Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Year in Review

_ Exhibits _ 
Highlights of 2010 


Visual AIDS - Postcards from the Edge - ZieherSmith, NYC (paper/mixed media)

OX and O's performance at Mobius  Works in Progress (Audience participation piece with Tic Tac Toe)

Accordion Book - The Sketchbook Project - Hardcover Artist Book - Brooklyn Art Library

Crude - Multimedia, copper mesh, metal toys and hubcap - Landfill Art

Mube - Sao Paulo, Brazil  Um Livro Sobre A Morte
digital collage

Viewing area for Thorns in the Garden - MOBIUS  The Alternative Experimental Flower Show

Intermedia - video loop with various props

Green Seen - Mail art exhibit at Wendell Free Library (digital collage)

At University of Omaha, Nebraska


Visitors view the Surrealestate cards - Part of ArtRages, Boston - MOBIUS


My image contained in the data recorder for Space Shuttle launch STS-133_
_Fluxface in Space
_BP logo ©evertson 2010 (for Greenpeace's Behind the Logo)_
©evertson_contribution to Abalcabal #1_"Introductions"

_©evertson_contribution to Abalcabal #2_"Codes"_

_©evertson_New work for Abalcabal issue #3_"Holding Out"_


OX and O boxs at East Hampton Public Library

The Launch of Our Seeking Kali Blog and Artist Call    Ongoing collaboration with Susan Shulman and Ria Vanden Eynde


My merchandise for the Mobius Prostitution of Art Exhibit

Red Sea Ducks for UR Toy Story at ARTpool Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL (digital collage)

Digital collage for ABAD at Belknap Mill, New Hampshire

Digital collage (still from performance) for ABAD at CW Post SAL Gallery

Mixed Media for ABAD at Fluxmuseum

Analogue Narratives - Collaborative blog launch - On-going accounts of the attempt to create an ending for the unfinished René Daumal novel Mount Analogue


Kali Yuga, a Shadow Production by William Evertson for Seeking Kali premiered at the opening of the Ray Johnson/A Book About Death exhibition on Nov. 3rd, 2010. Hosted by the SAL Gallery, CW Post campus of Long Island University. Music by Larry Cohen.


Mr. Wicket quilt square at the Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor, Maine
These are the highlights from my studio this past year. It was a wonderful year filled with love, support and encouragement from many people.  Thank you...all who are following and reading.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dream Rocket over Maine

_Mr. Wicket quilt square_
"I wanted to let you know that your artwork is currently on display at the
Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, Maine."
Email from Jennifer Marsh, the organizer of the Dream Rocket Project. (12/05/10) Yea!! I made this fabric piece almost a year ago to be part of an international project to cover a Saturn V Rocket with quilt squares.  Jennifer has been at work for a couple years now; accumulating art from groups and individuals in the quest to assemble the 30, 467 square feet needed to cover the 38 story rocket that is on display outside the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama.

Select panels are on tour through-out the US at fourteen venues.

The Maine Discovery Museum is the largest children's museum in Maine. The Dream Rocket panels are on display through January.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dharma Girl

_Ready for Mission to Brazil_
An international exhibition of robots is coming to Brazil in January.  The Troyart International Exhibition will feature works gathered from artists around the world. The robots are the work of the Brazilian Company, Troyart which makes the easy to assemble toys that were sent out by the museum this fall.

Artists have been asked to paint, modify and generally remake the robots in their own style.  The exhibit is slowly being assembled online at the Troyart blog in preparation for the exhibit at the Museu Brasileiro daEscultura (MuBE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil beginning in January.

I have made two videos; both featured in the video section of the museum blog that chronicle my work on Dharma Girl; Exhibit #97.  My first video is called Beginning Robotics.

Beginning Robotics - Meeting My Robot

 The second video shows my work on the robot as I make her.  Yes, it is a she robot and she's called Dharma Girl.

Intermediate Robotics - Building Dharma Girl 

Next Step: Pack her for the long trip back to MuBE.  

Many thanks to Angela Ferrara who curates and maintains the exhibition blog, Renata Azevedo of MuBE for direction and Roberto Stelzer of Troyart.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wrapping Up Ray

_Backstage at Ray Johnson/ABAD Exhibition with Seeking Kali_

1000 pieces of mail art and an extravagant evening of lecture, readings and performance! Curators Joan L. Harrison, LuAnn Palazzo and Constance Sloggatt Wolf added a wonderful chapter to the continuing global explosion of A Book About Death exhibits. Long Island University's SAL Gallery at the CW Post campus hosted an opening reception Nov. 3rd that featured all of the above.

The Seeking Kali group of projects that I helped launch with my fellow collaborators Ria Vanden Eynde of Belgium and Canadian Susan Shulman was well represented at Ray Johnson/A Book About Death.  Artists currently in our on-going artist call were represented via a video presentation of their work as well as a loop on a monitor that played throughout the evenings opening activities.  Many of these artists found their way to Seeking Kali as a result of their past association with ABAD exhibits.
One of my highlights was presenting the Shadow Theater that I developed around the subject of Kali.

