On a recent visit to the studio of artist to Annie Varnot, I had the opportunity to view the artist’s biomorphic, landscape inspired sculptures, drawings, and photographs up close. I was instantly struck by the intensity of labor and craft that goes into her assemblages made from jewelry size pieces of cut drinking straws and the extremely detailed, lace cut-out drawings. The artist, who describes her goal as “creating an environment in which to be safe”, is approaching her project on a very intimate scale. (more…)
binghamton city plaza gallery: earthstewards coalition opening reception: 5 february 2010, 6-9p closing reception: 5 march 2010, 6-9p
exhibit runs from: 5 february – 5 march 2010
more than forty artists from across new york, pennsylvania and several other states, will be featured in the earthstewards coalition exhibit. this exhibit intends to encourage the viewer to explore their stance on the use of high volume hydro-fracture drilling for natural gas in their community.
[for nancy] … each piece starts with a hunch and grows from there. nothing is planned, leaving much to chance. sometimes this creates doubt, which forces her to make a decision; at other times it creates excitement, which compels her to try something new.
… in hindsight, chance doesn’t really play a role at all — in the end she can see that she knew where she was headed the whole time.
MICA New York Alumni @ Spattered Columns exhibition Art Connects New York‘s new gallery space, Spatter Columns | 491 Broadway 5th Floor | New York, NY
exhibition runs though Thursday, 18 February 2010.
It’s December 6th, my last week at I-Park. I am now working longer hours in the studio with hopes of completing my sculptures and paintings. I wish the residency was a month longer.
I have almost finished five works on paper, a straw sculpture, and am working on a plaster and blown egg project. There were other things, but these are the ones that grew legs and I am now running with them. Right now the plaster with eggs sculpture looks like and feels like a big ugly turd-which is not intended-and I am disgruntled by it. I don’t like the visible hand with the plaster-I want it smooth-a polished turd, so to speak-with polished bumps. This has led me to cast the plaster in ziplock bags and push the blown eggs into the bag, the heads of the eggs peeping out, and this is working more for me than the turd. I am making a lot of the ziplock egg sculpture components. They may unite to create a larger piece, or remain separate units-we’ll see!