• AHA! Three Epiphanies in San Francisco

    I had the pleasure of participating in AHA last Thursday (March 19, 2015) with old friends and new friends in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco at The Lab, where I demonstrated my harmonograph and 100 harmonographic drawings.  This experience reinvigorated my faith in art practice as a viable way to carve a path towards a kinder and more mindful future.

    VIDEO/PHOTO credit: Jared Scheib (#DRMA #realitysurf http://reality.surf)

    VIDEO/PHOTO credit: Jared Scheib (#DRMA #realitysurf http://reality.surf)

    AHA brought together artists to create a night of sound art, video art, performance art and visual art in a unique and collaborative way to meditate on the notion of epiphany.  Rather than organizing an event around an exhibition like traditional art shows, this event was the exhibition.

    This show was organized by (photo from left to right) Anjelica Colliard, Caity Ballister, Jim Jameth, Monique Islam, and Caitlyn Grams, a collective of creative and progressive Bay Area women who seek to illuminate emerging and underrepresented local artists.

    Photo credit: Monique Islam http://monikita.tumblr.com/

    Photo credit: Monique Islam http://monikita.tumblr.com/

    During the process of setting up, showing, and taking down our work (which was about 24 hours total), I thought a lot about the nature of permanence and transience in art practice and how all this adds up to moments of epiphany and action.

    I had three moments of epiphany after the end of the show.

    1.  ART CREATES CHANGE

    A day before the show, we realized that the AHA event had to revolve around the production for another art event on the following month — for a group show with the much more well-known artist, Ai Weiwei.  At the time, working around Ai Weiwei’s use of The Lab’s space was a huge headache and forced us to use the space in an unintended way.

    But WOW, us twenty-somethings with nothing more than a vision and a space showed our work where the world-renowned Ai Weiwei will show a few weeks later.  After the show, I did a little research on Ai Weiwei’s work.

    My first epiphany was brought about by looking at Ai Weiwei’s work: artists create important dialogues about society which have the potential to bring about real change. If you have any doubts about this bold assertion, please watch this documentary about Ai Weiwei. He is an inspiring artist and fearless human being.

    2. THE IMPORTANCE OF SPACES AND STATES OF MIND

    The AHA event and my trip as a whole to the Bay Area made me realize that I NEED to be in there to grow as an artist and business person. The City makes me feel alive, creative, and bold.  There is so much change happening in the Bay Area. It would be a shame to not be a part of it by staying in the hot hot heat of Los Angeles.

    During my trip, I experienced two very distinct groups of twenty-somethings: the struggling artists and the young urban professionals who unknowingly kick them out of San Francisco.  Just as a preface: I  don’t want to use this article to discuss the moral and social dilemmas of gentrification because there is so much already written about it.  Instead, as someone who identifies as both as an artist and a businessperson I have come to the realization that I need to think critically about my role in the Bay Area.  There’s always this dilemma between making money and pursuing creative projects.  But this time, I have a plan.

    That counts as an epiphany, right?  Now for action: Bay Area here I come!

    My Artist Friends and I

    Me and my freakshow artist friends. Photo taken by my yuppy friend, of course. Love you Kathryn!


    3. KEEP ON MOVING

    I have always instinctually known that the path of towards self-realization and success as an artist is difficult one.  I constantly hear advice like “Don’t be an artist, your life will suck” or “You are being so idealistic. You suck.” My advice to other artists is this: Ignore the advice and keep moving. Only you have your best interest in mind.
    VIDEO/PHOTO: Jared Scheib (#DRMA #realitysurf http://reality.surf)

    VIDEO/PHOTO credit: Jared Scheib (#DRMA #realitysurf http://reality.surf)

    The AHA! event was the first time that I saw all my black harmonographics displayed against a wall. I created 100 unique drawings with my harmonograph to do this.  As I looked up at that wall, covered in my drawings, I said to myself: “J., you’re one bad-ass bitch.”
    This third epiphany was the most profound.
    Art is important and you should never allow your self-worth to be dependent others’ opinions of your work. This is key. Write it down. Live by it. (But of course, also feel free to ignore this advice) We must survive through the negativity and slew of opinions and judgements that are haphazardly tossed our way to create a body of work that is genuine and relevant. We must keep moving forward. There is no other way.
    Black Harmonographics in San Francisco
    I am grateful to have shared my work at this unique and ambitious event with friends.Comment to let me know what you thought of my experience, epiphanies, and to connect with other artists. Love you!
    AHA! Epiphanies in Art 2
    AHA! Epiphanies in Art 2
    Red Lady #2 just doin' her thang.
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  • Last Chance for LOCO: April 8th Deadline

    Here’s your last chance all you lovely ladies. Get your comic work out there with Come Find Out! Don’t be shy.