I've put together a video that compresses some of these highlights into a six minute tour of the opening.  This is just a bit of the festival atmosphere that the evening presented.

Ray Johnson/A Book About Death Opening from William Evertson on Vimeo.

There are more exhibition highlights as well as a complete archive of the work submitted on the Ray Johnson/ABAD blog.

There is more information about past and future A Book About Death opportunities on the the ABAD archive site. 

Matthew Rose, creator of the A Book About Death that premiered at Emily Harvey Gallery in NYC mentioned "Several new shows are being planned; for Italy, London, Paris, Germany, Arizona and China (a real possibility) and I hope a major museum in Tokyo."

The Italy exhibit is being planned by Virginia Milici, a long time follower of this blog.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Shadow Performance at CW Post

The premier of the Kali Shadow Theater was Nov.3rd at the SAL Gallery, CW Post campus of Long Island University. The opening reception of the Ray Johnson/ A Book About Death exhibition featured a variety of readings, performance and video.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Last Rehearsals

_Kali puppet with Appetite Birdman_
Coming into the final stretch for the Shadow Theater.  With the performance opening on Nov. 3rd. rehearsals will have to wind down. Yet, strange things keep creeping in to this shadow puppet play. The moon will unexpectedly fall from the sky, a mountain range does not want to move into place, Kali does not want to bend her arm. And so it goes, each rehearsal unveiling some mischief that I blame on the demon cut-outs that torment Kali in the final scene. They obviously want more stage time.

Many worlds of thanks to all the wonderful people who have aided me in being able to present this performance art piece. First is the creator of the music, Larry Cohen. It is his original composition that sets the entire mood of the work.  Joan Harrison and fellow curators LuAnn Palazzo for allowing me the opportunity to exhibit. Susan Shulman and Ria Vanden Eynde, my fellow Kali artists who critiqued and offered suggestions. Last but not least my wife Karen, for agreeing to act the part of Kali.
We are dedicating this performance to Karen's mom, Gary, who passed away during the development of this project. We miss you Gary, our true multi-talented Kali goddess.

Editing the Seeking Kali blog submissions
All this takes place at the SAL Gallery on the CW Post campus of Long Island University on Nov. 3rd. The performances and videos are scheduled during the reception which runs from 5pm to 11.

I have also been working on a video of the submissions to the Seeking Kali artist call. The six minute video that will be shown features the 45 musicians, poets and visual artists who have contributed to date. The Seeking Kali artist call runs through the end of December for those interested in making a submission.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Behind the Scenes

_Seeking Kali Shadow Theater_behind the screen_
The opening of the Ray Johnson/A Book About Death exhibit on Nov. 3rd on the Long Island University CW Post campus SAL Gallery features a night of performance and video.  Seeking Kali is a project I've collaborated on with fellow artists Ria Vanden Eynde and Susan Shulman for almost a year now. We've been involved in book arts, running an online exhibition and now we present a performance piece based on our look into the myth and paradox of the Hindu goddess Kali.

Several of the silhouettes used in the performance
The theater has been my pet project for about six weeks now. The concept has been in my head and sketchbooks for almost a decade since first watching a Nang shadow theater in Thailand where I was once a visiting artist. I was very impressed with the simple tales yet elaborate cut out silhouettes the puppeteers used in their humble performances. The ones I saw were performed using only a sheet with a lantern for illumination.

original Ink drawing on acetate
In my version, I use a combination of live actors, puppets and hand painted scenery.  I am also very fortunate to have the help of a musical collaborator on this project.  Canadian composer Larry Cohen agreed to develop a sound environment for the action to occur in. Larry's work on the musical score adds immeasurably to the atmosphere of the performance. He certainly has put in as many hours on this as I have on the puppets and scenery paintings. An example of Larry's personal work in video and sound can be found at this link.  The following video shows about a minute of segments from a recent rehearsal. You can hear Larry's musical work although not as well as it will be presented in the live version of the production.

This promises to be one of the largest exhibitions based on the original ABAD conceived and executed by Matthew Rose (and 485 friends) last fall in NYC.  The CW Post exhibit includes the entire original exhibit as well as an almost equal number of new contributions. The evening of the opening is packed with performance art and video.  Our Seeking Kali collaborative group will also be exhibiting an original video that contains all submissions to our artist call received to date. Please consider joining our Seeking Kali Facebook group for news and exhibition announcements.

skyscraper bird men (after Leger) ink on acetate set element
Congratulations in advance to curators Joan Harrison and LuAnn Palazzo for their hard work and determination in mounting this exhibition.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mobius Wednesday

_and this shameless promotion is on the back of the T-shirt_

As a follow up to the T-shirt merchandise I made for the Prostitution of Art show at Mobius last month, curator Jane Wang is featuring the participating artists on her PoArt blog.  My work is featured in her Oct. 4th post. I had some fun posting pictures of a few of the participating artists with my Mobius T-shirt design here on my blog (here).  In conversation with Jane I offered to continue to post pictures of anyone wearing the Mobius T. A win/win because I like supporting Mobius because it shows the kind of experimental art that often can't find a home in a traditional gallery setting. It's home for all that difficult art that's hard to package and often hard to even describe. It's about performance, sound and installation art that is best experienced first hand.
The following people were wearing the T-shirt during the Prostitution exhibit and photographed by Jason Turgeon's automated photobot.

