Saturday, March 20, 2010

What We Sow

_Thorns in the Garden - photocollage original 17' x 22'

_When I look at the pictures the Hubble telescope has returned to earth I have always been struck by the organic look of the imagery. Huge gas clouds and nebula that seem to be growing, living organisms. Of course, given the almost infinite number of galaxies, the probability for life also exists. With these thoughts in the back of my head, I began to work through my piece for the Alternative Experimental Flower Show. This exhibit opens at Mobius in Boston on March 25 and runs through the weekend. (March 28th) A small group show that as Cathy Nolan Vincevic our curator and resident gardener put it, is “A collection of responses to the idea of the flower in a flower show setting.” The exhibit combines both installations and performances that provide an alternative to the usual spring flower shows.

Seed Packs - ©evertson2010
_The piece I’m presenting is an installation work designed to incorporate the idea of the distant star formations as flowers with a video of Hubble shots. The video is only viewable through a telescope to remove the viewer from the close intimacy of a monitor; as well as provide that Hubble reference. Interspersed in the video are images that all too easily escape out into space via our radio and television transmissions. For better or worse, for over a century our signals have escaped the earth and are making their way to distant worlds. I named this installation Thorns in the Garden. The video isn’t really a narrative and is simply meant to be fragments of our “thorny” nature in contrast to the majesty on view every evening in the stars overhead.
_ I’ll also be exhibiting the seed pack collages I’ve worked up over the last few days. (photo above)

This video will play as a loop from a tiny monitor suspended from the Mobius gallery ceiling.

Around the Studio:
Not everything you see around a studio is what it seems. Several friends have on occasion worked with me on some art during an evening of food and drink. Our third time for this "art night" was pizza night. We made pizza that was edible and made pizza that only appeared edible. The non- edible pizza sculpture was a collaboration with our friends the Prestashs and Abrahams. We constructed a pizza from paper maché, clay and paint. At the end of the evening everyone went home with a slice of art.

Art Night Collaboration - our ingredients and pizza sculptures - ©Abraham-Evertson-Prestash 2010

In the last but not least category is some noteworthy art received by mail. I love to see what my artist friends are up to. This past week I received surprises from Bibiana Padilla Maltos (postcard of a collage)(Bibiana is also curating the ABAD exhibit at San Diego State University, Ria Vanden Eynde (postcard of one of her paintings)(Ria has a new blog to check out and contribute to) and a small collage by Mara Thompson (this link will take you to Mara's mail art call "Note to Self" - she'll send a return art work - lets keep her busy ;-)

Maltos (top left) - Vanden Eynde (top right) - Thompson (center)
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