It’s almost over and done with. The show has been up for three weeks, my oral defense went well (and Nicole came up with a new term for what I do: a ceramic behavioralist. Haha! )Malcolm also mentioned that before I pack everything away, that I rearrange the arrangement of the boxes and see how far I can push them as sculptures inisisting that they are fragile. I should also send a notice to Columbus Alive that they miss-represented my work. They are not metal, dammit. But that was kind of the point. I’m working on my paper and animations. I’m going to try and get into festivals as well as galleries. We’ll see. I did not get into Ohio Shorts. Blah. There are a few more that I will apply to, thanks to Tracy’s http://noentryfeefestivals.com/ blog. And pictures as promised.
I’ve been doing a little animating downstairs and have enjoyed watching Toby Hale put together his Transformers display and curse at the led lights in between takes. I’m not sure how many of these will make the final cut. I will continue to animate until my eyes are bleeding, I’m swearing like a sailor at everything, and my brain shuts down from not enough sleep. Then, after a nap and a coffee, I will edit the final two cuts. I’ve also decided against the static. It’s a bit too literal and is too reminiscent of last year. Instead, I will invoke the time honored tradition of giving people something to stare at while they wait:
Some people have already begun. I have a simple install and a couple more days to finish everything. Then install, sleep, dinner with my parents, and then the opening. And lots of drinking! Hahahahaha!
And the next bunch of craziness to edit:
Had a good talk with Malcolm Cochran last week. As of now, I will be focusing more and more of my time on animations. Hopefully no one needs Sam’s old studio for a while. Having a proper shooting space is nice. And if they do need it, maybe I’ll pull rank.
That’s it. I’m going to go work.
I got the opportunity to assist Elizabeth Fergus-Jean install her show that’s in the Ross museum at Ohio Wesleyan University. It’s an amazing show. If you haven’t been, go. Now, you lazy bum. One third of the show is the installment of her boats in the main gallery. These are the infamous boats that I made over the course of the summer. Boats, boats, boats! And then due to poor storage, I had to fix several of them, but since I am amazing, it wasn’t that big of a deal. But it was quite the experience. And thanks to all of you who helped put it up. It looks awesome.
I also had my pentweekly visit with Malcolm, which went well; he emphasized that I need to be making more animations and I agreed. Damn you sleep! Who needs you?
And in our Professional Practices class, Melissa Vogley-Woods had us come up with 25 titles each for two pieces. Here goes:
- I Found This Scanadium
- A Large Asteroid of Lithium
- Broken Rubidium
- Indium Bottled and Ready for Transport
- Livermorium – maybe a rudimentary metal
- Forgotten in the Ununhexium
- Useless Barium
- Radium beam of I
- Witch Gallium
- Tin Leftovers
- Pretending Thallium
- The U.S.S.Bismuth
- Flerovium – probably a basic metal
- You’ll Never Catch Me Copper
- Beryllium in Transit
- Welcome to Francium
- Chromium Instigator
- Element 115 – Ununpentium – will perhaps be a uncomplicated metallic
- Wandering State of Magnesium
- Not a Wooden Nickel
- Lanthanum in a Satchel
- Hafnium Stairs
- Cesium on a Plate
- Squared Strontium
- Element 113 – Ununtrium – will doubtless be a unsophisticated metal
- Titanium Boxes of Doom
- Willful Zirconium
- Niobium Came to This Conclusion
- Piles of Molybdenum
- Cubist Technetium
- Ruthenium with a Touch
- The Meticulous Rhodium
- Cadmium Turns to The Evil Forces
- Tantalum Invading Hoth
- Contained Tungsten If You Dare
- Osmium Accumulated Here
- The Iridium Irrationality
- Mercury In Its Basic Form
- Dr Neodymium
- Crafty Bohrium Waits for No One
- Meitnerium Goes Exploring
- To Yet Be Discovered by Cerium
And if you’re still with me, I’m still making, animating, and not sleeping. Trudged through the cold and snow a few times, drove the forklift around Battelle until I couldn’t feel my face, my prof from my undergrad left a note in my studio, and I am getting tired of ham sandwiches. Had an awesome meeting with Charlotte where I learned more about which computer to buy, how to defend the animations a little better and zebras. I tried to fix the ceramic dept.’s airspray gun, but it may be a lost cause. I am looking forward to baking bread for Thanksgiving. And today I learned a little bit more about AE. Thanks, Thom. Stay tuned next time for a post about Thom Glick!
So I took the wonderful advice of Malcolm Cochran and ran with it. I visited the Fab Lab and made cardboard boxes. (which sounds simple and ridiculous) It was as meticulous as is everything I do. I am going to try and animate these. We’ll see what happens. And I made a green screen. Ooooooh. Editing!
Do you ever pause and think about that one important thing that happened and realize that it only happened a week ago? That you’ve done so much and been awake for so long that it feels like a month instead? I did. Within the past two weeks I’ve met with Malcolm (which was amazing and inspiring), driven a short bus to Cleveland and back in the snow, taken care of my girlfriend who had the stomach flu, gone to classes and work, filed taxes and my fafsa, went to crafting my hustle, fired some of my stuff a couple of times, bought some lockers, rearranged my studio, and made some more stuff. And then did a whole bunch more. And I’m animating. Or at least I’m trying to. I need to invest in some modeling clay; glazed clay doesn’t stick to things as well as you’d think. Gravity all nonsense now. Sleep is a wonderful thing when it comes.
I’m also trying to figure out how to really talk about my work this semester. I don’t want to just repeat last semester’s work and reasons. Although they are a base for my current work.