studio practice

Erdrich – Sculpture Space 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.

Palmer/ros — residency

galleryELL artists jennifer palmer and john ros will be working together at the bornholm residency of shelby county, kentucky. the two will be in the studio together forming a cohesive body of works on paper inspired by the landscape of the country. the residency will take place in mid may.

look for images/updates from the residency in upcoming weeks.

studio visit series

galleryELL artists to start studio visit series.

galleryELL is pleased to announce a new artist studio visit series. starting in march 2010 artists will open their studios. as part of the community, it is important to get together and share our studio practices as well as have a chance to organize for future events, share ideas/resources, etc.
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galleryELL welcomes nancy hubbard

nancy hubbard has joined the galleryELL community.


nancy hubbard for galleryELL
image: nancy hubbard, untitled 2007

[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.

nancy on galleryELL
nancy’s official website

Hays — new installation

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

installation by jodi hays, 2010

installation by jodi hays, 2010

Jodi Hays on galleryELL
Jodi Hays official website

Palmer – Winter Update

It is hard to believe that my fall semester of teaching is over already and it is into the holiday season and my winter break. The start of winter break leads to the excitement of knowing that I have a full month to focus on my studio work.  I look forward to continuing work on a new series I have been developing and to exploring a new found interest in graphite on paper.  I really have been intrigued now by trying to element color from my work and just to focus on the forms and the expressive powers of my mark making.  Well, we will see what the break brings and I look forward to sharing the work that comes from this time.

Happy Holidays.
 Jennifer Palmer

Varnot — Update from I-Park

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!

Varnot — I-Park Artists Enclave

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.

annie varnot