Inspired by my time spent with S.U.N. Arts and seeing it as an easier way for me to meet and network with a growing roster of Artists. 8 years after returning to Cincinnati, cultivating friendships and participating in events, I felt it was finally time to Curate my own Art Show.
Genesis: An Artists Showcase - was a mixed medium exhibition. Selected Artists were either friends or fellow MSJ classmates. Some it was their 1st showing, others, it was another one on their list of many. Out of 9 Visual Artists and 9 performing Artists. Luckily each group was divided by 2 floors. So I spent most of the time running back and forth...
but I enjoyed it.
The rules are no folds or creases. The paper is held up by thumb tacks and proportional gravity created from the paper positioning. Tape in areas around doors or lights.
The visual effect of ribbons, waves, and splashes of color against large areas of wall space or within a confined space.
Creating the "Vertical Pool" where the participants within the space are immersed within a pool of flowing color.
Jame P. Created the painted tubes that were suspended on fishing wire. Virginia Dare with painted face, would push the tubes across the room as people walked inside.
There were a total of 8 different exhibitions in 6 locations in 2 different cities from 2001 until 2010.
Explosion at the Greenwich was the conclusion to this series.
I started to become concerned about the paper waste from each of these shows and I stopped the practice. I had thought about shredding it up and turning the pulp into many multi colored sculptures, but that idea never fully manifested itself over time.
BASE GALLERY "VERTICAL POOL" (Group Show) BASE GALLERY ATRIUM 5 SHOWCASE 12.2005
COURT STREET STUDIOS (Group Show)
GELATO! ART SALON (Group Show)
GELATO! ART SALON (Group Show)
OUCHI GALLERY "High Heels" (Group Show)
GREENWICH GENESIS: An Artist Showcase (Group Show)
The VERTICAL POOL
Superwhat? is actually inspired by the collage table made by my friend the late John Possman. I wanted to assemble several Artists together to create and showcase works based on the theme of the Hero or the Villain.
I created a collage of all of the Artists works for the booklet covers and the flyer with all of our faces and characters.
In the back room was my live sound installation: "The Power Chamber" - Stand on the square and become energized with powerful cosmic sound waves and float up to your cape, take your mask as your are reborn...
In 2004 I moved into my friend Tim the Framer's old apartment on Court Street. My apartments aren't decorated to entertain dinner guests and throw parties all of the time. No, my apartments are set up as working studios. I've always liked the ability to wake up and be a few feet from my equipment. Inspiration can hit at any time day or night and you need to be ready. Having to get dressed, and drive to a studio somewhere across town, is not appealing to me.
I set up the entire front area of my apartment to create art, splash paint or whatever. While I was working freelance , there were several photoshoots completed there, graphic design projects and started the 2nd phase of the DKNG painting collaborations that were filmed on video.
After 2 years in this apartment, the little storefront that I had been looking at from my front window was now available for rent. It was owned by the Blehs that also owned the building that I was living in.
I approached the Blehs with interest in renting the space but did not want to rent both the apartment and the storefront, so even though the space was zoned for work only, it did have a bathroom, and 2 sinks. I bought a $200 claw foot tub, installed it in the basement and had the maintenance man run water lines to it.
Now for the first time in my life I had my own shop with enough space to stretch out my materials and work undisturbed. This would only last for a year, but it was a memorable year.
I would paint in two different areas, upstairs and in the basement. Upstairs was used for larger works and multiple canvases and the basement for smaller works on an easel. I also had other Artists such as Blade Triple and Nathan Goedl work on their paintings in the space as well.
The back room was the office area where I would have client consultations, work on my graphic design and scanning projects and view videos on the large screen TV.
The middle room was used as the photography studio with high ceilings and plenty of space for me to set up lights and props when needed. I even had a closet that was big enough to use as a dressing room.
I photographed performers, models, Artists and their works.
The front room was used as the gallery area and consultation area. During the winter showcase the paintings were all hung in the classic "Salon Style", multiple paintings next to each other with others in the front window area.
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