As some of you may know or may have figured out, I also work in the field of medical translation. Translation is such a beautiful thing to me, both technically and artistically. What I love most, however, is when an artist actually finds a way to translate something so familiar into something so seemingly unrelated and yet also so familiar. The rings of a tree are already reminiscent of a vinyl record, but to actually engineer something to play the rings of a tree like a vinyl record, well, that's just plain brilliant.
see also: traubeck.com
Tomorrow, just after 5pm, I will deliver a short talk about The Hours Festivals (www.60hours.info and www.61hours.info or www.62hours.com) at our local TEDx conference. It was a little tricky, since the writing and preparing of the speech largely occurred during my travels in Europe. For example, the power point was constructing in a German version of Microsoft Office, and I don't understand German. Thank god my sister does...
This always happens. I get all wrapped up in projects and forget that I have a blog that should be updated. But now I am in Europe, in Villejuif, a suburb of Paris, and I am vowing to keep to some semblance of a routine, something I haven't attempted in years.
Unfortunately, I forgot to pack my camera USB cord, so, for the time being, I can't dazzle you with photos. I can, however, sit hand-picked videos in front of you.
And so, my favorite things from dOCUMENTA (13) as I was able to find on youtube:
Last year, in honor of my mother's 60th birthday, we threw a 5-day art festival of sorts, called 60 Hours of Art. We had so much fun last year that we decided to give it another whirl...
Hence the pinwheel design below. In fact, if you live somewhere exotic or awesome, nationally or internationally, or if you cannot attend but wish to be at 61 Hours in some way, shape or form, just print out this little design, assemble a pinwheel (just pin it to the eraser of a pencil), take a photo of yourself holding it in front of somewhere awesome, & then upload it here.
This is what the month of May will feel like for me this year...
In preparation for my upcoming show at Damiani Winery, I realized that I need to update and refine my artist statement, which I am reluctant to do. So, naturally, I googled "artist statement," and a ray of light from the heavens shown down upon me: an artist statement generator! See my favorite below.
These 5 are the best of the latest 3 rounds of winestains employing my new electric djanting for greater control & my new double burner hotplate so that I can work indoors (my first rounds were all done in the backyard using a propane grill) without having to maneuver things on a stovetop (too tricky).
Plus, I'm thrilled to have a little setup out at Beulahland. Since the house is heated by a wood burning furnace, indoor temperatures almost reach sauna-level, which means the wine stain sets faster. Also, instead of using a drawing for the base that took me all of 5 minutes to sketch (because I felt that I could not afford to use up my staining time too much!), I'm actually doing portrait studies, taking more time to start with a better drawing. Fancy that!
All in all, I am absolutely tickled with this new progress. I simply cannot wait to begin new round after new round!
"52 Card Psycho," by G. Alan Rhodes, currently on display at the Black & White Biennial at Exhibit A, has been much too much fun for me (as shown in the video below). This installation makes it possible for you to play with the shots from the shower scene in Hitchcock's, "Psycho." So, I had fun with grouping and arranging shots - next on my list is a dance mix version... (maybe)
Yes, it is possible to draw the codes by hand & have them read properly.
So, yes, in fact, my sketchbook now plays video.
It's up until mid-March. Please do come & check it out.
I've been working on my aim. With a spring day gifted from the heavens & the need for more rest and release after such a crazy January, what better way to spend a sunny afternoon than shooting stuff in the backyard.
Not bad for the sun being in my eyes - I did, however, lose my mojo right before those last two cans. Practice makes perfect (I'll have to drink more targets).