Oct 15, 2014
Good Night, #3
One of the recent pieces for my project, Appalachia, Route 23. I've been working on the project for a few years and recently picked up momentum by reading a lot of great source material. Here is some of the readings I've been looking at this week that helped inspire the prints and other aspects of the project.
I just finished reading the United States of Appalachia by Jeff Biggers and can't say enough about the book. Its introduced me to quite a few other literary pieces, written primarily by women. NPR did an interview a few years back on All things Considered with Jeff Biggers and Rudy Abramson that touches on some of the history throughout Appalachia. I recommend giving it a moment of your time. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5386355
Other reads, much more recent, have been on sites such as Buzzfeed. All while the story on there is sad, its also refreshingly surprising that the story was run. Whenever I visit the Buzzfeed website, I don't go to scan the intense reads, I go to give my brain a rest by taking silly quizzes and looking at internet memes. Big mistake on my part. The site is filled with not only comedic and snide approaches to serious issues, but has the occasional tone to bring attention to something much more earnest. Have a read of one man's fight with black lung and being misdiagnosed by a doctor working for the mining company. Story here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrishamby/how-a-coal-miners-autopsy-proved-a-top-doctor-wrong?utm_term=2mcdjt1#1q2is25
The internet is littered with stories about the people's of Appalachia. Most oftent these stories show the nature of how we treat one another in the name of a greed. Its a malicious cycle that has been happening for too long- especially in an America that claims to be so pious, so willing to help, and so quick to use its sharp tongue against oppression; we have a lot of mirrors we need to start fixing the cracks. The more I write, the more heated I get I suppose.
In closing, I'd like to share an excerpt from an article by Amy D. Clark in the Opinion Pages of the New York Times, on August, 2, 2013. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/03/opinion/appalachian-hope-and-heartbreak.html )
There is potential in our rural community and those nearby for landmarks to be renovated and reopened, and crumbling buildings replaced with gardens, spaces for farmers’ markets and theaters. If towns want to thrive again, they have to focus on preserving and promoting their signature attractions. Small businesses like the Mutual must be part of that plan to draw people back.
After all, no one ever takes a road trip to see a CVS or McDonald’s.
We must make an agreement to support our small businesses and make the hope of saving our towns a reality.
Its all a domino effect at the end of the day. When we start losing site of being kind to one another, darker motivations take over and the realm of humanity is transcended by something much more inhumane.
For more reads on the region, have a look at the links below. If you have any suggestions for me please send them my way.
Sep 15, 2014
Last November I had the pleasure of doing a portfolio review with members of the Antagonist Art Movement, Central Dogma, and fellow area artists. Recently they did a write up about it and added us to their catalogue for 2013. I'm honored and humbled to see some of my work on their site, and in the catalogue!
For more have a look here: http://www.flacsoandes.org/arteactual/?p=1844
Sep 13, 2014
I'll be part of the "Antagonists Art Movement Goes back to School" at Bennington College the weekend of October 3rd through the 5th. After using these letters in two other workshops, they sure have gotten their use. I'm going through cleaning them, recarving some, and backing them all. Its a lot of work but definitely worth it. I spent the better part of the morning sorting out stock images and lettering stuffs for not only my workshop, but the Fanzine one as well. The weekend starts off with films from the last two Antagonist Projects, where I will be there to answer a few Q & A questions with Ethan Minsker and Richard Denny.
Here is a brief rundown of whats happeneing while we are in town. If you know anyone interested, send them our way!
Making fanzines from scratch. What is a fanzine? An independently made publication. Bring your own artwork. Not originals. We will cut and glue it to the page and make a zine. In a time when blogs rule the web fanzines are the low tech answer to getting your artwork seen in the real world.
Print making and Typography
The use of letter forms and symbolism has been, and will always be, instrumental in communication. This workshop focuses on students creating their own visual dialogue using type. Letter blocks are handcarved and will serve as printing tools in the workshop. Each print will vary slightly during the process. You can add your own materials to enhance and accommodate your personal aesthetic.
The Dolls of Lisbon
72 minutes, Documentary
Ethan H. Minsker, Filmmaker
Winner "Best Of Fest" at the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival.
The Dolls of Lisbon portrays a collective of international artists who were each given a blank canvas doll and asked to create a unique piece of art, the culmination of which was then displayed at an annual art fair in Lisbon, Portugal. The larger story – a story almost every artist knows well – is the struggle to create art while surviving in a monetarily based world.
The film employs stop-motion animation and a vibrant alternative soundtrack. The Dolls of Lisbon was the official selection of the Royal Flush Festival, G40 Art Summit, DC independent film festival and the Hong Kong Underground Film Festival and was recently screened at the Queens Museum of Art as part of an art exhibition. The film features the artwork of rock ‘n’ roll royalties such as Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes, Arturo Vega from the Ramones and Ted Riederer of Never Records fame.
Self Medicated: a film about art
from Ethan Minsker
Winner D.I.Y. award at RXSM 2014
Whether you are a successful artist, an unproven entity, or struggling to create while working a 9-5, there is a common thread amongst most creative types: a depression that is kept at bay by producing new works. Art can serve an artist much in the same way any drug might. “Self Medicated” is a new film about art, artists, and their struggles to stay happy. The Antagonist Movement was formed by a group of unknown artists in 2000. Begun in bars and clubs of the Lower East Side, the movement promoted lesser-known works by up-and-coming talent. Over the last thirteen years the Antagonist Movement has grown and expanded from its base in New York to show in cities around the world, including Berlin, Lisbon, and Quito. This film documents the entire history of the Antagonist Movement and the artists involved, employing animation, stop-motion film techniques, interviews, and a killer soundtrack that spans the globe. From the street to the gallery and back again, “Self Medicated” reveals a new wave in art from the last American art movement.
There will be a Q and A after the screening. Free copies of our Psycho Moto Zine will be given out.
Sep 9, 2014
Shannon Squared is an open studio event hosted the last two Sundays in September by myself and my studio mate. Come out and have a drink and look at what we have been up to!
The blog portion of the website is new to me, but something I have been wanting to do for a while now. Well thats sort of true. I started one years ago under the alias "Miss Gunns" somewhere on Google, but has since gone to the wayside. I think I even had a note section on Myspace when that site was still popular. Anyways, I felt the necessity to open a writing platform back up, and what better way than on my own website? I would like to take a moment to introduce the latest film from the Antagonist Art Movement. This is the second film I have appeared in with the group and could not be happier for our director, Ethan Minsker about the latest showing at the Santa Fe film festival coming up. Through the years he has filmed the events that I have done with the group. Its been a blessing in disguise. I have watched myself grow on camera: not only as a person, but my artwork and how I discuss it with others.
I have added the trailers to the post, but when you get a moment, have a look at the link and for all of Ethan's other films. You can check him out on Vimeo, or the AAM's website at Antagonist Art Movement. You can also see the other films available on Amazon's one-click movie option.
The Self Medicated trailer:
Dolls of Lisbon trailer: