My new studio looks a lot like my old one...just across town.
We're moving to a new home so I've rented a studio at Well Street Art Company. Hope our moving process doesn't take too long - I'm eager to get back to art making!
My new studio looks a lot like my old one...just across town.
Here's the interview that KUAC did of me as this year's poster artist. They did a great job editing!
THERMAL PORTRAITS - is a collaboration made possible by a grant from the UAF Collaborative Arts Council. The exhibit contains life-size portraits taken with a thermal imaging camera and is on display for the month of February 2015 at the Wood Center, UAF campus.
More than 2.1 billion people—nearly 30 percent of the global population—are overweight or obese and this has a $2 trillion annual impact, according to a recent study by McKinsey & Company.1 The Alaska Department of Public Health states that in 2011, 65% of adults in our state were overweight or obese.2 With our collaborative project, we hope to stimulate reflection on the body form by investigating a general relationship between body heat distribution and health. We also wanted to keep it fun and provide visual prompts to enhance the viewing experience.
Thermal images, also known as thermograms, capture the amount of infrared energy emitted, transmitted and reflected by objects. Colors are mapped to the temperature data received by the camera. Colormaps can be changed depending on what you want to highlight.
For this exhibit, photographs were taken using a professional thermal imaging camera. The camera provides jpgs that are 320 x 240 pixels. The JPG artifacts were removed, the color mapping was altered and the images were turned into vector objects and enlarged.
ABOUT THE COLLABORATORS
Jennifer Moss is an instructional designer at UAF eLearning, adjunct faculty, digital and fine artist with an interest in art-science collaboration and education.
Dr. Kriya Dunlap is a biochemist whose research is based around health relevant research models that incorporate the nutritive properties of indigenous foods and the molecular basis by which they combat age and diet related diseases.
Dr. Michael Harris studies the neurobiology and thermoregulation of respiration including the evolution of air-breathing and adaptations to mammalian hibernation. He is using thermal imaging in current investigations related to brown fat reserves in animals.
1 How the world could better fight obesity. (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2014, from http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/eco- nomic_studies/how_the_world_could_better_fight_obesity
2 Obesity Prevention and Control. (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2014, from http://www.dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/Obesi- ty/default.aspx
I'm excited that my painting, 'Caribou Night' was selected for the 2015 KUAC poster! It's quite a honor in Interior Alaska to be chosen as this year's artist.
Fairbanks Daily News Miner article
It was fun to participate in the Limited Edition show at the Bear Gallery in Fairbanks during November. This show was an open cash-n-carry show with all works under 12″ x 12″, what fun! I submitted 5 completely random pieces. Although I will miss them, as they are my friends, I’m happy to say that they have good homes.
All three pieces that I submitted were accepted into the 64th Parallel show at the Bear Gallery this fall. The juror was Dennis Sipiorski, a ceramicist and photographer from Louisiana who likes folk art, animals and Elvis.
These are the pieces I entered:
This month I have a few pieces in this show. It’s a show featuring a few UAF eLearning artists and students who submitted work. It’s in the new Wood Center cafe, Arctic Java. It’s fun to show in a location that gets a lot of traffic.
A couple of my paintings traveled to Washington, D.C. this month for a March 2013 show at the National Science Foundation. I’m really excited to be part of this exhibit and very happy one of my pieces was chosen for the cover of the brochure!
The Fairbanks Downtown Association’s Window Project was unveiled last night and I have two pieces displayed. It was fun to participate in this ephemeral art installation, so different than a gallery show. I really appreciate what the Association has done and continues to do for downtown Fairbanks over the years. Including art in the process of vitalization is so important and it is nice to see the bright colors sprinkled around town.
Artists were asked to give brief presentations of their artist statement throughout the art walk that took place within 10 blocks or so downtown. There was a pretty good crowd despite the rain so we had to use a bullhorn, which, I must admit, was a bit intimidating at first but I can now cross it off my life bucket list!
I found some old Artist Trading Cards (ATC) from the Relik show, back in 2005. I love the idea of these little pieces of traded art that make their way between artists. Every group show should include these! My ATC cards shown here were printed onto transparency papers, sewn onto paper cards and decorated with flashy stick-on gems. They were super fun to make.
I gave this presentation on inspiration and methods for In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire community outreach night at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center in August, 2012.
I have been thinking about affordable art a lot lately as a way to increase beauty in the world. I stumbled upon this kickstarter free art machine project in Chicago and was inspired. I missed the funding period for their project but decided to submit some artwork anyway. I sent them these little guys, who were accepted and are hopefully now hanging on someone’s wall.
A few photos of my corner of the group show. I had 13 pieces total, including a dress made from a smokejumper's parachute.
I’m always inspired by images such as these. I borrow them from my online research, sometimes put them together just to gaze at. I think about all the processes that happen all around us constantly and the organisms that surround us without our awareness. It’s pretty amazing and we think we are such important life forms. Without them – the micro-universes – we would be less than an idea.
I’ve been hoping to run into one of these ART-O-MAT machines after reading about them online nearly ten years ago. I finally did in a random Las Vegas casino – how exciting!! What I really love about this project is the idea of providing a opportunity to own truly affordable art.
ART-O-MATs are cigarette and vending machines from yesteryear refurbished to hold small blocks of wood with visual creations from over 400 artists around the world. Each block costs $5 and is a unique creation. I wish I had taken time to get more but here are the two I purchased:
Each block is wrapped in heavy cellophane and is a standard shape and size with an artist card on back. I wasn’t able to choose exactly which piece, as they are all unique, only the artist.
Artists provided a small preview on the machine representational of the work you get.
It would be so fun to have an ART-O-MAT machine in Fairbanks! I can think of a couple venues where it might be quite successful – on campus (Wood Center or Great Hall), Bear Gallery or Well Street Gallery, maybe even the Blue Loon. I have lots of questions about the reality of hosting a machine, like – could we fill it with Alaskan art, what are startup funds, etc… something to look into and see if anyone might be interested in providing a hosting location. Hm.
How great it is to type in ‘pink painting’ or ‘yellow painting’ into a Google Image search and get pages and pages of this:
industrial textures, a set I created on Flickr.
Texture photos were taken at Pacific Steel and Recycling in Boise, Idaho.
I love collective and collaborative art projects and I love Johnny Cash. Here’s one for a music video of his song ‘Ain’t No Grave’ made entirely of b/w frames that you can re-draw in an online interface.
The frame below was one of my contributions: http://www.thejohnnycashproject.com/