Saturday, January 30, 2010

12/12

Geddes Levenson (you may recognize some of this from a previous 12 drawings in 12 hours spree.)
Annie Blazejack

11/12

Geddes Levenson
Annie Blazejack

geddes

10/12

Annie BlazejackGeddes Levenson

9/12

Geddes LevensonAnnie Blazejack

8/12

Geddes Levenson
Annie Blazejack

7/12

Geddes Levenson
Annie Blazejack

6/12

Annie Blazejack
Geddes Levenson

5/12

Geddes Levenson





Annie Blazejack


Peter Boyer


4/12

Peter Boyer

Annie Blazejack
Geddes Levenson

3/12

Peter Boyer

Annie Blazejack
Geddes Levenson

2/12


Geddes Levenson
Peter Boyer
Annie Blazejack

1/12

First paintings: 11am to 12pm.

Geddes Levenson


Annie Blazejack



Peter Boyer

Day 140: Announcement

Saturday 11am - 11pm, 12 drawings in 12 hours, this time not only will Annie be joining me again, but so will the esteemed Peter Boyer. Keep posted for hourly updates. Also, my studio is in the final stages of organization. This is a great life.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day 139: Story board

Below is my first ever story board. Not too fancy yet, but I'm still working out the plot. Apparently the proper way to make a story board is to make each segment a piece of paper and then pin them to your wall in the order you want. I'm very excited about this.
In other excitement, I am reorganizing my studio! (I just reorganized my bedroom)!
Also exciting announcement to be made tomorrow.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 139: Artist Statement

Hello all, I realized that I never posted my artist statement, so here it is for those who are curious


Born a Quaker, I learned to listen in silence, to appreciate questions and to follow intuition and inspiration. Making art is a similar open gesture of the mind. In my daily life I listen with all my senses. As ideas or images persist, I develop them into works of art, the meaning evolving throughout the creation.

Following my interest in mythology, I was compelled to draw a series of larger than life size self portraits as mythological women. Through these works I discovered powerful paradoxes of emotion and perception. Medusa became more enthralling when she was rendered grotesque. Delilah’s betrayal of Samson made her more appealing. Penelope’s despair was compelling. I also discovered the power of ordinary objects to assume symbolic power. A pair of scissors came to represent Delilah’s shame; a dog toy, Medusa’s powerlessness; a boat, Penelope’s yearning.

In my next series, I used collage and painting to continue exploring the concept of the potential magic in the ordinary. I sought to elevate the adventures of my daily life into epic occasions by adding unexpected details into each scene. Sharks float in a sky of clouds; antelopes kiss at sunset; whales stand on a beach. The surreal aspects of these works add mystery, inviting the viewer to imagine the surrounding mythology. I became interested in how communities form around a shared mythology.

Through this discovery I began an exploration of performance art, creating rituals aimed at recognizing the monumental undertones of everyday existence. Most recently I appointed Ambassadors of Color. Ten different people picked their favorite color, and each underwent a ritualized hair dyeing. Easy to spot, the bright-haired ambassadors advocated for their color, noticed it, loved it, and spread it. From this performance art ritual, communities formed around a shared mythology.

As Ambassador of Orange, my ceremonial transformation inspired reverence for all things orange: a pumpkin was sacred, a traffic cone beautiful. Despite my changed perceptions, many events of my life were unaltered. The clothes still needed washing, my teeth still needed brushing. This inspired a series of paintings of the orange-haired hero performing her daily rituals. Through these paintings, I discovered the ability of a performance to transcend the moment of its occurrence, to grow and develop. A series of paintings could relate the experience and even inspire future Ambassadors of Color.

Performance art has been a presence in the art world from early works such as Hugo Ball's Dadaist costumed reading of Karawane to the installation-performance The Collectors by Elmgreen & Dragset at this summer’s Venice Biennale. An article in Art News last June argued that while performance art has the capacity to rouse and incorporate the viewer, there is no way to faithfully document it; once over, the work ceases to be. Through my work at Gallerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris, I became familiar with the work of Sophie Calle, an artist who combines ritual, performance and documentation. Although her work faithfully recounts the events of her performances, they appear more as evidence of a happening than as its continuation.

