Mind me, this will be one of the longer posts I'll have. A lot has happened since graduation in May. Here are the main bits.
INTERNING WITH SPECIMEN PRODUCTS
In the summer I was reading at Simon's Tavern. Overhearing the young woman next to me talking about art led to us engaging in conversation. Her name is Bianca Bova, and she ended up inviting me to participate in, AFFREIGHTMENTS, at Gunder Exhibitions. Due to her friendship with Andrew Bird, Ian Schneller, who creates the speakers that Andrew takes on tour, lent a set of horn speakers and an amplifier to one of the participating artists in the show. Schneller attended the show's opening and he told me to contact him about his internship program at Specimen Products. I'm there once or twice a week working towards being an apprentice.
COLLABORATION WITH MARTINO PRENDINI
Like most of the artists I have thus far collaborated with, Martino Prendini and I were introduced to one anothers work through Glitch Artist Collective. Prendini also often implements rotoscoping into his work, and after consistently seeing his wonderful test animations in my FB feed, I asked if he wanted to do a collab together where we send "letters". He sent me his letter a couple months ago. I'm about halfway through drawing and will then add sound/foley/music.
INTERNING WITH MIKE REA
This actually began in the winter of 2015, and is now more of an occasional thing.
Mike Rea was my sculpture professor at NIU. Wanting get accustomed to Chicago before I moved, and see what it is to be a working artist, I asked Rea if I could be his studio assistant.
Rea has shown me what it is to be dedicated, prepared, and comfortably professional.
The photo above is of us performing at his show, STICKY,
at Roman Susan, during their No Diving show.
He made the bar, knifes, beer bong, cutting board, masks, and golf clubs.
During the performance we were permitted only to mime and make daiquiris.