Sunday, February 28, 2010

new art blog i found

I'll also add it to links

Friday, February 26, 2010

Creative Alliance

I mentioned this in the comments section on Mike Moore's post, below, but there is a ridiculous amount of stuff going on at the Creative Alliance tonight: two openings (the downstairs one, which I saw in progress, looks incredible), open studios, and a free performance by Celebration at 9pm.

Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Opening: Forum of 40 Champions

Hi all, I have a piece in Forum of 40 Champions, which opens this Friday at the Mininstallation Gallery, at the Creative Alliance. There are 40 artists total.

Click here for event details posted on Facebook.

My entry is called "Peaceful Being" and his special power is "Can quiet mind at will":

NYC Highlights.

I spent a day in NYC and there are lots of interesting shows. My favorites were Leornado Drew's installations at SikkemaJenkins Gallery and Richard Misrach photographs at PaceWildenstein. Not to be missed if you're heading to the city for the Armory Show.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Art Man Cometh

In today's Washington Post, you've probably seen the "Art Man" whizzing around D.C. on a vintage bicycle, with a blue child's chair attached to a six-foot-hight pole attached to his bicycle seat...found objects find new uses in Adam's hands, including one of his pole chairs, a mannequin painted red and a free-swinging ladder placed atop an abandoned building...

Monday, February 22, 2010

Openings and this week

Huge thanks to all of you who took the time to come out for my closing on Saturday! It was wonderful to see you all there - it was great Towson contingent. I'm looking forward to supporting you all at future openings you are involved in.

Congratulations, also, to Maggie for an absolutely stunning MFA exhibition! I overheard a great deal of very positive response from visitors as I made my own way through the work. And already some great coverage on Bmore Arts!

For this week, we will be getting started with the visiting artists agenda for the semester. Paul Jeanes will be our first visitor. As you all know, we did signups last week. (Chip, I've added you to the schedule.) What follows are the results of that; make note, and feel free to discuss with eachother if you'd like to swap. Crits should last about 20min, and everyone gets two.

February 25 - Paul Jeanes
Crits: Criselle, RuSean, Liz, Jae Yeon, Steven

March 4 - Alexa Brooks
Crits: Marie, Maggie, Juan, Adam, Mike

March 11 - Rene Trevino
Crits: Steven, Jae Yeon, Mike, Michelle, Amy, Maggie

April 8 - Tanya Ziniewicz
Crits: Adam, Juan, Marie, Rob, Amy, Chip

April 15 - Dane Nester
Crits: Criselle, Liz, Rob, RuSean, Michelle, Chip

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Seeking Graduate student writers for Open Enrollment

Mike Kelley, "Educational Complex,"

Open Enrollment, the newest weekly column on the Art21 Blog,chronicles the experience of graduate school via the perspective of current students. As MA and MFA degrees become ever more the norm for the professional training of artists, educators, and administrators alike,Open Enrollment functions as a time-sensitive journal, offering readers a birds-eye-view of the challenges, rewards, puzzles, and ontological questioning that a graduate education engenders.

Each semester, a selective and diverse group of students (6 max) from accredited graduate programs, as well as students studying at non-traditional institutions (temporary schools, artist’s educational projects, intensive residency programs, etc.), will take up residence on the Art21 Blog. The roster of contributors will grow over time, providing a cross-section of international venues and pedagogical approaches. While chronicling one’s own practice is encouraged in the context of larger concerns, this column is not a forum or vehicle for narrowly promoting one’s own work. It is intended to portray, through both personal examples and larger inquiries about the pursuit of higher education, the diversity of studio and critical academic experiences in art school today.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Call for Entries

Deadline: received by midnight, March 1, 2010.
Hood College is seeking applications for solo/two-person/group exhibitions during the 2011-2012 seasons. It is preferred that the artist(s) be present at the gallery for
installation/de-installation, and required for the reception. At this time, the gallery is not equipped for new media/technology/performance based work. Most other media welcome.

