2012 in Review

2012 has been an excellent year for me.  Let’s recap.

The Institute of Morphoid Research at the Art Gallery of Calgary –  This was an amazing opportunity.  I showed some of the Morphoids in cages, and my ‘documentary,’ Morphopodia.  As an entertaining aside, a friend of mine has a young son who reports having made Morphoid environments in the AGC school when visiting the gallery.  It’s, and I quote, “a triceratops with feathers on it’s butt,” who eats eyeballs and seashells.

The AGC Artist Talk – I did a Q&A Style artist talk on December 6th, about my exhibition.  It was actually a lot of fun.  I quite enjoyed the Q&A style, as it was less formal, meant less prep work for me, and therefore was less stressful to prepare for.  I was excited about it, but not too worried about it, because there’s no subject I know more about than my work.

The New Alberta Contemporaries (at The Esker Foundation) – I felt very privileged to be a part of this exhibition- it was the first exhibition at the Esker Foundation, made up of 44 artists, recent graduates of the 4 schools in Alberta granting arts degrees (ACAD, the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, and the University of Lethbridge).  I also particularly enjoyed the opening, where I had an animatronic bacteriophage that I used to draw people into conversation with me.  (The looks on their faces were priceless….)

The Bacteriophage Dissection – This was a time intensive project, right from the beginning.  In 2011, in the St[art] Residency, I starting building Morphoid innards. It took quite a lot of thought and studio time to develop the structure for the insides and the Dissection.  (Come to think of it, I still need to ‘explain’ everything from that…)

Meet the Morphoids, my show at the Untitled Arts Society, is where I started on the informational panel idea.  I have also used this in the AGC show, and will likely use more in the future.

I’ve been working for the Alberta Society of Artists as their Artistic Coordinator since January 2012.  I’ve learned a ton, met a lot of interesting and wonderful artists, and have worked on quite a few interesting projects.

Also of note this year, is doing the cover of the Hanna History Book and the Centennial (and drinking with my mother and other people in the cemetery), and the launching of the IMR Gift shop.

Up soon (hopefully), goals for 2013!

 

I’m still here!

I apologize that I haven’t been as active on this blog lately, but I have a good excuse!  I have a new job!  I’m working for a local arts group, and it has been quite the learning curve!  It is a really good job for me, and seems like a great fit, but because it’s new, it’s taking me some time and energy to settle into the role. So that’s where most of my energy has been going lately.

I’m working on finding a better sense of balance.  Because the new job is working between home, the office and other places for meetings, etc, I am finding it a bit of a challenge to separate work from studio time from down time.  As a result, my studio practice has been temporarily (*I swear!*) on the back burner (which is a little strange for me).  I will pick it up again soon, but it did happen to happen at a natural time to take a bit of a break, so I don’t feel guilty about it.

And, as timing would have it, I have a show up right now. I’ve probably mentioned it before- it’s called Meet The Morphoids, in the Untitled Art Society’s +15 window in the EPCOR Centre.  The opening was last night.  It wasn’t my usual crowd that went, but I did run into some people I haven’t seen in quite a while, and it was great to talk with them, and to go have a beer.  It was a nice treat.

Anyway, let me see if I have some images of the show on this computer. This is in no way an excuse for you not to go see it. What do you think?