I have received all of my art supplies from storage back east and it is now time to incorporate them into some new pieces! While modifying the old. Particularly thinking about incorporating my Teabag Reuse Project and Full Circle: rebirth of a tree projects with my paper and muslin shirts.
In 2006 when I came up with the answer to a question of what to do with all the paper piling up in my apartment I had no idea it would turn into an eight year (and counting) project. None. But it has and my Tree is at a crossroads, or rather a cross-country adventure. You see my Tree has been removed from its outdoor home. The one it has been in/on for the last five years. Just recently it had been lifted off the ground, taken in-doors to dry and packaged carefully to make its journey and enter into the next stage of its life.
So until my Tree comes back to me I have many photos for you to view. See what wood will do when sitting outside underneath cement after a polar vortex and several years of turbulent northeastern weather.
Check out the video that accompanies the above photos. Taken the same day.
Friday, February 21, 2014 will be five years that my Tree will have been outside in northern New Jersey. Which at the moment is being pounded by Mother Nature. She is constantly dumping snow down upon it. But that is winter in the north-east.
This year I have a special plan for my Tree. It involves an idea that the backyard owner (where my Tree is) and my idea combined. I, like all of you will be attending the ceremony from a distance. As always there will be photographs and hopefully a video. There will be another move for my Tree and perhaps a digging out if it is covered by a foot or more of snow.
The life (yes it has taken on a life of its own) of my Tree will continue on and involve the USPS for delivery. Oops I let a little of the plan out! Yes this year marks the fifth anniversary outside and the eighth year of its existence, but it will be living on in more than images.
So until the celebratory post lets take a look back ….
I just signed up to participate in Fun-A-Day. For the month of January you make one creative project every day. And then in February there is a group show! A great way to stay creative and/or work on ideas (this is the case for me). For this I am going to keep working on my experiments in glue. Thinking small-scale, possible a few 3D pieces and a mobile. Let’s see what I get done!
There are locations all over the country and in one in the UK. So find one near you so you can keep those creative juices flowing. Who knows, we may end up in a show together! https://www.facebook.com/FunADayReseda?ref=stream
One week before the end of October a postcard I made from poster board, magazine cutouts and glue was mailed to Florida. I donated it to a charity show in Orlando. It is part of the #twitterartexhibit.
Here is a link to the piece on the tumblr site for the show. It has a lovely picture of my piece. http://twitterartexhibit.org/post/66283457400/thanks-amy-bauer-amybauerdesigns-for-sending#notes Follow along and view the art online! Or if you are going to be or are in Florida below is the information about the show.
Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando
Benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes
Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 6-9PM
Show runs March 20 – April 11, 2014
CityArts Factory, Magic Gallery | Orlando, Florida, USA
My experiments in glue continue. Below are two more in my 3″ x 3″ series. I am also working on a larger scale of 8″ x 8″ and have finished one of 4″ x 6″ (can any one say postcard!). The use of paper has morphed into fabric. Currently the pieces either involve fabric or paper, but not both. This may change in the future for I have some splendid ideas. I also have a few ideas which involve torso scale installations. For now enjoy the two images below.
Two pieces of my artwork (Uplift & Sideways seen here – https://amybauerart.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/self-inspiring/) were accepted into ‘Germinate’. A show for the Women’s Caucus for Art – NY Chapter being held at Boricua College (3755 Broadway, New York, NY) until Thursday, June 27 by appointment only. Please contact me via my website (http://www.amybauerdesigns.com/contact.html) if you would like to view the work.
Drying right now in the home studio and will be on display (& for sale!) next Sunday, I present three experiments in glue:
Oh did I mention that these three were inspirational to me? I started another piece which is much larger, 8″x10″ (lol), which in turn inspired an idea for an installation. Unfortunately there isn’t enough time to create this idea in time for the art show (Sunday, May 19 noon to 6pm 333 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ – Closing Studio Party https://www.facebook.com/events/479697495433104/), but the above pieces and A LOT more will be there. Hopefully you will be too.
A piano is covered, but we mustn’t forget the inspirational tree. My Tree and I live further apart than ever, so I reached out to the owner of the yard it resides in to get an update. As expected all is grand and there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference since the February four year’s outside celebration. Take a look, let me know if you agree with me.
Apologies for the long delay in posting. I am working on a deadline (or a drop dead date as some would say) with time restrictions. Normally not a problem, but I’ve got something called a day job that can get a bit in the way. Even so I prevail and will conquer!
Since the last post where I shared my reaction to excitement I have begun working on a piano. I was given an upright piano to work on. Well it wasn’t given to me, it is in a studio location where I get to work (during specific times) on it. I happily would have taken any of the pianos and am still super excited about this project. It is coming out fantastically. Not exactly as I planned, for nothing does, but possibly better. I am using vintage music books (bought online), shredding the pages inside of them (which my mother cringed at the thought), and am applying them to the piano. Oh and I primed and painted the piano first. Why? The primer and paint were free, I hadn’t ordered the music books yet, and as a former piano painter said it is a good way to get to know your piano.
When it is done it will be on display in NYC (will share location information when I find out!) for the first two weeks of June. So if you can play piano come out and if you cannot play piano come out to take a look and listen!
Here are some pictures of my progress so far.