we installed my 2D installation winter graffiti at Heine Brothers Coffee off of Westport Rd. in Louisville. we met Ann from the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft at the coffee shop around 1pm to begin install. she was already there and hanging the other artist's fabric work. we walked passed her not even paying attention and then had one of those awkward 'oh, wait, there you are' moments. i forgot to bring my drill, so i had to make a run to a home depot, bought a set of drill bits, and made my way back to Heine's. i drilled holes in my crusty, rusty, white washed metal panels and screwed them into the wall. as i began to magnet the 75 printed cards to the panels, mindy stopped me, "wait, i have the ipad in the car, wanna film the install?" "YEAH!" i responded. so i took down all the cards i'd already put up and mindy ran out to get the ipad. then we started again. one card at a time. one magnet at a time. the piece slowly came into view. each card is an individual print, but 75 together create a snowing winter scene. and the magnets are porcelain snowflakes. card. magnet. card. magnet. card. magnet. magnet. card. magnet. magnet.
last thursday, when i finished printing the cards, i haphazardly laid out the piece on the garage floor, but without the magnets, and it felt a bit scatterbrained. but after installing and getting the 148 magnets on top of the cards, i really like the result. the piece feels different from different perspectives. from far, it looks like a snowing scene, but up close, you can see all the different magnets, and all the different images and colors. we priced the prints and magnets to sell, and my hope is that people will buy and take, and watch the piece change as elements disappear. the work will be featured through february.
|details of winter graffiti|
we decided on the title winter graffiti after much discussion around what to call it. i hate titling work. the reason i make it is, typically, because i have no words for what i'm trying to make. i've never titled a piece prior to making it; only after it's finished, been lying around, and collecting dust. it is a very rhythmic piece, so we tried to title it something that had to do with music, but it wasn't working. in the end, we considered the impermanence of the piece, the multiple elements, and the 'quick-pop-up' nature of installing this piece and decided it had a spirit of street art in it. and by titling it 'winter graffiti' we thought the words would help people to notice, literally or metaphorically, the elements we wanted to draw attention to.
|over a hundred mugs ... 96 to Heine, others are custom orders from Etsy|
then we found a sushi place, Mikato, that was open at 4 in the afternoon and ate lunch/dinner. it was super cheap and the fish was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. $55 for 12 nigiri, 1 normal roll, 1 roll that was a meal in-and-of itself, 2 salads, awesomely huge fried calamari, and a freshly made mochi with red bean ice cream. no groupon needed, just delicious and cheap. it's pretty amazing when you can eat that much 'expensive' food for that cheap. but then we had to drive home. as many of you probably know, indiana had to close the I-64 bridge over the ohio river because it is unsafe (i love our rotting infrastructure). so all the traffic leaving louisville was forced into 2 lanes. it took us an hour to get out of louiville. then we drove in the dark and the misting-windshield-glaring rain with our poor dangling turn signal flapping along the side of the car the rest of the way back to west lafayette. it was a long day, but the work looks good on the wall, and we made it back safely, even if we did have a couple of scars on our car.
|special lobster roll of the day|