While here for the month I have been working on a new art piece that charts 10 years of exhibitions at the new de Young Museum building. It documents: the year-to-year timeline of shows, attendance of major exhibitions, types of artwork presented and the demographics of the artists. (All information courtesy of the de Young Museum.)
It is finally finished–just in time to hang for the closing reception.
One of the most satisfying things of the residency this month has been interacting with the public. I have really enjoyed talking to so many different people about my art and my process. Visitors have been genuinely interested in the art and information that it contains. It is an unusual experience for an artist to spend a extended period of time in a gallery and seeing people interacting with their work. A rare gift.
Every artist-in-residence must have an interactive art project with the public. Similar to my own artwork, for this project I will be collecting data from each visitor coming into the gallery. Based on the answers they give, a series of colors are selected and a 5″ x 5″ collage is created that represents them and their answers. The public is encouraged to make their own collage, but we will make it for them if they prefer. Here are the materials we are using. Stay tuned for some images as the project grows…
I love the feeling of coming into a completely empty space and planning what will happen–seeing it transform. It’s exciting and a little intimidating.
First thing is to move everything in, and then to start to sort.
Laying out all the artwork on the floor with Kevin Chen the gallery curator. Sorting, moving and arranging until it looks right. Unfortunately, not everything fits, but I think we have a good mix of work.
Getting ready for the move to the de Young tomorrow.
I didn’t realize how much work it would be to move my ‘studio’. It is a good thing to have to go through everything once in a while to make sure it’s still of value….
Art is all packed up and ready to go. I never think about transporting my work when I create it. But I am sure glad my current work on mylar can be rolled up and put into tubes.
The walls are all bare now and the studio feels naked. I look forward to having all the art on different walls in a different space.