By combining performance work with painting and drawing, I seek to creatively prolong a performance beyond the event and allow for its perpetuation and evolution.


Keep an eye out for my story board tonight!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 138: Changing plans

Trip to New York postponed. For tomorrow I promise a story board for my stop animation video. Be ever so excited.

Day 138: The miracle of busses

I've been traveling nonstop for the past week. From Miami to Boston to Amherst and finally back to Providence. I've been home for one full day, and now it is time to hop on another bus for babysitting in NY. All this traveling makes it hard to do much art other than drawing in my sketchbook. The miracle of busses however, is the opportunity for constant epiphany.

With nothing to do but sit and think and observe, inspiration abounds. I've got a much better idea of how I want this whole whale sculpture to go, I'm planning to make a stop animation video (hopefully picking up some tips from my knowledgeable brother and sister in law in NY -http://captainandthefox.com-)

Also coming soon, an updated website.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Day 133: Great plans are afoot

I want to make a 32 foot whale skeleton. Out of what, I'm not quite sure yet. Maybe papermache, plaster, wood, wire, pipes (suggestions are welcome). The giant whale skeleton would be decorated as a home.

This draws from the culmination of many themes. The obvious: Jonah and the whale. While inside the belly of the whale, Jonah underwent a spiritual transformation. In a sense, the whale was his cocoon. I have been playing with the idea of cocoons as symbols for transformation. Humans always are looking for self transformation, we want to better, stronger, faster, smarter, more punctual... We are constantly seeking to re-enter our cocoons, with no final butterfly stage. This instillation plays with the idea of never leaving that cocoon, even after it has become a skeleton. Of remaining in a state of transformation. There would be a lamp and books, there will be Moby Dick, a sleeping bag, maybe some knitting. I would spread some sheets over the bones, like the forts of my childhood.

This will be brilliant and beautiful. The idea is evolving. Great things will come of this.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Day 125: Re-emerging

I have finally finished applications! What a good thing to do, I feel like artist should apply to graduate school every year or two, just to have to think that much about what they have made, and other such things. After all that writing about art making, I'm really excited to start some actual art making. I got some paper at pearl paint yesterday, and I'm planing to make another large charcoal drawing. I've got 5 days left in Miami, hope it's enough!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day 117: My Portfolio

For most grad school applications, they ask for 15 images of art. Here are the 15 I picked out, but I've got a few alternates. If you see any of the 15 you don't like too much, or any alternates that you really like, let me know. I'd really appreciate any and all opinions.

The portfolio:

The Alternates:

day 116: Applying to grad school.

I've pretty much finished my artist statement! It still needs a touch of polishing, but I'm excited about it. Writing it was a painful process, but I've learned a whole lot! Thank goodness for applications to really make me sit down and think and articulate and reflect. Once it is done, I'll post it here so you all can see.

sneak preview in the form of an equation: Life + Reverence for mundane ----> Mythology +Ritual = community.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Day 113: Pushing Paint

I've gotten out the oil paints and am playing around with possibilities. Here are the beginnings of two paintings. They need much work!

Day 112: Harder than I thought

Turns out throwing out and painting over old work is harder than I thought. The task seems insurmountable, the more I work through he piles the more old art I discover. And the more old art I discover the more memories I uncover, as though each is a relic of the past. I feel the part of an archeologist tasked with preserving not purging. Still I've made a little progress, and I'll keep going!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Day 111: reflections on a new year

Possibly the best new year's eve ever, spent playing games at Lindsay's house.

My first act of the new year will be a purging of old paintings and drawings. The walls of my bedroom in Miami are piled so thick with old work there is no space to make anything new. Now is the time for gessoing over old canvases, re-stretching works, cannibalizing drawings, making room for the new.

The most beautiful part of the new year is the arbitrary marking of a day, a time, a restart button. We are encouraged to reexamine how we live and what we want. In this vein, I'm taking the opportunity to examine the stresses and marvels of my life, to know what I'm carrying into the new year, and what I'm ready to leave behind. As for resolutions? I've made the same one every year for the past few years. To have an epic and wonderful and memorable moment of my life every month. To that, this year, I'd like to add: making more art.

Also, thank you world for the blue moon. It was perfect for the occasion. So round and glorious.