False Dichotomy is beginning to truly take form! I have artists agreeing to show, essays coming in from respected members of the fine art printmaking community, and a site in place! There is a lot to do: I have to find funding to print a decent catalog–but I feel so renewed. I have not been able to make a lot of work myself this year, but I can contribute through facilitation and research!
I did a series of performance pieces after I left the Printmaking department at Cranbrook, trying to express my frustration with how I had been treated and perceived. In this particular piece, I recorded myself slowly wrapping my head in newsprint and tape. It went on for several minutes until I nearly passed out. Never really showed it to anyone, but it was pretty cathartic after all.
When I was thrust into the design department, I had a really hard time wrapping my head around what being an designer meant. I was not always fair or pleasant about it. This piece was a particularly reactive one, based on my ambivalence. I set up a kissing booth right on the edge of the main campus of Cranbrook, facing a small public street. My sign was cheap and illuminated, found at a yard sale. I sat and waited for a few hours, waiting for someone to actually pull over, and dreading that it would actually happen. Luckily, no one took me up on it, although one really rather drab Buick drove by several times to my growing terror.