Thursday, February 24, 2011

the ghosts of Joey Veltkamp / SOIL

The ghosts of Rock Hudson & Judy Garland, 2011
ceramic, paint, resin

A week from today, I'll have an opening of new work in the Backspace of SOIL. the ghosts of Joey Veltkamp consists of 32 ceramic ghosts which memorialize things like Vesuvius, Divine, 1980s NYC, Leonard Cohen, Walt Whitman and more.

The ghosts of Claude & Pinky, 2011
ceramic, paint, resin

My family has a morose habit of borrowing worry. It can be 75 degrees without a cloud in the sky and invariably someone will say, "Sure hope it doesn't rain." This outlook has helped to foster an ingrained pattern of always hoping for the best but expecting the worst. At age 39, my life remains virtually untouched by death. Yet instead of celebrating this fortunate anomaly, I spend my time attempting to mitigate the unavoidable pain that the death of a loved one will bring.

Opening reception: Thursday, March 3, 6–8pm
Artist talk: Saturday, March 5th, 2pm at SOIL
March 2 – April 2, 2011
more info here

And in the main gallery, Flat & Bright by Julie Alpert & Andy Arkley

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