(throwback) summer of love 2011: staying with friends while they cooked for me & cut my hair beautifully
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’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:
Butcher & Larder
Ryan Travis Christian
Jacob C Hammes
Jo Jackson & Chris Johanson
Geoffrey Todd Smith
Kaylee Rae Wyant
Sprite Fountain, 2012