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I hope everyone had a safe and happy NYE last night, got buzzed (with or without the help of substances), made merry, spent joyous time with loved ones, and then made it home to be safely tucked up in bed. I had a lovely early dinner with a girl friend, then was home stitching and watching British mysteries by 9pm; fantastic!! Stayed up late working, got up super early in the new year, then passed back out for a few hours. Ahhh. Now, it’s mid-afternoon and I’m thinking about the year past and the one to come.
So many wonderful things happened in 2012! I had my first feature solo show and curated my first art event, became an artist in residence at the Hive and started selling my wares at Co-op 28, and showed in New York, Philadlephia, and a bunch of new, to me, galleries here in LA. Yay 2012! I also got some lovely press, made some amazing new friends, saw lots of art and theatre and music and beauty in my daily life, and met Amanda Fucking Palmer!
Looking forward, I’m very excited for 2013, there’s my second curated show – this February at the Hive, Stitch Fetish – the new series’ I’m working on (the doilies and a new project I haven’t quite unveiled yet), and plenty of group shows and ideas to keep me busy.
And now, the resolutions! In 2013 I resolve to:
find a bit more financial balance
see more art
spend more time laughing with loved ones
participate in more make out sessions
and finally, (my words to live by in 2013)
more mad passion and more passionate madness!
Happy 2013 all! May it be filled with wonder, joy, and abundance!
image via Tinseltown: Holidays in Hollywood
I was lucky enough to see Amanda Palmer perform again this week. She blows me away. During the opening performances – Jherek Bishoff, amazing in his own right – there was a box in the lobby asking you to write a secret, something bad or sad that had happened in your room. During the performance she read them aloud, recording them, then played them back while singing Yaz’s “In My Room.” It gives me chills even now.
1a : to fasten, join, or close with or as if with stitches <stitched a seam>
b : to make, mend, or decorate with or as if with stitches
1 a : an object believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner; broadly : a material object regarded with superstitious or extravagant trust or reverence
b : an object of irrational reverence or obsessive devotion : prepossession
c : an object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression
2: a rite or cult of fetish worshipers
Stitch Fetish, at The Hive Gallery, will explore art of the stitch (a rite unto itself), revealing the fetishized secrets lurking in the minds of the artists. Works of erotica and titillation! Works of dark fantasy and longing. Works of secrets never told, but long desired. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Saturday night’s opening of Home is Where the Needle Marks was a fabulously good time. The art looked fabulous, the jazz band was cool, and the guests were hot! Many thanks to all who came out and made the night so memorable. For those who couldn’t make it down the gallery is open Tues-Sun 1-7 (ish), the show is up until July 16th, and I’ll be there much of that time to tell you about the arts! Come visit me!!
And now, the photos! Art…
Last night was so so much fun! Thanks to all who came out. Here’s some photos of the art, the room, the nice peoples…
It’s true! I feel like PeeWee! Putting together Home is Where the Needle Marks (holy cow, we open Saturday!!!) has been an amazing experience. I have learned so much and each piece that we have unpacked is more fabulous than the one prior. And then, on top of it, I got presents!! The lovely and talented Drucilla Pettibone sent me a bit of joy, along with her piece for the show:
And Suvi Aarnio, sent me a gift all the way from Finland, with her work; it’s Wally, from the Cockettes (I”m dying; it’s one of my fave films!)!!
Somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good.
Yesterday’s installation went well. It was a whole new experience for me, and a bit overwhelming to begin, but by the time I left the gallery I felt pretty good. I got all the work hung, and half of my sign made. Couldn’t believe it, but I noticed a piece of lint under the glass, inside the frame of one of the pieces. How annoying! But I’m so glad I saw it yesterday rather than on Saturday night! Had it fixed on the way home yesterday.
At long last, decisions have been made, and it was tough. We received many wonderful submissions. So many, in fact, that we are having two shows!! The first is the original, planned show at (sub)Urban home on Main Street @ 5th, downtown on the LA artwalk, on June 9th. Then, the following Saturday, June 16th, the companion show will open in the Gallery space – which we had not planned on using – on West 6th St. @ Virgil!! Very very exciting!
With no further ado, the artists: Bren Ahearn, Sarah Terry, Iviva Olenick , Suvi Aarnio, Ruth Tabancay, Brian Schetzsle, Penny Mateer, Joy Ude, Rebecca Ringquist, Sarah Corbett, Yu Cotton-well, Alaina Varrone, Xiang Gao, Ashley Blalock, Kathy Halper, Robert Marbury, Joetta Maue, Julie Jackson, Bascome Hogue, Ben Cuevas, Luke Haynes, Drucilla Pettibone, Tod Hensley, Erin Daniels Endicott, Mark Bieraugel
I am so excited!! This is going to be a fabulous happening!!
Happy to be home for the holidays!
Was riding uptown on the train yesterday when I decided to get off at Columbus Circle and go to the Museum of Art and Design. I’m so glad I did! Turns out Rebecca Ringquist – who’s work I adore! – is the Wednesday afternoon artist in residence through March. And she’s just as lovely as she is talented. If you’re near NY and have a mid-week afternoon free, go go go meet her and learn about her work.
Here’s a sample of what she’s currently working on:
And then I went for pizza.