Putting the cherry on top of the ✨thank-yous✨ to the folks who made the retrospective show at the @cincycac possible, is this shout out to the inimitable Clementine Seely. Clem, you cannot possibly even know how amazing you are because just knowing such a thing would offend your understated British humility, so let me tell you - you are a force of nature. You held me to my vision. You balanced all the thousand variables in your mind and made sure that each of them landed perfectly, and I am forever grateful. Thank you thank you thank you! Photo of installation created by artist, theater producer, and mastermind impresario of all things cultural, Clementine Seely @clemsee
Under the glass cloche. Every artist has hundreds of threads running through their work, and the cabinet of curiousity is one of mine. As is solving the question of how to take my impermanent, and often inordinately delicate installation making brain, and help it to create something that has a permanent life. This small series working with glass domes is one of many answers to that question.
Cleaning up my house I found this photo that made me chuckle nostalgically, remembering that time when Thierry Guetta somehow miraculously tracked me down in Paris and proceeded to show up every day and film our every movement, and then a couple years later, and much to my surprise, all his millions of hours of filming of myself and others became Exit Through the Gift Shop. People often ask me if that movie was a hoax, if Thierry is really like that, but for me the movie was a completely accurate depiction of one man’s creative mania. Picture by Mike Brodie,
Heliotrope at No Commission in Miami! The incredible @zahrasherzad working together with the always generous and supportive @thedeancollection to bring the Heliotrope Foundation’s print project to Basel this year. Thank you to all the artists who have contributed to this project over the years, helping @theheliotropefoundation do its work. Prints will be available at the No Commission fair.
Pic from the Narrative Room, section of the CAC retrospective where a few of the portraits that have more intensive work and personal narratives attached were shown in a separate space with their supporting video and text materials. This was the first time I’d shown some of these projects in a museum setting, like the 5 Stories project from Philadelphia, created with Mural Arts. Or these two portraits from work I was invited to undertake with communities that were grappling with issues around sexual abuse in one community, and the refugee crisis in another. It was powerful to revisit the stories and talks people gave, and to bring the portraits together again in one place. @millionpersonproject @cincycac
Recently did an interview with Conrad Brenner of Streets Department. Check out the link to it in the bio at @streetsdept
Detail shot from the retrospective exhibition up at @cincycac right now. This is a slice of the 2002-3 era, in the time capsule section of the show. Up till Feb 25th photo by @todseelie
Thank you to everyone who came out last night! It was a very emotional evening for me, to listen to my long time art hero and mentor Jeffrey Deitch give such an enthusiastic tribute to my work, and tell such great stories about the projects we created together. Thank you @mashondatifrere @penandbrushnyc @zahrasherzad @mollykrause for being such incredible champions of @theheliotropefoundation. Here’s to more great work in 2018. Pic by @youngwomeninthearts
Tonight! I’m getting excited to have a conversation with my long time gallerist and mentor Jeffrey Deitch. I’ve always said that few people I know really love and dedicate their lives to art the way Jeffrey does, and that dedication has certainly had a big impact on me and my work. Tonight Pen + Brush is hosting a fundraiser that will benefit their mission, as well as the work of @theheliotropefoundation, in the form of a conversation with Jeffrey and I, as well as a print release curated by @1xrun. (All ticket holders will receive a gift bag with a Heliotrope print of their choice). Link to tickets in my bio.
Swoon + Deitch
An evening of art + conversation, presented by Heliotrope x Pen + Brush x ArtLeadHER
When: Tuesday, Nov. 21st
Time: 7-10PM ET
Where: Pen + Brush Galley | 29 East 22nd Street, NYC
Tickets: Link in bio
All ticket holders receive a gift bag with a @theheliotropefoundation print of their choice, curated by @1xrun .
Link for tickets in bio.
Our new Heliotrope print release, (including this print created from my first foray back into painting in almost 20 years!) is happening this Tuesday. Also contributing prints are Cuatro Espiritu, Mary Iverson, Sheyo, Ouizi, Ellen Rutt, and Michelle Tanguay. Print release coincides with an NYC event I’m super excited about. Details below:
Swoon Studio in conversation with curator Jeffrey Deitch, discussing their artist-mentor relationship in detail. In addition, our latest release of prints curated by Pietro Truba of 1xRUN will be on exhibition and up for sale. All proceeds will benefit Heliotrope Foundation and Pen and Brush. Also on view is "King Woman," featuring works of 25 female artists curated by Mashonda Tifrere, founder of Art Leadher.
Link in bio for tickets and more info.