Monday, November 23, 2009

Julia #5

For this piece I hand stitched a lyric from a Gillian Welch song that I've always liked the meaning of.

I just met up with Liz and Amanda and I feel re-excited about the project. I hope you all do too!

Monday, October 5, 2009

sabrina's #2

sorry this is soo late!
this was phase 2.

the cat helpd me paint.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Julia #4

Yarn, thread, a small magazine clipping.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Liz, 3

My third piece arrived with Amanda's sun and clouds and Julia's rain. It was clean, graphic, and horizontal. I tried to stay in keeping with this idea by adding a drawing of row houses.

Here is my inspiration:

Some preliminary drawings I worked on:

The finished piece:

Going backwards... Liz's 2nd piece

I had been nervous about how I was going to approach working on someone else's piece, but when I received Julia's original I was really at a loss. It was so pristine and perfect, the thought of throwing off this delicate balance she created kind of freaked me out. After much deliberation, I finally decided I would add texture but not much else. In keeping with my neighborhood idea (and actually sticking with the church), I used the holes Julia made as a grid for sewing in a mini--minimalist-church. This is what came out of it:

Also, wanted to share what the church actually looks like:

Going backwards... Liz's 1st piece

I know the more recent iterations of my piece #1 have been posted, but I thought for record-keeping purposes, I should show it. It's an ink drawing based on an actual creepy looking church in my neighborhood (plus a stormy gouache-wash) My idea going into this project was to contribute my view of where I live (Greenpoint, Brooklyn). I only moved here fall of last year, but I was/am so charmed by its architecture and cinematic quality. I thought it made sense to present something local and unique to a project relating to geography and point of view.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lily's #3

this piece had many layers of paper glued together. with the rolling and unrolling it was having some issues so i sewed the layers together on the sewing machine.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Adie 3

OMG what. What? This is crazy. I was the white paint-- mostly just the white ground and the tree-forms. Oh, and I did some collaged paper on the ground too.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pete Hubbard's thoughts on Collaborative Painting

I thought this was interesting:

(Click forward to see a painting's 16-step progress)

Adie's Phase 2 of Sabrina's Phase 1

I spent hours staring at Sabrina's piece, just trying to decide what to do. Here's the result. Acrylic flowers and leaves and stuff. Then I changed her deer head color a bit. I'm not wild about my stage, so I'll be happy to see it change again in a couple weeks. :)

And here are our layered signatures on the back:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


piece 2.2

sabrina to adie. ny to chi. #1

I was inspired to do this while surrounded in a pile of change from my day of tips at work. I wanted to play with the idea of what kind of emotional interest would go into making everyone work on and destroy the actual money. . .as opposed to using it for some sort of good like food or bills. 
28 dollar bills, glue, water,  color pencil, and a series of clip art images brought this piece into fruition . . .


My phase 1

this is my phase one. phase 2 will be uploaded tomorrow after sleep.

this image is a stencil of a bird head: spraypaint, spraypaint, spraypaint.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

lily's phase 2

Lily's phase 2
on to Adie's first piece.

lily's phase 1

Here is a photo of my phase 1.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Adie's Stage 1

Here's what I did for my first piece. I worked in acrylic. It's on blue paper. I wanted to make something that I thought other people could work off of (or into, or over) and interpret in many different ways. There's no right-side-up, I just picked a direction for the photo. I'm excited to see what happens with it!

From what I've seen, it seems everyone is working so differently, and seeing the project differently. It's so fascinating to see what you're all coming up with. I hope to see more images up on the blog soon!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Julia post

So, this is what I did for my starter piece. I chose this color, chartreuse, because it's my favorite color and I like to surround myself with it. My bedroom in my apartment is painted this color and many of the things I put in it are as well. I wanted this piece to feel like home. I was thinking about the contrast between my life in NYC and a domestic one, which I fantasize about sometimes. I was thinking about needle point and things I associate with being a housewife. I made a grid of pinholes for this piece to simultaneously represent the ridged, industrial aspect of the city and also create a blank canvas for my fantasy life as a housewife.
(some of the holes look sparkley in this photo. it's some sort of effect from the camera. there are no sparkles, they're all pinholes)

This is the piece I got from Amanda, and I added more pinholes here. I wanted to stick with my original medium, at least for the time being. I decided to interpret her work as an abstract representation of clouds and sun. I made it rain.

Click images to enlarge

Monday, July 27, 2009

Nick Bantock

An artist who has been very influential on my life and art: Nick Bantock, famous for his Griffin and Sabine series. (Liz introduced me to his work about... 10 years ago?) His art and books are often mail-themed. If you've never heard of him, check out the website. If you've never read Griffin and Sabine, go sit at Borders for a couple hours and read them-- you're in for a treat.

Nick Bantock
Tiny purple star in the upper right corner.