Getting under the hood, putting some finishing touches on the new cabinet of curiosity-esque centerpiece for my upcoming show at Allouche Gallery. "To Accompany Something Invisible" Opens April 27th. @allouchegallery @lyssden @dirtworship
She's part of a ballet now! My collaboration with Jennifer Archibald and the Cincinnati Ballet, Never.Nest opens this week as part of The Kaplan New Works Series. Link in bio for a video about the process. @cincinnatiballet @jarchdance
The walls are starting to come together! This house in Haiti, as with all of the Konbit Shelter homes built after the earthquake is a mix of traditional materials and modern techniques. Each house is a community building process that beneficially impacts as many people as possible and results in a beautiful home for an extended family. The bamboo designs created by @oficina.design and engineered by @bambuterra will receive a traditional wall covering of earth, vetiver and lime plaster. Thank you again to everyone who has seen us through this work so far. We are so close now! And thank you @fritzleogane for everything you're done to make this possible since the very beginning. @theheliotropefoundation
Photography experiments by @patrickdennis6833 taken in front of the mural at Wynwood in Miami. Not precisely a collaboration, more like a creative intersection.
Passage of time, part two, London. Another shot from a paste up I haven't seen in years, always a pleasant surprise to find pictures capturing their stages. Thanks @petershort68
Paste-up in the process of becoming a ghost. Repost from @meredithspear
Close up on a block in the process of being carved. 2003, portrait of Kiku.
Mother and child portrait, diamond installation box. Today we're loading up the studio and getting ready to show this new series, as well as some peeks into the process of the studio itself. Thursday night 6-9 "To Accompany Something Invisible" opens at @allouchegallery RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok we are in the final weeks of completing a magnificent house build in Haiti. It's the last in the series of sustainable, post earthquake homes who's creation has also been a part of rebuilding a community economically and through skills sharing. Now we need your help for one last push to get this baby born! If you missed our Kickstarter, or simply want to explore more handmade goodness, many of the craft collaborations that I designed with folks in the village are now up on our site for this last big push to get the house completed. Go to the link in my bio to find out more. Photo by @claudiadesabe @theheliotropefoundation
Admittedly, I'm a crier, but, this article made me cry. Really only John Berger
and Jerry Saltz can make me cry talking about art, and it's about hearing a truth, your truth reflected back at you. When I read something really deeply true, in that first moment of comprehension it's like a pin has slipped out of a hinge. Quietly, and in one go, I come apart and I find myself mopping tears off my face. It's not that I'm sad, it's just a recognition that I'm known -- that other humans who I haven't met can understand the fat and felt of my own creative heart. It gets me every time. And this one gets me especially because the "art world" that I live by can seem like a hostile and alien landscape at times but people like Jerry not only fight to keep it full of humanness and truth, but also remind me that these qualities are still alive at it's core, no matter what gets layered on top. "My Life as a Failed Artist" by Jerry Saltz. Read it read it read it.
Shout out to all those who marched for Science today. I couldn't join this morning, but I salute you. During the brutal dictatorship that took the lives of many dissidents in Argentina in the 70's and 80's, a group of mothers began to march every day in the plaza to protest the disappearance of their children. I heard it said (though now I can't find it to confirm), that Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author, and survivor of the Russian Gulags observed this state of events and said ~ The mothers are out, the dictatorship has already lost. ~ And so I'd like to take this idea and reflect it back to you. ~ The scientists are out, the greedy, climate change denying murderers of our planet have already lost. ~
Thank you for all that you do. And happy Earth day. (Photo borrowed from somewhere on the interweb)
Starting a new body of work, beginning with this curio mandala box that will be the center of next week's show at Allouche Gallery. I've long had a studio practice, but never actually made a show that focused on the studio work, preferring instead to use the gallery environment to create immersive installations. This show will create a little more quiet and reflective space around each piece and it's process, as well as show a few of the new works which are an attempt to take the immersive installation thinking, and keep it in a form that lasts. @allouchegallery @__moreferalthan__
Home stretch of building in Haiti. We are incredibly close to finishing the bamboo home we started with your help. We've added a few weeks to the build schedule to make sure that everything is done right, and that the crew is trained in a way that can be of benefit to the community in the long term. It's a home for a family, but it's also a resource for a whole community as it goes through the long process of recovering from disaster. This week we'd love your help making sure we finish up right. If you didn't get a chance to support our Kickstarter for the house, some of the craft collaborations I created with folks in Haiti have now become available again on the Heliotrope site. Take a look at the link in the bio to give us one final push for sustainable, community focused earthquake rebuilding Haiti.
