Not much making for the last two weeks. I am sure breaks can be positive. Causes you to archive images and reflections that you come across. To remind yourself over and over again to remember them if they have impressed you so much. Sometimes I think that I work too much without reflecting, and so I see not making anything right now as a good thing; even though it is frustrating.
I try to make sure that I see a little mainstream gallery “acceptable” art when I go out East to see los padres. This time I went to the Aldridge in Connecticut where I had a wonderful time. The best art viewing experience ever really because I laughed and reacted so much while viewing. Plus, there wasn’t anyone else besides my father and stepmother in the galleries when we were viewing art which allowed us to say whatever we were feeling at a voice that was comprehensible rather than a murmur.
And, I decided that I would treat myself to a day to the city that I have both a love and loathing for: NYC.
At first, I was planning to go to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum because Lorna Simpson had some art there and because I had never seen The Dinner Party in real life.
But, at the last minute, perhaps due to the heat and the prospect of a short subway ride, perhaps because I swayed by ye old NY Times, I went to see the “Ostalgia” exhibit at the New Museum.
At this moment, the work of Vladimir Arkhipov and Anna Zemánková stick in my mind.
What are these? A thread spooler and a maraca. The thread spooler is a personal favorite. They are basically the “DIY survival tools” that the artist traveled around Russia documenting.
And while on the subject of thread, I was a bit obsessed with it this trip and am consequently dreaming about an inexpensive, light-weight, and small sewing machine.
Anna Zemánková combines various media with embroidery. You can’t even see the embroidery in this reproduction. Ugh.
I could learn a lot from her.
Heather L. Murphy is an artist that I discovered through Painted Pages. I love how she sews the kinds of materials I collect in her journals. I am having issues attaching the image to my blog. Perhaps protections are in place. I respect this. I like her work and don’t want anyone to steal it or use it inappropriatly. And so, in addition to the previous link that I shared, here is a page from her blog.