Day 363: One.Three.14

Quaint DC

Quaint DC

Colorful DC

Colorful DC

Covered (in art) DC

Covered (in art) DC

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 357: Twelve.TwentyEight.13

A facebook game:

Here’s a game: let’s fill Facebook with art. Those who ‘like’ this image will be assigned an artist, then they should post a photo of a work by that artist, continuing the chain. I was assigned Sarah Sze.

(Just my own note here, not part of the game itself… I LOVE THIS! I’ve already learned soo much about artists I formerly knew nothing about. Or at least, thought I didn’t. Turns out I have photos of Sze’s work from one of my many visits to The Highline. I just didn’t realize it was hers… Anyways, those of you who know me know this is completely the kind of thing I love to be a part of… Thanks for being so awesome Keila!!)
Hope you will want to play along, too, friends!)

Sarah Sze: Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Sze graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale University with a BA in 1991. She then received a MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1997. Sze is an alumna of Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, from which she graduated in 1987.
Career

Since the late 1990s, Sarah Sze’s signature sculptural aesthetic has presented ephemeral installations that penetrate walls, suspend from ceilings and burrow into the ground. The artist creates immense, yet intricate site-specific works which manipulate every space—be that a gallery, domestic interior or street corner—and profoundly affects the way it is viewed. Sze’s practice exists at the intersection of sculpture, painting and architecture where her formal interest in light, air and movement is coupled with an intuitive understanding of colour and texture. Sze utilises a myriad of everyday objects in her installations from cotton buds and tea bags to water bottles and ladders, light bulbs and electric fans. Presented as leftovers or traces of human behaviour, these items, released from their commonplace duty possess a certain vitality and ambition within the work. Her careful consideration of every shift in scale between the humble and the monumental, the throwaway and the precious, the incidental and the essential solicits a new experience of space, disorienting and reorienting the viewer at every turn.[3]

Her intricate works, each of which she constructs by hand, consist of unexpected and carefully arranged combinations of materials. Sze transforms these everyday objects into gravity-defying works in horizontal and tower-like formations that zigzag into the heights of gallery spaces.[4] In 2011-2012, her work Still Life With Landscape (Model for a Habitat) was installed on the High Line in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and received the AICA Award for Best Project in a Public Space. In 2016, a permanent installation of drawings by Sze on ceramic tiles will open in the 96th Street Subway Station on the new Second Avenue Subway line in New York City. [5]

Sze is a 2003 recipient of the MacArthur Fellows Program “genius grant”.[6]

Sze lives in New York with her husband, Siddhartha Mukherjee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, and their two daughters.[9][10]

Bio courtesy of Wikipedia

Artwork by Sarah Sze

Artwork by Sarah Sze

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 356: Twelve.TwentySeven.13

These were actually captured on Christmas and yesterday, but thought they were worth the delayed share:

md street art

 

md street art

 

dc architecture

 

dc architecture

 

dc architecture

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 355: Twelve.TwentySix.13

As the end to this year-long resolution – experiment – draws to a close in a mere ten more daily posts, I’ve been doing some thinking about where it’s brought me, and what happens next. Except… I thought it would be wholly more profound than it is. Like this whole AaaaaHaaaa moment of clarity. I would have my life figured out. Except… I don’t. In some respects, I feel exactly where I was an entire year ago. And yet, I know, I know, of course, I am not at all the same person I was when I sat down to a blank blog screen.

I do know that this whole thing has been wholly about me (how selfish) – about discovering and uncovering and repairing. But also, hopefully, something universal and relatable and worthy of reading. So instead of drawing out the much bigger meaning, I will simply share the thirty (that’s a lot right? But I do have three hundred plus entries, and I’ve become quite attached to this thing…) posts that I feel most connected to. The ones that were the most difficult to write, the easiest to post, the most heartfelt… You get the picture.