@theheliotropefoundation Portrait of mother and child, mixed media sculptural collaboration with Haitian sculptor Johnny Pierre
Phew! That was not easy. Between the theater restrictions, and the other restrictions, and the the other other restrictions, I just about lost my miiiiiind (theater and ballet are a whole new world for me), but man I learned a lot. On a visual installation level I could have gone much further, but the honor of working with a choreographer who truly came to meet me at the level of concept was huge. Jennifer Archibald. That woman has gravity. I'm getting soooooo excited to see our collaboration Never.Nest have its opening night tonight! @cincinnatiballet @jarchdance Pic taken from an article about the colab and my upcoming show in CityBeat. Link to it in my bio.
Looking through years of preparatory sketches. Getting ready for my upcoming show "To Accompany Something Invisible" at Allouche Gallery in NYC this April 27th
Last day to see the Heliotrope pop up show. Sketches and drawings from Haiti, Heliotrope prints, including new releases curated by @bkstreetart, embroidery and tiles from the community based projects in Braddock, PA, and Cormiers Haiti. 11am - 6pm Location: 88 ½ Seventh Avenue (between 15th & 16th St.) in Chelsea New York, NY @theheliotropefoundation
Congratulations to @neworleans.airlift on another incredible collaboration. Louisiana Philharmonic, New Water Music.
Yesterday during the @bkstreetart x @theheliotropefoundation event in support of Heliotrope's work in Haiti, I received this awesome group shot from the bamboo build site - everyone had gotten together and posed for a pic to let us know they were cheering us on! Thank you so much to everyone who came out, and all of our friends and family who continue to support the project. We're making amazing progress thanks to you! The show is on for a couple more days, with all proceeds from the prints and drawings going to fund the completion of the house and the continuation of our after school program. Exhibit runs April 7-9 from 11am - 6pm daily. Location: 88 ½ Seventh Avenue (between 15th & 16th St.) in Chelsea New York, NY. Also the new prints just went live this morning on www.heliotropefoundation.org Thanks again @icyandsot @faith47 @vanessa_alice @li_hill @case_maclaim @abovestudio and thanks @djscribe for keeping our spirits high!
Tonight, print release and pop up show curated by @bkstreetart and @theheliotropefoundation. When I come home from Haiti, I have a small tradition of working on sketches and drawings of people in Cormiers, as a way to bring myself back home, and also capture some of the faces of the folks I love while all of the vibrancy and energy of life in Haiti is fresh in my mind. We're gonna be showing my new series of sketches tonight, as well as brand new Heliotrope prints by @faith47 @vanessa_alice @case_maclaim @li_hill @icyandsot. I'll be around, so come say hi if you're in the neighborhood. Opening Event: Thursday, April 6 from 6-9pm. Beats and refreshments provided. Pop-Up Exhibit runs April 7-9 from 11am - 6pm daily. Location: 88 ½ Seventh Avenue (between 15th & 16th St.) in Chelsea New York, NY
Beginning preparations for a lil' solo show in NYC at Allouche gallery this April 27th. "To Accompany Something Invisible" will be my first gallery show to focus solely on process and portraiture. Will keep you posted as it develops.