Tuesday, December 29, 2009

 the newest art installation, MILK going up at Hooked on Colfax Cafe, 3213 E. Colfax Ave.  Denver, Co 80206.  Showing January 5 through February 8, 2010.

Entitled MILK, referencing the material's original purpose, this installation resonates with previous installations by HOL SUM.

The major theme for HOL SUM's installations:  the material of the installation is a product, by-product or waste product from the environment in which the piece is installed.  The material is revised and re-purposed from its original function and appearance, then installed as a textural reference to where it is placed.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

christmas in chesterfield

I spent Christmas in Chesterfield, VA, the county where I grew up.  Directly below the "D" in CHESTERFIELD, you'll see Chester.  My parents live in the middle of that town and so did I until I went to college. 

Blessings over my Grandma Kay, it's a difficult time for her right now.  Cheers to my sister and her good life and good friends.  Love to my parents leading fulfilling and strong lives in this community. 

Returning to Denver tomorrow...

The week ahead: 
1.  work on screen-printing, cutting and sewing 9 costumes for Louder Than Words Theater's dance production, Shift premiering Friday January 8th.  Tickets on sale at Hooked on Colfax Cafe! 

2. work on the site specific art installation going up at Hooked on Colfax Cafe January 4th... more information to come!

3. Snowboarding? 

4. 2010!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

another new york (times) minute

 Aaron Koblin’s “Flight Patterns” shows a real-time image of the aircraft flight paths over the United States.

Alice Rawsthorn writes about the digital art show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  I  recommend reading the article and wish the show were here for me to see on my non-traveling budget!  I've often felt awkward about digital art, but I think mostly because I use my computer mostly for what I'd call graphic design and for my art works, the computer comes in handy for making templates and precise measuring sans tedious ruler work.  I'd say it's just not my bag - I crave the physical processes of drawing, painting, printing, sculpting, sewing, etc. etc. - so my attraction to digital art has been limited.  This show, on the other hand, is greatly attractive to me and it brings to mind the digital works seen now and then (individual works, not a whole show) that have peeked my curiosity and art loving joy! 

That all sounds a bit art lover-ish.  From the perspective of an artist who makes art related to repetitive and meditative processes, the image of Aaron Koblin's work, "Flight Patterns" touches home.  If in each plane flight stretched a brilliant colored thread from departure to arrival, the representation of repetition, much like weaving weft back and forth through the warp, could be gorgeous.  (How appropriate that it is digitally represented as the consequences of this project in physical space would obviously create environmental and social problems - Christo and Jean-Claude could have told us that!).

Saturday, December 12, 2009

speaking of circles

Circles of Circles on view and sale at Hooked on Colfax Cafe (E. Colfax between Steele and Adams Streets) as part of a Barista Art show there for the month of December!  The secret's out, I'm a Barista.  All of the proceeds from sales at the show support the smiling faces and growling tummies of your favorite caffeine dealer.  I easily assume you would consider any of us your favorite, even if it's your first time at Hooked.  Come on out.  7pm onward.

But speaking of circles, the New York Times' Natalie Angier wrote an article about the The Circular Logic of the Universe. She specifically mentions the art of Vasily Kandinsky, a wizard of circles, now on view at the Guggenheim (how appropriate).

Several Circles   Vasily Kandinsky 1926
(this image belongs to the NYT co.)

Friday, December 4, 2009

winter wear

This winter is loaded with projects!  One of which, the winter dress, wearable as a jacket.  Soft wool with a smooth polyester lining. Tabs and buttons down the front, fold over, stand-up cowl neck, empire waste and cap sleeves.  Light sweaters fit under it and coats fit over it.  Leggings, tights or jeans... layer it up!  We love dresses and we want to be warm in the winter;  these are not mutually exclusive factors of fashion.