Drawing the Moment is among the Official Selection of the 2018 Mespies.
It will screen on Monday, March 26 at 8:30 PM.
FREE ADMISSION! Small contributions accepted at door.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/168092487307941/
The film is also nominated for four awards, including:
Best Documentary Short
Best Sound Editing
"Drawing in the Moment" (9 minutes 54 seconds) (2017) is a short experimental documentary that explores the intuitive artistic process of Minneapolis-based artist Anita White. I feel very fortunate to have made this project with her.
The film is a journey of looking within and uses drawing to appreciate various moments in life. From meeting strangers to processing difficult health challenges, the art and music from Anita express compassion and humor. The film also shows how she uses drawings as a way to navigate and sanctify everyday moments. Her pen and open sketchbook allow her to receive and honor what comes her way with joy and wonder. The accompanying song is paired with the imagery.
I hope you consider coming out to support our short film! I would love to see you.
Over ten years ago, I started a video diary series, as part of a larger interdisciplinary project called Jean Says. A nod to Lou Reed, it was a play in persona making, exploring Minneapolis, and diving into being in the moment. I uploaded my videos (which were often 10 seconds or less) on YouTube and posted writings to a LiveJournal page. As I look back now on this project, I am proud that I developed and finished it. Jean Says was never going to be a long-term thing; it lived and breathed when I needed it. With that said, I am Jean Says though. Always and Forever.
You can check out a selected roll of Jean Says diaries this Thursday at 7:30 PM when Altered Esthetics screens a variety of video works from local moving image artists at The White Page. More details here.
I have a lot of future independent art and curatorial plans and I would love to keep you in the know. From screenings, call for art/video, and many other things! Sign up to receive my email newsletter!
To Really See: Exploring the Medication-Taking Experience, a show I curated, is co-presented by Paul Ranelli and Avivo ArtWorks. The traveling exhibit has been showing since August 2017. Our last presentation is currently on view at the University of Minnesota in the Bio-Medical Library (Diehl Hall, East Bank Campus). The reception for the show is Thursday, Feb. 1 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, with an artist talk beginning at 6 PM.
More details can be found here:
Hope to see you there!
I am happy to announce that I will exhibiting a painting in Order/Chaos, a juried exhibition opening next week with The Show Gallery in St. Paul. Order/Chaos features artworks depicting the commotion of the universe.
Please come to the opening reception held on February 2nd, from 5-8 PM in the main gallery space. I hope to see you there!
The Show Gallery
346 N. Sibley St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
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Drawing in the Moment (9 minutes 54 seconds) (2017) is a short experimental documentary I made with Minneapolis artist Anita White. It explores Anita's intuitive artistic process. It will screen this March at the Heights Theater in Minneapolis. Needless to say, but we are super excited!
The film is a journey of looking within and uses drawing to appreciate various moments in life. From meeting strangers to processing difficult health challenges, the art and music from Anita express compassion and humor. The film also shows how she uses drawings as a way to navigate and sanctify everyday moments. Her pen and open sketchbook allow her to receive and honor what comes her way with joy and wonder.
I will share more details as they are made available. As for now you can read more about the festival here, including how to buy a festival pass.
Mark your calendars for The St. Paul Art Crawl! It will be on April 27-29. I am a loud and proud St. Paul artist and will be stationed as a guest artist selling at the Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative on the 5th Floor. I will have a range of pieces to select from with prices ranging from $25 - $225. I will keep you posted as the event gets closer. I hope to see you there!
Wow. The photography showing with FilmNorth's The NºRTH Mobile Photography Exhibition is amazing. The photos remind me how beautiful and unique the north is and can be. I look forward to seeing the show in person at the reception on Friday, January 12th. As for now, you can see the work online here. A self-portrait of mine was selected to show with 29 other images on a rotating gallery monitor.
Windows. I am drawn to them. I started to notice this pattern when I was photographing windows two years ago while I was in Stockholm. I was exploring Drottingholm Palace. From inside, the windows glowed. The daylight was warming yet mysterious. When walking around and viewing the past of the inside, the windows felt like portals into the present. The windows asked me to move slowly and be in the moment, reminding myself to be aware of where I was, what I was feeling, and what I was thinking. I could hear the echos of others around me, their steps moving along like mine, their voices quiet, and taking it all in. Each of us examining the uniqueness of the the building and the delicate nature of the past. You can view some of the photos here.
When I was in Fergus Falls last winter, the windows of the Kirkbride were so compelling. I spent many days just staring at them. I wasn't allowed inside the building, so I had to get to know it from its exterior campus. This time I was exploring the past from the outside.
There are so many windows at the Kirkbride. They are everywhere. From solid glass block to crumbling screen windows, I found myself meditating on what I could see, searching the building through its looking glass qualities. I saw not only my own personal reflection, but how time passes. I stood in the cold snow and said to myself, "everything is vulnerable."
The following photos are from last February when I was in Fergus Falls completing my Hinge Arts Residency. I spent some time walking in the cold while I was exploring the Kirkbride, taking photos as I walked along. I naturally gravitated towards watching the trees. Each one was full of many years of growth. Their branches were thick and sharp. Their bark textured and gritty. I also found some bushes that glowed. Snow was present. Ice was an obstacle (not pictured). The sky was blue and cloudy.
With my busy schedule, I am now just getting to look them over. I am enjoying remembering my time in Fergus -- working on my film project, taking breaks to paint, and finding moments to reflect on nature.
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