Gowanus Open Studios!

Here are some photos Fisk took of Gowanus Open Studios during the weekend of October 18/19th!

Work by Justin Whitkin
VĂ©ronique Gambier
Myla Seabrook
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. 


Breasts and Breastmilk

A lot of my dear friends are having babies and as it's given me a small dose of baby fever. The result has been to read Breasts; A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams and to watch the documentary Breastmilk by Dana Ben-Ari

This book was perfect for satisfying all the questions you didn't know you had about the female breast.  Breasts begins with origins about how the breast could have evolved and for what purpose, before going into a number of chapters on the nutritional value of breast milk versus formula. Breastmilk contains invaluable probiotics that help baby develop strong and healthy gut flora. However, babies who drink formula end up consuming more protein and stay full longer.  What ever benefits breast milk has to offer are equally ruined by the amount of chemicals your baby is getting from those lovely breasts of yours. That being another big chapter- the amount of chemicals that are in every bath product, hair product, make up product, house hold cleaner, food container, computer and so on forever, that your breast tissue just loves to absorb and then pass to your new born baby. Also, formula is getting much better - so there is really a lot less harm in supplementing than people think. Williams did many tests on her own blood, only to discover that women in the United States have more chemicals in their blood than any other first world country - mostly because many products and companies are not regulated.   Williams also spent a great deal of time talking about breast cancer and how difficult it is to make a direct connection between what chemicals are causing the growth of unnatural tumors. A great deal of time was spent on male breast cancer, because it is so rare and can therefore paint a more clear picture of where cancer might be coming from. There was a fair amount of personal narrative, enough to give this research project a place to live and keep the story moving forward.  This is an excellent book for women who want to know about their breasts.

Breastmilk, by Dana Ben-Ari, is a documentary solely about the complicated and sometimes precarious relationship between mothers who breast feed and mothers who bottle feed.  A lot of guilt is placed on mothers who can't breastfeed or can't produce enough milk by lactivistas who believe that it's wrong to bottle feed at all. The documentary felt sad at points, mostly because the women who were really good at breast feeding were not so sympathetic to women who really tried to make breastfeeding work.  There were a number of great scenes where breast milk was shooting out of a variety of nipples. I was a bit squeamish the entire time but it was worth the watch!   


NU MURAL: Room 406!

Painting for 4 days in a row definitely has its challenges. Normally when I paint I have time to take breaks, consider options and live life - each of those being important components in finishing a work of art. Mural work is different in that it requires a set plan, then the space can sometimes dictate the terms, and you have a limited amount of time to work with. 

Before getting started I was really excited about painting this mural. Once I started painting, the amount of work this would take really hit me. After about 5 hours in, it was smooth sailing. At hour 35, I was pretty much over it in every way. Pushing through the last few hours is always the most difficult because you already have the mural finished in your mind and you're just ready to take a long break. 

I love my level.

Under painting and background started!

After I finished I was super relieved that it was over.  Cleaning everything up felt great and I couldn't wait to go home and sleep in my own bed. (The beds at NU are so comfortable though!) Now that it's been over 24 hour since I've finished, I'm finally able to appreciate the work that was done.  It's always fun to look back and see how much time and effort was put into creating a lasting work of art. 

Nu Hotel will be taking professional photos of the mural later on, as well there will be an opening in late October where people can come check out my mural and the recent murals of a few other artists.  All in all it was a lot of fun and I can't wait for another opportunity to paint a mural again. Funny enough, this time last year I was painting a mural in room 424 at the Ace Hotel in Midtown. 

As always - MANY and ALL the thank you's to Fisk for being so supportive during the entire process. When it comes to painting day after day, I need great company to keep me going - and he was definitely the most amazing company.