In March I had the opportunity to create an installation for “Scaped” at Columbia College, curated by MK Meador. The title of my piece was “The 4th & 5th Great Awakenings” in a tip of my hat to Tom Wolfe’s 1976 essay “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening.”
Tristan Hummel of the Chicago Loop Alliance invited me to install my sculptures for the August 2014 ACTIVATE event in the alleyway of the Chicago Theatre. Intrigued to know how my organic sculptures would interact with the rigid geometry of the black fire escapes, I chose to hang my work from the bottom of one of the gridded landings. The highlight of the experience was witnessing people navigating their way through the sculptures, touching them and getting their photographs taken with them.
I am currently part of a three-person show at the Chicago Artists Coalition gallery. Curated by MK Meador, the exhibition also includes fellow Hatch residents Noelle Allen and Nick Sagan. I am showing two large collages, a scroll-sized circle drawing and an installation of crocheted sculptures and another of rain drawings. On another note, I just found out that next year I will be spending a month as an artist-in-residence at Djerassi in the San Francisco Bay area.
I am currently part of Natural Fallacy, a six-person exhibition at the Chicago Artists Coalition that focuses on divergent views of nature. Other participants include Noelle Allen, Theodore Darst, Jordan Martins, Nicholas Sagan, and Matthew Schlagbaum. The show was curated by MK Meador.
Below is an installation shot of my work from the show.
I just returned from a terrific 3 1/2-week residency at Yaddo. The space, people and staff were wonderful, and I got a lot of work done. My focus there was a new series of collages, some of which are pictured here. I will add images of other collages once I photograph them.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Austin College for the closing of my show, Prodigal Projects. It was a treat to see lots of old friends, to meet with students and to see how much the plants in my installation had grown since the exhibition opened.
I also received some excellent news recently on the artist residency front. I have been accepted for a month-long residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York for this spring and a year-long residency at Hatch Projects (sponsored by the Chicago Artists’ Coalition) starting this month. Both are wonderful opportunities to make art, get feedback and engage with an artistic community.