So, in 2003 I got invited to do one of my first installations. I was really excited about trying out all these concepts I'd been playing with in my apartment. I had 10 days and I set to work on 10,000 maniac tasks that kept unfolding as the installation unfolded. One day a guy who was involved in the show came up and said, "Are you sure I can't help you with anything that you're doing?" I looked him like he was crazy. Absolutely not I said, this is my art, I have to make every piece of it. He'd walk by and re-offer from time to time, but still the idea of getting help remained unfathomable to me. Then on the last night I was hustling to paint a repeating tile pattern all over the floor and he came by again and said, "See that part? It's just a red square. I can keep painting those red squares if you'd like." Since I was desperate to finish I agreed, against my deep misgivings. Three hours later I was soooo incredibly grateful that this person had talked some sense into me. The floor looked beautiful, and I could actually finish the piece. The idea of accepting help to directly realize a vision that's inside my head was radical, and learning how to do that has totally changed the course of my work. And 14 years later I'm still friends with that guy! Here he is in the distance, nailing some tiles to a wall, as he and his partner just stopped in to help out with the installation for fun. How much gratitude I have for the two of you. @umlaufshank
Tile wall inside the retrospective. I'd like to give a little shout out to two amazing folks who developed this process for silk screening onto ceramic, and shared it with us at Braddock Tiles. And - they're based in Cincinnati! @terencehammonds and @harmonyism, I am eternally grateful for your creativity, vision, and generosity with your knowledge. Thank you!! @cincycac
, fine art tattoo-ist (and the problem solving powerhouse that just figured out how to paste giant, ridiculously spindly strands of paper into a coherent design from a scissor lift high in the air), the very very one and only @fksegismundo. This is the eighth in a series of posts highlighting the incredible people who are helping make this upcoming retrospective possible. Whenever I do a monumental scale project, like the show I'm working on right now, people always ask me how it happened. The answer is that a team of talented people are coming together right now to give a big big push, bringing their problem solving skills, their time, energy, training and talents. Without them I wouldn't be doing any of the things that I'm doing, so I started a series of posts about the super heroes in my midst, and what they're all about.
Starting on wheat pasting the stairs! The longer I work in this building the more I appreciate it's odd angles and soaring spaces. @cincycac @zahahadidarchitects
That moment when the Chief Preparator walks in on you and the whole team having a spontaneous and very needed stretch break, and then texts you this picture.... @cincycac @umlaufshank @joecivitello
Solar plate etching with laser cut, hand painting and litho plate tone. Print release just out with @uwtandempress
The back of the switchboard is being wired up! I'm proud of myself for trying out a new medium right in the middle of doing a massive survey show, but I'm also like, um, what's the word? Terrified. (With a dash of that internal voice that's like, "I hate you why do you always do this?"). So yeah, it's gonna be great. Come see us September 22nd if you're in Cincinnati. @cincycac
All cleaned up and opening soon! Performance by @futuretwin_music at 8:30. @cincycac
The 11th hour save. I started a whole new, strange, and unfamiliar project in the midst of this retrospective, and up until about two days ago I was basically drowning in it. The content is heavy and scary, and the medium, recorded voices, well, it turns out making that sound good is a major talent. Enter @intermedio.io, who's come on board as a collaborator, and sound designer. And thank god! I can breath again. Thanks Justin! And thanks @tchandler and Ido Mizrahy for helping me think through and work through this wobbly new territory. Opening is tonight! @cincycac
First linoleum block series for the street, 1999-2000. When I started the process of unearthing things for the "time capsule" section of this show and began thinking about the architecture of the space, I realized that it felt like traversing a canyon. Because the of the building's cavernous spaces that open out like a canyon, but also because there's a way of telling time by walking through the installation. A friend came to visit the other day and as I showed her around I pointed to an area and said "Here's where I met you". It felt like the way geologists discern the layers of compressed time represented by the rock strata on a canyon wall. We're two days from opening. Anyone who wants to support the show, we still have some unearthed treasures on the Archivist Circle site, link in my bio.
Last couple days of the installation and we need a little push from you. I went big. I couldn't help it. It's in my nature, it's in my muse, and also, I just learned a fun fact that makes me know how much I'm doing this for the girls - and for the little girl I was who grew up seeing almost no female artists in her art history books. I just learned that I'm only the second woman to ever be given the whole 4th and 5th floors of the CAC's Zaha Hadid designed structure. The first, Tara Donovan was almost a decade ago. It makes me appreciate where I am right now more than ever, and it makes me realize how much it matters for me to push hard, realize my vision in full, and in doing so - i hope - to change our implicit, subconscious, underlying assumptions about what women are capable of, and what female creativity can look like.
So yeah, that's on my mind in a big, good, scary way. And -- we're in the home stretch, and everything is going swimmingly, aaaand to really finish properly we need another push, so go to the link in my bio to help make this big vision real. Thanks y'all!
We're in our last week of work on my first ever retrospective exhibition! You guys helped us get started by supporting the "Archivist's Circle" campaign, and now we have one more week and we're finding we need another push. If you didn't get a chance to support the project yet, we've created a special site containing a broad cross section of works from the very small and affordable to the very large, each representing a year, from 1999 to 2017. All proceeds from the site go to making sure this exhibition is created and finished to it's fullest. Thanks again for your support so far, and share it with some friends too if you can! The link is in my bio.
Throwback! Love this old picture from The Burning House, a collaborative installation with @faileart @davidellisstudio at @newimageart back in 2007.
The always amazing, @dirtworship. From her incredibly detailed and imaginative drawn world, to her organizing on projects like @artinadplaces, I'm feeling intense gratitude to have the talented and dedicated presence of Caroline Caldwell working with us on the full 6 week install out here in Cincinnati. This is the seventh in a series of posts highlighting the incredible people who are helping make this upcoming retrospective possible. Whenever I do a monumental scale project, like the show I'm working on right now, people always ask me how it happened. The answer is that a team of talented people are coming together right now to give a big big push, bringing their problem solving skills, their time, energy, training and talents. Without them I wouldn't be doing any of the things that I'm doing, so I started a series of posts about the super heroes in my midst, and what they're all about.
The palimpsest's progress. Time capsule section of the show underway, weaving together layers of old and new. @cincycac
Getting all the major pieces laid out. @cincycac
Starting to mock up walls on the 5th floor of the museum. The 4th floor will be a fully immersive installation, and the 5th floor will tell the story of the collaborative and community based projects I've been a part of for the last 10 years. @cincycac