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Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Inflated Tears"

Lacrimacorpus (Zeitschneide), 2004 

While in Washington DC I went to the amazing National Museum of Women in the Arts and caught the last week of Total Art: Contemporary Video. They featured 10 contemporary women artists including Janaina Tschäpe. She showed Lacrimacorpus, which translates into "tear body". The woman is embedded into these scenes of isolation and despair as the latex necklace becomes a string of "inflated tears". The video below shows a gradual intensity as the character spins faster and starts to lose control paralleling an outpouring of emotion. I was enamored. 

More information on this beautiful work here:

I think this may be my last post. I've struggled to return to this since the summer ended and I don't take that as a sign I should continue. This blog has served as a great place for me to improve my writing, hone in on some inspiration, and look for direction in my own work because "knowing what you admire in others is a wonderful mirror into your deepest, as yet unborn, self," (Gretchen Rubin). I've just spent the last half hour pinteresting my favorite posts and it was a nice look back at that growth. I'll still be posting daily on my tumblr. 

Thank you again for your generous attention and support in my quest to find art that makes you laugh and cry. 

Lacrimacorpus (Ettersburg I), 2004

Lacrimacorpus (Goethe Park), 2004

Lacrimacorpus (Ettersburg II), 2004 

Monday, May 26, 2014


It's that time of year again.

This summer season I'll be:

in Chile for seven weeks (so really it's more like Winter Hiatus)
having a group show at ArtsWest Gallery with Flynn Bickley and Serrah Russell
participating in NEPO 5K Don't Run with Yael Nov
part of another really exciting project with Yael Nov (to be announced soon)
and the STIFF Experimental Film category curated by Interstitial Theatre will be shown at LxWxH

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I'll be bookmarking a lot and have more to share in the Fall (Tumblr will still be updated).

Thanks for your continued interest and support!

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Monday, May 12, 2014


Will Rogan is a visual artist working with the mundane in the form of photography, drawing, sculpture, and installation. He approaches his subject matter with a humorous yet matter-of-fact logic. A lot of his work centers around ideas of vanitas and the passage of time. The image above is of a video still in which he and his brother collaborate to blow up a hearse in slow motion.

"It is a gift to be able to experience the events at a crawl. You can watch it as many times as you like without ever exhausting the almost pornographic thrill of feeling the tyranny of time all but perfectly tamed, even if only for a few ecstatic moments." -(Art Practical)

I haven't seen this video myself but look forward to a hopefully sooner-rather-than-later opportunity to do so. I imagine the slow motion makes the viewer sit and contemplate their experiences of time and (non)existence PLUS there are explosives involved.


The wind and problems


Swans Through

Monday, April 28, 2014

Conditions of Existence

Overlap, 2011; sugar, 18” x 9” x 3” 

(Two cast sugar disks, made two different ways, overlapped - one yielding and molding to the firm 
form of the other.)

Jessica Sanders is a visual artist based in New York. She works with unexpectedly dynamic and everyday materials such as paper, canvas, sugar, insulation, and wax. Her work explores conditions of existence as she collaborates with her material's physiology and the laws of time. I like to think of her process as combining different elements in a slow cooker until they become minimal and playful bits of visual poetry.

Salt Puddle, 2013; 50 lb. salt lick, water, dimensions variable.

Ryan Estep / Jessica Sanders Collaboration, Untitled; 2011, cotton candy, hair, 5" x 3" x 2"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Breathing Lesson

Breathing Lesson

Jovencio De La Paz is a Chicago based artist who works throughout disciplines which surround aspects of performance, collaboration, and materiality. He explores themes of time, site-specificity, and interaction. The four works below show how he creates these delicate reflective spaces that ask chance, others, and the laws of the universe to play with him. In Breathing Lesson, he tasks a balance to weigh breathing patterns of a fan, one person, and two people. Winter Frost is another balancing act as the two make tense and elegant motions focusing on keeping the object from falling off of a sheet of glass. Nantan Metorite Falling Slowly places a piece of a meteorite in a dark bowl and mimics its travel pattern across the earth, and I love how he explains his ideas behind Sewing the Surface of the Water,

"In residency at the Ox Bow School of Art, much of my time was spent in deep contemplation of the atmosphere and the curvature of the Earth on the surface of Lake Michigan. Napping in a canoe, wondering at the dome of the sky, I liked to imagine with every inhale and exhale, the atmosphere would rise and fall where its breast touched the vastness of interplanetary space, like a bellows. All the amalgamated breathing on the planet, pushing and pulling at the outermost membrane of the sky."

Breathing Lesson

Winter Frost

Nantan Meteorite Falling Slowly

Sewing the Surface of the Water

Monday, March 31, 2014

Don't Worry, Baby

Installation of performance objects, May 2012, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

Hope Esser is a Chicago based artist who works in performance, video, sculpture, and costume. Her work is a humorous yet earnest exploration of ephemerality, the romantic, and personal fiction and history. In her videos below, Don't Worry, Baby and Soap and Anchor, she utilizes self-altered footwear to successfully engage with conflict. These activities may seem futile and abstract, but are beautiful reflections on self-motivated growth, healing, and fulfillment. 

"I draw from a personal bank of childhood imagery, iconography, and script, and desecrate them through play. By invoking repetition and juxtaposition in unexpected settings, innocent, adolescent pastimes become macabre struggles to maintain stability." -HE 
(Source: http://velocitydancecenter.org/stance/2012/topography/)



Monday, March 17, 2014

Series of Vulnerable Arrangements

Haegue Yang is a visual artist who works between Berlin, Germany and Seoul, South Korea. I had the pleasure of attending her lecture at the Henry Art Gallery last month and ever since I've been internalizing her work. Her Series of Vulnerable Arrangements was the most resonating piece for me. She did multiple installations in various cities which all discuss the sensory and abstract quality of narratives. In her Utrecht version, she combined infrared heaters, fans, lights, timers, and scents in a small area to evoke effects that would give off temporal and instant experiences. Stories inspire her work but she appropriates them in a way that leaves their skeletal structures bare.

"So concrete, almost impossible to share with each other, but so basic in a bodily sense". -HY

Series of Vulnerable Arrangements – Version Utrecht
Installation, aluminum Venetian blinds (black) with various sensory devices and cable

Light element:
Relational Irrelevance

Globe floor lamp (height: 190 cm, diameter: 35 cm), spotlight, timer
Humidity element:
Handful of Obscurity

Humidifier, metal chain, timer
Temperature element:
Possible Synonym of Squandering

2 infrared heaters, timer
Wind element:
Anonymous Movement

Industrial floor fan, timer
Scent element:
Almost Exhausted, Becoming Intro Time Machine

2 scent emitters (Wood Fire and Fresh Linen)

Courtesy of Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin

Installation view at Unevenly, BAK – basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2006
Photo: Ernst Moritz, © 1857, Oslo 


Series of Vulnerable Arrangements – Shallow Hollow Shadow

7 light sculptures
Collection of Amorepacific Museum of Art, Yongin, South Korea
Installation view at Eurasia. Geographic cross-overs in Art, museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Rovereto, Italy, 2008
Photo: Roman März

Series of Vulnerable Arrangements -- Version Cologne

6 light sculptures, IV stands, light bulbs, cable, mirror

Collection of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Installation view at Models for Tomorrow, Europäische Kunsthalle, StattHotel, Cologne, 2007
Photo: Natalie Czech/VG Bildkunst, Wolfgang Breuer, and the artist