Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's Who You Know...

Hey hey! I was invited to be in a show at Projects Gallery by the fabulous Ashley Flynn. The opening is Friday, June 4th from 6-9pm. See below for details!

Mia Rosenthal "General Mills 8 Pack"

“It’s Who You Know” - June 4 - 26, 2010

The Philadelphia artist community is a complex but tight-knit social entity. To demonstrate just how important networking is to this nebulous stratum of our society, Projects Gallery presents “It’s Who You Know”, a non-juried, quasi-invitational exhibition. Projects invited five young artists, all of who have previously exhibited at the gallery, to in turn invite five artists each to come together. With no prevailing theme, the work will represent the taste and artistic expressions of the initial five. It will be illustrative of overlapping styles within social groups while highlighting the schisms that exist between the groups themselves. Relyingon the eye of the artist and honest in its dependence on social networking, this exhibition reinforces “It’s Who You Know.”

Freeing the boundaries of the traditional exhibition experience, this show relies on the artists themselves to present both the experienced and the novice. Host artists Distort, Conor Fields, Ashley Flynn, Brooke Holloway and Mia Rosenthal, although familiar with the work of the invited artists, have challenged the gallery to create a cohesive display through a veil of mystery until the moment of installation. The resulting exhibition is a choose-your-own adventure documenting separate artistic pockets of Philadelphia, as well as an attempt to break free from those insular groups for a more inclusive showing. In the end, this exhibition will certainly prove the necessity of social discourse.

Artist reception First Friday June 4th from 6 - 9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Folks, she's done it again...

Margaux of The Black Spot Books and Peg and Awl manages to constantly reinvent herself and her things and I love her for this. Here is a shot from her blog of a bunch of book necklaces as a tiny library, which I want in my life..desperately.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Enisle : Opening June 4th

This is the card for a show that the fabulous Aubrie Costello and I curated for Barefoot Doctor Community Acupuncture. Enisle (meaning to make an island of, to place on an island or to isolate) features the photographs of 3 amazing artists, Ray Abary, John Francis Peters and Elizabeth Santry. Please come by for the opening reception on Friday, June 4th.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sidebar: Want it

1961 Airstream Bambi

In a totally unrelated to sculpture note, I want one of these... (Or maybe it's not totally could be a mini travel studio...)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Deinstalling sucks...

Unfortunately I've been too busy to write for the past two days because I was at the Art Alliance deinstalling my show, "While you were out..." This sucked for three reasons, the first being that I had a baby strapped to me for most of the deinstall, which made moving some of the things just about impossible to do without squashing Olivia. The second because I had to move ALL the furniture back into my house, which was looking very nice without the cat scratch fever line of furniture as an eye sore... And third, because I had to take the show down!! That always makes me sad! I never feel like its been long enough or that I'm ready and this time was no exception.
Anyway, aside from the suckery, the good bits were that, first, deinstalling with O'Rae wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. And moving things with a baby on me the first day made me able to do insane displays of human strength on the second day..."THERE'S NOT A BABY ON ME! LET ME PICK UP THIS TABLE BY MYSELF! HOW ABOUT THIS GIANT PLATE GLASS MIRROR? NO PROBLEM!" Justin was wondering why I needed him to come help if I was moving everything by myself... And about the house, well I think I'm going to just teach myself how to reupholster using the chairs that my cats scratched the 'ish out of as guinea pigs. AND my fabulous mother in law GAVE me the sexy desk that she loaned me for the exhibition. Thanks Ms. B! And despite being sad at seeing the show come down, I am really excited that I got a chance to show there, so thanks so much to the Art Alliance folks! Yay!

Oh! And the Flock birds winner is lucky #7 Ms. Sarah Hunt of Mouse Trap Vintage (picked by the random number generator on! Thanks so much to everyone for their comments!!!!!! And I really had fun doing that and love giving things away so check back during the first week of next month and maybe I'll have another fancy something to give away....!

OK...I am deliriously exhausted and must go to bed now....!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Up next...

I have 2 shows coming up in September that I'm about to start working on...The first one is at B2 in South Philly and the idea behind the work is based on trophies...both kinds...the one you got for being a team player in little league kind and the dead animal head on a wall kind. What I'm doing is what it might be like if these two types of trophies had a weird emo baby...I think. Going to be taking actual trophies and sculpting things onto and over the pre-existing forms. They will still be trophies but for things slightly more bizarre than 2nd place in a pie eating contest...

Sketches and in progress photos to come...probably next week, as I have to take down my Art Alliance show tomorrow and Thursday :(

And don't forget to comment on yesterdays post if you want to win 2 Flock birds...Yay!

Monday, May 3, 2010


No, I'm not selling raffle tickets...I'm just reminding myself of the fact that art is really 50% creative work and 50% at a desk, emailing, making resumes, price lists and the like kind of work...which for me isn't such a big deal because I actually *like* doing that kind of stuff but some people abhor it (It's always a good day when you can use a word like abhor in a sentence...yes! And did I really quick just look up the definition of said word to make sure I was using it correctly in said sentence even though I already knew what it meant? You bet your ass I did ;) Anyway, I really think that the business part gives my brain a break from the creative part and the creative part gives my brain a break from the business part...and sometimes for me one fuels the other....making lists of projects I want to work on makes me excited to get in the studio and working on pieces gets me all excited about updating my website and whatnot (nerd much?).
All that said, today has been a business day that has made me super excited to get into the studio this week...Will be posting progress on two projects I have coming up. Yay!


Also, in case anyone was really excited about the chance of there being a raffle (though I doubt it) no no, make that to continue on the generosity and excitement of winning things (I won two things last week...2 THINGS!...Exciting!) I'll send 2 Flock birds (they get lonely if there's just one of them) to a randomly picked winner who comments below about their thoughts on art making vs. art business...(You need not be an artist to win...Check back on Friday for a winner...Be sure to include your email address so I can tell you if you are a fabulous winner in case you forget to check back...Commenting will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, May 6)