Sunday, April 19, 2009

Art Sale and other things

The Spring Art Sale was a great success! Thanks to everyone who bought from me or helped me out in any way. Special thank you to Lauren (your collar sold!!) for sitting in for me and my table mate for being so funny and pleasant.

I experienced for a brief second, this wonderful post- Art Sale coma and then I realized I have an eight page paper due tomorrow that I haven't started and also a huge project due this Thursday that is still in it's planning stages. Yeep. I'm currently in bed and hating life but soon enough this paper will be done. Also, another post about things I love.

Collaboration between Dame Darcy and Jenny Hart.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bad Mood

I'm in an uncharacteristically bad mood because it's fucking snowing outside and it's a Sunday. I'm not looking forward to my mold making class tomorrow and I suppose after years of being exposed to Chicago Public schools, I've grown to loathe Sunday nights. That aside - I did manage to get a lot of work done on my cake pattern and I am looking forward to the Motor City Comicon next month!

Check out my friend's shop on ETSY!

Also, I've been looking at her blog a lot lately

I suppose that's it for now. I still can't believe it's fucking snowing!! I keep thinking about 90 degree weather, mountains, and my sewing machine to feel happy. I wish the sun would come out and play.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Roger Brown home and studio

I went to the Roger Brown home and studio for the second time and enjoyed it just as much as the first. I also brought a camera the second time (which they surprisingly allow) and I managed to take A LOT of photos.

A little bit about Roger Brown: He studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago briefly as an undergrad and then as a grad student. He was one of the core members of the Chicago Imagists artists and a collector. After he succumbed to aids in 1997 his home/studio was donated to the Art Institute where it remains, under their care. His home is pretty much untouched so a lot of his personal items are still lying around along with various handmade functional objects, toys, folk art, and decorative pieces. Really he considered anything art as long as it was interesting looking and well made.

Sculptures by William Dawson, a folk/outsider artist who influenced the Chicago Imagists especially Roger Brown.

Me in the bathroom of the Roger Brown studio. His toothbrush was still hanging on the wall!

An exploded pot still hanging out in his stove. It's probably been sitting there since before '97.

Please go to the Roger Brown studio. They have an original page from Henry Darger's book! Which reminds me, Intuit is also worth checking out since they have recreated Henry Darger's living quarters. I am incredibly attracted to outsider art. I think there's something to be said for artists that are able to operate outside of the institution. I wish I could be one of those people, but I can't really complain because the institution I'm currently in has provided me this culture that I am thriving off of.

Anyway, Other artists to check out:

Lee Godie

Ray Yoshida

Jesse Howard