Opening tonight at AKA Gallery, 8PM

Opening tonight at AKA gallery in Saskatoon! built to spec, Jordan Schwab/ Structure, Melanie Colosimo

Here’s some photos, excuse the quality, shaky iPad

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Opening tonight at AKA Gallery, 8PM

Happy New Year

Happy New Year all! It’s been a great and productive year! I just added a “Freelance” section to my site under “Other Projects”. I realized that I have more and more side projects on the go these days and thought I should share them. Most recently with the Telegraph Journal this past weekend.

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Things I’m looking forward to in 2013: Show in Saskatoon in September; continuing to work side by side with Ms. Eleanor King¬†at the Anna Leonowens; moving my studio!Image

Happy New Year

lonely hearts

I’m having a hard time being away from all that is familiar to me, which I thought would make losing myself in my work a lot easier.

It’s not.

But yesterday, while the majority of Canada was watching the hockey game, lil’ homesick me locked myself into animating. Here’s the test run for the Lobby Scene in the newly titled, “Alone Now With All Of My Friends”. (You can also find this under animations in the side bar).

The more nostalgic I get about home and my life there, the more detailed and invested in this piece I get. It’s no longer about a man who lost his wife and has given up on the outside world. It’s about figuring out that feeling of being stuck, and looking back on something instead of looking forward. I get lost in my head far too much in this place… maybe that’s good, but it’s also melted the ice queen.

lonely hearts

Sweetest Little Thing and settling back in

Every year, the Owens Art Gallery along with Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts Centre, host a fabulouso party/fundraiser at the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick. The evening includes a silent auction of works from members and past exhibitors from across the globe, along with a Cake walk, door prizes, a dance party and many more little events to make your little heart skip a beat. I just finished my piece that I’m sending along in the post this afternoon. Be sure to keep checking http://www.strutsgallery.ca for more details and how to bid online. Here’s a link to an adorable YouTube video that sums up the event quite nicely:

Diorama made from the pieces of "Treding Water"

I’ve been working on this piece from home, since I’ve been moving my studio. I’m all moved in and just getting into making friends with my new space. Today, I want to continue working on the Bike Lady animation. My pal Tokio Webster came by the other night and dropped a killer rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” for the soundtrack. Here’s some pics of the space:

Sweetest Little Thing and settling back in

what’s this reality business?

The last 3 weeks have been ram jammed with delights. While in Stilesville, I probably gained 5lbs on mom’s cooking and delicious dinners, watched the cat try and take the tree down everyday and I barely left the four walls of the surround sound, unlimited HD movie cage that is my parents den. Movies seem to be my biggest motivator to get work done, (especially movies that air on the DIVA channel). So I locked on and got another street scene (almost) done for my 10 speed lady biker animation. ( you can click on the image to make it bigger… but of course, you already knew that).

This is part of Willow street. I used to live here. The header of this blog is one of the other scenes, Lawrence St. These are all places I used to live or am just plain nostalgic for, and I’m not sure if it’s relevant to this new piece or not. The character in the story is an interesting, mid 40s – early 50s woman, who I’ve been seeing around Sandwich Towne, in Windsor. She bikes by my place a lot, or I pass by her while I bike to my own destinations. She has a bad, blond, dye job, and smokes cigarettes she keeps in the waist band of her oh so revealing short yellow shorts. She has a pimped out bike. A wire basket in back and a portable stereo, circa 1997, tied to the handle bars, so you can hear her coming before you can see her.

Now why am I taking this lady from Sandwich Towne and placing her in Halfiax? Part of me thinks it’s because I still haven’t been able to separate the two, even though I am constantly comparing them. It’s the same with Sackville, NB, where I schooled and lived for almost 5 years. Perhaps location isn’t important to me, but what goes on there is. You meet the same kinds of people everywhere you go, or versions of them at least. These locations are also overlapping. Moncton (Stilesville), Sackville NB, Halifax and Windsor. I have strong ties in all of these places and although I might be technically living in one, I still feel like I’m living in the others too. It’s as though I am living several different tales simultaneously, playing a different role in each. (I’ve been reading Auge’s Oblivion).

Last week I boarded the bus to Halifax to sleep on couches, and remind my body that it doesn’t like staying up until dawn every night. I probably lost the 5lbs I gained from being home. This past week wrapped up 2009 better than I hoped, and I won’t be surprised if it changes the emotional approach I take to making work. I’m counting down the days until I find myself back in the north end.

I’m back in Stilesville now, and after 15 hrs of sleep and two loads of laundry, I’ve taken over the dinning room table. I am determined to have this 10 Speed animation complete before I board my flight in Halifax, back to reality, Thursday afternoon.

I also used to love train stations. They made me think of adventure and now they just make me sad.

Oh there goes the power…

what’s this reality business?

if the tooth fairy comes tonight, i’m taking you out for dinner.

In dreams:

Buildings: Stand for the imaginative or creative potential of the dreamer. If they are collapsing, it could mean the dreamer is losing sight of their ambitions.

Losing Teeth: one of the most common dreams. Can mean a fear of embarrassment, or an over exaggeration of worries and desires.

Thanks Google.

Here it is, so far… 5 ft x 2.5 ft.

if the tooth fairy comes tonight, i’m taking you out for dinner.