Hood College will accept proposals for exhibitions from curators. Please provide images with a detailed proposal, as well as a bio/resume from the curator(s) and each of the artists.
Please send bio, resume, 20 images of recent work on CD (jpg, 300dpi,
6x9inches) and image list to:
Milana Braslavsky
Gallery Director
Hood College: Tatem Arts Center
401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701
No entry fee.

Domestic Disturbance Opening

Thanks for stopping by; if you have any comments or ideas would love to get your feedback in the comment book on the desk.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I've got these two pieces that are vector art but I can't decide what do with them. I'm having a mini-show in the installation room "Playing Politics" in late April. I'm just trying to brain far I'm thinking a banner or something....

Closing Reception

Hi Again,

Not to self-plug (okay, *absolutely* to self-plug), click here for the information for my rescheduled, now closing, reception at the Creative Alliance.

In a nutshell, Saturday the 20th from 6-8pm. You are all, of course, invited!


This one looks good.

I Found this list online.

15 Things an Artist Should Never Say.

Being a successful artist takes hard work, patience and good networking skills. It is not enough to simply have talent. Your success will magnified by your ability to socialize, reach business goals, and manage projects. Does that sound a little overwhelming? Here are some tips that you can take one at a time. Let’s start with what an artist should never say…

#15 “I can’t do that”

Say a friend wants to commission you. They propose a work of art that is not your typical style or medium. The last thing you want to do is to flat out refuse them. 

You have some options: 

• Learn what ever skill you lack to do the piece.
• Take the opportunity to educate them about your work to see if they might want something closer to what you do (but don’t be dogmatic).
• Hire someone to fabricate what ever it is that you can’t. 
• Propose another work of art that will give them what you both want.

#14 Never say yes to a hard deadline on the spot.

Whether it is a commission or a gallery show, a commitment is to be taken seriously. The gallery or collector will be planning around the finished work. The last thing you want to do is inconvenience them. Before setting a hard deadline, make sure you have enough time to complete the project.

#13 “I can’t afford to make art”

Artists over centuries have always found a way to make art…for nothing. Think of the cave painters, their art did not cost money. Yes, some art costs money to make, but it does not have to. You may even have things lying around your house with which you can make your next masterpiece.

#12 “I didn’t go to ‘X’ school, so I’ll never make it as an artist.”

Now that is just a cop out! If your work is good enough, it will find its way. A good art school is worth it but not everyone that went to Yale is making millions from their art.

#11 “Never Be Silent…”

…when you should be promoting your work. Simply open your mouth. Invite the curator you met at the last opening for a studio visit. This is the way the art world turns.

#10 Never say you will do it… when you won’t.

This is the most obvious suggestion, but also the one we mess up on the most. Don’t agree to something that you cannot or are not willing to do for what ever reason.

#9 “Never indulge in self-depreciating comments”

If someone asks you about your work say something that will interest them and invite more questions. Do not say anything negative or incredibly boring about your work or career.

#8 Never “dis” the competition.

it’s a very small world and you just never know. Do your best to be gracious and have something good to say about your fellow artists. Having said that, if your opinion is called for, be honest about what you see in the work.

#7 “I’m too old”

Matisse made art work into his 90’s even while sight impaired.

#6 “I’m too busy to go out and network.”

You can only say this phrase if you are rich and famous. If you are not, how else are you going to get there? Like it or not, networking is your job.

 #5 “You can have it”

Never give your work away. If someone is interested in buying but the price Is little steep, offer to discount it 10% or 20%. The value you place on your work  is an indication of how successful you feel.

Exception: Giving artwork as gifts or a trade with another artist is fine. In fact, it may help your career.

#4 “I’m an artist not a computer geek.”

Some use this excuse to not learn the necessary tools to promote your work in this day an age. Every artist needs to promote their work on the internet. You can do it!

#3 “I’m a failure because I’ve never sold”

Van Gogh only sold paintings to his brother while he was a alive.

#2 “No.”

you should never say “no” to a project out of fear of the challenge.

#1 “I’m an artist, not a business person.”

