Please join me at Gray Contemporary on Saturday, September 7th from 6-8p for the opening of Guide Star, featuring a selection of plywood works created this summer while participating in the 100 Day Project. It goes without saying that I’m excited these pieces are receiving a presentation above and beyond a daily showcase on the ‘Gram. Gorgeous works on paper by David Janesko will also be on view.
Last summer I felt a surge of envy seeing a picture of a friend wearing a jacket during the dog days of summer and vowed that I’d find a way to weave a chilly weekend or two into Houston’s longest season.
San Francisco fit the bill, not only offering a 30 degree drop in temperature, but a chance to catch up with a couple of people dear to me. The joy of spending time with old friends is difficult to explain, let alone depict, so my photos focus on a jaunt to Marin and details from where I stayed.
The Feusier Octagon House is, as the name suggests, an eight-sided structure from the mid-late 19th century with 14 foot ceilings, chandeliers in every room, and inlay on the floors, among other delightful features. The shape of the home came from the idea that well-being could be influenced by form—and that in an octagonal structure, each room would receive light throughout the day. A fun result of the trip is that I’ve been inspired to design an eight-sided Guide Star for the home. Some images I want to come back to below.
Our other adventure was to find the spot where this picture of my mom was taken. She indicated it was near Lloyd and Scott Streets and I was surprised at the lack of monumental change over four decades. I brought the very same intergenerational sweater for fun in efforts to remake the picture. I’m including it, even though I’m loathe to share my expression, to show we really, really tried. Turns out missing the jungle gym and the pregnant belly matter more than I thought!
High vacation season always brings a rush of good vibes as traveling friends report waiting alongside my work at IAH. This spiraling portal from 2013 is a portion of the big one and is awaiting your next international voyage from Terminal D!
One of these soft sculptural components didn’t make it into the finished installation. The result? Basically me wandering around outside the house with it a couple days after getting home, in a desperate attempt to come up with a gesture for The 100 Day Project. I was so tickled by the sight of this blob emerging from a strip of ferns by the driveway, of course, that now I’m tempted to take it around with me and plop it on EVERYTHING…
Versions of Loose Ends, Soft Targets, and Wavelet at McColl Center for Art + Innovation this summer through August 24th.
While there wasn’t a lot of down time outside of installing, finally noticing Jung’s, right across the street from the Center, gave me a small thrill. So did pretending I was moving to town with nothing but my suitcase and a sewing machine.
A blobful Soft Target is newly up at the home of my number one biggest fan. The last time I visited we gazed at the wall and discussed which nail to use. This time, we got it done! (Wall faux finish and installation layout all hers)