If you haven’t had a chance to go see Annie Varnot’s installation “Oh Varian Sea,” at Rockland Center for the Arts, in the exhibition, “Flowers Follies, and Other Rites of Spring,” I highly recommend it. The show is fantastic. I hope to post images of the work soon.
Come mid April Annie Varnot will be packing her bags for two months to go out west. She will be meeting artist and adventurer, Christy Georg, to hike the southern portion of the Pacific Crest Trail for three weeks. Following her hike, she will travel to Banner, Wyoming, where she will explore her drinking straw work at Jentel Artist Residency.
Loren Erdrich is spending the summer of 2010 at artist residencies. She was a funded resident at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY for June and July where she initiated a new body of work, incorporating new materials and subject matter. Below are some studio images of works in progress. Beginning August 1st she will be at Art Farm in Marquette, NE.
Jodi Hays — Site-Specific Installation Getting Used to Living in the in Between The Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN January 2010
My work functions as a metaphor for living in relationship, but also as a reflection on our contemporary social and economic moment. How does one intimately and collectively, get used to living in the in-between, liminal spaces of already begun but not yet finished projects?
My sculptural work is intimate in scale. This installation of clay forms express my interest in landscape and terrain as a metaphor for relationships. The work is intimate, yet Pangea-like in its disbursement. However, the title “We Can Fight This Drift,” implies a statement made from one or another (or collective).
images: Jodi Hays, Getting Used to Living in the in Between, 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!
Annie Varnot at the artist residency, I-Park, in East Haddam, CT.
I have a lot of studio ideas, some conflicting, and I feel like I am all over the place. Somehow I wish there were less ideas, but as time continues here I imagine some of the ideas will have legs and the others will not. I recall an old professor of mine saying it’s wise to have two different processes going in the studio that are very different, so that no matter your mood or disposition that day, there will be something that you desire to work on, so this is what I am aiming for in the studio-two different processes – one quiet – meditative – and another process that is more active.
I have some paintings started, and beginnings of a sculpture. I have been trying to use a dremmel tool to carve into these 1000 eggs I have hollowed, but I keep breaking the eggs…wrong bits I think for this task. I am frustrated and feel like giving up that project…for now.
we are currently working with all artists to begin the ‘launch-phase’ of our official gallery website. projects and work of the artists will be managed through a join venture based on studio practice and collaboration with the group of artists being represented. we look forward to seeing this exciting endeavor develop.
we are still reviewing several applications and will post new artists as they are accepted. in august we will also be posting submission procedures open to artists living in brooklyn. it is our aim to form a more local community to help in strengthening our universal ‘web’ community.