I'm going on hiatus from my blog for a while, it's just been a little too much to narrate. My plans for January & February are to hibernate and finish a new body of work. I need to spend some serious alone time with my work & myself. You can find me on Instagram or check out my website for details about my art activities. Love you.
I'm super excited to be included in this group show at Walter Wickiser Gallery this December. Please join myself and Fisk for a great opening on Thursday December 11th from 6 - 8PM, we would both love to see you there!
Confluences of Culture V
Opening December 11th from 6pm - 8pm
December 2nd - December 31st 2014
Jenny Casey, Wen Chi,
Kellyanne Hanrahan, Natalie Lomeli,
Jannell Turner, & Yuko Ueda
Walter Wickiser Gallery
210 Eleventh Avenue Suite 303
New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11am - 6pm
|Courtesy of John Fisk|
Fisk and I went to the big Matisse Cut-Outs show at MoMA a couple weeks ago- it was a mad house. All the other floors were empty, the Robert Gober show was really fun, Sturtevant was awesome, the end.
I've tried reading this book about 10 times, each time getting a little further along, hoping that the exploitative nature of the United States would somehow lessen the further I read on. I finally buckled down, in an attempt to learn more about this country, and read through the entire book. It's entirely amazing how a change in perspective can change the way history is understood. There were many themes, but what felt to be the most prevalent, is how so many policies and laws have been implemented in this country to directly benefit the wealthy. I hate to make points that are blatantly dualistic, however the pattern cannot be denied. More often than not, it's taken the will of the people, through peaceful striking, to really make it clear that something needed to be changed. I'm sure this tactic will continue to achieve the results that people are looking for. Obviously, I would recommend this book to anyone, it's well worth the 600 plus pages.
I'm going a little backwards in time, but that's alright! The night before the Winter Art Sale was the Nu Perspectives Mural Opening at the Nu Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn. It was a lot of fun and I was super grateful to see my good friends come out and support! There was an open bar, snacks, and of course a ton of people to mingle with. By the end of the evening my friends and I were just hanging out in my room (406!) and chatting away. We ended up meeting this really cool couple who were on their honeymoon from Australia and all of us just went to dinner afterwards to celebrate.
I'm behind on blog posts, scratch that, I'm behind on life. If there's anything New York has taught me, it's to be careful what you wish for, because I've been busy for a long time now. Time to play a little catch up! November 14th was the Winter Art Sale at Trestle. I had a small drawing in the show which sold, so that was cool. I, along with the rest of the Trestle Gallery team, had to give a small speech about what I did for Trestle and speak a bit about why Trestle was so special to me. It was an easy thing to talk about, and surprisingly I didn't let my nerves get the best of me, and I even had a couple people tell me I my speech sounded great.
The most important part of the Winter Art Sale was the new patron program that Trestle has started. It's easy to now become a friend of Trestle and directly support the great art community in Gowanus. You should definitely become a friend if you have the means, or buy a class, we would greatly appreciate your help! The Holiday season is a great time to show some love.
Here are some photos Fisk took of Gowanus Open Studios during the weekend of October 18/19th!
|Work by Justin Whitkin|
|A couple of my drawings|
|Brandon & Myself|
|A detail of a work by Fisk!|
|A work by Mary Negro|
|Ashley Alioto next to her work|
|A sculpture by Jen Dwyer|
|John Azelvandre in his studio|
|Kristen Haskell representing Haskieville|
|J.J. & Fisk|
This was my second year participating in Gowanus Open Studios and I had a blast. I spent the good portion of both days talking about art and socializing, which meant that the weekend was great. I loved catching up with my artist friends - all of whom I never spend enough time with. It was a great experience, though next year I will definitely have a studio of my own, as I don't really feel like being in a hallway is the best way to view artwork. After the first day Gowanus Swim Society hosted a party for all the GOS artists and that was fun. I can't thank Brooklyn Art Space & Arts Gowanus enough for making the weekend such a success to so many people.