Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More pics of the cafe

Welp, I'll be taking  'er down this weekend.  the "Brains to Hands to Eyes" exhibit was a lot of fun to work on and was an awesome experience and a fantastic opportunity for me.  Thanks again to everyone that made it to Cafe Verde to see it at some point...I hope something you saw managed to connect to you in some way or another.

Now, the task is to take down the show, get digital files made of a few pieces, and make prints for people who wanted them.  Two original pieces were reserved...which feels amazing.  One piece was stolen...which I have mixed feelings about.  Another big thanks to Kayj of Community Rebirth for giving me the opportunity.  Check her out on Facebook, she's doing some cool stuff in the Ypsi/Arbor area.


More as it happens.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Pics from the opening

Cafe Verde was my assigned venue.
"Brains to Hands to Eyes" was the name of the exhibition.

I got the venue through Kayj at Community Rebirth.  Facebook 'em.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Exhibition opening after-action review

What an amazing night!

Dinner with Elin and the fam at Seva in Ann Arbor followed by 2 hours of friends and family in a PACKED Cafe Verde.  The music was great and fit the occasion perfectly.   It was so touching to see so many people come out to support the show.   The family came from Rockford, the bro drove-in from Lansing, the dudes trekked it out from GR, and Bakerites (former housemates) & NAPpers (current workmates) made it out as well.  Elin also did an excellent job of promoting my event and got lots of her science folk away from their microscopes for the evening.

If you missed the opening of "Brains to Hands to Eyes", the artwork will be up through the first week in December, or so.  The exhibition has a little over 20 pieces hanging.  Here are the three pieces that I made specifically for the exhibition (also the crowd favorites, as far as I could tell)..

"God's Bear" 
16" x 20"  $475 (Signed/numbered prints available soon...price TBD)

16" x 20"  $475 (Signed/numbered prints available soon...price TBD)

"Welcome Home"
16" x 20"  $475 (Signed/numbered prints available soon...price TBD)

Thanks to Community Rebirth for arranging the whole thing, Cafe Verde for being such good sports, and Billy and Kyle for rocking so hard with that muzik.  More pictures to follow!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Saturday looms large

Elín helped me hang the first round of exhibition pieces at Café Verde after work.  I was exhausted,, hungry, and covered in ash and kerosene from the day's prescribed fire...but it was still a magical time.  It was so cool to see my work on the walls, and also a bit surreal.

I think the final total will be around 20 pieces representing a pretty broad range of media and subject matter.  Three of the pieces are never-before-seen, made specifically for the show.  The exhibition will be called "Brains to Hands to Eyes."

Still on the to-do list:

- Hang 5 remaining pieces (the big ones...frames with glass)
- Get prints of a particular 2-page spread from the book.  Frame and hang.
- Make price list (very scary proposition, indeed)
- Other things that escape me now...and will probably remain elusive until 6:54pm on Saturday.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Art Battle post-game review

The LLIC Art Battle at Savoy was last night.  The 72-hours leading-up to the event was a mess of emails, changing venues, uncertainty, and pants-peeing; the event itself was a blast and surprisingly well-attended.

Heather, Cristina, and I were on an elevated stage off to the side of the main stage and were surprised to find we'd be painting a board whose shape could only immediately suggest some sort of marshmallow or cloud.  Inspiration was slow-coming and we spit-balled for about an hour, tossing around different ideas.  As 9 o'clock rolled-around, we decided to paint a portrait divided into 3, so we could each have an area to work on.  I started painting first and we just kinda rotated shifts...

...gin, vodka, whiskey, whiskey...

Is it already 1 am!?

The music had been bangin', the people were great (so many friends and co-workers showed-up), and the 15 teams participating had brought their C-or-better games.  The votes were tallied from the audience and...drum-roll...WE GOT 4TH PLACE!!  It was an awesome experience and I'm proud with what we put together.  All the pieces will be auctioned-off early next year.

I'm looking at another laaaaate night tonight and I have neither nap'd nor caffeinated.  Time to get something energetic.

Me, Cristina Mezuk, and Heather Herrera

(Can you guess which bit I did??? :-D)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


This is an ART BATTLE...!!!  Heather, Cristina, and I will be a team and have 4(!) hours to paint.  We'll be competing against some other teams for some other prizes.  We're gonna make this a 100% improvisation-type job, so we'll see how much of a bad idea THAT turns-out to be.  I've also been getting some CRAZY poison ivy reactions lately which have resulted in my left arm being colonized by no-less than 3 distinct demons.  The most worrisome for Friday's event is the one called "Infektion" and his little stooge: "swelling."

Uh oh.