The Studio of Eric Valosin

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Let's Celebrate with some Reader Insight

I have big news, ladies and gentlemen of cyberspace.  Big and largely narcissistic news.  And by big I most likely mean relatively small, but since it's narcissistic in nature I get to claim whatever importance I like.

My little blog here has just passed the 2,000 page view mark!  [...cricket, cricket...]

I know, I know, to all you seasoned bloggers out there this is probably less than a day's worth of traffic, but I'm sure you do things to help that along like, for example, writing about things people actually seek out, rather than just listing big words you've made up to cover how much you don't understand about things.  But frankly, this meta-postmodern mystic would like to exercise his techno-theo-logical, theo-philosophically ethical right to relish the moment.


ok, that's probably enough relishing. (hey, where'd all my readers go?)  I guess if Zen holds true and one should find the self in order to lose the self, the only desirable outcome for a boisterous narcissist would be a humble demise.

Well, in one final self-defeating push for monumentalism, I'd like to commemorate this occasion by posing a question to all of my loyal (or unloyal, or frankly accidental) readers.  If you read this, I welcome you to leave me a comment or otherwise contact me with an answer.  I have a project in mind if this all pans out to something substantial.


1) What would a rock pray for?

2) What deeper thoughts have stumped you recently?

The best part is, if nobody responds, it probably also means that nobody will be reading to find out that was the case anyway! (and if only one person respond, that one person will get to feel extraordinarily valuable for the duration of at least another post!)  Here's to failed experiments in the making.  Cheers!

Mindbody and Rites of Spring

2 quick exhibition announcements!

Next week, 3/4 through 3/8, I will have a 2 person show up at the MFA gallery at Montclair State University, called Mindbody with artist Natasha Jozi.

In it I'll be doing something a bit new: a performance piece resulting in an installation.  It will engage issues of the ritual of making, a-teleological process orientation, the zen of imperfection, and a posthuman striving to link up with the digital self.

One of my mandala drawings, Meditation 1.1 (Thusness, Elseness; Omnipresent) has been accepted into a juried show called Rites of Spring at the Morris Arts Council, guest curated by Jeanne Brasile.  This one will be up for quite a while, from 3/27 through the end of August. (opening reception at 6 pm on 3/27)

In celebration of the centennial anniversary of both Stravinsky's composition and the infamous Armory Show, Rites of Spring features "work that similarly challenges conventional approaches in media, pushing the limits of traditional uses and processes while addressing themes of transformation, ritual and rebirth to herald the coming of spring."

I hope you can come on by and catch either of the shows!

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Jolly Good Show

That's British for "check out some pics from my recent show in Cardiff, Wales!"

From last month's exhibit Portfolio, a works on paper group show at Cardiff School of Art and Design's Howard Gardens Gallery.  From what I understand over 800 people came to see the show, and from the looks of things there were some great artists represented.

There it is, my Meditation 1.1 (Thusness, Elseness; Omnipresent), the 4th one in from the corner!
I may be pretty short on posts in the coming weeks ("but you're usually so prolific, Eric!") because of a crunch towards our MFA thesis and Monograph in this last semester, but I'll try to make some brief posts here and there ("oh thank goodness, brevity!") to keep you up to date on my goings on.

This may be small potatoes to some of the more seasoned bloggers out there, but my little ol' blog is approaching 2,000 views ("does that even qualify as a potato at all? Maybe a small turnip...), and I'd love to do something nice in commemoration of that...

(That's British for "have another drink")