WOW okay just wrote a long, wonderful in-depth blog about all that's been going on in the past friggin' year of my artistic life.. damn.. okay.. gonna just pick it back up, maybe summarize a bit, fuck!!!!
Long story short.. 2015.. man, hard year! Emotionally, very trying. Artistically, incredibly productive. Spent a lot of time in my studio producing pieces I love and am happy to share, reluctant to sell, etc. 2015 saw my first dive into the world of collage as fine art, meeting and talking with Jay Riggio, member of the Brooklyn Collage Collective; exhibiting two collaborative pieces with Australian collage artist and member of the Sydney Collage Society, Chelsea Tuesday, at their December exhibition Cut It Out! I finally, after years of lusting after the space, the shows, the openings, reached out to Ayden Gallery here in Vancouver and was lucky enough to appeal to Ken (a big deal, in my mind, oy!!) - I had the opportunity to hang two new pieces, two of my favourite pieces to date, really, I Was A Teen-Age Computer and No Good Apples Left in Eden, in their annual Robots & Monsters show, October through November.
What's going on, now that the hellfire year of 2015 has come and gone? Ah, life is good! The two pieces I hung with Ayden in the fall landed me on the radar of gallery assistant and, now, curator, Genevieve Michaels, an incredible soul whose vision for a space where women become the masters of their own depiction has resulted in GAZE, a 12-woman show of which I am so SO honoured to be a part. I have ten pieces hanging on the walls at Ayden until February 7th, the opening last night was unreal. I highly suggest you find the time to check it out (Pandora Young's work alone, man, just go see it).
Now that work for GAZE is wrapped up, I will turn my focus to Inner Landscapes, a two-man show planned for late April (venue tbd) with friend and fellow (incredible) artist Kazimir Simpson. Together we will address the disconnect between what one is feeling and how they are being perceived, playing with visual portrayals of emotion, etc. We've got some work to do, for sure, but I'm very excited for something a little more intimate.
Finally, I just want to give some credit to those who've been inspiring me lately. The world of collage as fine art is finally seeming to materialize around me - after the past year of looking to Brooklyn, Sydney and Austin for inspiration and artistic peers, it's great to see people popping up right here in Vancouver. This past Wednesday I was lucky enough to snag a seat - on the stairs, mind you - in the incredibly packed Blue Moon Theatre at the Shangri-La Hotel to hear Elizabeth Zvonar discuss her practice and her MASSIVE installation at Offsite, a 50-ft monster borne of a 10" analog collage. Thursday saw the opening of This Must Be the Place at Kafka's, a beautiful show of analog/digital hybrid collages by friggin' angel of a human Sarah Judge. Feeling really inspired, guys! So thank you!!
Stay tuned for all the goods coming up this year. I think it'll be a wonderful one.