Sorry to tell you this, but you may be in the wrong profession if you want to make a living as an artist. All artists can benefit from business training. Contact your local art center to see if they have business classes for artists or get help from a mentor.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Transhuman conditions show at Arlington Arts Center. Interesting accompanying catalogue too downloadable as pdf.

I think I'm in LOVE

Lauren Clay


Thursday, February 11, 2010

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is now open through mid-March 2010, weather permitting. View magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system

Rink Hours
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

(two-hour sessions, beginning on the hour)
$7.00 adults
$6.00 students (with valid ID)

Skate and Locker Rentals
Skate rental: $3.00 (ID required)
Locker rental: $0.50 ($5.00 deposit required)

The studio

Today I got into the building and the studio, it was great getting back. FYI, your cards will not work, however if you are one of the lucky key holder, you are able to bypass the who swipe card BS all together . I will be there tomorrow in 11ish . If any one wants to get in to call me or txt me at 724 316 3700.


I have used this blizzard time to get my website up and running! If you would like me to add your website to my links, e-mail me the url. Hope everyone isn't too stir crazy!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Hi Everyone,

You all no doubt got the emails regarding this, but campus is closed tomorrow, and Maggie's opening has been postponed until the following week. Therefore our next class meeting will be a week from tomorrow.

We will decide upon a visiting artist review format first thing, so think about what you'd prefer so that we can vote.

Good luck digging out!


I'm always on the lookout for visual resources to inform my work. Here's a link to a directory that displays a list of creative websites.

Blogs + artists I like ...focuses on photographic-based work, more abstract + conceptual stuff. ...more on traditional photography works, also reviews + commentary. ...Amy sent this artist to me! I particularly like this series, "Making a Map". ...I'm really drawn to her compositions, use of light, and color and the way they comment on the family home, memory, and isolation. ...Her videos are interesting + witty examples of endurance + performance.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Geodes can form in any cavity, but the term is usually reserved for more or less rounded formations in igneous and sedimentary rocks, while the more general term "vug" is applied to cavities in fissures and veins. They can form in gas bubbles in igneous rocks, such as vesicles in basaltic lavas, or as in the American Midwest, rounded cavities in sedimentary formations. After rock surrounding the cavity hardens, dissolved silicates and/or carbonates are deposited on the inside surface. Over time, this slow feed of mineral constituents from groundwater or hydrothermal solutions allows crystals to form inside the hollow chamber. Bedrock containing geodes eventually weathers and decomposes, leaving them present at the surface if they are composed of resistant material such as quartz.

artist to look at

here is an artist i really like, maybe you will too...

For Chip

I am not acutely aware of contemporary photographers, so I apologize if this is a well-known artist. Chip, I thought you might find this interesting.

Specifically: Midway: Message from the Gyre

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Baltimore Print Studios

Jenny Hager

Steve, I think you will like her! But everyone check her out

Theo Jansen's Wind-powered "Animals"

Theo Jansen is a Dutch kinetic sculptor who creates wind-powered "animals". On his website he states that
I make skeletons that are able to walk on the wind, so they don’t have to eat.

Here is a video with footage of his sculptures moving around:

Click here for his portfolio website:

As a side note: my girlfriend found this while using If you haven't heard of or used StumbleUpon, spend a few minutes with it. It randomly (well, almost randomly) loads webpages and you vote whether it is of interest to you or not. Eventually it will show you websites that are more relevant to your personal interests. There is quite a bit of uninteresting content that will show up but every once in a while a great art or art-related website will appear.

Artist Statement Notes

Hey everyone - I hope you've dug out from the weekend! I'm stuck in Ohio until tomorrow after a harrowing 27 hour drive through the storm on Friday evening, but I'll be back tomorrow. It's a long story that I'll tell you about this week!

FANTASTIC posts so far. I'm really enjoying following up on everything everyone has to offer. As requested, I've granted you all admin status so you have the ability to make changes other than just posting.

