I don’t think I’ll ever get over the excitement of seeing work installed in a show. Loving this ethereal setup of Drink Me a group show at H Gallery in Ventura, California.
When you work with a wet medium, you have a lot of dry time (aka down time). I literally can't just sit there and watch paint dry. Having a side project has been an engaging way to expand my art practice. It gives me a space to experiment and play.
I initially met Claire (Apotspot) via another rad creative Elsa (aka Flora Noble) who organized a group show based around adding art on top of Claire's concrete planters. I put off the project for a while. I had the planters on my working table staring at me and reminding me that I didn't know what to do. After some solid thumb-twiddling, I found my flow once I got some acrylic pens.
With my art practice, I am interested in translating the landscape around me. The concrete pot's that Claire makes have such a fantastic texture that they become a map of their own. Adding my layer on top built an additional map overlay of sorts. A lot of the obsessions I have around repetition, contrast, and value appear naturally within the concrete. Our styles amplify the other. Plus, houseplants are my jam. I'm actively trying to convert my home into a jungle.
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We decided to collaborate for reelz and will be selling the planters at the Portland store Bedizen. Here is a preview. Get in touch if you're interested in buying one. It is a limited quantity run, but maybe we'll do more if this batch goes well.
Last Friday I had the crew from 1122 Gallery (Jen & Lauren) as well as fellow artist Abbie Miller over to the studio to chat work and brainstorm for my show in September. It was so refreshing to talk around concepts of surface, flattening and translating space and wayfinding.
1122 Gallery is an immersive and experimental art space. I am excited to have my work go beyond the canvas and reimagine and translate the gallery as a whole.
SHOW OPENING PARTY
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 6-10PM
I am obsessed with light. How it changes our lens on the world. How golden hour becomes magic hour. Light creates shadows. The lightness and darkness flicker, flash, and flow through our purview. Always in motion subtly and sometimes drastically changing what and how we see.
Not your white cube show. Going beyond the canvas to re-imagine the gallery space.
September 14 - October 8
1122 SE 88th Ave
1122 is a community art gallery located in a garage in the Montavilla neighborhood.
Let's keep the ball rolling. In September I am starting my journey with THRIVE Art Studio through their Mastermind program. I am beyond stoked on their empowerment for femme artist that hustle and are boss-ass ladies.
THRIVE Mastermind is a community of visual artists who meet monthly and provide each other with support, accountability, and motivation.
Applications are still open check it out.
Park City, take me home. Going to my old stomping grounds for a weekend of fun at my favorite store Root'd on Main. Lots of little + medium and some big works for sale.
Mark your calendars Beehive State
Saturday, August 18 - Sunday, August 19
Astral Wash will be featured in the Group Show Drink Me at H Gallery in Ventura California from August 4 - September 22, 2018.
Opening Reception | Saturday, August 4, 2018 | 6-8p | RSVP
Dab Art is pleased to present DRINK ME at H Gallery in midtown Ventura.
DRINK ME is a clear departure from the painterly experience of archetypal art exhibits. This collection of artworks challenges the primary concept of representational realism.
Is the world we see around us the real world itself or merely an internal perceptual copy of that world? This conceptual exhibit uses 2D, 3D, stationary and interactive art to explore this question.
In 1929, Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte famously demonstrated the philosophical position that our conscious experience is not of the real world itself, but simply an internal representation. His work, THIS IS NOT A PIPE was a clever way to protest the conventional art ideals at the time.
The painting is a pipe and below it, Magritte painted, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe.", French for "This is not a pipe." Highly criticized by the oppressive rationalists of the time Magritte memorably wrote about his piece;
The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture 'This is a pipe', I'd have been lying!
Similar to René Magritte, the artists featured in DRINK ME explore the notion of indirect or representational realism through their selected mediums. Their tangible interpretations of sensory input are fulfilled in works of installation, ceramic, photography, assemblage, oil paintings and mixed media.
ideals or art at the time.
Containing playful or darkly humorous overtones these works provoke conversation and reflection from the audience. By inviting viewer participation and interaction DRINK ME changes the overall viewer experience.
