March 20, 2012
On March 10th, 2012 I quietly celebrated one full year of accountability at A Year of Days. Every day (except for the one that I totally blew*) since March 10th, 2011 I took a photograph. I carried on an east coast/west coast image conversation with a person who warms my heart and sparks my brain into action whenever I think of her.
Over this past 365 days I’ve had a lot of lows; just plain lousy photo days. Which, oddly, is something I really appreciate about this project. There is something about facing humiliation that I can really sink my teeth into and deal with–it keeps me humble, which in turn keeps me hard-working. It is almost empowering.
There were also a handful of days that I return to with delight. The shots that most satisfy me do two things: deliver visually and capture the essence of the particular day.
There are other days in which our pairs of photos sing. That is a moment of major payoff. Regarding the relationship between us, the two friends, it is notable that we haven’t seen each other for at least a decade. Yet we have a deepening friendship; across a ton of time and thousands of miles we continue to inspire each other and get to know one another better–like multi-media penpals. This is a real and evolving connection. To my mind, this is the best thing about the internet. Connections.
Good days/embrassing days, taken as a whole, AYOD is a document that reflects my doings back to me. It says to me “it is a good life.”
*So, to my disappointment I failed, on January 12th, 2012. I was enduring a long and difficult labor and let 24 hours pass without taking a photograph. Maybe this next 365 days will redeem me with a 100%.
March 19, 2012
Two of my paintings are en route to Seattle today to be included in Red Current (sweet fruit), a group show at Roq La Rue curated by Seattle artist and art provocateur Sharon Arnold. This show features an array of work by 37 Northwest artists–I am humbled and super excited to be among this truly stellar group of artists.
From the press release:
Roq La Rue Gallery Presents RED CURRENT (sweet fruit)
Curated by Sharon Arnold
Opens Friday March 23rd 6-9pm (Show runs through April 7th)
Roq la Rue Gallery scheduled a winter break in it’s programming, and found that it presented an ideal opportunity to fulfill a goal the gallery had for awhile, namely working more closely with local contemporary artists who work closely to but outside the gallery’s usual realm of Pop Surrealism and underground contemporary. Gallerist Kirsten Anderson enlisted Sharon Arnold who had been curating dynamic shows around town to come on board and create a group show for Roq la Rue.
Arnold was inspired to create this exhibition by contemplating the definition of a current, something present and electric, a dynamic force with great power. Citing the exponential blossoming of the local art scene, Arnold wanted to take the opportunity to feature a snapshot of what she feels is an important moment in the growth of the Seattle art scene. “ I believe this will be a very strong collection, and something that hasn’t really been put together to this extent in recent history ”.
Arnold chose artists on the strength of what she felt they brought to the table. “I want this exhibition to feature artists in Seattle who I’ve been watching work hard, inspire, create, build community, push themselves, and move forward.”
The show itself will feature 37 artists in a salon style setting and will feature an array of media including painting, drawing, installation, and video. Roq La Rue is thrilled to work with such an abundance of Northwest talent. Please join us for a very festive opening on March 23rd from 6-9pm!
Mandy Greer Kimberly Trowbridge Amanda Manitach Izzie Klingels Serrah Russell Saskia Delores Debra Baxter Jess Rees Anne Blackburn Erin Frost Lynda Sherman Laura Ward Jennifer McNeely Susanna Bluhm Counsel Langley Erin Shafkind Claire Johnson Klara Glosova Andrea Wicklund Gala Bent Rumi Koshino Naomi Faith Allyce Wood Julie Alpert Crystal Barbre Deborah Scott Kristen Ramirez Allie Manch Ellen Garvens Cristin Ford Gretchen Bennett Francesca Lohmann Emily Pothast Bette Burgoyne Jennifer Borges Foster Jennifer Zwick and Stacey Rozich
March 18, 2012
I am beginning to feel my head rise so that the angle of my gaze has a broader sweep once more; reaching out beyond my most inner circle of influence/responsibility. My third child was born two months ago, three days before my oldest (above) turned nine-years-old. As I move further from pregnancy I can feel the familiar rush of energy seeping back into my veins; ideas, news, works in progress will be showing up as a result.