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Fasting

22 Jan

If fasting is defined by consuming certain things sparingly or altogether, then shouldn’t slowing mean the exact opposite? I mean think about it: “Yea guys I’ve been slowing now for 2 weeks and accumulated a solid 30lbs of fat”.

Maybe this is more of an inference that the English language is fairly inconsistent compared to other languages. It would seem that the resultant of mass consumption would in fact be a slowing of the body, but is better defined as gluttony, gorging, indulgence etc. The thought of fasting began circulating this morning in church service when pastor spoke about our relationship with god in prayer, faith and fasting. Fasting seems to be one of these steps that is so easily forgotten, but all I could think of was how it was tied into my current lifestyle. (Leave it to an insufficient human to be thinking of themselves in church and not the bigger picture). I was adding up all of the steps I had taken to be healthier, act as a social mediator, put more trust in the lord and realize that a concern with opportunity in the present is less important then being being patient and content. All of the physical acts came to mind: Consuming little to no processed foods, withdrawing from sluggish habits (television, youtube, sleeping in late), seeking a connection in those you care about vs. ignoring this lack of vigor in ones self as a sign of too much down time. I realize that everyone has the desire at some point to award themselves with a lazy day, go off your diet day, just to be carefree. The choice to do so often breeds a perspective of loss in self control, but what is actually ensuing here?

One might consider this a fasting of the incessant. The desire to step outside of the pressures we commit to in our daily lives. If it is enough of a window of time to relieve that pressure, we may reinvent a revitalized version of our previous objective. I apply this to my relationship with the lord when the clarity to see his vision is obscure. It is not to say that we should ignore the lord, ignore our friends, ignore our families or ignore ourselves, but if we’ve invested all our efforts to be loved by them and see nothing in return, we are not to fault for waiting for that love to sprout, flourish and reappear in a miraculous way.

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But though, when though fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:16-18

 

coalescing days and unseen doors

9 Jan

I was sent an overwhelming number of signs today. Signs that pointed at evidence of the lords self embodiment and his embodiment that exists among people I know. Acquaintances, friends, family and those I admire emerged through the siting of objects in the midst of my own frustrations, confusion and self doubt. For the first time in a long time I began understanding what it felt like to offer myself up. To free fall into outstretched arms while relinquishing any personal thoughts confusion, sadness etc. There were truthfully one too many things after another that seemed coincidental, but added up to the presence of god himself.

Many people I’ve come across in life can’t be convinced of miracles unless the physical evidence is right in front of their face. The more I spend time with god the more I realize all forms of evidence exist. Evidence that often comes with time. Minutes, hours, days, years, a lifetime. You can’t lose faith or decay in a funk of self hatred. I am weak without him and in that weakness palpable failures are inevitable. Last week I lost sight of that and experienced chest pains, disorganization and lack of self productivity. At one point today I was able to remain on the outside looking in. Looking into a week filled with failures, sins and an altercation of mind and body. I made pathetic choices based on a lack of trust in god and in myself. I know this digital evidence doesn’t mend any wounds however, it establishes a day of triumph and a stepping stone to the days that follow.

Goals for the month of January exist on quite an extensive list. So many additions come from the fact that I’m dancing, stretching and training various hand-balance skills again. Establishing a diet of non processed foods as a New Years resolution also makes things quite interesting. For me this has been somewhat like quitting smoking cigarettes in that it’s hard to go cold turkey (stop eating anything processed) Not that I have ever smoked cigarettes or gone through the process of quitting.

The art making process at the moment comes in spurts. Unlike the habitual nature of dancing, eating and job searching, committing to a project seems to be based on random brain stimuli. I completed one wood-working/illustrative piece last week and botched another. I know the lord will be guiding me in the right direction.

Say goodnight and go.

 

 

 

Acclimating

22 Dec

It has been one week since I arrived home from college and it feels as if my body and mind are still acclimating to the change in environment. For lack of better words my eating habits and general health have gone to hell in a handbasket. Two weeks ago my diet was so basic and non processed that it was never an issue digesting and feeling fully energized throughout the day. At the time it wouldn’t be uncommon to make a 7-8AM gym session, and spend 10 hours in the studio with one or two classes in between. Now I just feel disconcerted about allergies, sickness and anxiety. I swear if it were the middle ages I would have died before I reached the age of 20 with the immune system I was given. Wait, I’m pretty sure dying at twenty was average back then… But truthfully, prayer, healthy eating and routine workouts with my fellow brethren are three resolutions in mind.

