I spent the day on Friday on a self-guided tour of seventeen artists’ studios and galleries. It was fantastic to visit with a wide variety 0f working artists and travel picturesque country roads in one of Western Wisconsin’s most stunning areas, the Chippewa Valley and the Lake Pepin region. It was a perfect Fall day to meet our new neighbors. Here are some of my favorites–I liked seeing the animals the most.
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An art collaboration with a nine year old is always enlightening. My friend Annjetta and I worked in my studio this week and created this masterpiece in honor of the New Year. She really had her mind made up on the creative direction so I followed her lead with a little nudging and few suggestions along the way. My favorite part was when she was feverishly painting the fireworks and said “you can really let all of your emotions out.” (see upper right firework)
And best of all, she got me back in the studio. I haven’t been inspired lately and she made me realize how much I miss it!
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David Coggins is a Minneapolis artist, writer, and set designer. Last weekend I attended an art opening at his very hip studio in Northeast Minneapolis. I could have spent the evening exploring his space but we were there for the featured work of artist Robert Carolina and his recently published Daybooks.
Created over a ten-year period (2000-2009), Robert Carolina’s eight Daybooks total 1,700 pages and contain 1,000 collages.I felt a kindred spirit with this artist, a fellow storyteller using found objects, text and imagery. They were humorous, sad, thought provoking and above all they kept me wanting more. The entire event was magically staged in a setting reminiscent of Paris. Catered by Grand Bakery, every bite was as interesting and tasteful as the art.
Available individually and as a boxed set. The Daybooks were edited by David Coggins and are available through Cobalt Press. To see more examples of either artists work visit Cobalt Press.
Now the fun starts. We have been playing around with a combination of Sil-Leed cement board panels, strong and cost-effective sheets that not only exhibit a unique beauty, but they also help protect against fluctuating temperatures helping to reduce energy costs as well as any maintenance. They are attached with rivets and you can cut them to any size so our plan is to use some interesting patterns in two colors. We are exploring two reclaimed woods, one is a redwood originally used as wine barrels and the other cypress from pickle barrels. I think I should get some credit back for all of the wine I’ve probably tapped from those barrels and Gregg eats pickles everyday for lunch. What I love about the redwood is its warmer red tone with some irregular staining. Both are from the Duluth Timber Company.
We thought about using a reddish orange cement board color as accent and then tabled it. We’re boring, I know. Has anyone every taken that what primary color are you test? Seriously, from the bazillion colors I ended up as no color–snow. I guess that says something about me and my artwork too! Test yourself.
I walk every evening in my Linden Hills neighborhood. Usually I get caught up in thinking about my day and forget to really enjoy and observe my surroundings. So I’ve started to bring my camera with the intent of finding artistic expressions by my fellow neighbors. Once you really start looking you will be amazed by what you see. Some very tasteful and some just make me laugh.
The fairy tale isn’t over but we are now getting the bills which has a way of taking some air out of your sail. It is pretty amazing though that we will literally be living in the treetops. The second floor space is full of light, great views of the valley and a kick ass rooftop deck. I don’t know how much art I’m going to get done.
They poured all of the concrete floors in one day. By the time we are done we will have had 16 truck loads of concrete delivered. Gregg likes good, solid construction.
I love this video created by the Chicago Tribune that follows the creation of the highly anticipated public sculpture “Eye”, from Sparta, Wisconsin to downtown Chicago. The 30-foot eyeball, designed by Oak Park artist/sculptor Tony Tasset is on display from July 7 to October 31.
The “Eye,” modeled after one of the artist’s blue eyeballs, is in the final days of completion in the Loop’s Pritzker Park, at State and Van Buren Streets. Last week (JUNE 21), sections of the giant 30-foot fiberglass sphere arrived in carefully cut, expressway-friendly pieces via truck from their manufacturer, the Sparta, Wis.-based F.A.S.T. Corporation. Assembly on the white of the eye was completed last week and the sculpture’s striking blue iris was put in place Monday. The finished sculpture is scheduled for a public unveiling on July 7.
Barn swallows have made a nest in the corner of my future studio. They have been so busy gathering sticks for their new home that I hate to break it to them that they will eventually have to move outside. We also have a wood chuck that is enjoying the sandy surface with his paw prints tracking the interior. Things are moving fast in spite of the torrential rains. All of Gregg’s earth moving last week slid down the hill.