Dispersing Swarm

Installing “Swarm” was a really fun process, one that got me thinking much more about installation, public art, and audience interaction. I have to admit, however, I wasn’t expect to be getting as much out of its dispersal as I have been.
Swarm, another view
I’d always planned to give away many of the fliers before I left Guldagergaard. When ever I work on a project with multiple bits, I often give parts away. Most often I’ll make many tiny eggs, giving them to fellow woodfirers, other artists, friends, visitors to the studio, all sorts of folks. I just enjoy something about the exchange of physical object that become representations of memory. Like something that might be lost for a year in the pocket of a winter coat, only to be found again like a prize, refound with either a rush of memories or wonder of how that could be there.

So with that in mind, I’ve been giving away fliers, to the artists who shaped my time at Guldagergaard, to fellow studio mates, and good friends. I’ve been selling them as well, through my studio, the Island Gallery on Bainbridge, and through Etsy.

It’s been so cool, watching them go on to new lives. It’s amazing to me to see something made by my hands disperse and bring happiness all over. On a whim, I made a google map of all the place they’ve gone. It’s made my day, and it will just continue to be exciting as it keeps filling in with new locations!

View Swarm, 2010 in a larger map

Art opening tonight!

My studio is having a our annual holiday sale tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. If you’re in the Seattle area, I recommend stopping by! I have my work from the most recent woodfiring on display, and have set up “Swarm” ,the installation I made in Denmark. It will be especially cool to see Swarm, since this will be it’s last flight. As the evening goes on, I’ll let people take home individual bits of it, continuing it’s dispersal through the world. Also, I share my studio with seven other wonderful artist, who all will have fun work on display as well!

What: Holiday good times and art
Where: Florentia Clayworks, 218 Florentia Street in Seattle, just Southwest of the Fremont bridge.
When: Friday, December 3rd from 6 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10-4pm. ¬†(I’ll be there for the opening, and after 1pm on Saturday and Sunday)