday night saw Hot Chip. One of the best concert’s I’d seen in a while. This starts a crazy amount of shows I’m seeing in May/June. In order (after Hot Chip): Yeasayer, Beach House, Wye Oak, The National, The New Pornographers/the Dodos.
3. I got accepted to an artist residency in Vermont. In September, I’m going to spend a couple of weeks in rural Vermont and make some art, listen to artists and writers and generally do arty stuff. Yoga studio on campus. Very exciting. A little concerned about getting all my stuff on a plane, but I’ll figure it out.
And finally, the photograph. What I’m working on. Due May 10. A race against time.
A quick scan of what I’ve sorta been working on.
I was in NY last weekend and obviously didn’t get much work done. I did see a great paper show at the Museum of Art and Design, met up with Jen Collins (whom I met through Brown Paper Bag!) and hung around Red Hook in my friend’s wonderful new apartment.
This is a hard piece to scan, so I did a really shoddy job of it since I was just throwin’ it up on Marshmellow Kisses.
I have been struggling with parts of this piece, namely her dress. Finally got it to a place where I like it. I am hoping to have some time with it this week, since Sat-Sun I will be out of town. I’m going to NYC to visit some friends and take in some gallery shows. I am also going to hit up Baked, a place that isn’t far from my friends apartment and whose cookbook I love so dearly.
A Love Letter for You. I believe that I have seen an image of this project before, but it still amazes me. It is a project by Stephen Powers with the City of Philadelphia (where it’s located), and is parts of love-letters painted on the walls, viewable from Market elevated train. It includes both American and international artists.
I love the murals that have been produced from this project. It revives the art of hand-drawn signage, which is a dying art (and extremely hard to do).
They are such a welcome, vibrant part of the urban architecture. The project also has classes where people can learn about the art of sign-making and even work with the project.
I don’t live too far from Philly… perhaps this is the perfect occasion to buy a cheese steak and ride the train! That, or maybe Baltimore could figure out a cool project like this to implement around the city. Probably better off with the former choice.
All images via A Love Letter for You.
After looking at this, I definitely need to make a trip to NYC before April:
Slash is a show at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City until April 4th. If you’re in the area, it seems pretty neat and highly recommended.
Here’s a blurb from the website:
Slash: Paper Under the Knife takes the pulse of the international art world’s renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms. Slash is the third exhibition in MAD’s Materials and Process series, which examines the renaissance of traditional handcraft materials and techniques in contemporary art and design. The exhibition surveys unusual paper treatments, including works that are burned, torn, cut by lasers, and shredded. A section of the exhibition will focus on artists who modify books to transform them into sculpture, while another will highlight the use of cut paper for film and video animations.
Hopefully everyone had a nice Christmas (if that’s your thing), and holiday weekend! It’s always nice to have a three-day weekend, no?
This past weekend I was flying to Kansas City, which had a terrible snow storm. The snow started on the day of my travel. I flew from Baltimore to Chicago, then was supposed to have a lay-over in Chicago and fly to KC from there. By the time I made it to Chicago, however, my flight to KC was CANCELED due to bad weather. Groggy and frustrated, I flew BACK to Baltimore that same night and then the next morning proceeded to fly back to Kansas City from Baltimore. This time it actually happened!
One of the things I received this Christmas was a new digital camera. It’s a Sony Cybershot with a wide-angle lens and a whole mess of other manual settings for me to play around with.
Some things the weekend included:
Hanging out with my parent’s dogs, Maddie and Lola.
Trapesing around in snow. SO MUCH SNOW. It effectivly ruined many my plans.
I am also excited about this book. I need to look through it carefully. I’ll write more about this tomorrow.
It was nice to land in Baltimore last night and see NO SNOW on the ground. Snow and I are done professionally.