Monday, August 31, 2009

Sterling Allen and Jessica Halonen at ART Palace Thursday!

Please go to Art Palace and see Sterling Allen's Use Your Illusion (some of the work made at BEMIS) and Jessica Halonen's RX Garden in the Project room. Opening reception September 3rd 8-10pm. Say hi for me if you make it, both artists will be there. 

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Jeanne Quinn

I'm teaching at CU in Boulder for the semester and am finally settling in with much thanks to a lovely and talented artist, friend, and now colliege Jeanne Quinn. I've featured her work before in my chandelier series, here is her site and more of her amazing work:
If your in Philly on Sept. 17, say hi for me.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Artists Wanted!

bemis asked me to spread the word:

Artists from around the world come to the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts to research, create work, experiment and take risks without the pressure of creating a finished body of work. The artist-in-residence program provides large live/work studios, a monthly stipend, and on site facilities offering artists the opportunity to work without interruption in a supportive environment with complete permission to explore new territory.

The application deadline for visual artists is postmarked September 30, 2009 for residencies between July and December, 2010.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

GRADUATE education is the Detroit of higher learning.

Op-Ed peice from the times by Mark C. Taylor, the chairman of the religion department at Columbia. Appropriate reading after a long, but good, 1st week of adjuncting many, many miles from my life and home just for a quality job with quality students.

GRADUATE education is the Detroit of higher learning. Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) and develop skills for which there is diminishing demand (research in subfields within subfields and publication in journals read by no one other than a few like-minded colleagues), all at a rapidly rising cost (sometimes well over $100,000 in student loans). READ MORE

Monday, August 24, 2009

terence koh

Can't say I love all of the work done by Terence Koh, but these particular pieces and a chandelier of his I posted in an earlier blog are interesting. He usually works in a variety of media, including performance, sculpture, books, zines, web sites and photography. His work references punk culture, homosexuality and adolescence. Often focusing on ephemeral materials, with tactile and sensuous qualities. For the sculpture "These Decades that We never Sleep, black drums," Koh covered a drum kit with paint, ropes, insect parts and his own body fluid.

Friday, August 21, 2009


libby, the print I will have in the edition
Art Prostitute will have a hardcover relaunch in November! To celebrate and support the occasion, The Public Trust is presenting a print suite by featured artists Steven Hopwood-Lewis, Misty Keasler, Margaret Meehan, M, and Brent Ozaeta.
"With A Little Help From My Friends" event is Sat. 08.22.09 (6-10PM).
Or you can by the edition online for $100. An amazing steal to support a good cause.

The Public Trust
is at:
2919-C Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So long BEMIS, its been good to know you.

On the eve of my departure I thought I'd post some of the work I accomplished in a little less than 3 months at the BEMIS Center. More will be posted on my website when things settle down. Some of the work I did I'm proud of, some I'm not... all I learned quite a deal from and will take that knowledge with me. This was definitely a transition period for me and I am not sure I would have had the time to think as well as produce, to trip and fall, as well as make new discoveries in my studio back home. For me these are some the best reasons to step outside of your normal routine and do a residency. It is an amazing gift to be supported with an amazingly large studio for 3 months and to be able to focus full-time on your art and ideas. I feel I made the most of it and also met some wonderful people along the way. Much thanks to BEMIS, my fellow residents, and especially the residency coordinator Heather Johnson. Applications for July 2010 - December 2010 residencies at BEMIS must be POSTMARKed by September 30, 2009!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

More circassian beauties and this time girls!

More images of Circassian beauties on and so exciting to find little girls. I never knew, so exciting!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Noah Simblist: Bemis Artist Spotlight

Drum roll please... full disclosure he is my husband and my closest friend...

Bemis is wrapping up. My exit meeting is tomorrow and one of the pure pleasures of having this residency was not only the space and time to make and more importantly think about my own work, but it was also a chance to be reminded of what a talented, hard working, thoughtful and earnest artist that Noah Simblist is. The work he has accomplished here over the last 2 1/2 months: exquisite large scale graphite drawings and and a few videos pieces, I feel are some of his strongest work to date. I can only imagine the possibilities of where it will take him in his own studio and know how important this time was to him before he begins a new phase as a student at UT this fall working towards his PHD in art history.

