Saturday, March 22, 2014

Opening Shots

Me (red suit, right) speaking at the opening

Coming out from behind the curtain!

People checking out the exhibition

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Publication

Four Housewives of the Apocalypse

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Me, hanging the vintage wallpaper.

The final installation.

Viola, at the doorway of
The Four Housewives of the Apocalypse.

I was very pleased with the turnout!  My latest exhibition (and my first installation), The Four Housewives of the Apocalypse, opened on March 14th, 2014, at the Thames Art Gallery.

I was thrilled that international artist, Ron Shuebrook, was in attendance, as was his student, artist David Newkirk, and also my fellow found-object artist Norm Barney.  Friends of mine surprised me and drove 6 hours just for my opening! Of course, my mom came, which was awesome.  My work is not traditional, and I'm sure sometimes she wonders what goes on in my addled mind, but she is very supportive.  Thanks, mom. You always have faith in me.

I was fortunate to have had a crit session with Ron Shuebrook about a year ago, and I found his advice very useful. I don't think I would have had the confidence to mount this installation if it hadn't been for his encouragement.  Thank you, Ron!

Over the past five months, it was difficult to picture what the end result would look like without actually creating the work in the installation space, but everything turned out better than I had imagined. There were only two setbacks: Greta's staff and the video. Greta's porcelain-headed staff shattered on the slate floor of our entryway before the whole entourage even left the house (mannequin hand malfunction), but I managed to glue all the pieces back together. The staff now has a piecey, mangled look which seems, strangely, more appropriate. The video would not play, due to a glitch which happened when it was created.  But all was worked out. Thank you, Alene's Craft Glue, and Monty Langford!

As always, the Thames Art Gallery staff were extremely helpful.  Curator Carl Lavoy was very supportive and offered some suggestions to make the installation more cohesive.  Assistant Curator Sonya Blazek made sure I had everything I needed.  Facility Manager Gregg Oliver, the lighting expert at the Thames Art Gallery and Chatham Cultural Centre, hung the curtains, and put gels on the spotlights which gave the room a faded vintage, parlour-like feel.  Graphic designer Donna Nolan created a cool poster and invitation.  Art critic Nadja Pelkey wrote a great essay, designer Otto Buj created a beautiful layout, and Aylmer Printing once again delivered a slick stack of beautifully-folded publications.  Thank you, Carl, Sonya, Greg, Donna, Nadja, Otto, Aylmer Printing, and Thames Art Gallery!

And, last but not least, I must not forget to thank the Ontario Arts Council.  They helped fund my first installation and, for that, I am truly grateful. 

As I said in my speech on opening night, it takes a village to raise an artist.