    Last Call for Come Find Out's LOCO publication

    Ladies Only Comics Only (LOCO) is the 12th zine publication orchestrated by the duo behind CFO — Krusty Wheatfield and Anjelica Colliard. Organizing, laying out and publishing these zines across the years has been no small feat.

    If you identify as a lady, are excited about your comic work and need a place to share your work, then look no further! Come Find Out is the zine of comic queens.

    Here are the details:

    Deadline: April 8th
    Max # of Pages: 10 pages (PSD or TIFF)
    Size: Half-legal size (8.5″ x 7″)
    Color: Red and B/W (to be printed on a risograph)
    Send to: comefindout1934@gmail.com

    Looking forward to seeing some new work!

    Cheers.

  • Aha! Epiphanies and Eureka Moments

    Still on the highest high from selling my illustrations at the Bill Murray Art Show this past Saturday at the Syrup Loft in Downtown Los Angeles, I am proud to announce my next art show at The Lab in San Francisco on Thursday, March 19.

    The Lab is a not-for-profit arts organization and performance space, located in San Francisco’s historic Redstone Building right next to the the 16th and Mission BART station.

    Art Lab in San Francisco

    I haven’t been to the Bay Area in a while so it’ll be good to get some fresh air, see old friends, meet new friends and collaborate on art projects.  Bay Area here I come!

    For the majority of 2014, I’ve participated in many Los Angeles art markets, but this is my real first art show of the new year. I am especially looking forward to collaborating with video and performance artists for a thoughtful one-night art event that revolves around the idea of epiphany.

    Epiphanies: regardless of your field, your background or general outlook on life, we all experience these powerful ‘AHA’ moments when that cliche light bulb turns on.  All complications fade away like a bad dream, allowing us to bask in the warm light of simplicity.  These moments of enlightenment are rare and fleeting and if you think about it, visual artists turn these epiphanies into tangible experiences.

    I had one of these moments about a year ago when I saw a harmonograph for the first time at the Inner City Arts.  I was awestruck, hypnotized.  I thought to myself: “What a perfectly beautiful and simple way to visualize momentum and gravity. Science is cool!”  I then decided to make two harmonographs. This is my 2-pendulum harmonograph, her name is 2-pendi.

    Before I was introduced to the harmonograph, I struggled needlessly with my identity as a classically trained visual artist and a science lover (who shied away from anything ‘math-y’ from a young age). When I saw the harmonograph in motion this struggle dissipated, replaced with a feeling of ‘oneness’ with the world around me. Hippy dippy, I know, but I have no other way to describe the feeling.

    Harmonographic Design

    So with my two-cents about epiphanies, here’s the mission statement for the upcoming show at The Lab. Cheers and stayed tuned for more!

    THE EUREKA MOMENT

    “We are a collective of creative and progressive girls living in the Bay Area. We aim to illuminate emerging and underrepresented local artists in a one-night-only art experience at the Lab. Using the notion of epiphany as a starting point, we are asking artists to explore and collaborate.

    In addition to creating an alternative art event, our project aspires to challenge the political landscape of the art establishment. As an experimental art space, the Lab is essential to the realization of our project. Due to its position outside the conventional art institution it offers a platform for critical dialogue that questions norms and the commonplace status quo.

    For this project, we are calling on artists from diverse backgrounds and practices to translate their idea of epiphany. This experiment explores this singular moment where ideas and experiences from the past and present collide in an unexpected manner, to create a new understanding or significance. This moment brings information from the unknown into the known, making the invisible visible.

    Epiphany cannot be predicted or controlled: it is unknown whether this experiment will create a moment of epiphany or a persona of the word. Thus our project emphasizes interaction among the artists, art, and audience, encouraging new dialogues.”