Pop-up Art Studio, Week Four – Jackson Heights, Queens

Clothing Sculpture – Installation Shot for Pop-up Studio

One day, Manuela Agudelo walked into the storefront and said something like: “Wow, I have always wanted a place like this in my neighborhood. I sometimes organize performance nights”. I said “You want to do one here in 2 weeks?” I was so impressed by how she rallied her friends and pulled together an amazing event. That was the birth of Kaleidospace and I am honored to have been part of it. More about what they are up to on Facebook.   

Kaleidospace Face Painting

Kaleidospace! The final blow-out started early for families and face painting. Music, performance, dance, and theater went well into the night. 

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Here are some sample works created during the open studio. You can find more details here.

Clothing Sculpture – Installation Shot for Pop-up Studio
Clothing Sculpture: Study for "Rainbow Cloud"
Addresses

Open Studio: 35-59 82nd St., Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Exhibition: Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Dates and Times

Open Studio: September 4th-September 30, M-F 8am-6pm

Exhibition: October 23rd-November 26th 

Exhibition Reception: October 25th, 5-8

Pop-up Art Studio, Week Three – Jackson Heights, Queens

Elisabeth Smolarz and I draw
Viva Comida Poster, Jackson Heights, Queens
Viva La Comeda – Drawing Workshop
Musicians Matthew and Ezra

A guest appearance by guitar shredder Matthew Jost and Jackson Height’s own resident drummer Ezra Kessler.

Visiting artist Elisabeth Smolarz comes to draw. 

Pop-up Art Studio, Week Two – Jackson Heights, Queens

Clothing Sculpture, Preparation for Untitled 6 (Aggregate)

After having done so much site-specific, commission-based work over the previous years, it was nice to have a studio practice again and in a proper studio. While not private, since people came in and out during the day, I was able to find a sense of flow. Here are some detail shots of my working process that month. 

Clothing Sculpture, Preparation for Untitled 6 (Aggregate)
Clothing Sculpture, Preparation for Untitled 6 (Aggregate)
Clothing Sculpture, Preparation for Untitled 5 (Plan)
Clothing Sculpture, Preparation for Untitled 5 (Plan)

During the the run of the pop-up, I did a crayon rubbing workshop for the Viva La Comida street fair. We drew with probably a hundred kids that day!

A Shirts (clothing daisy-chain)

This piece is called “A Shirts”. I later wore another version of it for a little 1-day show at Pip-Squeak Chapeau for the Callicoon Art Walk. It was made by daisy-chaining 4 dress shirts together at the plackets. 

A Shirts at Pip-Squeak Chapeau (clothing daisy-chain)
A Shirts at Pip-Squeak Chapeau (clothing daisy-chain)
Clothing Rubbing: Untitled 1 (blue shirt daisy chain), 2019

I used the original version of A Shirt to create this drawing. I laid the garments flat on the table, placed drafting film over top and rubbed it with archival, encaustic crayons. 

Pop-up Art Studio, Week One – Jackson Heights, Queens

Pop-up storefront studio, from the door
It was so exciting to receive a New Work Grant from The Queens Council on the Arts! I did a 1 month pop-up / open studio in the heart of Jackson Heights. I created a new body of work and after a month, had a show at my beloved cafe; Espresso 77. 
 
This project was made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
 
More about this on the Facebook event  page.
 
Here is a run-down on what happened: 

The better part of the pop-up studio, in my Subaru
The better part of the pop-up studio, in my Subaru
Pop-up storefront studio, from the door
Pop-up storefront studio, from the door
Pop-Up storefront studio, from the street
Pop-Up storefront studio, from the street
The artist in his natural habitat
The artist in his natural habitat

I was able to get almost the entire pop-up into my Subaru. After I unpacked and created some hygge, I opened the door to the public. I was there every morning at 8 and I offered free coffee to commuters. I met so many great people, from all walks of life.

Storefront open studio – Free Coffee!