3.17.2011

All That Tread The Globe Are But A Handful To The Tribes That Slumber In its Bosom

Hey hey,

I have a few more images from the show. You can see pictures of the opening on Part Time's site (including a photo of the awesome anchor shaped cookies my mom made!). Here's a picture our friend Roxy took of the window vinyl:
And here are a few photos my friend Ryann took of two of the pieces, the Melusine with some close ups:

And one of the whale bones I had previously only posted close ups of:


I also thought I'd talk about flea markets for a minute. Around PA (and Jerz) we have "farmers markets" that are not at all what you are picturing. While they do sell produce and supplies, they are essentially elaborate dirtmalls with extensive outdoor (and indoor) flea markets where people sell all kinds of terrific (and pointless) junk. Whole stalls of rusty metal, single watch bands, 12 packs of dollar store bras for 5 bucks (suspicious), knock off handbags, bins filled with hundreds of dirty toys, knives, swords, biker jewelry, cassettes, old magazines and comics, essentially heaven for cheap junkhounds. There are also many food stands but my friends and I have a long standing personal rule to never eat from the dirt mall that is only broken at the Berlin Mart apple cider donut stand. My two favorite are the Berlin Mart (NJ) and the Quakertown Mart (PA) (aka Qmart) where I found this:
Framing for shows can be really expensive, even when you do it yourself with cheap(er) ikea frames, and while I think uniform plain frames can be good and less distracting I'm usually after weird shapes and elaborate decorative frames so all of mine come from one of three places: the aforementioned farmers markets where I've picked up dozens of frames usually for 1-6 bucks, from my aunt who finds them at thrift stores in Nebraska and mails them to me, and my grandfather's basement. Last weekend we went to the Berlin mart for the first time since the fall and I did really well:
I got those four frames plus another round one I didn't photograph (plus all of that other awesome junk). I'm generally after gold, round or oval, decorative frames. I think all four of those came to 3 dollars. At this point I have a pretty good stockpile of weird medium to small size frames and just grab one and make a piece to fit when I think of something appropriate. I recommend this tactic as you 1) save money 2) don't buy something new when something used works just as well 3) give your money to a flea market weirdo instead of a big company and 4) will have a bunch of really cool looking frames.

Unrelated to art my second most sought after items are "shitty gorillas" for my collection of poorly produced and poorly painted plastic gorillas:
Anyway, hopefully soon I'll have a scan of the last piece I did for the show, some babble about Kull and Atlantis, and some process photos of what I'm working on now, which is my piece for the "1 Year Project" (heads up, my piece is Norse themed and huge).

3 comments:

Splat Bat said...

That Mad Magazine is mine!!!

wandering genie said...

Yeah, and I bought it, you bum.

roxy said...

no, that mad magazine is MINE !!!