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A year ago today we lost Adam Yauch. It’s been a very long, full, fast as shit year. I can’t believe it’s been a year.
You may have heard, they dedicated a park to him in Brooklyn. Like most everything to do with his death, it makes me cry. But what gave me joy today is that one of my best and oldest friends – with whom I saw the Boys perform on several tremendous occassions – took his son this morning to check it out.
They left tags and flowers, and though I wasn’t wasn’t with them, I left my heart.
RIP Adam Yauch, you brought much joy and light into our lives.
I’ve made a little red work vagina for my girl Shari’s upcoming series, Good Medicine – one of the characters will be stitching it!
But wait! That’s a picture of a dog covering its eyes. Yes, yes it is. It’s there so I can post this on FB with an image that won’t get me blocked. So, if you came over here, because you saw a cute dog, you should have read the title of the post! But if you came to see a red work vagina, yay! Here you go!
Happy weekend ever’body!
Lovely artist Jennifer Korsen, a co-resident at the Hive, is having a solo show this weekend of her paper hearts! They’re fab, and I was lucky enough to do a little colab with her (I can’t wait to see what she’s done, I love collaborating)!
Here’s what Jennifer says about the show:
“The symbol of the heart is powerful and vital, it is relatable across cultures and has been used to portray love, connection, and strength since ancient times. The heartbeat is the first sign of life in utero and the last sign that we check for post mortem. The heart is strong both physically and metaphorically. The heart endures. The heart is everything.
Please join me for a private opening of my solo show at Coba Gallery in Downtown LA just in time for Valentines Day! The show will be featuring my paper hearts series that I have been working on obsessively for the past 2 and a half years. Lots of new work as well as the full series of shadowboxes, and some incredible collaborations from some amazing artists I am lucky enough to know including Hollis Hart, Ellen Shinderman, Free Humanity, Jose Castillo and more!”
I’ll be there celebrating Ms Korsen; come toast her with me!
That’s right, it’s finally upon us, the opening night of Stitch Fetish!!! It looks great!! Here’s a peak at the entrance to the show:
In prep for the show, last week I did an episode of my pal Todd’s videocast, Film Pigs! Which I can’t seem to embed and I have too much to do to argue with WordPress right now, so you can watch that HERE. I have to say, it made me laugh.
And, if I didn’t have enough going on, my super talented new space mate at the Hive, Sarah Ockuly, and I re-did our space, repainted, blah blah blah. I think it looks great! Much prefer this to the previous gray walls.
Okay, off to run errands and such and hope to see you all this evening!
A little side project – because really, I don’t do enough – I’ve been working on, is a swap with amazing artist Walt Hall. I fell for a piece of his (hell, every time I see his new works, I say, “wait, now I want that one…”) and we said we’d swap, but Walt has kids, and if you know my work, not all of it is kid-friendly. So, after some thought, I decided to make a stitched rendition of his piece for him!
I give you Hall via Schinderman:
Another thing happening is the fab charity show I was a part of in Miami is moving up to NYC! The reception and charity auction are being held Monday night, January 28th, at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in Chelsea. I can’t be there – too much to do here! – but my good friend Hally McGehean, who put it all together and is participating will be, as will The Suck Lord, Jamel Shabazz, Adam Horowitz who’s hosting (be still my heart), and a whole lot of other super cool artists.
If you’re in NYC check it out; it should be a lot of fun. Raise a glass for me!
Just a little taste of the upcoming joy!
“Rabbits” by Yu Cotton-Well – fabric, organza silk, embroidery, wood – 12” x 10”
Can not wait for this opening (February 2nd, ya’ll)!!!
Three very important things to tell you today. Let’s get going so we have time to cover everything. Pencils ready?
1. Tonight is the debut of my artist in residence wall at the Hive Gallery! Saturday openings there are always very fun, a big party, with art to boot! Come by and see my naughty snowflakes!!
Do you know about the Craftivist Collective in the UK, run by my lovely friend Sarah Corbett? They’re a super group (not the kind that fills stadiums and has gold records) that create projects and host workshops for public works all on socially relevant topics. Sarah’s amazing, and just got back from Indonesia!! but that’s another story for another time.
Sarah’s putting together a book!!! And they need some help fundraising, so here’s some info, in the lady’s very own words:
“I’ve attached information on a Little Book of Craftivism we are producing with Cicada Publishing (who are boss!) but they can only pay for half of the budget because this is a niche market and a risk for them. So, we are crowdfunding the rest of the money (£5000- we currently have £1400 from individuals. The deadline is 1st February eek!). Would you or any of your contacts (individuals or organizations) be interested in offering some funding for this book? It can be as little at £1 to £3000.”
HERE is where you can donate and find out more about the book.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m in two shows that open Saturday night, the aforementioned Cthulhu show at The Hive, and a show called Interviews at Curio Studio and Collection over in Venice! I’m very excited and honored to be included in this show. Curated by Daniel Rolnik (LA’s most adorable art critic), it’s all works by artists he’s interviewed (here’s mine). There’s some terrific work in the show and it should be a really fun evening.
So much good art to see in LA right now, but hurry hurry, I was out of town and only got around to this show now, and it’s closing soon. Hurry, hurry!
Yu Cotton-well (one of the artists from Home is Where the Needle Marks) has a wonderful solo show, “I’m Home,” at Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042. It’s super! Her work is so beautiful and whimsical, and all around amazing. Here’s a couple of highlights:
This slip (which fits the artist) has plants growing out of it! Each plant serves to remind where she was during certain stages of her spiritual growth. I love that not only would a collector be taking on guardianship of a piece of work, but they would be responsible for watering and upkeep – makes me giggle. Read the rest of this entry »
Setting up the second half of the show has been amazing. We have the larger, more conceptual pieces at the gallery and watching the artists set up their works – so different from what I do – has been sensational and inspiring.