BBNCV Highlights

Fisk and I just got back from the Brewskee Ball National Championships down in Austin, TX.  It was an absolute blast and I can't express how much I love my Brewskee Ball family, so much love to you all.  Here are some highlights from the trip, images courtesy of Fisk and myself.  

Rachel is the most talented

Essentially I was in Mexican, Skee-Ball, Paddle Boarding, Tanning, Friends and Family, Jewelry buying, Comic Book, Ice Cream, Texas heaven.  I can't wait until next years Beeb.

Lisa Yuskavage/On Stellar Rays

Despite my lack of posts things have been incredibly busy this month, so I'll play a little bit of catch up..

Our last class of Object Lessons, taught by Jarrett Earnest, featured the artist Lisa Yuskavage. Lisa'a paintings are incredible, having seen them many times in person, I was very much looking forward to listening to the artist behind the work.  For this last class we were to go to the Frick and see the Bellini painting St. Francis in the Desert,  watch the Jerry Seinfeld documentary Comedian, and watch a clip on youtube of Nina Simone singing Feelings - all three of which I would recommend doing for the sake of wonderfully experiencing a group of seemingly arbitrary things.  

In class we drank bellinis and listened to Lisa talk about a variety of subjects.  She spoke of the difficulty of making work that you yourself liked versus making beautiful/good paintings, the construction of painting as emotion, and how painting can be a psychic conversation. 

There are some people in life who like to help others by sharing their knowledge of life and Lisa is definitely one of them.  Lisa seemed genuinely sincere in describing her trials as an artist, a type of honesty that is always a favorite of mine.  Jarrett did an excellent job curating a list of artists with a wide sense of taste and tactfully relevant to many complicated and engaging issues in the contemporary world. 

Detail of a work by Dani Tull
Dani Tull, Eye (tabula rasa), 2014
Two weeks ago Deborah and I went to check out a show at On Stellar Rays called, 13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World, featuring work by Zipora Fried, Basim Magdy, Nabil Nahas, & Dani Tull.  I was inclined to go so I could say hello to Dani, the artist who taught the Unconventional Aesthetics course I took last Summer, and I hate to miss an opportunity to see an artist's work I admire in person.  The richness of color in Dani's work created a patina of depth while the encaustic brought your attention right back to the surface.  Sigils were one clue towards the content of the space between surface and eternity.  I only snapped a few photos but the show is up until June 21st, (On Stellar Rays, 1 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002) & highly recommended.  


Recent Happenings/New Jobs

Photo courtesy of the wonderful Rebecca! From my birthday sleepover this year. 
“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” ― Allen Saunders

Generally I've never been a fan of sentiments like these, for the most part I've been naive enough to imagine that all the plans I make were bound to come true.  I just turned 27 and if there was anything I learned in my 26th year, it was how silly I was to believe that I had that much control.

I spent a good deal of my Winter (most of it) preparing applications for Grad school, only to get wait listed and eventually not accepted into a program this time around.  After about two weeks of feeling sorry for myself New York City decided to make it clear to me that I was not meant to leave just yet, and rewarded my hard work with two new jobs, both of which I'm very excited about. 

I'm the new front office manager for Nu Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn.  Stepping back into Hospitality feels good, and even better after meeting all the wonderful and sincere people working at Nu Hotel.

Second, I'll be working part time as the PR Manager for Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle Gallery.  I love the community of artists surrounding both these spaces so it really is a joy for me to be able to work there.  It's also the first position that ties my administrative skills with art - a direction I'd like to keep moving in. 

I've also recently started working out, something I've never really tried, and so far exercising feels great! I've also fixed up my bike and have been biking to work which reminds me of Portland, OR in the sweetest way.

Still humming away at some new work, but it's in a hiding stage for the moment, with luck it will reappear when I've completed a new body of thoughtful works. And GSS has been swimming just fine, which reminds me that I've got to do some significant research on Mermaids...