So here's the scoop: Noah Simblist is an artist and writer living in Dallas, TX. He creates paintings, drawings, video, wall text and sound installations that explore the limits of symbolic meaning in political, religious and quasi-religious modernist iconography. Most recently these images have been placed in the context of texts and images that deal with the political role of the artist, the concept of forgiveness, Christian Zionism and the idea of home in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. CLICK HERE for his website and thanks for letting me get a little mushy. It won't happen again.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver died yesterday aged 88

She was the younger sister of the late President John F Kennedy, the 5th of 9 children, including her sister Rosemary with whom she was very close. Rosemary was mentally disabled which was a cause of great shame for families when the sisters were growing up. Shriver pushed her family to reveal the guarded family secret that she was certain would dramatically alter public opinion about the disabled. She wanted to reveal the truth about the president's sister and in 1962, Shriver told the world about Rosemary's condition in a Saturday Evening Post article.

In 1968 she organized the first Special Olympics, and the following year she founded the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Centre to conduct research into mental handicap and other disabilities. Each year more than a million athletes from 150 countries now compete in Special Olympics meetings. When she addressed the fifth Summer Games in 1976, Eunice Shriver said: "What you are winning by your courageous efforts is far greater than any game. You are winning life itself, and in doing so you give to others a most precious prize – faith in the unlimited possibilities of the human spirit."

Monday, August 10, 2009

Kirsten Hassenfeld

Thanks Alison for reminding me of Hassenfeld's beautiful and delicate paper chandeliers. Sad that Bellwether closed its doors.


Beautiful photo sent to me by a friend. Thanks Christa she is so sweet!

Kansas City wrap up

Bloch Building interior
Marco Maggi
Dolphin Gallery
Nelson-Atkins Museum with Bloch Building addition

Rebecca Ward's work at Paragraph Gallery
Rebecca Ward and Emily Sall with me in matching attire...
Took a road trip to Kansas City which is about 3 hours from Omaha. We wanted to see the to new Bloch building addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum. It was beautiful inside and out with highlights for me in both the contemporary and older wing of the museum. The Noguchi Sculpture Court, a sweet little blue and pink luster ceramic creamer, Agnes Martin, and Dorthea Tanning were just some of my favorites. We also checked out the galleries, first stopping at Dolphin Gallery which was an amazing space and then on to see our friend and Austin artist Rebecca Ward's 2 person show with Emily Sall at Paragraph gallery. It was beautiful. The Kemper Museum on the other hand, which was a favorite in past trips, was a disappointment this time. Over hung and not very interesting with a few small exceptions like the black Petah Coyne chandelier and a beautifully carved and then shrunken apple by Marco Maggi. It was a great trip with lots to see, eat, and do. Kansas City we LOVE you!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Aimee Mullins: How her legs give her super powers.

"Poetry is what elevates the banal and neglected object to the realm of art; it can transform the thing that might have made people fearful into something that invites them to look and look a little longer. . . my legs could be wearable sculpture."

Aimee Mullins defies conventional descriptions of beauty, pushing the boundaries of what the body and our perceptions of it can be.. Her legs were amputated at the age of one, but with the help of advanced technology in artificial legs, she has set world records in running the 100-meter, 200-meter dash and the long jump at the Paralympics. She is a successful model and actress and I first noticed her and her stunning lucite legs in Matthew Barney's Cremaster 3. While at the Nelson-Atkins Museum bookstore browsing through a book called Disability Meets Design I saw the most beautiful wooden legs that had been made for her and remembered the power and multiple layers a simple object can hold.

If your not familiar with the TED lecture series... you should be... CLICK here for hers.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

techi chandelier: Ron Arad

Ron Arad’s Crystal chandelier, Lolita, is a classic chandelier shape that consists of 2100 Swarovski crystals forming in an omni directional spiral. Each crystal has an embedded LED that acts as a pixel, enabling the crystals to display texts sent to it via mobile phone. Its part of MOMA's retrospective on the Israeli born artist and architect. Ron Arad: No Discipline is on view till Oct. 19th.
Here's a fun link to see it in action: See VIDEO.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Etsy find: how I wish...

"A fantastic cabinet card from the late 19th century of a sideshow entertainer, known as the Circassian Girl. With her hair teased into an afro-like hairdo, she portrayed a woman from Northern Caucasus, who had been kidnapped and enslaved in a Turkish sultan's harem before escaping.
The card is in good condition with some surface and corner wear, light soiling and creasing.
Approximate size: 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches."

my work, your casa: Dallas

"Our House: Michael Miller, Adam Raymont, Scott Barber, Margaret Meehan."

Monday, August 3, 2009

Jun Kaneko: King of Omaha

One thing Omaha is not lacking is space and Jun Kaneko is the king of it. We toured the Kaneko studios which are across the street from BEMIS last week. Amazing operation. In addition to the studios, there are exhibition and performance spaces, as well as a library that is run in conjunction with the University of Nebraska. Between these spaces, storage units and general real estate... he owns half the city! His wife, Ree Kaneko, first started Bemis 20 years ago and their stamp on the Omaha art community is ever present.