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!

Wearing Others

Wearing Others
Wearing Others
Wearing Others

Size: 10″ x 7″

Materials: Notebook paper & pencil

This is based on a dream I had where I was standing in an earthen pit, a bit deeper than I am tall. Behind me stood my father. Behind him, his father. Behind him, his father. I am lucky to have known them all. I think it was implied in the dream image that the line went on forever and that I was only momentarily at the front. But actually, I do not have children, so I am the end of the line.

Drift, 2011

Clothing Sculpture: Drift, 2011 (from street)

The clothing is sorted by color and arranged in the order of the spectrum. The piece starts and ends with blue, which forms the bottom and top layer, visible from inside the gallery. The clothing is rolled into whorls and layered, forming colorful striations viewable from the street. Both exposed cross-sections hover 12 inches before the storefront window. The design is inspired by the cross-section of various natural forms including snow drifts, swelling waves and rock faces.

This piece was created as a special project for the show: ”No Waste” at Columbia College, Chicago, IL. It would have never happened without the persistence of the curator Arti Sandhu and the gallery director Jennifer Murray. We had some hoops to jump through, one of them being the sourcing of 2.5 tons of clothing. USAgain, a national textile recycling company, rose to the occasion. Thanks to Rasham Grewal for believing in the project. Once we had the 2.5 tons, Columbia sent over an engineer and a fire warden. In the end, we got the green light, but not before they reinforced the gallery floor from w/in the basement. 4 days and about 50 helpers later (thanks Caroline Ross and Nicole Kurily!), the piece was done.

We created a companion piece together. You can see that here.

Approximate Size:
8.5′ x 17′ x 8.5′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
5,000 pounds of second-hand clothing, wood & hardware

Drift Companion, 2011

Clothing Sculpture: Drift Companion, 2011

This corner sculpture is a companion piece to Drift from the same year. Drift was created with the assistance of students at Columbia College, Chicago, where it was installed. The design of Drift did not utilize any monochromatic clothing. At the end of the installation, my assistants were unhappy about that, feeling like a sort of injustice had occurred. I suggested they create their own piece with the monochromatic clothing. In the end, a compromise was reached whereby I designed this piece and they fabricated it with some assistance. We were all really happy with the result.

Approximate Size:
5′ x 5′ x 5′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Approximately 150 pounds of monochromatic second-hand clothing