Saturday, December 20, 2008

Malaysian Mail Art Exhibition

I will be sending off a piece to Malaysia in Early January.
Until then if you live anywhere near me, enjoy the snow.

Located in Shah Alam, MALAYSIA; the 1st Mail Art Festival In Malaysia is home to all visual artists from all over the world on APRIL 2009.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Postcards From the Edge: A Benefit for Visual AIDS

I am happy to participate in the 11th Postcards From the Edge
A Benefit for Visual AIDS

January 9-10, 2009

The 11th Annual Postcards From the Edge: A Benefit for Visual AIDS
Hosted by Metro Pictures
519 West 24th Street, NYC

Please go and support this important organization.

Visual AIDS Founded in 1988, as a response to AIDS and as a way of organizing the art world towards direct action, Visual AIDS has evolved a two-part mission. 1) Through the Frank Moore Archive Project, the largest slide library of work by artists living with HIV and the estates of artists who have died of AIDS, Visual AIDS historicizes artists' contributions while supporting their ability to continue making art and furthering their professional careers. 2) In collaboration with artists and organizations, Visual AIDS produces contemporary art exhibitions, publications, and events to spread the message "AIDS IS NOT OVER."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Without You I am Nothing: Cultural Democracy from Providence and Chicago

Without You I am Nothing: Cultural Democracy from Providence and Chicago is an exhibition of works on paper that are not intended for public consumption but to create small venues for public participation. It will be mounted in Spring 2009 at Chicago's Green Lantern gallery.

My submission will be an homage to Lygia Clark. who's amazing piece you see depicted on this post.
Without You I am Nothing is presented in conjunction with the 2009 Southern Graphics Council Conference, Global Implications.

Green Lantern Gallery
1511 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor
Reception: TBD
Dates: March 27, 2009 through April 25, 2009

Beyond Printmaking at Texas Tech University

In case you are around Lubbock, TX. My Piece Surface Read, 2007 will be exhibited in Beyond Printmaking at Landmark Arts in Texas Tech University.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Making Blog Launches

As I make the work for my upcoming show at AS220. I made a blog to document the painting and monoprint process. I will be updating it rather regularly.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pameran Poskad Show 2008

In case you are in South East Asia later this month, I am making some pieces for the upcoming Pameran Poskad Exhibition in Singapore

Monday, November 3, 2008

This morning

I dropped off my piece at the Westside Arts Space. I always love to be in a pristine gallery between shows. Nothing better then being betwixt temporary white walls.

Also I'll vote in about 10 hours.
I wonder what the world will loook like in a day.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sustainable: Visions for a Living Planet Opens SUNDAY

Image copywrite M. Stern

Calling all dystopian and utopian visionaries and dreamers! What is your vision of a sustainable future? How can humans co-exist peacefully with our environment? WHat are your thoughts or responses to the theme of sustainability? Are we doomed to annihilation? Will a greener city sprout from our cracking pavements?

This is a collaborative printmaking exhibition featuring 26 local RI artists and 10 members of the Just Seeds/ Visual Resistance Cooperative. This show creates an opportunity for local and national printmakers to engage in a visual dialog on the theme of sustainability.

Print prices range from $2-$300. The average price is only around $40. Affordable!

Artists include: Arley- Rose Torsone, Andrew Oesch, Beatrice McGeoch, Bec Young, Ben Fino-Radin, Caroline Paquita, Chandler Hearn, Chris Stain, Colin Matthes, Cybele Collins, Delia Kovac, Dylan Miner, Erik Ruin, Erin Rosenthal & Leif Goldberg, Greg Pennisten, Heidi Born, Jay Zehngebot, Jen Daltry, Jenine Bressner, Jola Bielat, Jomas Daconceicao, Josh MacPhee, Lu Heintz, Mary Tremonte, Meg Turner, Meredith Stern, Mickey Collette, Mike Taylor, Nicolas Lampert, Pete Yahnke, Scott Reber, Shawn Gilheeney, Victoria Lockard, Wavelady, William Schaff

Open reception: Sunday November 2, 2008 from 4-7pm at AS220
115 Empire Street, Providence RI (401-831-9327)

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Screaming Females Poster

You see it before anyone. I actually editioned this one. It is printed on light gray paper.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Count Down Till December Opening

As much as I believe in digital media, when I have a large project with a definite deadline, I pull out the graphite and rulers. I have 40 days, I hear that much has been accomplished in that amount of time. I am grateful for erasers and caffeine.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Preliminary work for New Screaming Females Posters

if you arn't familiar with Marissa's Band the Screaming Females.


they are on tour now so CLICK HERE for info on that.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Dear Providence @ NUA Opening

Here are two shots of the massive wall of correspondence.

The MOSF Opening was great

I am really proud of this show.