In no particular order of importance, rather in order of appearance:

  1. Day One. Remains the backbone of my wish for this project. It’s why, and how, I create.
  2. Day Five. Felt good to write. It came from a totally true and honest place.
  3. Day Eighteen.  Regret.
  4. Day ThirtyOne. The dream that just won’t quit.
  5. Day ThirtySeven. The Virgo dilemma.
  6. Day SeventySix. To heal.
  7. Day SeventySeven. Why I look good.
  8. Day SeventyNine. Guerilla gardening.
  9. Day OneHundredFive. Beautiful darkness.
  10. Day OneHundredTwentySix. Onstage magic.
  11. Day OneHundredFortyThree. My health care dilemma.
  12. Day OneHundredSixty. A little reminder that the sun will shine again.
  13. Day OneHundredSeventyThree. A Love Story (for my someday child).
  14. Day OneHundredEightyFour. Relationships of the fairytale kind.
  15. Day OneHundredEightyNine. A day of discovering.
  16. Day TwoHundredOne. How I know the world will be alright.
  17. Day TwoHundredEleven. Thanks Girls Like Giants for re-posting this one.
  18. Day TwoHundredTwentyEight. I’m (still?) a dancer.
  19. Day TwoHundredFortyThree. Time to start acting my age.
  20. Day TwoHundredSixtyOne. A reconnection of the artistic kind.
  21. Day TwoHundredNinetyOne. To Believe.
  22. Day TwoHundredNinetyTwo. The art of blankets.
  23. Day TwoHundredNinetySix. My mama is cooler than most, well, people.
  24. Day ThreeHundredTwelve. So ludicrous I just would do it.
  25. Day ThreeHundredFourteen. Validation for all my crazy.
  26. Day ThreeHundredEighteen. Some whimsy. (It doesn’t all have to be serious all the time, after all.)
  27. Day ThreeHundredTwentyThree. An amazing day doing one of the things I love best – discovering a city’s art and space.
  28. Day ThreeHundredTwentySix. Love. Love. In Love. Want. Want. Want to do this.
  29. Day ThreeHundredTwentyNine. The beauty.
  30. Day ThreeHundredThirtyOne. Seattle. Rediscovered in photos.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 347: Twelve.Eighteen.13

The Jump Off Party @ SoHo DC every Wednesday night. Ft. Dj Toxsick & this week’s spotlight Words Beats & Life. Artwork by Juan Pineda. We got down.

The Jump Off Spotlight: Words Beats & Life

The Jump Off Spotlight: Words Beats & Life

The Jump Off: Artwork by Juan Pineda

The Jump Off: Artwork by Juan Pineda

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 341: Twelve.Twelve.13

What a brilliant – and beautiful – way to stay connected as a family when distance gets in the way. This? Over facebook or messaging any day.

Dad Finishes Kid’s Drawings

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 340: Twelve.Eleven.13

Week two of The Jump Off Party. The audience was almost nil and it was disappointing to say the least.

This party is so good. Not because it’s mine. OK well yes, because it’s mine. Because if there’s a thing I know how to do, it’s how to throw a party. OK and another thing I know? Bringing together incredibly talented artists.

So we’ve got all the right ingredients. Now, if we can just. Get. People. In. The. Door. They will see. How do we get them to come? I’m running out of ideas.

So I’m sad about the turnout, and feeling disheartened about my ability to run events and a business.

But this happened. And this, totally, makes me want to keep going. Because really, how awesome are they? (And they believed in us – me – enough to participate, even though they don’t need it to enhance their careers.) I present: The Jump Off Party spotlight artists: Christylez & Wytold.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 333: Twelve.Four.13

Never is it a good idea to be gone for an entire week right before the first edition of a major event you are trying to throw.

But somehow, despite the sleep-deprived and crazy-running, it gets pulled off.

The Jump Off (Weekly Wednesday Night Party)

The Jump Off: Art by Juan Pineda

The Jump Off: Art by Juan Pineda

The Jump Off: Dj Toxsick

The Jump Off: Dj Toxsick

The Jump Off: Art by Juan Pineda

The Jump Off: Art by Juan Pineda

Here’s to another day of creativity…