Remember we'll meet next week at 6pm in our room, then proceed to the talk and Maggie's opening. Have your revised artist statements. I've typed up the notes from our earlier conversation, below:

-Shouldn't be either too specific or too vague
-One issue: how much to talk about materials? Perhaps more important when process especially important to understanding wok.
-Good to describe what work looks like as a way of getting at conceptual content (conceptual content tends to reveal itself through description.)
-Don't say: "My work is about...blah blah" (boring!)
-When to include influences? Could be useful as a frame of reference, if there is an interesting parallel, if the work is a response to other work - but avoid name-dropping! Also, it can seem presumptuous - or possibly could diminish significance of your own work, comparatively.
-Vocabulary: Consider the audience. Maybe different stylistic approaches (different statements) for different purposes.
-What is needed in an artist statement? - primarily, context: but nothing IN PARTICULAR is required. Don't feel beholden to include things, or to write in an academic way.
-Again, good to describe work as a way of getting at concept - don't just say "this is my concept..."
-Good to reveal insider info - something interesting backgrounding your work that sheds light on it, that might not have been suspected.
-Good to write a statement that includes information that will set you apart - or stylistically set you apart.
-Write about what's important TO YOU - don't be afraid to state opinions or make assertions.
-Make sure it's a GOOD piece of writing - doesn't have to sound academic.
-don't take anything about the parameters of the statement for granted - everything about it, it's content - it's stylistic approach - etc - can reveal something about you as an artist. But don't be cryptic!

Fluorescent Brown

Saturday, February 6, 2010


STEW is a new joint project spearheaded by the Baltimore Development Cooperative and Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse. The basic idea is simple: once a month, we'll be hosting a dinner at 2640, featuring high-end, locally-sourced, maximally organic and expertely prepared food (including a vegan option). The price for the multi-course dinner will be $10, less than you'd pay for a sandwich elsewhere. Interspersed with the food courses will be presentations of projects and ongoing social justice struggles—and the profits from the dinner will go towards funding these iniatives. This is an open-ended experiment—how can we use food to build a culture of solidarity here in Baltimore? How can we rethink the way we fund our projects? Can we build urban democracy over a collective dinner table?

Space at STEW is limited - we can only cook for so many people! To make sure you'll have a place at the table, you'll need to buy a ticket in advance. These typically go on sale at Red Emma'sabout two weeks before the dinner -subscribe to the Red Emma's announcement list to find out when tickets become available.

The Kidz City Collective is dedicated to enabling kids, parents and caretakers to be a part of STEW. If you need childcare, or want to bring your children to STEW but aren't quite sure how to make that happen, please e-mail radkidcare-at-gmail-dot-com AT LEAST one week in advance. The more notice the better.

STEW has been inspired by a number of initiatives, including the "network dinners" organized by the art-activist collective campbaltimore in 2006, Incubate Chicago's Sunday Soup, Brooklyn's FEAST, as well as the amazing dinner that took place at 2640 during the City From Below conference.

The earth is flat and other truths about the environment

Artists: Chris Jordan, Lynn Geesamen, Ken Hale, Jessie Lehson, Jackson Martin, Trace Miller, Ellen Lupton & Abott Miller, Lawrence McFarland, Paul Rutovsky, Rachel Sitkin, Shannon Young

Richman Gallery at the Park School
February 11- March 31, 2010.
Artist's Reception Thursday February 18th from 6 - 7:30 pm

Friday, February 5, 2010

Reference Gallery

Artists and curators may submit exhibition proposals to Reference at any time by emailing us at We welcome submissions from students, professionals, emerging artists, and established artists working in any medium. The gallery is open to new and unusual projects. The owners of the gallery will review and select all exhibitions presented at our space unless otherwise noted.

If your submission is accepted the gallery will discuss shipping of work, installation, deadlines etc. Reference will provide assistance with installing and deinstalling shows unless the artist wishes to do this him/herself. Exhibiting artists are encouraged to attend the exhibition opening and participate in an artist talk if possible.