If you haven't been yet you really really really should.

more info here

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Providence, Statement

September 28, 2008

While performing my duties as an employee of the Rhode Island Historical Society, I came across a letter written by the author and feminist activist Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935). The letter reminded me that Gilman spent much of her young life in Providence.

Gilman is best known for “The Yellow Wallpaper,” a semi-autobiographical short story that details a woman’s confinement in a remote house due to her “hysterical condition” and her subsequent decent into madness. Gilman loosely based the story on her own experience of what we currently term post-partum depression. She had this breakdown in Providence, and the house she attempted to raise her daughter in still stands on the Eastside. After further research, I discovered that most of the buildings in Providence connected to Gilman are still standing. The exception to this is the Butler Exchange Building, where on the 5th floor from 1881-1884 Gilman established the Providence Ladies Sanitary Gymnasium to promote women’s physical fitness and autonomy.

Gilman’s work as an author and lecturer attempted to demystify gender roles and equalize household responsibilities. In my work Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Providence, I made portraits of these buildings not only as an homage to Gilman, but also as a consideration of the power and history of these structures. The buildings she lived and worked in are important sites to consider as the physical spaces where radical feminist ideas germinated.

The Following are a list of addresses associated with Gilman’s time in Providence.

32 Gilmore Street, off Bridgham Street between Cranston Street and Elmwood Avenue
The House where Charles Stetson, Charlotte’s First Husband and father to her only child Katharine Beecher Stetson, boarded while he established an art studio in Providence. He would eventually help found the Providence Art Club and grant Charlotte an amicable divorce. Stetson raised Katharine in Providence with his second wife, Grace Ellery Channing, one of Charlotte’s closest friends.

22 Manning Street, at Ives Street
This is one of the several childhood homes of Gilman. Her mother rented a portion of this house while Charlotte attended RISD. After graduating RISD, she worked as a commercial artist for the Kendall Soap Company. In her Autobiography, The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: An Autobiography, Gilman recounts her time in this building and reprints a poem she wrote as a child about her joy gazing out the 3rd floor window of her bedroom across Providence.

21 Humboldt Avenue, at Taber Avenue
The house Charlotte moved to after her marriage to Charles Stetson. In this house, she gave birth to her daughter, suffered from post-partum depression.

Butler Exchange Building, on Westminster Street at Kennedy Plaza
Built in 1872, it housed The Providence Ladies Sanitary Gymnasium on the 5th floor, the Rhode Island Commercial School an antecedent to Bryant University, as well as the grocers and importers Dodge and Camfield and Waite Auto Supply Company.

I would like to expressly thank the following individuals for their assistance on this project:
Karen Eberhart, Special Collections Curator; Phoebe Simpson, Technical Services Librarian / Conservation Specialist; Lee Teverow, Reference Librarian, Dana Signe Kindstedt Munroe, Registrar- all of the Rhode Island Historical Society Library and Elizabeth Delmage currently of the Savannah Historical Society for answering all of my pesky questions and tolerating my various interests. In addition, I am grateful for the assistance of Jane Lancaster Charlotte Perkins Gilman Scholar and author of "'I Could Easily Have Been an Acrobat': Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Providence Ladies' Sanitary Gymnasium 1881-1884," American Transcendentalist Quarterly Vol. 8, No. 1, 35-52 (1994).

I dedicate this piece to my mom, Thea Kovac.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fancy Photos of FInished Work

So this is officially the end of my week of printing. Thanks to the AS220 printshop esp. Morgan for making all of this possible. I will continue to make and post work WEEKLY, so please check back in. I still have to make work for my solo show in December. I am sure I will be pulled in to presidential election image making this month. VOTE the BUMS out of OFFICE.
I willl post pics of the Charlotte Perkins Gilman houses printed on paper soon.
thanks for all the kind feedback. in person and on the internets.

who needs sleep when you got love?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

MonoPrint Process

first I took a picture

then I painted a positive with india ink and translucent paper.

then I had a positive

I shot a screen with that positive, which transfered the image on the positive to the screen.

Then I applied water-soluble crayons to the screen.

oooh look a blurry close-up.

Then I spread transperent base (think of screen printing ink with out color) on the image

then I forced the water soluable crayon though the screen on to a piece of paper, which looked something like this;

I printed the second pull on gessoed wood

and after all this action this is what my poor screen looks like. I hope it is worth it all...

Edition Screenprinting

I finally found my phone cord, so here is documentation of my printing process for my print for the Sustainable Show at AS220.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Here is the Truth. I got to finish this project by Sunday. I am really excited about this project. I am printing water solubale crayons through screen that I shot. I just took some crappy photos for you to see the difference in the pulls.

I don't think I am going to have to time to make the map that would connect all these locations together. So they will have to stand alone.
But I am not scared houses are pretty and popular.
listen to the news.