Thursday, March 31, 2005
Ease on down the roadLast Friday was the opening for the chair show in the forum gallery. The show came down on Monday and will go back up at the CAID next week.
Mike and Aaron
Mike was in town, so he came to the opening. I also showed him my studio and he played around with some of my cutout drawings.
I don't think I've previously plugged Mike and his boyfriend Noah's tshirt business, Imperfect Articles, but now I am. Several of the designs are by current or former Cranbrook students.
I went home for Easter and it was fun. It went by really quickly since I didn't get home till Saturday afternoon and had to leave for school again on Monday morning. But I had a good time hanging with the fam, especially my sisters. Joy and I played a little X-Men, Kate and I talked about music.
First year reviews started yesterday. Sculpture and 3D were yesterday, Painting and Fiber today. There was a lot of really impressive work all around. I am jealous.
I went for a walk yesterday while the weather was nice and took some pictures around Cranland.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Spring breeeaaaak!!! Yeah!I went to Iowa for spring break last week. It was good. Sometimes it feels like going to another planet, but it's comforting and comfortable. I forgot to take pictures again while I was there. We didn't do anything unusual: hung out, watched tv, went out with shannon's friends, went to church. We saw Robots in an Imax theater, which wasn't as dumb as I expected (although my expectations were quite low) and the visual effects made up for it anyway.
Shannon's dad helped me make my chair for the chair show. I'm really happy with it. It's based on my bug drawing (which is peaking through "dicebourbon.com" at the top of the screen). We made it out of pine in his woodshop. After I paint it I'll put up some pictures of it. Now I want to make a bunch of different chairs.
On my way back to school yesterday I stopped in Chicago to hang out with Mike, who graduated from sculpture last year. He showed me his studio, a gallery across the street from his studio, a bookstore called Quimby's whose sign was made by Chris Ware (although the store and the mouse apparently came about independently), a yummy falafel place, and Reckless Records. It was very whirlwindish.
Mandrews in his studio.
Images from the show Tragic Beauty.
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Drawing / walkingWe had a figure drawing session last night in the installation space near my studio. It was a pretty good turnout of eight people. The model was good, if a little too talkative. What's weird is that I saw him at church last month, the second time I went. He was sitting in the pew behind me, but I don't think he recognized me.
Today I went out for coffee with Addie. It's good to talk to her; she strikes a good balance between talking about herself and being interested in other people. We talked about our work mostly.
When I was walking by the Triton pools yesterday, the melted snow had refrozen into sheets of ice on the sidewalk, and I slipped and fell on my ass while I was calling somebody, making my phone break into three pieces and slide away from me. But the phone was ok. Today I was a little more careful. As I walked by the ice everywhere, I could hear it cracking as it melted, the sound coming randomly from every direction. It was amazing.
Saturday, March 5, 2005
Chair show siteThe website for the anticipated, yet unfortunately titled, chair show "Holy Sit" is online. Camm made an amazing 3D display that is on the posters; I'll post it here when I get my hands on one. My images and text on the site don't look as hastily thrown together as I was afraid they might.
Making actual progress on wedding plans. Shannon would be proud if I were doing it two months ago. Eep.
Friday, March 4, 2005
LeavingGoing home for the weekend.
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
Reviews are over.Reviews went really well for me today. I had three faculty that I had last year (Tony [ceramics], Heather [sculpture], Gary [metals]) and two I didn't (Elliott [2d], Scott [3d]). I was surprised at Elliott's enthusiasm and appreciation for my drawings. My conversation with Heather was probably the most exciting one, but unfortunately she was the only one who wouldn't allow me to audio record our conversation. Tony could tell right away what was unresolved and not working in the newest drawings, but it was still a rewarding meeting with him. Talking to him always makes me feel more confident. Overall, I got a lot of positive feedback.