September Pop-up Art Studio, Open to the Public

Clothing Rubbing: Group Blocks: Study in wax crayon, 2019
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I’m so excited to receive a New Work Grant from The Queens Council on the Arts! I’ll be doing a 1 month pop-up/open studio in the heart of Jackson Heights. I’ll create a new body of work and after a month, have a show at my beloved cafe Espresso 77. Should be interesting! Maybe you will swing by and give me some feedback?
 
This project is 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.
 
Below is the proposal I submitted: 
During the month of September, the artist will: 

– Create a dozen new works, extending his practice.

– Actively engage with local organizations (eg. The 82nd Street BID, The Renaissance School).

– Encourage passers-by to come in and provide feedback.

– Invite guest artists to work alongside him.

– Host weekly events in the evening. 

– Strive to be collaborative and inclusive.

He hopes that this project will strengthen the creative fabric of his community. At the end of the pop-up, the resulting work will be exhibited at Espresso 77, a local cafe. 

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

Atmosphere, 2019

Clothing Sculpture: Atmosphere (in case), 2019 | Photo by YC Lam
Atmosphere (in case), 2019
Atmosphere (in case), 2019 | Photo by YC Lam
Atmosphere (in case, detail), 2019 | Photo by YC Lam
Atmosphere (in case, detail), 2019 | Photo by YC Lam
Atmosphere (landscape), 2019
Atmosphere (landscape), 2019
Atmosphere (portrait), 2019
Atmosphere (portrait), 2019

This sculpture was created for The 13th Central & Western District Festival in Hong Kong. The sculpture was installed on the sidewalk, in a glass case with integrated lighting. Swire Properties partnered with the Central and Western District Office and NGO Redress to hold a three-week clothing drive at 20 locations in the district. The goal was to connect people and inspire them to be more sustainable in their day-to-day choices.

This work is context aware and site-responsive. The colors were inspired by the sunsets which can be enjoyed at the harbor and from the upper floors of the tall buildings. To express the vibrancy, excitement and even chaos of Central, I flip-flopped and reshuffled the colors of the sunset, which for me, is how Central feels: colorful, dynamic and full of contrast.” 

Size: 
8′ x 2′ x 2′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood and steel.

Garment Paintings, 2019

Garment Paintings, 2019
Garment Paintings, 2019
Garment Paintings, 2019

I created this drawing to work out ideas for wall works. The garments and scraps will be stretched on frames, painted, dipped,flocked etc..

Size: 
9″ x 12″ (H x W)

Materials:
140 lb. watercolor block paper & wax pencil

Clothing Stack Clamp Dispersal, 2017-19

Clothing Sculpture Drawing: Clamp Study, 2017-19
Clamp Study, 2017-19
Clamp Study, 2017-19

Here I explore the idea of compressing second-hand clothing between plywood blocks, held in place by bar clamps.

Size: 
9″ x 12″ (H x W)

Materials:
140 lb. watercolor block paper & wax pencil

Night Sky, 2016 – Photographic Print Installed

Clothing Sculpture Photo: Night Sky, 2016 with Italian Collector Giorgia Lera.
Night Sky, 2016 with Italian Collector Giorgia Lera.
Night Sky, 2016 with Italian Collector Giorgia Lera.

It was such a pleasure this past year to work with the new Italian collector Giorgia Lera. This is the first photo I’ve had printed and mounted on Dibond Panel. As you can see, we went big! It sits in Giorgia’s office, right by her desk. She is an aerospace engineer so we are in very good company. Thank you Giorgia!

New Drawings for 2019

Clothing Sculpture: Clamp Study, 2017-19
Clothing Assemblages

Clothing assemblages wrapped on panels (OK, maybe there is a wig in the first one!).

Empty Gestures, 2019
Empty Gestures, 2019

Ideas for outdoor sculptures that explore the idea of marking, directing, instructing… but lacking meaning.

All works graphite on Arches watercolor block paper, 9″ x 12″.

Print Love!

GQ, Russia, No. 7, 2010-11

I was so busy with shows when some of these came out, I never managed to share them. Thank you GQ, Complex, Brutus and Textiel Plus for the exposure! It was a pleasure to work with you.

GQ, Russia, No. 7, 2010-11
GQ, Russia, No. 7, 2010-11
Complex Magazine, May, 2011
Complex Magazine, May, 2011
Brutus Magazine, June, 2006
Brutus Magazine, June, 2006
Textiel Plus, Summer, 2015
Textiel Plus, Summer, 2015

All is Actually Each, 2018

Clothing Sculpture: All is Actually Each, 2018 (side d)

All is Actually Each, 2018

This work, along with 2 others, was commissioned by Eileen Fisher. All the garments (approximately 800 lbs. in this piece) came from Renew, Eileen Fisher’s take-back and reuse program. They preserve the value of their clothes at every stage, in any condition. The garments are cleaned, repaired and re-sold, given to women in need and used to create new garments, textiles and art. This piece was installed in the Seattle, University Village store and will be on display for a year or so. After that, the garments will go back into the Renew program to be turned into something else.

With casters and an eye hook attached to the base, this piece can be rolled from one part of the store to another. This strategy harkens back to a piece I created for The University of Maryland in 2010 called Social Mobility.

Approximate Size:
7′ x 28′ x 28′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood, steel & casters

All is actually each (detail), 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”

All is actually each (detail), 2018
(after Aldous Huxley)
7’ x 28” x 28”

More about this in the Blog.

Separating Being From Becoming, 2018

Clothing Sculpture: Separating being from becoming, 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”
Clothing Sculpture: Separating being from becoming, 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”

This work, along with 2 others, was commissioned by Eileen Fisher. All the garments (approximately 800 lbs. in this piece) came from Renew, Eileen Fisher’s take-back and reuse program. They preserve the value of their clothes at every stage, in any condition. The garments are cleaned, repaired and re-sold, given to women in need and used to create new garments, textiles and art. This piece was installed in the Detroit store and will be on display for a year or so. After that, the garments will go back into the Renew program to be turned into something else.

With casters and an eye hook attached to the base, this piece can be rolled from one part of the store to another. This strategy harkens back to a piece I created for The University of Maryland in 2010 called Social Mobility.

Approximate Size:
7′ x 28′ x 28′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood, steel & casters

Note: The tile was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s book, The Doors of Perception.

More about this in the Blog.