works in progress

Varnot — Hiking the PCT and Jentel Residency

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.

annie varnot on galleryELL
annie varnot

Varnot — @ Weir Farm Art Center December 2010

i am too cold to write in my black book diary and so it is easier to write on my laptop because it provides warmth from the bottom of the computer and in so writing on my computer I feel compelled to share with you my “diary.” It is 5:15 pm and it is very cold and dark and I do not want to be outside. December. That being said, I like it here at Weir Farm. There is an absolute contrast in temperature, color, and light between being here in August verse being here in December.
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Varnot — updates

Varnot attending A.I.R. at Weir Farm, December 2010.

I have returned to Weir Farm for the month of December. I am focusing on work I relate to winter.  I have started five subtle tree watercolors with minimal narrative elements relating to the site. In addition I am sinking chicken eggs I had previously drained into baggies of hydrocal. Once finished, the accumulation of the eggs peaking out of plaster bags will become a larger modular floor or wall installation. I am also working on some tree cut outs and may or may not continue with some drinking straw work…we’ll see!
Happy Holidays!

Varnot finalist for Headlands Center for The Arts Project Space
Annie was recently notified by the Headlands Center for the Arts that she was selected as a finalist for their Artist in Residence Project Space. Unfortunately, in the end, she was not selected….

annie varnot

Annie Varnot — A.I.R. at Weir Farm Art Center

It’s my first week at Weir Farm…the space is perfect for my artistic thoughts and practice. I have been here two nights and two days. I live by myself in a farm cottage and in the driveway is a newly renovated barn to serve as my studio. The studio is awesome at approximately 400 square feet with cathedral ceilings, temperature control, a huge bathroom, modern deck overlooking a wooded stream (it’s dried up right now), lovely sky high windows, workable walls, gray cement floor, and incredible acoustics. The AIR residency is across the street from the Weir Farm Visitors Center, atop a hill, surrounded by acres of trails and gardens. I am working on an installation involving pipe cleaners, drinking straws, sushi grass, and monofilament. It is huge, in the round, and very exciting to see and work on! I will upload pictures soon. (more…)

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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ros — solo exhibition

john ros will be exhibiting at the hess gallery of elizabethtown college, pennsylvania

nowhere. john ros: new works on paper
19 march — 18 april 2010
opening reception: friday, 19 march 2010, 5-7p

on exhibit: selected images from the collage series, industrialization and new mixed media works.

john ros on galleryELL
john ros’ official website

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!