Saturday, August 10, 2013

Summer News

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I've spent most of my time in the studio getting ready for fall shows with pleasurable breaks in the garden. The garden has been a thirty-year project and provides much welcomed therapy, but I've only started to see the whole of it as an extension of my art practice for the past few seasons. This summers erratically fabulous weather has united the myriad ideas I've tried over the years, providing much satisfaction and positive theraputic outcomes. Other than some flash flooding that unexpectedly sent me into our basement for a week, it has been a most fantastic summer overall.

The warehouses that used to frame half the back garden were torn down two years ago, and the extra sun has beefed up the micro-climate back here.

The dogwood and mock orange were more full than they'd ever been, and the ferns are thriving as well.

More grass disappears each year. This modified check pattern is an homage to the great Brazilian landscape designer Burle Marx.

We had quite a bit of rain in July. One downpour turned Cayuga Street into Cayuga Lake, overpowering the storm sewers and filling many basements with water. 

The water peaked at about 18 inches in our basement. This happened before, so we didn't have too much stuff on the floor that got ruined.  

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Echo Art Fair
Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, 2013
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY

Something new to me as I've rented a booth and will be exhibiting prints, collages and sculptural bookworks. I've never shown this work in a commercial context before (unlike the multiples you'll see at the New York Art Book Fair). I'm collaborating with sculptor Roberley Bell on a temporary site-specific installation in the library proper. Some of the elements are pictured below. If you're in the vicinity please come by and say hello.

NY Art Book Fair
Thursday thru Sunday, September 1922, 2013
Long Island CIty, Queens NY

I'll be sharing a table with skúta again this year. We're exhibiting under the moniker "ScottatúkS," a name we use for collaborative works. We only have one multiple to show this year, but it's a step in the right direction.  I plan to mix it up and bring a number of box multiples I've made over the years but have rarely if ever shown. 

VSW Pub Fair
Saturday September 14, 2013
Visual Studies Workshop
31 Prince Street, Rochester NY

This is a brand new initiative by VSW to "bring together book artists, photographers, independent publishers and DIYers to exhibit their work in a unique market showcasing the gamut of what publishing can be."  There are a plethora of people in this area who make such things so I'm sure it will be interesting.

DIY (Visits Chicago): Photographers and Books
September 18 - December 7, 2013
The Center for Book and Paper Arts 
Columbia College, Chicago IL

This is a second iteration of an exhibition exploring print-on-demand photo books originally curated by Barbara Tannenbaum for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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"I DO!?" ImageArt 2013
October 4 - 26, 2013
Visual Studies Workshop Bookstore Gallery
31 Prince Street, Rochester NY

This fourteenth annual exhibition focuses on the timely topic of marriage equality this year.  The final selection of work has not yet been made but I like all the pieces I submitted so will share them with you here.  Conceptually I'm examining how the lens of same-sex marriage reveals the clichés, rituals and tropes often overlooked in opposite-sex marriage. Practically I had a lot of fun with the theme.

"Balls & Chain"


"Codex Scroll"

Memory Theatre 2013
October 9 - December 29, 2013
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, the MAG explores how memory shapes both personal and cultural identities and the ways in which museums function as "memory theatres."

A Human Document: Selections from the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Collection
December 4, 2013 - May 25, 2014
Pérez Miami Art Museum

Stay tuned, and thanks for clicking.