Exhibitions

Four Eyes: An Optical Collusion

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I’ve been busy for the past couple of days getting ready for the next exhibition — Four Eyes: An Optical Collusion, An Exhibition of Collaboration.

That’s meant literally dusting off older collaborations TVAA did for the Modern Art in 2010 and for Tour de Fat, as well as receiving, arranging, and yesterday hanging — with Sue Latta’s usual expertise and a very cool laser level — the whole show including the new work.

I framed the mock-up of the wall of panels which we hung on the outside of the stairwell of the Modern Hotel for our first collaboration. There were 60 panels in all, either T’s, V’s, A’s or self-portraits.

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These are some of the actual self-portrait panels:

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And these are some of the actual T’s, V’s and A’s in a grid format just like our TVAA logo:

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The other 16 pieces are hung in the atrium…

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and the open hall.

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Here’s my collaboration with Barbara Bowling, “The Abdication of the Sylvan Beauty Queen on the Occasion of Her Epiphany” right next to Mike’s collaboration with Lauren T. Kistner, their acrylic painting “Getaway Bike.”

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The Opening Reception is tonight from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the offices of Boise State Public Radio at 220 E Parkcenter in Boise. I hope I see you there!

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Guilty as Charged

Last night’s Art Journaling panel went really well. I found it fascinating and inspiring to see the variety of approaches we each take with our journals and how they reflect so accurately our unique personalities and talents. I even have renewed appreciation for my own journals and am excited to dust off some old friends that could use some new chapters.

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Before I can get to that adventure however, I have a more pressing assignment for this week. We are mounting TVAA’s 13th exhibition Four Eyes: An Optical Collusion, An Exhibition of Collaboration which opens this Friday, June 6, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the offices of Boise State Public Radio.

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Collaboration is at the heart of the mission of the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance. When we founded the organization four years ago we envisioned artists working together with each other, with the public, and as an organization with other arts organizations. You’re familiar with the aphorism “Whatever… is like herding cats“?

Meow.

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Four Eyes: An Optical Collusion will be a comparatively small exhibition. We have 16 pieces which are original collaborations created for this show and, in the spirit of our original vision, I am bringing back elements from two of TVAA’s previous collaborations with the public.

One of those is the bicycle painting which Terry Burkes painted for our second collaboration with Tour de Fat. I painted the bike for the first collaboration and it hangs in the Boise Bicycle Project shop.

The finished piece is 7′ x 4′ framed and she and I hauled it over to the radio station this morning in her pickup because it doesn’t fit in my Forester. Actually, Terry and I have each had a hand in 8 of the pieces in this exhibition, including “Confluence” which is one we worked on together.

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I guess that makes us collaborators. Or really manageable cats.

Stitchin’ Time

I’ve been so busy stitchin’ I forgot to do my daily “at least one photo” post for the past couple of days. So, to make up for it, here are six photos of the item I’ve been stitchin’ — the sash for my collaborative piece with Barbara Bolling — “The Abdication of the Sylvan Beauty Queen on the Occasion of Her Epiphany.”

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Run Beauty, run!

Tempus Fugit

The deadline for submissions for TVAA’s next exhibition “Four Eyes: An Optical Collusion” is looming. I’ve completed one collaboration, the block print “Confluence,” and I am in the process of completing a second one with Barbara Bowling.

It will be titled “The Abdication of the Sylvan Beauty Queen on the Occasion of her Epiphany,” and will have three parts.

This is one of the parts, which I have just finished, the second part is underway, and Barbara is busily fabricating the third part as I write.

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Nec requies, reficite lassum!

We Ink it Up & Pull it Off…

Our background prints had two orbits of the sun to dry, so first thing this Monday morning, Terry, Marilyn, Shirley — my mom, and I were back at Wingtip Press to ink up our second blocks and pull our final prints.

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Terry would have to do the math to tell you the number of variables we had with 4 artists, 10 blocks (I had 4 not 2), 5 colors, and any number of fractions of inches of difference between river connections twixt the blocks.

But, even I can tell you this…registration is very tricky!

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Each of our prints is slightly different, but each is also beautiful in its own way.

Here you can see the variation between two of them:

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and…

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I even think the blocks themselves are beautiful after we’ve pulled the prints:

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Now all that remains to be done is to select the print we will show in the TVAA exhibition of collaborative works which will be hung in the offices of Boise State Public Radio.

That exhibition will be called “Four Eyes: An Optical Collusion” and opens June 6, 2014, so go ahead and mark your calendar.

In ink.

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Leftovers

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Today is the last day to submit work for the Wingtip Press Leftovers Print Exchange. I’ve only participated once before, but it was such a cool thang — you get 12 different original prints by other artists in exchange — that I’ve been meaning to repeat it, and I actually managed to get my act together this year!

In keeping with the idea of leftovers, my block is made of cut scraps of adhesive backed rubber from some long forgotten project which I stuck randomly onto a piece of cardboard, instead of just throwing them away.

