Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Hi Kelly Rae!
You're currently finishing up your largest project to date. Would you talk about that project?
My most recent work is a commission of thirteen paintings by Harbor Properties for a new apartment building in West Seattle called Mural. The commission includes twelve 20" by 20" acrylic and mixed media paintings for the six residential floors of the building (two in the hallway of each floor), along with a 12’ by 10’ acrylic and mixed media painting to be installed in the building’s main lobby entitled fantango.
This was by far the most challenging piece I have ever done, due to its sheer scale and size. With my existing studio not nearly large enough for something of this size, I finally found a location in the International District to work on the commission. The new studio alone changed how I create; with room for six 6’ by 5’ sectional canvases along with exceptional light and space, I found myself trying new styles and techniques and taking new risks with my work.
(image via artist)
How is your approach different when you're doing a commission versus your regular art practice? Do you find there's more pressure in a commission?
I was nervous with this project because there was a due date for the commission (I do tend to push the limits of a deadline). I started talking with Harbor Properties about this project in November 2007…What if what I am doing now is different from what I was doing then… What if they didn't like it? What if I didn't like it? I like to leave paintings alone for a while before I call them "done,” – I have a habit of bringing them home and living with them for a while before I let them go, which was not possible with fantango. I reworked the 12 smaller paintings many times, and even thought the designer liked them in the beginning stages, I didn't, so I painted over them. Ultimately, I loved having the time and space to work on so many different pieces at the same time. You can look at the progress of the commission on my blog. It will be installed at Mural in West Seattle in early May 2009.
4521 California Avenue S.W.
308 W. Republican
Twilight Artist Collective
4306 SW Alaska / 1530 Post Alley # 4 Seattle
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Enameled mahogany, powder coated aluminum/bronze, found objects
Artist Roy McMakin recently completed a new public commission for the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica. The guest house is part of the Annenberg Community Beach House located at Santa Monica State Beach. The brand new facility has its grand opening tomorrow.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Director Peter Olsen and instructor Joey Chiarello draw names for the raffle.
We swung by the CLAY PROJECT fundraiser on Saturday night. I had never been to the University of Washington Club before. I could sure get used to the view.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
More pictures of the opening here.
e-flux listed Jeffry's show, Dirt on Delight, as their announcement of the day. This show has gotten some real nice press (including a review by Roberta Smith in the NYT).
If you're not already familiar with e-flux, you should check them out.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
"The biggest yes I have ever given anybody." Simon Cowell
Despite the internet, there are still so few moments that are felt around the globe. Since yesterday, I've had several folks recommend the video of Susan Boyle singing on Britain's Got Talent. This YouTube video has received 4.6 million hits as of this posting.
I've avoided watching it (there are so many videos to watch!). I asked someone today what was so remarkable about it? They said that it makes you think the worst ("You're looking at this 47 year old woman thinking, what can she do?") and then she just opens her mouth and she's amazing.
As humans, I think it's easy to let our insecurities drive us. It's such a beautiful affirmation when someone is recognized based on their talent alone and not their persona. I think that this performance allows us all to let down our guard and say, "Damn! I wasn't expecting that! I'm sorry for judging you."
You know I'm a sucker for anything feel-good. And this is so sweet.
Everybody continue being amazing.
Monday, April 13, 2009
New Seattle arts organization, The Heroes*, presents its debut production, Baggage Claim.
"Written by four Seattleites, the play centers on Thomas, an insecure thirty-something who is seemingly the only bond keeping his circle of friends together. The group gathers for the first time in a decade in support of Thomas, who they learn is battling heart disease. Left to their own devices, the friends drown themselves in a weekend cocktail of infidelity, steak tips, overdue confrontations, death, panties and prayer."
Image via Charlie Clay
I think that this play is going to be really great. Can't wait to see it! More images here.
BAGGAGE CLAIM (tickets)
April 18, 2009 – April 26, 2009
Freehold Theatre, 2222 2nd Ave.
Saturday Evening: 8 p.m.
Sunday Matinee: 2 p.m.
Sunday Evening: 8 p.m.
Image via Charlie Clay
* The Heroes is an organization committed to realizing the artistic goals of performers, singers, dancers, designers, musicians, painters, writers and other working artists everywhere. Through cooperative effort and collaborative enthusiasm, The Heroes work to stake community resources in the service of participating members' artistic visions and enable artists to make a living from their craft. By producing courageous works, events and programs that lead from the heart, break through convention, support community, and participate in the larger world of ideas, The Heroes hope to engage, educate, and encourage the spirit of compassionate revolution through art.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Aw...it's that time of year again. My favorite Easter memories involve my cousins coming over to visit us. It's the only extended-family holiday my family ever celebrated. I loved dyeing Easter eggs (and later making deviled eggs)!
The ubiquitous Peeps.
This year, my buddy Dave and I went over to some friends' house for a great brunch -- complete with smoked animals (duck, chicken, lamb), a record player dj, bar, craft project and super fun friends.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I can't even count how many times I've said this before -- Smith is amazing! It's always delicious. It favors fresh, seasonal food. I love the location. I love the atmosphere. I LOVE the service/staff.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I stopped by Noah Grussgott's show last night. Do yourself a favor and check it out. It's really great. There's a central installation piece (pictured above), some drawings, cut mirrored letters, a painting, a huge wall of foam core insulation and more. It's full of symbols like construction warning tape and band-aids relating to the show title, Caution Kid. More opening pics here.
On Saturday, May 16th, Noah will give a brunch lecture at 1pm.
Join Grey Gallery and Lounge on Saturday, May 16th at 1pm for brunch and a lecture with Noah Grussgott. Grussgott will discuss his works exhibited in Caution Kid and will be available to answer questions about his sculpture, past and present, as well as his experiences working with various materials.