Soledad Salame. Atmospheres in Blue 1 & 2, 2009. Monoprint, silkscreen, solar etching. 25" x 68"
Goya Contemporary is opening two new exhibitions tonight--Soledad Salame's Barcodes, Atmospheres, & Islands, and David Brown's New Works.
There is a reception tonight from 6-8pm at the gallery, which is in the Mill Centre in Hampden at 3000 Chestnut Ave in Studio 214.
I am unfamiliar with David Brown's work, but I know Soledad from when I worked at Gomez Gallery at the Clipper Mill building in Woodberry. Her work is gorgeous in person--usually large scale pieces that are solar etchings or prints on aluminum (these days). It will be great to see her!
The show is up from May 12, 2010 to July 17, 2010.
David Brown, Purple Shape (corner piece), 2009. Enamel on panel. 31" x 55"
Yeah, so we're not going to talk about why I haven't been updating
my blog lately. I'm embarrassed. You all can come up with your own
fantastical reasons, if you wish.
I am excited to announce that I have finally opened up my own jewelry business: Cicada Design. I have opened up shop at Etsy
and I'm applying for some local and regional craft shows. I'm living my
dream! Ha ha. This really has been a passion of mine for years, and
folks, it was only fear that was holding me back. Don't let that stop
you all--learn from my mistake.
Here is some of my work (all images copyright emilie kleiner 2010. Please ask permission before using):
work is low carbon steel and various semi-precious gem stone beads,
except for the last picture, which is a vintage celluloid tatting shuttle.
love to be creative and I know this will fill a huge, gaping hole in my
soul that has been missing since I graduated from college with my art
degree. I'm excited to be on this path and can't wait to make a name
I've been away for a while, due to personal reasons. But now I'm back!
Last Saturday, my friend Jen and I went on a photo walk with a group of photographers in Mt. Vernon. I went to her house last night for an "editing party" and we each selected two images from our walk to enter into the official contest.
Here are my entries:
Image copyright 2009 emilie kleiner
Image copyright 2009 emilie kleiner
Like my cheesy "watermark" in the bottom right corners of each photo? Tee hee hee. These pictures are MINE! I don't remember when the officials decide whose photo moves forward into the national competition, but it's kind of exciting. The grand prize is worth $11,000! I'll keep you posted.
May 15th- June 19th Opening Reception: Friday May 15th, 7 - 9 pm From their blog:
is pleased to present our second exhibition- “Picture Plane.” This show
brings together paintings that combine hard-edged abstraction with a
post-digital return to pictorial space and linear perspective. Equal
parts modernism and classicism, the exhibiting painters are from a
generation that has been influenced by screensavers, vector graphics,
MS Paint, Google maps, and Photoshop. The paintings evince the
pervading luminescence of the computer screen, the digital color
spectrum, and the expanding universe of virtual spaces. Flat,
planar shapes are used as devices to depict scenes void of inhabitants.
These paintings reflect a new, synthesized (perhaps alienated)
perception of the world and how visual information is coded, condensed,
flattened, and transmitted."
I read about seventy-eleven blogs almost everyday, and I came across a very important tidbit of news on Early Bird Special. Unfortunately, a company called Urban Threads has blatantly ripped off designs, instructional demos, and even personality from Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching (who is awesome and someone I admire very much).
Please read the Early Bird Special blog post. She gives a good recap, and links to other blogs that have also reported on the issue. What I am most proud of, regarding the grassroots uprising against dishonest business practices, is the very high level of class with which this is handled in the craft community. Yes, we are outraged, but no one is nasty or hateful. In fact, there is a call for corporations and sole proprietors to work together for the common good of craft.
Show your support for Jenny Hart and Sublime Stitching--visit the web site and buy some patterns! Do NOT buy patterns from Urban Threads! Protest with your wallet and spread the word that stealing ideas from anyone and passing them off as your own is not cool.
Now that this mess has cooled down some, and I've had time to reflect on it, I feel a little silly for a one reason (regarding my blog post): I definitely responded hastily, and out of an emotional and biased place. Once I read about even the possibility of someone being deceitful and trying to ride on the coattails of a crafter who has worked hard to develop her own portfolio and customer base, I flipped. I think that's understandable, but I do wish that I had waited until more details emerged before I posted something for all to see on the blogosphere. Now people are accusing me of possessing a group-think mentality because of my knee-jerk reaction. Yikes!
I don't know how this will all work out. I hope that the truth becomes visible to everyone, but it might not. I reacted so strongly because of my admiration for Jenny (even though I have not met her, that doesn't mean I can't be a huge fan of hers), but also because intellectual property is SO difficult to defend against the ravages of derivative work and all forms of stealing. A person's creative mind is so valuable, and when one takes the time to bring to fruition the beauty that they see, I want to celebrate it. I also want to defend it, even if I end up going against my better judgment and write a frantic blog post.
Best of luck to Jenny and Urban Threads; I hope that they can reach at least a polite understanding of what happened and move forward in a positive direction. It would be really great if this situation could serve an educational purpose for all of us in the art and craft world. I've learned my own lesson about how wildly stories can take off on the internet!
Also, Niamh O'Connor has left a link to her response in the comments section of this blog post. Please take the time to read it.
Impossible Pencil Pin, copyright Connie Verrusio. Image via SmithsonianCraftShow.org
I am beyond excited to be a booth assistant for Connie Verrusio at the Smithsonian Craft Show this weekend! I'll be working Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I can't wait to be surrounded by inspiring craft--I fully expect to network and come back with fabulous ideas and experiences.
Click here to see a wonderful grouping of Connie's work. Some other amazing artists who will be there are Todd Reed, Karen Gilbert, Biba Schutz, Jacqueline Sanchez, Chris Roberts-Antieau, Fritelli & Lockwood, Wendy Stevens, and Brian Becher. For a complete listing, click here.
Here are all the pertinent details:
National Building Museum
Daily Admission $15
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m