Sketchbook Project 2018

It’s been three years since I last participated in the Sketchbook Project. In the meantime, my drawing styles have evolved and I’ve finally moved to New York, so it seemed like a good time to do another sketchbook.

The last sketchbook was an overview of my markmaking and how it was affected by my forays into coding; this time around I decided to focus my sketchbook on a particular style. Lately I’ve been using a technique that builds on itself in “quadrants” (video here) to develop rhythm and work larger.

Each page will follow a certain set of rules within the quadrant style. I’m planning to add the rules for each spread on the drawings at the end of the project as well:

Here’s some progress shots:

The sketchbook will be digitized after it’s submitted to Brooklyn Art Library.

Inside-Out Gallery: “Roots of Innovation in Somerville”

The theme for this year’s ArtBeat festival in Davis Square is “Roots”, and Artisan’s Asylum was asked to do a thematic installation for the gallery space in the windows of the CVS in Davis Square to be on during the festival. We decided on a theme of “Roots of industry in Somerville”, showing examples of work currently made by Asylum members as well as images of industry historically in Somerville. My main contribution, aside from coordination, was to create a huge collaborative map that took up the entire back of one window.
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Eyeo Show & Tell

I presented my work at the Eyeo Festival’s show & tell sessions today, focusing on the way that expanding my practice to animation and Processing has fed back into my traditional media artwork.

Download my EYEO 2015 show and tell slides as a PDF

Some animations from my talk:

Sketchbook Show at the Nave Annex

I have four sketchbook pages in the Sketchbook Show at the Nave Annex in Davis Square, Somerville. The opening reception is Friday, January 9th from 6-8pm and the show runs through January 31st. It’s a really interesting look into how very different artists approach their process, and I recommend checking it out if you’re in the area!

More information, including gallery hours, is on the Nave’s website here.

Here’s what my sketchbook pages look like in situ:

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Solo exhibit in Brookline this month

I have about 20 pieces in an exhibition at The Picture Place, a gallery and frame shop at 320A Harvard St in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. The reception will be Friday, December 5th from 7-10pm, and will include a drop-in collaborative drawing project— guests can come and see the work, and then get creative with map marks of their own.

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UPDATE: While the show was slated to be on til December 27th, the owner decided to take it down early. Thanks to everyone who came to see it while it was up!

Imaginary Mapmaking workshop at Parts & Crafts

I will be teaching another workshop for kids this Saturday November 8 at Parts and Crafts (577 Somerville Ave) from 1-3pm. I’ll have some of my sketches and inspirations handy, as well as lots of materials to get creative with mapmaking!

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From Parts & Crafts:

A map-making workshop like you’ve never seen it before, pairing fractals, biology, the patterns of cells and neurons with worlds of our own devising. Hosted by Emily Garfield, a local artist specializing in cartography and flights of fancy. Come for open shop, stay for the workshop!

The class is $25, or $15 for Parts & Crafts members; register here to attend.

Parts and Crafts events are geared towards kids 7-12 years old.

MIT Mini Maker Faire

Last weekend I spent Saturday at MIT’s first Mini Maker Faire. The event couldn’t support sales, but after talking about it I realized that would be a good opportunity to do a collaborative/interactive project. I have a few ideas for digital interactive projects that have been rattling around in my mind for a while, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time or expertise to complete them in time for the event so I went low-tech.

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I brought a big piece of drawing paper and a variety of markers and crayons and just invited visitors to help me make a map. It was a super simple setup but people got surprisingly into it.

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We had a range of skill levels, scales and styles, but it came together! I spent a lot of my time at the table drawing map bits around everyone’s contributions, even the text ones. I’m not sure I would call the whole thing a map but I think people had fun contributing to it and it looks pretty cool all together!

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CSArt Project Completion

(My biggest project of the summer was CSArt—I’ve shared more about the project and work-in-progress updates here and here)

Last week was the CSArt Harvest Party, where collectors who bought shares could pick up their bags full of 9 different original artworks. It was fun to meet some of the shareholders and to see the other artists again after we’d been working hard on our projects for so long. I’m most excited to see my pieces all together!

Once I finished all 50, we scanned them and put them up on a page of this site here:

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Individually, each is a unique map of an imagined place, but since I drew all the roads to connect to the next piece in the series, when they’re all together it’s a very different object. There are islands and shapes that crop up between adjoining maps that I didn’t even anticipate. Go explore at that link to see more!

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CSArt Project Progress

I’m back from my summer travel and finishing up my CSArt project! The project is to complete 50 artworks in a series, to be individually packaged and distributed in “shares” with artworks from the 9 other participating artists. The format is based on Community Supported Agriculture, but for art!

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My project is a set of 50 ink/watercolor and pen maps, all individually made but with the same principles of design. It’s a style I haven’t been using in a while (see this and this for the kind I used to draw) and it’s been fun to explore what works and what doesn’t. The drawings are also all linked; the roads leading off the first drawing connect onto the beginning of the next drawing, and so on.

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Each share will have one numbered drawing, but collectors will be able to visit my site to see their drawing and where it fits in the line of linked drawings. I can’t wait to see what they look like all together :)

Shares are available for purchase through the CCAE website: ccae.org/csart

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Also, stay tuned for the next blog post: photos from my trip to ICELAND!