Email proposals to

or mail them to

Reference Fine Arts
216 B East Main St.
Richmond VA 23219

Fresh Print

Open Space Baltimore

Open space is looking for prints for an upcoming Exhibition.
Deadline March 1st 2010

pretty princess paper art- Kirsten Hassenfeld

Forum of 40 Champions @ Minstallation Gallery

Opens Fri Feb 26 7-9pm. Closes Sat April 10, 5-7pm. On view February 27 – April 10.

Forty champions, each possessing a special power, have been invited to create a warrior to enter the Minstallation Gallery and face the special powers of their peers. Participants will create their warriors to occupy a 4 square inch hexagon of space, flying included, working with the size and shape parameters of Warhammer 40,000 and Dungeons and Dragons. Participants may use Warhammer stands and modify figurines from any of the gaming and fantasy products or may create their own using Sculpy or other materials. 20 sided dice and measuring sticks will be provided. Gaming rules and booklet will be developed during the course of the exhibition.

Curated by Gary Kachadourian

How Did You Do That? A Sculptors Inc. @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Rachel Rotenberg & Jed Dodds
Mark Eisendrath

Amanda showing off her creative process

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Art Blogs etc.

Since I can't seem to post any links, below are some blogs I like, along with a few artists I am liking right now:) Amy

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Science and Art

This is a pretty interesting video,


Soup/Art/Beer: Community Soup Supports Artists Making New Art

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Losing Yourself in the 21st Century

This looks like a really interesting show, I heard an interview with the curator and one of the artists on NPR this morning.

Women artists explore issues of contemporary identity in an exhibition developed through the blog Participating artists: Katherine Behar, Amber Boardman, Milana Braslavsky, Estherka Projekt, Susan Lee-Chun, Noelle Mason, Shana Moulton, Ali Prosch, Renetta Sitoy, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Amber Hawk Swanson, Saya Woolfalk and Stacia Yeapanis.

February 4, 4-8pm: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with Artists and Curators
March 6, 2-5 pm: Internet Copyright Workshop with Maryland Lawyers for the Arts and artist Stacia Yeapanis
March 18, 6-8pm: Susan Lee-Chun Artist Talk and Public Art Demonstration

The Weird World Of Photo Collage

I found this on Cool photo collages from Victorian era women (I guess they had to fill up the time inbetween hysterics!) and some contemporary examples as well.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Open Studio Tours @ Bromo Seltzer Tower.

Tours run from 1-5 pm next Saturday Feb 6. Might be interesting to check out studio spaces in Baltimore.

NYTimes Art Review - Tino Sehgal

"If you’ve ever wanted to see the interior of the Guggenheim Museum in its pristine state, now’s the time. For the solo show of the young European artist Tino Sehgal, the great spiraling rotunda, recently ablaze with Kandinskys, has been cleared out. There isn’t a painting in sight."

Opening at Jordan Faye Block

Nostalgia Opening Reception February 4 / 2010 :: 6 - 9 pm @ jfc

Paula Gately Tillman, Installation view of 'Things that I love'

new installation by Paula Gately Tillman :: 'things that I love' (installation detail below)

Jordan Faye Contemporary is pleased to present Nostalgia, a three-person group exhibition featuring the work of Baltimore photographer Paula Gately Tillman, Washington D.C. painter Treva Elwood, and Baltimore mixed media artist Alexander DiJulio. Nostalgia opens at February 4, 2010. There will be an Opening Reception from 6 - 9 pm at Jordan Faye Contemporary 1401 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21230.

Nostalgia is about three artists and how they each weave wistful memories from their past. Paula Gately Tillman uses her photographs and those of childhood in which, collected and installed portray her perspectives of New York City during the 80's & Europe over the last several decades. Presented as two room-sized photo installations. Treva Elwood uses family photographs to inspire her extended self-portrait paintings. Ms. Elwood's "mother, maternal grand parents, as well as (my) maternal great-grand parents are pictured here." Alexander DiJulio presented favorably in The Salon Series and so, we are looking forward to his new sculptural installation in this upcoming exhibition. Intuition indicates that these three artists when all viewed during Nostalgia will transport you to << an autre place >>.