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(throwback) summer of love 2011: staying with friends while they cooked for me & cut my hair beautifully 

(throwback) summer of love 2011: staying with friends while they cooked for me & cut my hair beautifully 

studio

studio

**Upcoming Show this Saturday 5/19**
manifestexhibitions:

The Empty Vessel5/19-6/9/2012Opening Reception Saturday, May 19th 2012 7-10pmGallery is open by appointment, contact Josh Reames - (972) 965-4747 Manifest Exhibitions is thrilled to present the gallery’s final exhibition The Empty Vessel, a group exhibition by artists from Chicago, California, Baltimore, New York, and Berlin. Artists included:Henning Strassburger (Berlin)Kara Joslyn (Oakland)Brion Nuda Rosch (Los Angeles)TJ Donovan (Chicago)Ruby Sky Stiler (Brooklyn)Kate Ruggeri (Chicago)Sofia Leiby (Chicago)Alex Ebstein (Baltimore)Michael Rea (Chicago)
Thank you for all of the support over the last year and half!

**Upcoming Show this Saturday 5/19**

manifestexhibitions:

The Empty Vessel
5/19-6/9/2012
Opening Reception Saturday, May 19th 2012 7-10pm
Gallery is open by appointment, contact Josh Reames - (972) 965-4747 

Manifest Exhibitions is thrilled to present the gallery’s final exhibition The Empty Vessel, a group exhibition by artists from Chicago, California, Baltimore, New York, and Berlin.
Artists included:
Henning Strassburger (Berlin)
Kara Joslyn (Oakland)
Brion Nuda Rosch (Los Angeles)
TJ Donovan (Chicago)
Ruby Sky Stiler (Brooklyn)
Kate Ruggeri (Chicago)
Sofia Leiby (Chicago)
Alex Ebstein (Baltimore)
Michael Rea (Chicago)


Thank you for all of the support over the last year and half!

(via manifestexhibitions-deactivated)

(noted)

(noted)

Sometimes when working on a piece, things don’t go as planned. Not that it falls apart or breaks (guilty), or the original idea is abandoned (sometimes). But sometimes through the binds of being a human on this planet, surrendered to time, gravity, money, whatever, the making of a piece becomes, well, another layer of said piece. 
I ordered these butterflies off the internet to put into an urn sculpture I’m making, while being in the headspace of discussing death, legacy, evolution, and change of form. 
The butterflies were raised to adults at a biological supply company and mailed to my work. I had planned the piece to be taking the butterflies out of the box, putting them in the sculpture and putting the piece in this show I’m in at Manifest Exhibitions. My thinking was formulaic, in the way studio work often is: pushing paint around, making things stand up to not crush/kill people, let it dry, “going to need a bigger boat (brush, nail, screw)”.
The show ended up being delayed two weeks. I started to panic. I need them alive. I’m keeping the butterflies in my bedroom so I can monitor them closely, instead of in my studio across town. I was also worried about all of the chemicals and saw dust in the air of my studio, and my bedroom is a sanctuary for me (yes) so with me was the safest place.
I was not prepared for the overwhelming sense of emotion living with these creatures would provide. The constant side by side, close proximity (the foot of my bed, and often in the bed with me), the unavoidable tendency to feel in touch with the animal world (Grizzly Man), the HUGE unescapable romanticism and beauty of butterflies. The insects became to embody love, or “god”, or life, or any of the essences of life that make life worth living and beautiful, and so I expect to mourn.

Sometimes when working on a piece, things don’t go as planned. Not that it falls apart or breaks (guilty), or the original idea is abandoned (sometimes). But sometimes through the binds of being a human on this planet, surrendered to time, gravity, money, whatever, the making of a piece becomes, well, another layer of said piece. 

I ordered these butterflies off the internet to put into an urn sculpture I’m making, while being in the headspace of discussing death, legacy, evolution, and change of form. 

The butterflies were raised to adults at a biological supply company and mailed to my work. I had planned the piece to be taking the butterflies out of the box, putting them in the sculpture and putting the piece in this show I’m in at Manifest Exhibitions. My thinking was formulaic, in the way studio work often is: pushing paint around, making things stand up to not crush/kill people, let it dry, “going to need a bigger boat (brush, nail, screw)”.

The show ended up being delayed two weeks. I started to panic. I need them alive. I’m keeping the butterflies in my bedroom so I can monitor them closely, instead of in my studio across town. I was also worried about all of the chemicals and saw dust in the air of my studio, and my bedroom is a sanctuary for me (yes) so with me was the safest place.

