Art! Ahhh!

Hi! How’s it going over there?

Holy cats! Today I did a lot of good stuff. I went to school (business, dude), then to Chelsea and saw 3 heavy hitters in one morning! And I there found a free box full of art books outside a gallery, (mostly auction catalogs, but there were some crazy good art books in there!). Then I went to class and had my day! It was very amazing.

The art! Sadly these shows are closing soon, so if you can go this weekend you will see them. Otherwise, there are always pictures.

First I saw Matthew Barney‘s DJED at the Gladstone Gallery, oh! It was so good! I can’t explain it very well, you have to look at the pictures. At the gallery there were sculptures (metal!) that were the evidence of an opera based on a Norman Mailer novel about ancient Egyptian Gods, in which the main character (Osiris) is a Chrysler. The sculptures are gorgeous, and the opera catalog was gorgeous, and I tried to look for video of it online but FAILED! Damn it, I was so excited to see that. If you find something will you let me know please? Hopefully he will release it somewhere soon, unless he already did and I missed it (which is likely, as I live under a big assy heavy stinky rock).

Then I saw Do Ho Suh‘s Home Within Home at Lehmann Maupin. I almost fainted by the translucent blue stitched “Specimen Series”, oh god! You have to look at the pictures in zoom if you can. There is a video of the biggest piece on the website too. Very worth watching. That one is a sliced house, with another house crashed into it (which has a house shaped parachute) intact with sliced orange juice in the fridge, sliced posters, sliced furniture, everything. It was beautiful and made me dizzy.

Then I went over to see Agnes Martin‘s “The 80’s Grey Paintings” at Pace. So good! She is amazing. There were a few that I could have stared at for years! But they’re all untitled, so, I can’t really tell you which ones. It was amazing to see them in person… I have thought of her work for a very long time. She is one of my heroes.

In one day I saw these shows, and I walked between them. Only in New York.

Then I went to get snacks, and then I took the train back to school – where I worked on a drawing that is also sewn and painted (and has sequins!). And that was fun and very time consuming. It’s more abstract, which feels gooooood!

I wanted to go to the opening of the sweetheart of one of my favorite Professors…. but I chose to stay home and do homework instead, because I have to go back to portland for a family emergency, tomorrow, but only for a couple of days. But I’m not getting much done here, not enough! I should have just eaten cereal and gone back to Chelsea. Bah. It always takes me so long to cook dinner and wash the dishes, pots and pans and clean up and try to talk to my grumpy spouse, that I haven’t gotten much done yet. And it’s 10 already. I hope the break I’m taking to write this in helps me focus more. I have lots of reading… art theory of course (no the class isn’t called that, why would it be called that. It’s called “Seminar” which reminds me of an infomercial, but instead it is totally awesome).

Ok! Now I really have to try to read some more. Oh, my brain is itchy. Sigh.

Love, Katie

Ok, back to it!

PS This post was inspired by my friend Jo, who posed a nice response to something else I posted recently. Thank you Jo! You made me want to post something again!

PSS This is not the drawing I worked on today, but has similarities. And a li’l sculpture.

i am in love with stumptown coffee roasters


look, i’m trying a new format! inserting pictures into the text! do you like it? let me know… i am used to putting them all at the end, but this seems exciting, and more like a story book. which is good, in my mind.

detail of new tunnel drawing, in process

today i took a long and meandering (ok, i got lost a couple of times) trip to red hook, brooklyn to get burlap coffee sacks from stumptown‘s roasting center of nyc. well, it’s a warehouse with some nice guys in it… but it’s the center, seriously. the damn center.

hay bales and scaffolding in chelsea

before that i went to chelsea to see a show i needed to see for one of my classes (and a couple more shows). oh sweet chelsea. so much work, there is so much good work there. i wish i’d had more time. but i will go next week, of course (i go every week, it’s helpful and fun). i also went to a quilting store to get thread for my project involving burlap.

then i took the train over to carol gardens. such a pretty neighborhood, where my friend robin used to live. i walked over to the industrial quiet red hook neighborhood where stumptown brews their delicious beans. i’d emailed and called ahead to make sure it was ok for me to go in – and figure out where it was. everyone i corresponded with was great, so i went in today – i have the day off of school for rosh hashanah. and i really needed that burlap! oh and it’s gorgeous, by the way.

sculpture sketches, in the works

there were no markings on the building to let me know it was actually stumptown but i had the address and saw guys with bags of coffee inside so i knew i was in the right spot.

oh sweet stumptown! everyone within the roasting facility was awesome. so many nice guys! making such good coffee! so good! ahhh! i love them. they offered me more burlap sacks than i could actually carry. so many, gorgeous burlap sacks! i had to leave some behind, ok i had to leave a lot. i think i might go back there soon, if i need more burlap. also i’d like to show the fellas that work there some pictures of the sculptures (if they’re any good). or bring them cookies. both?

111, governor's island, nyc, nearish red hook

i wish i weren’t so bad with names. the main guy was amazing, and i am a dork and can’t ever remember anyones name. really. well, if you’ve met me you know this already. especially if it took me 8 times to remember, and if it did i sincerely apologize. it is the way my brain works, it’s not you.

anyhow, i asked if i could buy some coffee there – they don’t sell it, so he just gave me a bit. and he knew what i meant by “caramely or dark” of course, since that’s his job. it’s my new favorite! so good! i keep making people smell the beans! ok, only myself,  studio-mate, and sweetheart, but still. if there were more people around they’d have to smell those lovely guatemala santa clara beans.

anyhow, i love them! love stumptown! solid! they just toss those burlap sacks out at the end of the day anyhow, i am so going back there! and i’ll bring my cart next time! and i’ll be ready by reading the directions more clearly before i go out into the world. and maybe i’ll bring a map? not that i have a good one. but i could get one, right.

hot burlap

i’ve included some pictures of the burlap, some drawing i’ve been doing, some hay i saw in chelsea, other things i’ve seen lately, and some things i’ve been working on. those paper sculptures are in the family of what i’ll be making from the burlap. but bigger. mmmm. burlap. it’s so pretty when it’s been used. that scuffed ink, it makes me delirious! ahhh, i love texture. hmm.



do this please, come on now!

sculpture sketches, paper and string.