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The paper I used is black printmaking paper which I’ve also had hanging around for quite some time just waiting for a project like this to come along.

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Mike let me borrow his ink, brayer, and method — which I have carefully observed over 27 years of watching him create our Christmas card each year.

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First you ink the block with the brayer.

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Then you lay the paper on the inked block and rub the paper evenly all over with the back of a spoon.

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And finally, you pull the print.

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I made 18 prints in all. 14 go to the Leftovers Print Exchange.

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I’ll show you the 12 I get in exchange when they arrive. Meanwhile, here’s #6/18 “Pieces of Summer.” (I guess I could also call it “One more reason to save your scraps!”)

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Metamorphosis!

It’s come to my attention that some of you are worried about my ability to spell.

Well mom, all that money you and dad spent on my edumacation was not in fact wasted….

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It really IS called “Duck” tape!

Ok, confession time. I have not managed to finish one tarp per day. If I had, I would now be relaxing with my feet up in traction in a comfy hospital bed at the nearest recovery center. Instead I am contemplating finishing my sixth today and embarking on the seventh tomorrow.

I do however have an excellent excuse:

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We opened last night at the offices of Boise State Public Radio and had an excellent turnout. Sue Latta and I got the show hung on Wednesday. Well, I arranged it on Monday, Sue does the physical hanging and I follow her around like a chattering jackdaw putting up the labels.

Here’s a glimpse of the exhibit, though I highly recommend you drop by any weekday between 9:00 and 5:00 to take a look for yourself.

Some of the artists participating are Alize Norman and Lee Higman:

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Carrol Elliot Smith and Theresa Burkes:

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Betsie Richardson:

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Mike Chambers, Kellie Cosho, and moi:

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This is my piece, “City of Trees” which you will recognize as the paper cutouts I did in preparation for the Treefort tarps:

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Kelli Kobe, Mo Mapes, and Bev Chick:

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Theresa Burkes, Pam Demo and Andrea Harris:

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Lee Higman and Karl LeClair:

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John Killmaster, Jane Wilson, Dee Miller and Marilyn Cosho:

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Lauren Johnson and Debi Bonsack:

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Bonnie Peacher, Rose Elkovich, Patty Moseley, and Sherri Stehle:

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There are several other artists whose work is not photographed here. See! You really do need to come see the show for yourself. It will be up until May 15th so it’s not like you don’t have time.

Speaking of, it’s time for me to get back to DUCK taping. Oy, my vack!

Traffic Box Art at the Sesqui-shop

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There’s a new show of our traffic box art at the Sesqui-shop downtown which opened this First Thursday. “Good Luck, Sweet Cookie” is fulfilling its own prophesy!

The Boise City Department of Arts & History will continue to sponsor shows and events in this wonderful space on Main Street between 10th and 11th for at least the coming year.

Karl LeClair, the newest addition to the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance Board, and the source for a fresh perspective for the TVAA Education and Workshops Committee is also the latest addition to the BDA&H staff at the Sesqui-shop.

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Leslie Dixon was at the opening too. I got to know Leslie when we were both part of Karen Bubb’s pilot program for the Public Art Academy. She’s one talented gal, hopefully on the verge of a really BIG project which will be awesome for her and for Boise.

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Pop into the Sesqui-shop and take the time to look at the original work that was created and then translated into vinyl wrap for the traffic boxes. I think you’ll be surprised by the variety of media and the size of the pieces — many of them are quite small. I know you’ll be impressed by the quality of the artwork.

All of the photos I have used in this post were taken by Alex Couey of the Idaho Statesman. See all the photos he took here, and for future events he photographs (Thanks Alex!) be sure to bookmark idahostatesman.com/spotted

Remember when you cross the street to look both ways — you don’t want to miss the artwork!

TVAA’s Third Annual Foray Exhibition + Opening Update

The show is hung and it looks great. The staff at Boise State Public Radio are happy to have art back on the walls, and it always feels wonderful to have them tell us things like “I know I say this every time, but this is the best show yet!”

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Sue Latta and I spent an entire day getting it up on the walls. No surprise there, 67 pieces is the biggest show we’ve hung so far.

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Sue is great to work with because she brings that fresh perspective I was talking about on the 11th to the process.

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She’ll tweak what I’ve laid out just enough to tighten things up. She’s like that pinch of salt or splash of lemon juice that you didn’t know you needed in the soup, but once it’s added it makes all the difference. Plus she can do ridiculous math. In her head.

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Mike’s and my pieces ended up side by side. I had not placed them together being wary of the “Mike and Melissa Show” accusations, but Sue didn’t give a rip about that, and I agree that wall is better for her rearrangement.

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Next up, the Opening on the 13th. It should be quite the crowd with 67 artists and their entourages. Oh, and it’s supposed to snow!

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December 14, 2013

It did NOT snow fortunately, and we had a great turnout. As often happens, I totally forgot to take pictures at the Opening itself, but luckily Mike took a few and here are two including one of me with my new haircut. Yes, it’s true. I couldn’t stand it any longer.

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Pun intended.