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Southwest Harbor Exhibit Opening Night

About that Southwest Harbor exhibit opening night! What a week it’s been. Being busy isn’t even the word. Despite all the happenings leading up to opening night, the hanging, reception, and artist talk at the Southwest Harbor Public Library (Abstract Ideas, Art You Can Imagine) all went off without a hitch. I had about 10 people come, with about five coming early expecting the talk to begin at 5:30 instead of at 7:00. That’s my fault, as I wasn’t clear about the talk’s time. Still, the exhibit looks good. Twenty-seven pieces hanging throughout. I’m pretty happy with that, and how

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Abstract Ideas. Art You Can Imagine

  Conceptual art now dominates the art world. It’s not the skill of the artwork that’s the most important element in the creative process, but the idea behind it instead. I work in abstract ideas – ideas not completely defined – that allow me to create works, even longer projects, that give us something to think about. It’s art you can imagine. For example, imagine watching the news and the reporter tells you something is fact even though you might not agree with it. There’s a gap between you and the reporter isn’t there? His or her information doesn’t line

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Why Artists Should Sign Their Work

  I haven’t had a good rant post in a while, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the act of signing artwork. More specifically: how the chic way to sign an artwork these days is to not sign at all. And I’ve thought a lot about why I sign my work, too. However, I’ve never really come up with a better answer than “it’s mine and therefore I should take credit for it.” This goes back to my feeling that we should be declarative in what we do. I don’t buy into this idea that “God gives me the

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Exhibit at the Northeast Harbor Public Library

Today we hung the exhibit and tomorrow we open for the month of April at the Northeast Harbor Public Library on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. This will represent my US debut, and I’m excited. It’s an excellent location for exposure to a great community. Galleries and museums are nice, but the location is often just as important, and in this town the library is probably just as valuable, maybe more so. There’s just a few more tweaks to do tomorrow afternoon before we officially open, but fingers are crossed that all goes well, and not just for tomorrow but for

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Zaratan Residency: The Final Weekend

  So here we are, the final weekend of my Zaratan residency. When I first arrived I had a lot of plans, some expectations, and at the same no idea what I was going to produce. I had spoken with the gallery before arriving about possibly exhibiting the last week of the residency, but due to their schedule and, quite frankly, my lack of time to create and frame everything properly, they said no. This motivated me to only focus on making art. Actually, I had another motivation: fear. We put all my art – my entire studio, essentially, with

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Zaratan Open Studio

My Zaratan open studio starts Friday, Jan 27 at 7pm to 10pm and goes until Sunday, Jan 29. The open studio is upstairs from the gallery in the residents’ quarters. I will show the studies that I created during my residency period. At the same time, I will show a work-in-progress sculpture using beer cans and a collaborative video with fellow resident Daniel Gawronski. Admission is free. This comes after my artist talk, which you can see here.   All pieces are for sale, including a limited-edition run of a Risograph. I created the Risograph at the request of the

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