Unidentified folks from the PoArt exhibit (email me with your contact info and I'll edit it in)

Grant Smith _ Mobius Artist

Tom Plsek _ Mobius Artist
The T-shirt edition was silk screened for the exhibit by my friends at the Red Barn Studios.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Into October

_A work in progress_ cut out silhouette characters for Seeking Kali Shadow Theater_
 These shadows are cast by the cut outs I've been working on for the Kali Shadow Theater. (the fish are ink on acetate) The Theater will be part of the Ray Johnson/A Book About Death exhibition opening on Nov.3rd.
The story line will be the the origins and manifestations of the goddess Kali. 
Larry Cohen, the Canadian composer, will be providing an original score to accompany the theater. You can listen to a sampling of Larry's complex and layered music here.

This takes place at the SAL Gallery on the CW Post campus of Long Island University. The exhibition features the original Book About Death as conceived by Matthew Rose who solicited artists from around the world to contribute a "page".  Actually we were asked to provide 500 copies of our page.  Last fall at the Emily Harvey Gallery in NYC visitors to the exhibit were asked to bring the pages home with them to form their own books.
Since it was first exhibited the ABAD has traveled the world to various museums and galleries and has inspired several collaborations between the artists who originally exhibited.
The Seeking Kali project is one of those sister projects and is a collaboration with myself and artists Ria Vanden Eynde (Belgium) and Susan Shulman (Canada).  Our online call has been running since mid August and we now have over 30 contributions of art, music and poetry (and over 3000 site visits!).

This new video is a compilation of the work from the Seeking Kali blog.

As works continue to roll in I'll be adding to this video and the final version containing submissions through 10/27 with be shown during the opening at SAL Gallery.

The great music on this video is the work of my son Ian Evertson, a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. Our poetry submissions are read by Susan Shulman.

In fact, since working up this version of the video several new works have been posted on our Seeking Kali blog. A nice one is from my fellow blogger from New Zealand, Debrina Price-Ewan. Her blog "Debrina's Altered Art Diary" is always full of energy and a fun visit.

©Debrina Price-Ewen_Kali

Monday, September 27, 2010

Three Books About Death

_Evertson_submission to ABAD Belknap Mill_

reverse of card
I've been a big fan of Matthew Roses A Book About Death project. I contributed to the first project for the Emily Harvey Gallery in NYC and to each subsequent exhibit that has sought additional work. Over the course of the project I notice that I've got 27 tags for ABAD. This fall is crazy with three ABAD openings. So, this weeks post is mainly a photo essay on the various submissions to these. I've actually done double duty on some since I've collaborated on Seeking Kali submissions as well.

The piece above is for the Belknap Mill edition of A Book About Death which runs from Oct. 15th through Nov. 1st.  Belknap Mill is located in Laconia, NH.

_Evertson_ submission to Fluxmuseum ABAD_
At the Fort Worth Community Art Center in Ft. Worth Texas, Cecil Touchon's Fluxmuseum is also sponsoring ABAD. This is a mixed media piece (wire mesh, acrylic, brush and postcard) The piece relates to my original submission to ABAD. I constructed several of these mesh and paint hands to photograph as a stage set for that first work. This artist call is accepting objects as well as cards.

First ABAD - Emily Harvey Gallery

CW Post's SAL Gallery at Long Island University's is host to the Ray Johnson/A Book About Death from Oct. 31st to Nov. 5th.

_Evertson  for SAL Gallery _ Ray Johnson/ABAD_

Insert to card

reverse of card

The calls for these shows are ending soon so you'll need to look over the links and act quickly if you want to participate.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Wild Side

_From the photobot at Mobius_

The Prostitution of Art and Signs of Our Times really begs for a shorter exhibition title but describing a typical multi layered Mobius production in a couple of words is impossible. Jane Wang and James Ellis Coleman curate both the online blog and physical version, which opened at the Mobius gallery space in Boston this past weekend.   The show featured a large screen video presentation of works that were submitted to the blogs that accompany the exhibit. The Signs of the Times blog currently has over one hundred contributions of “Signs, especially as means of language or miscommunication”. These ranged from the ironic to oblique to the unique signs that make up our visual landscape.  The Prostitution of Art blog featured an artist call for works and proposals for our take on the title. From the sexy voiced photobot that I used to take the pix above (by artist Jason Turgeon) to performances by Jessica Borusky, Liz Roncka and Philippe Lejeune the exhibit had at it's heart the lengths we (artists) go to to produce the art we do.

The video shows a glimpse of some of the art and activities from opening night this past Saturday.  The sound in this clip was part of the Liz Roncka/Philippe Lejeune performance.  Next Sunday (9/25) will also feature a variety of performances.

Jane Wang wearing one of my limited edition T-Shirts at the opening
A compete listing of the participating artists as well as hot links are on the Mobius event site.

Plus - Jane Wangs full length documentation of Signs of Our Times.

Ria Vanden Eynde shows off her T 
Susan Shulman with her T