I am in love with watercolor. It fluidity and flexibility offer for me ways to explore emotion in ways that sometimes moving image can't for me. I love to move back and forth between painting and making films. There is a lot of joy in it for me. I also find that painting pushes me further with my film projects. When I need to take a break from screenwriting, filming, and editing, I go straight to painting. This process creates a creative flow for me.
As I have been developing my latest film project, Moonland, I have found painting has increased my concentration. It has helped me transition between writing sessions. When I am feeling a block, I find myself at the paper with a paint brush in hand. I am no longer looking out a window for inspiration; I am finding it through my connection to color and fused layers. I have been creating quite a set of work, which some are listed on Etsy for sale. I have an opportunity to exhibit them with Altered Esthetics and I would love to see you at the opening reception next week! More info here. Details below:
Did you know that Altered Esthetics is run by a group of artists?! It is through our work that we are able to organize various exhibitions, educational opportunities, and partner with other organizations throughout the Twin Cities. Artists from the board range in medium - from painting to video!
Make sure to attend the opening to learn more about the board, their art, and the various ways we work towards being a support to artists within our larger arts community!
Featuring Work by Altered Esthetics Board Members
Exhibition Dates: April 7 - April 30
Opening Reception: April 7, 5-7 PM
The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Chelsea Arden Parker
I set a New Year's resolution to take my career as a painter seriously in 2017. So, I am super excited to announce that I opened an Etsy store to sell my paintings! It feels good to have accomplished this step.
My watercolor paintings explore fusion, fluidity, and complex abstraction. This work involves a two-step process, which first begins with pouring or dripping watercolor paint on paper and allowing the paint to dry. I then create a unique pattern by experimenting with bleeding and color.
I have a number of paintings listed on Etsy. I will regularly post new listings on Sundays. Please don't hesitate to contact me about my work or setting up a commission project!
Shop now with a 10% coupon until 3/19/17! Just use the code: newbie!
Shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JesReyesArt
I arrived last Monday, January 30th and began my residency with Hinge Arts, a program of Springboard for the Arts - Lake Region. I have only been here a week and I have completed so much. Not only have I developed my next film project further, but I have had time to write and paint. Photo walks have been plenty, too. I have never had this kind of time to focus on my artistic career so I have been taking it all in and appreciating this opportunity.
Below are some of my photos of the Kirkbride, a retired mental health facility, where I have been living. I am staying in a renovated building where male nurses/staff of the hospital used to reside. The campus is being preserved with renovations happening over time. This includes the main hospital. Read more about this historic building here.
As mental health treatment has changed over the years, this building is a testament to our history, both in an educational and healing way. To tear down this building is to destroy the past. To do that is a detriment to our future and historic preservation. We can move forward and build off the history of this building by creating an educational and wellness related environment, an arts hub, and a venue for economic growth.
A little background: "This icon of Fergus Falls, like most historical buildings (and history itself) is full of stories and memories, some positive and some negative, meaning different things to different people. It became apparent that our community needed a safe, fun, and imaginative way to process and reflect on the building’s past, and interact and engage about its future. In addition, artists of all types were already doing projects about the building - from filmmaking to photo exhibits to short stories and playing an enormous role in attracting attention to the building’s fate." It is true that a place can mean many various things to different people. What I know from my own experience is that a place like this can be more than a building. It is not isolated from the community. It exists within the community; from those who make the building what it is and those who surround its campus. Preserving this building creates a bridge to reflection and action by exploring how memories and experiences take shape within our present realities. This is definitely about creating togetherness and forming a future.
I am a friend of this campus now and value the amount of time I have had while walking and sleeping on its grounds. I will continue to explore how this place has contributed to my practice as an artist and as a community-focused mental health advocate. I am in love with Fergus Falls, Minnesota now, too, so I plan to return at some point.
I don't take photos as much as I used to. It was a daily habit of mine for many years. I am not sure why this is, but what I have found, that because I don't photograph my every day, is that my work now is less about documenting the people in my life, and more about the documenting textures and nature that I connect with and experience.
There are elements that I come across that draw me in. Maybe it is an illuminating light that grabs me or a window that I can't help but wonder about. It can be a curtain swaying from a fan. Sometimes it is just as simple as a crack in the pavement or a rotting door hinge. Catching myself noticing such moments gives my introverted self something to meditate on.
I appreciate that I give myself the time to slow down and find ways to capture these unique images with my camera. I know it always gives me energy to do so. It also provides me time to reflect on these experiences through the visual and moving images I create.
Below are some photos from 2016. They are an example of what I speaking about. Moments from England where the camera for me was an extension of where I was and what I was absorbing. I am also including Number 1, the first in a series of video diaries I will create over the next year. It is not a 365 day project, but I aim to post videos often. Subscribe to my Vimeo Channel to stay updated!
Below is my first silent video diary entry. Number 1 was shot in London and Manchester. The footage used were the last moving images I shot in 2016. I edited it today. More video diary entries to come! Happy 2017.
Thursday, December 8 was Made Here's launch of their most current public art installation of 30 window displays. All windows are filled with with art that interpret the theme “spirit”.
I am super proud to be apart of this exhibition and am thankful for Made Here's ongoing support of my work. This is my 3rd opportunity to exhibit with this project, my first exhibiting when Joan Vorderbruggen organized Artists in Storefronts.
Beneath the Skin shows 24/7 until March 30, 2017 at:
Location: 730 Hennepin Avenue
Photo by Steven Lang
4th Feminist Video Quarterly
Friday, December 1 / 7:30 PM
Location: Yeah Maybe / 2528 E 22nd St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406
JOIN US for our fourth Feminist Video Quarterly screening!
Featuring films by:
Jae Shin Cross
Chelsea Arden Parker
M. Parker Stuart
With music by Tamara of Drumbeat Red
$$free free free free free $$
Check out FVQ's Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/fvq
Come to the public launch of Made Here's next exhibition series on Thursday, December 8th. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1210069982400498/
I am super honored to announce that I have been selected to participate in Springboard for the Arts' Hinge Arts Residency program. I will be spending my time as a resident artist completing a screenplay for a short film I plan to begin production on in mid to late 2017. Read more here in the press release.
A Mind of Winter has been selected to exhibit at Mechademia, a conference being held September 23-25 at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. The film will screen Saturday, September 24 at 7pm in Auditorium 150. The screening will showcase a collection of film and video work from local artists and filmmakers, addressing the way that the medium of film is being used to represent worldbuilding from the perspective of culture, of politics, and for the creation of virtual realities. It will be open to conference attendees, as well as to MCAD students and faculty.
A Mind of Winter (2014) was made in collaboration with Katie Rensch and was selected as part of the 2014/2015 MNTV season.
JOIN Feminist Video Quarterly for their 3rd screening!
Featuring films by:
Jae Shin Cross
Chelsea Arden Parker
M. Parker Stuart
With music by Nomadics
$$ free free free free free $$
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1751934578429056/
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