The Environmental Science and Policy Program at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia has invited me to speak on the subject of science communication from my point of view as an artist in March 2015. While science communication is never my main objective as an artist, I am thrilled whenever I can make something that reveals enough scientific information about the natural world to spark questions about it.
“Comb Object, Flying Geese,” 2011, bee comb, wood, twine and beeswax, 72” x 11″ x 2″
“Comb Object, Flying Geese,” which took over five years to complete, debuted at the Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2011. I made it because I am curious about wildness and domesticity and wanted to create an art object employing bees that held both those ideas.
It also shows how bee comb is constructed, the durability and efficiency of the hexagon, bee space, gravity (hanging chains), and how time changes materials.
It’s the artist’s dilemma: how do you get to keep making work you know is meaningful but not necessarily profitable in a world that seems to measure everything – time, labor, relationships – with money? Are there methods that people in business know to use to grow their ideas that artists can also use? Is there a new project or creative product you’d like to produce that feels bigger than you as an individual but you need help figuring out how to do it?
As a professional artist or creative worker you probably already have some business skills like maintaining a web presence and building a contacts list. And you’re probably comfortable with a degree of financial risk. But can you think entrepreneurially? Are you ready to think think big about the meaningful work you’re already doing?
If these questions interest you then check out Intro to Entrepreneurship a workshop Im producing in collaboration with Remy Arteaga, director of CU’s Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, and ARTology in Boulder, Colorado this fall.
Here’s my contribution to Going Postal, a postcard show produced by the International Encaustic Conference 2014 in Provincetown, Massachusetts June 6th through 8th, 2014. All proceeds benefit the Conference’s scholarship fund.
These babies riff on the lattice patterned piece, “Doin’ It Right,” I made earlier this year.
Here, you can listen to the song while you look at the painting:
Here’s another from the series of transitional paintings I started late last year inspired by pop music and laurel wreaths. This one is called “Some Nights.” It’s a loose piece in encaustic that harkens back to an earlier, more process-oriented way of painting for me. Sometimes you need to go back to move forward.
The second in a series of ARTology panel conversations I’m co-producing is coming up next week. The goal of the event is to get a conversation about art and tech rolling in Boulder, Colorado, a small city with just a fledgling art scene and “more tech startups per capita than any U.S. metropolitan area.”
If you’ve ever felt inspired by a city where you’ve also felt like an outsider, join us! This conversation is for you.
ARTology 2: Identity
Thursday, February 20th, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
“Place does shape people at a fundamental level.” – Victoria Plaut
Big thanks to all who turned out for ARTology’s inaugural event, a panel discussion about collecting and living with art, last month. Yes! We made an audio recording for the purpose of making a transcript. Stay tuned for highlights and notes. I’ll post them here when I have time.
Yay! I’m cheering because ARTology’s plans to host a series of talks about art and technology are back on track after getting waylaid by the flood. As someone who feels a real push/pull when it comes to digital media – I feel drawn to the pipeline and am profoundly discouraged by it – I’m eager to talk about this stuff and how it’s affecting people’s in-the-flesh art experiences.
You are invited to join me and guests – Laura James, fine art manager, Art + Soul Gallery; David Raddock, collector; and Nora Swan-Foster, Jungian analyst – for a panel discussion about collecting and living with art in an increasingly digital world.
ARTology 1: Collecting
Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
1701 15th Street, Suite C, Boulder, CO
ARTology is an artists’ collective that came together last year to produce events about art and technology in Boulder, Colorado.
2013 was the year I fell in love with pop music. My gateway song was Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” the radio-search for which led to Robin Thicke and then somehow to digging up Fun’s older hits on YouTube. By the end of the year I was all in, singing along with Lorde to “Royals” and cheering for Katy Perry when “Roar” came on over the PA at the grocery store.
The painting above is the first in a mini-series infused with the excellent pop of 2013.