Artists on Exhibit:
Hilary Maslon | Laila Weeks | David Bender | Kim Anderson | Maryann Steinert-Foley | Derek Cracco | Susan Melly | Jordan Thornton | Claiborne Colombo | So Yoon Kim | Madeline Walker | Zara Monet Feeney | Meganne Rosen | Matt Hall | Kenneth Arguinzoni | Kayo Albert | Mitch Greer | Sayak Mitra | Annette Huelly
Curated by Yessíca Torres
Krk-rk from my paper series from Banff along with some prose is featured in Issue 6: M O V E M E N T. Magazines hit the shelves July 5, 2018.
New work for sale coming your way first of July! Stay tuned.
I’ve been craving a creative space ever since I graduated college and had to leave my studio. Since then, I’ve made my art in bedrooms, guest rooms, living rooms, and basements. Having a studio outside the house finally became an option once we moved back to Portland and had room to grow.
While building out this space, I quickly realized it was his vision just as much as mine. It has given us an opportunity to work with and compliment each other. He has a construction background, and I love the design part. Visually we wanted to keep it simple. White with wood accents and lots of natural light.
February 2018 & May 2018
Nine months ago the shell of the studio went up, and the built out began. By November, I had moved into it and was able to start using it to working on my art. We have continued to finish and refine the studio as the months past. This past week we put in the new desk and framed out the windows so now it’s finally 90% there.
It’s silly, but once Gian put up the shelf over the window I immediately went out and got plants. Sentimental nicknacks and friends artwork reminds me of where I’ve been and who has been with me. It has transformed the space to a place that I call mine. This studio is me.
I am an introvert, so I need my alone time to recharge. Having a creative place creates a sanctuary where I can easily replenish my energy and feel centered.
We will continue to fine-tune and adjust as each season brings up new challenges, but for now, I want to be in there as much as possible.
Looking forward to having some time in June to create and live in the space more.
Just posted some new work up on my site for my black and white series. It's been really interesting to see how a reduced color pallet can be so complex. Looking forward to pushing the work more.
The month of April was supposed to be a month of creation and all things art. After a long-ish stint doing some freelance work, I was ready to get things going in my studio. That didn't pan out the way I expected.
A combination of things made to this not happen. Honestly, the motivation wasn’t there. Normally, I am in a go-go-go state and work ethic is on. But, I was tired and drained. I found myself doing mundane chores around the house instead of going outside to my studio. I just felt off. Even when I did go into the studio, I didn’t quite know what to do with myself once I was there. I’d pitter patter around and not be productive. Also, mercury was in retrograde so the universe wasn't helping either.
It’s a bizarre feeling when you know you’re off – even just slightly. It took me a few weeks to even realize that I was. Instead of fighting it, I tried to make peace with it. I acknowledged all the transition I have been through the past couple of months (slash years) and realized sometimes it catches up with you. I couldn’t beat myself up. I’ve struggled with various mental health issues (depression and PTSD among them) and have learned that when you fight it or try to ignore, it rears it’s ugly head even more.
All the good things: plants, being outside, and dogs
Being an artist, you spend a lot of time alone with yourself. This intensifies all the feelings and really makes you live in them. There aren’t that many distractions from yourself when it is just you. For better or worse you are in your head. But when your head isn’t at it’s best sometimes you need to get out. Those outlets for me tend to be doing something physical or reading and watching. Yoga during this time kept me sane and so did Bob’s Burgers.
I met with a couple other creatives for coffee and/or lunch and had some really honest conversations. A lot of them as well have been trying to regain their creative mojo. These conversations made me feel so much better because I realized I was not alone and it is part of the process.
I also went to the doctor to run some test. I found out I have Hashimoto’s among some other things that were contributing to my physical and mental symptoms. It's good to know what I am working with.
Changing spaces, locations, and staring new adventures are all transitions. For me, I find myself most productive when I feel settled. This takes time. Sometimes a week, sometimes longer or shorter. Living a creative life seems glamorous from the outside but in reality, it is one of ebbs and flows. I needed the ebb to slow things down so I could mull it all over. It forces reflection and allows space for tasks I might otherwise put off such as reading and researching.
After 5 weeks being in the ebb, I feel like I am finding my flow. While traveling the other weekend I was craving being in my studio. I couldn’t wait to get back so I could be in there and get to work.
Ok, enough typing – the canvas is calling. Time to pick up that brush.
As I begin my class Claiming Voice at PNCA I have been thinking about what I want to research most. Communication has always interested me. I even have my masters in it. How humans connect and communicate. Looking back, pre-language marks and the graphic language are examples of a basic need to leave one's mark.
Can't wait to really dig into this topic and learn more.