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.
I am experimenting with new materials for my crocheted sculptures: jute, twine and cotton string. The forms are inspired by the plants I have growing in my apartment and by an odd-looking tree I saw in the Yucatan a few years ago.
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.
Installation shots from my solo exhibition, Prodigal Projects, at Austin College. The show runs through October 27, 2012.
Below is an installation shot from the Arts & Crafts event at Public House in Chicago. Even after the event, I continue to be inspired by Finch’s Threadless, a wonderfully hoppy, aromatic beer.
For the past few weeks I have been creating drawings for an artist-brewer mashup on August 8 sponsored by the Chicago Artists’ Coalition and Public House. My drawings celebrate the beautiful hop finish of Finch’s Threadless beer. Accordingly, I used lots of hops along with barley and beer bottles to create the drawings. I will post images of the finished work soon.