I was recently accepted into a juried show of work by Salisbury University alumni, called HOMECOMING, curated by Genevra Shay of The Contemporary in Baltimore. It was exciting to see so many familiar faces at my alma mater for the first time since undergrad.
I like to imagine my work functioning in domestic settings most of the time and am currently working to expand upon this idea; figuring out ways for my objects to exist in real everyday spaces but still be seen as a part of a fine art world. However, this particular series was made specifically for a gallery setting as these objects (try to) assert a sense of control over their installation and thusly their reception. I like to think also that the work addresses some personal insecurities of being misunderstood in a funny, intimately futile, exchange with artist, gallerist, and viewer. I thought a lot about Sol Le Wit while making these. I have since moved on some from these text-based works- inclined toward more abstract approaches to communicating concepts with objects. I’ve been considering myself a designer equally as much as an artist lately. I’ve also been teaching myself other textile arts, keep on the lookout for some quilts coming soon... and maybe another Bake Sale...
Thank you to everyone who made it out, it was a great night.
Here are some images of the reception:
Ive recently moved from the eastern shore of Maryland to Baltimore city. And while this is an exciting change for my career, it comes also with an adequate amount of stress and questioning of my goals, priorities, and general purpose in life... but never mind that. For the first time in my life post-undergrad, I have a studio space that isn't fragile. Although I am still living in a rental, I have a basement this time! It is very likely filled with lead paint and other potentially life-threatening invisible chemicals but I won't have to face the consequences of that for at least another 20 years. The point is that it's a basement! I can spill paint on the floor and not worry about a security deposit, life is good. Here are some pics.
Idiosyncrasies was the best title me and Julianne could agree upon when trying to name our exhibition because the main reason we wanted to show together was from a mutual love of the other's work and process. As studio partners for two years, Julianne and I influenced each other's thoughts greatly; her sense of color, movement and flow (in art and in her personal life) were ever inspiring. Although not immediately apparent, we felt that our discourse affected the other's aesthetic so we selected work from our most recent collections that we mutually appreciated - almost like a dually curated show. Here are some photos of the final install, as well as some process shots. You can find Julianne here www.juliannedurkin.com
It's thanksgiving morning and i'm sitting here alone in my apartment writing this while on skype with my family at home. Its 1:00pm and they're all drunk. My great aunt just said "Well! I just keep sippin' on this wine, i'm not shakin' but I feel pretty good!" Regardless, I'm migrating my website to a new platform that better suits the excessive menus I need to categorize my work. Following this post will be a mass post of previous updates from old platforms. This is a semi-pointless post unless you care about the logistics of website hosting, but thanks for stopping by!