I was not prepared for the overwhelming sense of emotion living with these creatures would provide. The constant side by side, close proximity (the foot of my bed, and often in the bed with me), the unavoidable tendency to feel in touch with the animal world (Grizzly Man), the HUGE unescapable romanticism and beauty of butterflies. The insects became to embody love, or “god”, or life, or any of the essences of life that make life worth living and beautiful, and so I expect to mourn.

I ordered live butterflies off the internet for a new sculpture. I’m housing them in my hamper while I finish up the piece, “Urn”, that they’re going into. 

I ordered live butterflies off the internet for a new sculpture. I’m housing them in my hamper while I finish up the piece, “Urn”, that they’re going into. 

Peek at in-progress new paintings

Peek at in-progress new paintings

This Saturday, April 28th, is the Roots & Culture Spring Benefit Bash !
I’m honored to be DJ’ing the event with Ross Kelly (Kokorokoko, Night Moves) and having a painting up for auction!
I always look forward to this benefit— this year there’s tacos by Jonathan “Z-Dog” Zaragoza (Eric May’s frequent collaborator with Piranha club and the E-Dogz truck)
Live MC’ing by MC DMac (Duncan MacKenzie, of Bad At Sports) !
$30 in advance pay here or $40 at the door.
And here it comes….long laundry list of the super talented:
Alberto AguilarLauren AndersonMike AndrewsBill BergerJeremy BolenElijah BurgherButcher & LarderLilli CarréRyan Travis ChristianSara CondoArend deGruyter-HelferCraig DotyRyan FenchelCarson Fisk-VittoriGeorge GittinsSayre GomezAndy HallJacob C HammesMichelle HarrisJohn HenleyAndrew HolmquistMichael HunterCarol JacksonJo Jackson & Chris JohansonJessica LabatteRaquel LadensackGeorge LiebertCaleb LyonsCJ MatherneEric MayBrian McNearneyBrendan MearaChris MeerdoHeather MekkelsonMichael MilanoErin NelsonPaul NelsonRachel NiffeneggerJamisen OggAngel OteroKim PiotrowskiCarmen Price Steve ReinkeMichael ReaTyson ReederAndy RocheKate RuggeriLisa Rybovich-CralleJustin SchaeferBen SeamonsGeoffrey Todd SmithEdra SotoRob StoneTony TassetSiebren VersteegOli WattKaylee Rae WyantHennessey YoungmanVanesa Zendejas

This Saturday, April 28th, is the Roots & Culture Spring Benefit Bash !

I’m honored to be DJ’ing the event with Ross Kelly (Kokorokoko, Night Moves) and having a painting up for auction!

I always look forward to this benefit— this year there’s tacos by Jonathan “Z-Dog” Zaragoza (Eric May’s frequent collaborator with Piranha club and the E-Dogz truck)

Live MC’ing by MC DMac (Duncan MacKenzie, of Bad At Sports) !

$30 in advance pay here or $40 at the door.

And here it comes….long laundry list of the super talented:

Alberto Aguilar
Lauren Anderson
Mike Andrews
Bill Berger
Jeremy Bolen
Elijah Burgher
Butcher & Larder
Lilli Carré
Ryan Travis Christian
Sara Condo
Arend deGruyter-Helfer
Craig Doty
Ryan Fenchel
Carson Fisk-Vittori
George Gittins
Sayre Gomez
Andy Hall
Jacob C Hammes
Michelle Harris
John Henley
Andrew Holmquist
Michael Hunter
Carol Jackson
Jo Jackson & Chris Johanson
Jessica Labatte
Raquel Ladensack
George Liebert
Caleb Lyons
CJ Matherne
Eric May
Brian McNearney
Brendan Meara
Chris Meerdo
Heather Mekkelson
Michael Milano
Erin Nelson
Paul Nelson
Rachel Niffenegger
Jamisen Ogg
Angel Otero
Kim Piotrowski
Carmen Price 
Steve Reinke
Michael Rea
Tyson Reeder
Andy Roche
Kate Ruggeri
Lisa Rybovich-Cralle
Justin Schaefer
Ben Seamons
Geoffrey Todd Smith
Edra Soto
Rob Stone
Tony Tasset
Siebren Versteeg
Oli Watt
Kaylee Rae Wyant
Hennessey Youngman
Vanesa Zendejas

gardenshow:

Sprite Fountain, 2012

gardenshow:

Sprite Fountain, 2012