Thursday, June 17, 2010


Terry Fox, Resurrectine, 2007

The Junky Styling Wardrobe Surgery is an extension of Resurrectine, a fantastic exhibition at the Ronald Feldman Gallery. I spent a good hour again yesterday checking it out. The exhibition has been extended by a month to July 23 so do see it. I don't have images for two of my favourite works but I'm going back on Saturday to say goodbye to Annika and Kerry so will get photos of them then. In the meanwhile, I adore the things I've included here.

The artists include:
Udi Aloni, Elaine Angelopoulos, Eleanor Antin, Cory Arcangel, Ina Archer, Kenseth Armstead, Conrad Atkinson, Brandon Ballengeé, Guy Ben-Ner, Sanford Biggers, Chris Burden, Luca Buvoli, Nick Cave, Gordon Cheung, Sue Coe, Liz Cohen, Brody Condon, Keith Cottingham, Chris Doyle, eteam (Franziska Lamprecht & Hajoe Moderegger), Alessandra Exposito, Roy Ferdinand, Terry Fox, Yishay Garbasz, Rico Gatson, George Gittoes, Leon Golub, Brent Green, Jane Hammond, Kelly Heaton, Christine Hill, Shih-Chieh Huang, Junky Styling (Annika Sanders & Kerry Seager), Peggy Jarrell Kaplan, Suzanne Lacy, Deborah Lawrence, Jae Rhim Lee, Ellen Levy, Jane Marsching, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, David McDevitt, Lori Nix, David Opdyke, Pepón Osorio, Sarah H. Paulson, Frank Perrin, William Pope L, Erika Roth, Christy Rupp, Jason Salavon, Alan Scarritt, Dread Scott, Andrew Sendor, Marie Sester, Paul Shambroom, Todd Siler, Eve Sussman and Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson, Mark Tribe, Mark Wagner, Carrie Mae Weems, Hannah Wilke.

From the press release:
The Feldman Gallery will present Resurrectine, a large-scale group show of more than fifty artists. The selection of artworks embraces the notion of transformation – the creative act of taking form, appearance, nature, character, or meaning, and making it new again. The title of the exhibition is based on the name of the fictive elixir which restores life as imagined by Raymond Roussel in his 1914 novel Locus Solus and “rebottled” by the conceptual artist Terry Fox in 2007.
Resurrectine, the exhibition, is a guide to the always changing possibilities of language, signifying a rebirth and an expansion or narrowing of language, which in turn is linked to the visions of artists. In the spirit of the fanciful conceit of Roussel’s potion, the theme introduces new ways of thinking and the power of creativity.

As a form of time travel, the artworks incorporate contradictions: a low budget home video reenacts Moby Dick; a Medieval painting of the Resurrection becomes a video game; a flash animation combines the looting of Iraq’s antiquities with 3-Card Monte; trees inhabit libraries and museums exhibit human taxidermies; a mirror transforms the viewer’s reflection into that of Andy Warhol; doilies are stained with menstrual blood and Audubon prints are productively vandalized. We are also engaged by the invention of nursing, fallen angels, a parent’s footsteps to a concentration camp, remembered spaces, the story of the Black film industry, escapes from death, Old Masters reborn, a Cheshire Cat, apocalypse management, a living electronic painting, reenacted famous protest speeches, and dozens of other resurrectines. Resurrectine is a state of mind, and multi views have been welcomed.

Special thanks to Sean Elwood, Director of Artists Programs, Creative Capital.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00. Monday by appointment.
31 Mercer Street, New York, New York 10013
212 226-3232 fax 212 941-1536

Rico Gatson, Angela, 2007

Kenseth Armstead, Spook poster Jamie Foxx, 2010Dread Scott, Triangle Shirt Waist, 2001

Rogan and Loomstate sample sale

Sorry to miss this; Finland beckons in three days!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Junky Styling - Wardrobe Surgery

Annika and Kerry from Junky Styling are here! From today until Saturday they have a pop-up shoppy thing at the Ronald Feldman Gallery as part of Resurrectine, an exhibition I'd highly recommend. You can take an old garment for consultation, and Annika and Kerry will perform their magic to resurrect it. The details are:

Ronald Feldman Gallery
31 Mercer Street
New York NY 10013
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Resurrectine provides an amazing surrounding for Wardrobe Surgery, and I'll try post about it later in the week. What a week this is turning into...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Julian Roberts & J.R. Campbell NYC workshops 11-12 June 2010

Firstly, to those 1265 of you waiting on me to respond to emails etc. I am so very sorry. I am currently doing about three full-time jobs' worth of work (in fact, about to head to the office on a Sunday morning) while dealing with the excruciating stress of being far away from a very sick grandmother and a very sick sister. I will be with both in a week, still hoping for a different trip to my last in October 2008. Anyhow, all will be up-to-date within two weeks or so. Not good enough in so many respects but this is how it is.

Yesterday and Friday were a fantastic break from some of the above; I left the workshops with Julian Roberts and J.R. Campbell inspired and reinvigorated. Thank you both, and thank you Sandy Ericson from Center for Pattern Design for organising, Matthew Stewart from Kent State University NY Studio for looking after everyone and Rachel Poulter for the constant encouragement and help. If Julian is coming to a town near you over the next month, attend! Sandy has the details; it seems Ryerson is already sold out so folks in Vancouver and St Helena, get in quick!

Cutting to the chase, here are my photos from the two days:

I want all of these posters:

View from Julian's living room:
My notes:

Some of Julian's teaching tools:
What Julian prepared earlier:
What Sandy prepared earlier:
Printed fabric by J.R. Campbell, sewn into a tube with a black and white stripe fabric. Leave one end of the tube open.
The man in action:

My play after Julian's demo; thank you Shelley for helping out with fabric! Of course I couldn't resist making a non-subtraction zero-waste subtraction dress (I used slashes instead of cutting out circles to make the tunnel). I will eventually unpick the garment, take a proper pattern and share on here; mine was made with three holes:

My colleague Yvonne Watson working with Sandy on her dress and the beautiful result:

Photos from the show and tell; congratulations to all:

Julian and J.R. showing the tube; pattern by Julian, textile design by J.R.; J.R. with the finished dress:

Some of my textile play. I'm working on something for the 2010 International Fashion Art Biennale in Seoul; this was kind of a quick hybrid of that and Julian's pattern:

Sydney September 2010 dust storm meets Julian Roberts:

Give it a go!

To finish off, the most beautiful off-cuts I've seen: