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the studio is cleaned up!

November 17, 2007 at 6:52 am

…or, almost cleaned up, but 90% cleaner than it was earlier this evening, and 300% more organized and cat-proofed. Ready for me to leave town, ready for Scott to print some stuff while I’m gone, ready for me to return and jump into printing as soon as I get back.

Recently, time has been taken up by (in no specific order):

  • working more on the Magic City Repairs installation in Worcester, then dismantling it this past weekend, godzilla-ing the cardboard mountain/structure, and bringing 15 boxes of buildings back to storage in Providence.
  • attempting to get cat-pee smells out of the studio area: working with my housemates to pull up carpet and sub-carpet, sand (!) the floor and put on a couple of coats of polyurethane. Successful so far. The studio cleanup is another step in the anti-cat-pee direction.
  • mentoring and working on projects at New Urban Arts. So far I have a bunch of students who are all working on totally different things, most just testing out the silkscreen medium, one very large (almost 4 feet long!) graffiti letter poster, one emotionally and politically complicated poster about an eviction and real estate development in the student’s neighborhood… They are all exciting projects!
  • visiting Andrew’s family in Maine…
  • attempting (so far, unsuccessfully) to sort out some thoughts about control, structure, initiative, responsibility, purpose, etc. into essay/zine/broadside formats. These will come into existence at some point, but aren’t ready yet. If anyone is interested in being a reader/editor/advice-giver, let me know.
  • logistics surrounding the poster series, mailing out posters, contacting potential subscribers, etc.
  • “wasting” time looking at “interesting” things on the Internet.
  • reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire.
  • everyday cooking & eating projects (which always take me a long time), as well as making sauerkraut, carrot-ginger pickles, and applesauce, with the intention of not letting seasonal fruits and vegetables go to waste.
  • worrying about how difficult it was going to be to clean up the studio, after the sanding project, and after a bunch of months of printing things and not really organizing at all after any of the print runs. As it turned out, it was hard and demanded persistence and focus, but it wasn’t as bad as I had thought (of course). Now — it is done, and my brain is still realizing that I don’t have to worry about it any more…

I think that is about it.

more pictures from the Magic City

October 7, 2007 at 7:49 pm

photos on flickr: building a city

community building day: working on the city in worcester

photos on flickr: cardboard buildings

photos from our installation this spring at the Dirt Palace window.

Magic City Repairs, part II: Worcester!

September 26, 2007 at 12:00 am

First of all: subscribers — did you get your print yet? Everybody who subscribed before August should have their print, with a couple of exceptions. I’m holding on to a couple for people who are traveling, when you come back, it’ll be here. Four people have yet to pick theirs up: if it’s you, email me or call me and come get them!

As far as I know so far, two people didn’t update their address with me when they moved, so there are those two prints somewhere in postal limbo. Two other prints (that I mailed later than the first big batch) haven’t arrived yet, the post office claims that they “fell off the conveyor belt” somewhere and will get there eventually. Thanks, USPS. So to anybody who didn’t get their print yet, let me know if you haven’t, and — patience — I’m sorry…

If you subscribed in September, you might not have gotten yours yet because I haven’t done a second big mailing/delivery… It’s coming, I just have to plow through the last couple of days of this project I’m working on now which is:

Magic City Repairs! part 2, in Worcester, MA.

This Thursday, Sept. 27th, in the afternoon, Andrew Oesch & I will be in Worcester hosting another city-building day where you can come make some kind of building or structure and add it to what is shaping up into a magic city atop a giant cardboard mountain with a cave you can go inside and some cardboard archways and structures that can only get bigger & better in the next month. Lots of information is on the project web site, the whole show is up till November 9th so there is no excuse not to miss it okay? Given the scale of the space and of our installation, and the nature of the context which is a relatively careful, proprietary, and non-messy university visual arts department this version of the Magic City project has come to incorporate both the dreams of 12-yr-old jean to have an infinite number of cardboard bricks to build a building out of… and the dreams of 28-yr-old jean to help create an equitable society in which anybody can build and shape things according to their desires. Could I ask for more ??? (well, maybe…. now about that adventure playground….)

Thanks to help from Jake B and Jay R Z this web site should soon become some kind of more formalized web log. It will be set up so things are more organized, and so that you can sign up for updates whenever I post stuff via RSS. There are many other things that are happening “soon”, so I’m not going to even talk about them here because that “soon” keeps getting larger and larger….


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