Being at home has caused a noticeable downshift in the speed and quantity of the making process. Naturally,  the medium I’ve been working with lately is more traditional and less reliant on technology or certain tools. The outdoors usually lends itself to accessibility, subject matter and new ideas. One process in particular is the study of North American songbirds. Using a low-end camcorder with a basic macro video setting, I capture anything from chickadees, nuthatches and titmice inches away from the lens.

Many other art processes are still achievable without the luxury of university facilities. In the long-term an acid bath for steel, zinc and copper plate etchings are things I hope to acquire. More traditional and fully appropriate for the current setting is woodcuts. Also, as of  this week I’ve taken on a more crafty approach to woodworking combined with ink drawings. This methodology came about when I decided to create a simple animal puzzle out of an aromatic cedar board. This project is nearly completed and will end up being a Christmas present. Acrylic laminated coasters with pyrography, ink, and collage are three similar approaches that have sprouted and will certainly be expanded on in the future. I hope everyone reading has a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays.

Here is some footage of the songbirds along with documentation of the December 2011 BFA exhibition. Images were taken by Portia, Devin Henry and Katherine Head.

Party Fowl

29 Nov

Things have been rolling along quite nicely here in the land of undergrad. 2 weeks remain in my existence as a senior at Alfred University. Before Thanksgiving I put together a foolish show called COCKS that consisted of etchings, mono-prints and digital prints of roosters. A student run gallery (that closely resembles a shanty) offered me up the space for a November 18th opening. I couldn’t resist.

A curatorial paper for my Asian Art History class is really grinding my gears this week. It couldn’t be any more inconvenient that all senior work needs to be finalized and ready to setup Monday. In my opinion the overlap of the two deadlines is really quite fowl…..wait what?

Anyway, I’m posting 3 scanned prints from the COCKS show (1 of which is a collaborative diptych with print-maker and video artist Tory Keith) as well as two reductive mono-prints from my junior year. Ciao!

A Taste Of Things To Come

3 Nov

This week has been filled with senior meetings, a tour of group show works, many hours of drawing and one nasty head cold that is making me hate life. As of now I’m keeping this post short with an image that was just completed today. It’s a graphite drawing that will end up in the form of a zinc/steel plate etching. The imagery (like most of my prints) comes from a dream in which a sense of anxiety and fears were overwhelming. I found myself in a large chain linked cage inhabited by exotic birds. The birds  were aggressive and curious throwing my senses in panic. The dimensions of the image is 18×24 and I will likely start the plate next week.

frigid, but fruitful

28 Oct

As the winter air settles day to day, flakes fall then melt off. The western New York landscape changes from vibrant foliage atop the trees to decayed lumps descending to the earth. Although events like this inevitably happen each year I can’t help but to look up at the sky and be overcome with a sense of surreality.

Within this semester I’ve become more independent and somewhat mechanical in terms of work habits. Days almost always begin habitually with a gym session from 7-8AM, a cup of french pressed coffee with breakfast followed by the choice of art history readings, video editing, or drawing/printing in my studio space.

Here are some recently edited photos of work going in my December show. The 1st is a refined frame design from last semester that consists of 3 zinc plate etchings scanned and printed on transparencies. The transparencies are then placed in thinly cut slots so their contents line up in succession of foreground middle ground and background.

The second image (photographed poorly) is a 4 layer reductive monoprint. More specifically, the image was produced using the cmkyk method and printed from an acrylic plate. The color layers are as follows: yellow, orange, red, magenta, cyan. By using a graphite drawn composition I placed it underneath the acrylic to use as a guide. Once the surface of the plate has ink applied to it I then began wiping away material and creating texture in a way that lined up as well as emulated the shape of the detail from the drawing. Mounted on top of the print is a painted poplar frame with a singular slot cut into the center. Within this slot is an 18×24 transparency of a digital print.

 

A break of sorts

15 Oct

Out of curiosity I have decided to test the waters of the blogging world. In time I will begin uploading work that is the result of senior video and print-making from this semester and last semester. Currently I am focusing on the construction and modification of a variety of frames, platforms and curiosities that will inevitably find their way into my show.

In regards to the show, the group of 6 or 7 and myself are all very excited to have the opportunity to be showing in the new McGee pavilion space that is now home to a student run gallery.

To get things started before my next post here is a taste of my video work from last semester. The piece explores the use of multiple environments that allow for an abstraction of sound, slow panning camera movement and a personal narrative. Overlays of the subjects voice converge with melodic piano tunes as she vocally and physically shares moments that are simply part of life. While such events may have not always been accurate on a daily/weekly basis, it is a personal reflection of sorts that had been preconceived by myself.