Tarpestries

Tapas-tries

One of the best parts in the evolution of my tarpestries has been the freedom to create really BIG pieces. The largest tarp I can find on-line is 120ft. X 120ft. — the mind boggles!

So, when a call for really, really small pieces — 6in. X 6in. — came up I didn’t even consider it.

One of the things I’m discovering about myself, in my evolution as a human being, is that I often start out with an adamant “NO” when faced with a new opportunity. It seems like the more impossible something feels at the outset, and the more sure I am that it is not for me, the more likely it is that I will end up doing it — and being happy that I did.

Yeah. You guessed it…

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“Acetunas – A Tapas-try”

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“Pinxto – A Tapas-try”

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“Gambas – A Tapas-try”

I have to give credit to my brilliant husband for the “Tapas-try” theme and title. I love a good pun almost as much as I love him!

You can see my three tiny tarpestries in the “6 X Six” exhibiton at the Art Source gallery in downtown Boise. The Opening Reception is 6:00 – 9:00pm on March 3rd and the show runs through April 9th.

Aprovecha!

TARPESTRY, The Book

In addition to making the tarpestries, and hanging them in their eponymous exhibition, I have put together a photo book which tells the story of their evolution.

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My friend Peggy Jo, one of my Existential Cheerleaders, got me started doing “documentation” of my process.

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As an artist in the middle of creating new work it’s almost impossible to be your own witness. To intellectually understand the “whys” of what you are producing.

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So I went back to the beginning — the creation of the Treefort Tarps Picadas.

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I wrote about the “hows.” How I answered the question of what to create for the installation, and how I actually got them made.

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I wrote about the “wheres” and “how’s” of the installation itself, (which I could never have done without the help of Sue Latta, and Mike).

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And then about the crazy windstorm which whipped it all apart.

The evolution of the Tarpestries really began when the Tarps Picadas came down, and with 20/20 hindsight I was able to write about how that unfolded.

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I write about what makes something an art form, and touch on the idea that tarpestries are in fact a new art form.

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There are lots of photos of the tarpestries in the current exhibition.

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And I wind things up with some questions. Things I think about, and things I wonder what other people, like you, think about — all relating to making art, and also specifically to the making of the tarpestries.

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I framed screen shots of the book’s pages and have hung them in the current exhibition.

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The book itself will also be available for purchase for $25. If you’re interested in buying a copy, just contact me through my website MelissaSasiChambers.com and I’ll hook you up.

Meanwhile, the best way to see the Tarpestries is up close and personal, and so I really hope to see you at the reception tomorrow — 4:30 to 6:30. Y’all come!

Tarpestries: The Exhibition is Up!

Huh? Wha’ happened? Have I been asleep? Under some sort of evil non-blogging spell? Nah.

Just doing a little heavy lifting.

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And, thanks to my constant supporters, especially Mike, and the Existential Cheerleaders (you know who you are!), the mountain top is coming into view…

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(Thank you Lauryn Medeiros for such a good job on the graphics!)

Yup. I am having a solo exhibition at the BSU Student Union Gallery. It’s up now, and will be through January 15th. You can drop by anytime the SUB is open — it’s right at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor.

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We got it hung this week with able help from Cameron Quade the Student Union Gallery manager.

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And even had some early visitors curious about the show…

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Like the BSU Prez himself, Bob Kustra.

It’s hard to truly capture the show with a few quick snapshots, but at least here’s a glimpse…

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There will be a Reception on Tuesday, January 12th from 4:30 to 6:30. I hope you’ll be able to attend!

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Go! No…Stop, Look, Listen. Now Go Go!

I finished the artwork for my next traffic box — actually it’s a HAWK Pedestrian Crossing Control box — and then got word that Rena Vandewater and I had been assigned each other’s locations.

Ooops.

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Potentially that could have been a real pain — particularly if the boxes had been markedly different in size. Or especially if my actual location had not been a Pedestrian Control Box.

But that wasn’t the case.

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In fact both boxes are basically the same size, and both are HAWK Pedestrian Control boxes.

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They are just on different streets. Rena’s artwork will grace the box I thought I was doing on Cassia and Orchard, and my artwork will be on the corner of Edson and Curtis.

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Those locations make so much more sense when you know that Rena does wonderful patterny, colorful paintings of orchards — get it? She’s assigned Orchard St.

And mine is inspired by patterns I saw at the International Market — which is off of Curtis. I’m actually hoping to display the entire tarpestry at the International Market after the box is wrapped this summer.

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And so, inspite of all being well, I am reminded that it is a very good idea to Stop. Look. And Listen — before you Go Go!