Yup, this exhibition completes my six-week residency in Charlestown, New Hampshire. I’m commemorating the occasion and voicing my opinions on capitalism and consumerism by having my solo show: Recreating Fabricated Memories and open studio on Black Friday. I don’t know if Black Friday is racist or not, maybe after we stop calling that football team the red skins we can move on to this one…I digress.
The show will open Thursday/Thanksgiving night at 12AM (pending final approval from a conservative select board) and last for 24 hours, concluding Friday night/Monday morning at 12am. The space is mine; my reservation is in place and I’ve just ordered same-day postcards. It’s not that I’m a bad planner, it’s more like I’m always broke because I mismanage money too often for a 31 year-old adult. I’m working on this, maturity thing…? However, with a little luck, all my new smoke drawings will be framed. The new and third series is aptly called The Digital Age and uses oil over the smoke. I have the entire bottom floor of this quaint but large late 19th century building and my show will also include new paintings, mixed media works, an installation of sorts, sound and video art. From someone who actually takes the medium of film and video very seriously, I am not trivializing it as a mode which only captures the immediate rather than embarking on the laborious, often thought provoking storytelling medium that it is.
I drank a lot of coffee because I’ve stopped smoking and I didn’t sleep tonight.
From 2012, new 'About' coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this nostalgia from my life five years ago:
I am an artist, writer, researcher, filmmaker, photographer, playwright, actor, and director in Ridgewood, Queens. I know that might seem like a lot of things to be so I should say I experiment in a variety of disciplines and mediums; concepts and absurdities. I studied in The Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. I moved to the area in June 2010 after graduating.
Since moving to NYC I've been feeling pulled back to my first loves: writing and theater; and the surreal, emotional, and abstract. I am also very involved with radical politics and I'm particularly interested in blending internal and external structures. I wrote a semi-surreal one act play called "The Rootless: A Play About America" last year which divulged the madness of capitalism and was performed at The Producer's Club with Love Creek Productions. I recently wrote another one act play called "The Thousand Lives of a Nomad" which is a story about the task, escape, and intrigue of continually making new lives in different places. The story is told through the lens of a 33 year-old woman originally from Finland and now residing in Brooklyn. It's staged to be a "live animation" of sorts and, personally I think it's both funny and thoughtful.
On-going projects include a constant evolving series of smoke drawings, a documentary about the business behind social media and Facebook; hope of rekindling my love affair with large format photography, and a perpetual mid-life crisis...
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