Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mary-Kate and Ashley and the ripping off of cool

I recognize that the Olsen twins have some sort of genius considering how much money they've made for themselves, but after paging through their book, "Influence", I don't think it's a genius composed of originality but of mass marketing. The book looks like it it was put together by someone who was pretending to be Andy Warhol but didn't really have the talent to pull it off. They pose with stars, they pose in polaroids with stars, they discuss what's so cool about each influential person they are posing with. It's the rape of cool....really.

Plus they remind me of troll dolls. I just had to get that off my chest.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The art of making art

Haven't Blogged in a while but have been working a bit at least. Hired Tatiana to edit the photo's of my board game series. I think that's the smartest move I've made in a while. I was so stressed out about photoshop and being perfect that I wasn't doing any artwork. She's doing an awesome job and I can't wait to get my website launched. Just a few more games, maybe 3 or 4 and I can move on to the next project. Also trying to keep producing constructions (I think I'm dropping the word Assemblage from my vocabulary for a while due to the images of other artists that pop up and that I'm trying to move toward making my own parts and pieces as opposed to merely collecting and assembling found objects). I've been building my own frames from vintage wood and trying to use use glass from salvage yards. It's more challenging to think of the piece in terms of the size and shape of the glass. Plus there are some amazing pieces of glass out there as well as old wood with beautiful crusty finishes. Hopefully after the game series, Tat will have time to edit the images of the constructions and the website will be up. Then I can really concentrate on the work.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Little Whacky

Kind of been fooling around with old cardboard boxes. You won't find what you expect inside.

Grey Goods

I attended an event last Wednesday at Grey Gallery in Seattle. I had no idea what the event was about since the boyfriend of the performer had described it as "girls standing around with outfits." This was not a bad description because there was an element of girls standing around with outfits but in actuality it was the third and final year Amy-Ellen Flatchestedmama Trefsger will be doing her Monochromatic May performance. The audience or "color court" as we were called, voted on which clothing was acceptably grey and Trefsger will exclusively wear the clothing for the month of May. She will then photograph herself each day and posts the images on her website:

I had a great time and found myself getting concerned about the differences between silver, grey and green. Of course, I wanted the audience to have more power to control the outcome, like what if we left her with only tops and no bottoms? Judging by her previous works, I think she would have found a way to make it work. I suppose she could have pulled a "Little Edie" and created skirts and pants from tops. Anyway, it was a fun filled evening.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Game for Sam

It's taking me a while to put up posts or to get anything finished for that matter. I sent this game to Sam for his Birthday. I think my relationship with the board game may be coming to a head. I have a few more pieces to complete but I'm working on a new idea in my head that doesn't seem to be going away so I better get working on it.