Well, AQUA and Art Basel was just as amazing and overwhelming as I remembered from my first trip in 2012! So much great work and unflattering displays of extravagant wealth--I much prefer not being in Miami. However, I must admit it was a wonderful opportunity provided by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design to show in such a prestigious event. I met tons of interesting people and was ignored by an equal amount! Admittedly, being a figure kinda guy, the Unrealism show was by far my favorite, followed closely by Context.
Enough about AQUA. This semester has wrapped up and I am now entering my last semester of Graduate School at Georgia State University.... I just died a little. I can't even begin to explain how quickly it all went and how grateful I am for the 3 year program, and to think, at one time I was almost insistent on a 2 year program. FOOL! Again, I enjoyed teaching Handbuilding I and had some pretty impressive students. In the Spring I'll be teaching Intro to Wheel, so I need to go and throw some pots so I don't look like a chump. Luckily, I have stayed pretty current on wheel throwing and I do employ it into my art making practice from time to time.
Time... speaking of time, its almost TIME for my thesis show. Late March, if you (yes, you!) are in the Atlanta area and would like to see a show that kicks so much ass, you'll probably go blind, come see my thesis exhibition: Embrace the Suck. Of course I'll be working in the militaristic theme, weird, right?
A little more self-promotion and back patting--I am also pleased as punch to announce that I have been invited (along with the amazing, Rachel Ballard Bigley ) to the 2016 Artist-Inviting-Artist Residency at Watershed Ceramics for the June session! Then, I'll swing out to the LH Project for the Veteran Artist Residency, of which I am very proud and honored to be a part of.
Anyhow, back to the studio and here is a little update from my current work-in-progress, Pissin' Contest. Yes, I am a man-child.
Proud moment (week) for me and my fellow 3rd year graduate students at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University! After about 3 months of prepping, we have made it down to Miami for the Aqua Art Miami Exhibition, certainly a very unique and amazing opportunity. We've been receiving very positive feedback and everybody's work looks great and in my opinion, worked really well together. Consider it a look into the future for upcoming thesis exhibitions. If you have not been to Aqua or Art Basel, GO! It's a very rare experience to see such a concentration of work in one city.
Listed in no particular order are the fine individuals, whom I've had the pleasure with going to graduate school and showing with:
Derek Faust. www.derek-faust.com
Jack Deese, www.jackdeese.com
Krista Clark, www.kristaclark.com
Aryn Rosenbaum, www.arynrosenbaum.com
Trevor Reese, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Sharrat, www.nathansharrat.com
Gina Thompson, www.ginasomebody.com
Catherine Trugman, www.catherinetrugman.com
Tori Tinsley, www.toritinsley.com
......Pretty easy to remember these websites....