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It’s been a while. I’ve been busy adapting to this cluster f*ck we call the “new normal.” Now that we are finally getting back to some assemblage of what we knew, I am continuing to make are and getting it out there into the world.

In the meantime, I’ve moved on from the bowels of Karpland to such topics of extinction, duplication and female occupations that are underrepresented. It’s interesting that the point of which I jumped off was a gender bending topic, which has now become very much a part of our reality. I’m referring to transgender. If Hans and Claire had been born in the early part of the 21st century, they would definitely transgendered. Just goes to prove that timing is everything.

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Extinction to Duplication

Extinction to Duplication: For Posterity’s sake

The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction and duplication.

-Susan Sontag

Extinction to Duplication addresses how we will remember what will be lost through duplicating their images using toys, carousels and fabrications. The images at times may appear playful, but at times are cryptic in their message. To help explain this further, I chose women from an obscure part of history, cowgirls.

Nan Jeanne Aspinwall (February 2, 1880 in New York – October 24, 1964) was the first woman to ride on horseback across North America alone. She rode from San Francisco to New York from September 1, 1910 arriving on July 8, 1911[3] on a bet from Buffalo Bill, whose Wild West show she performed in. 

Mary Fields (circa 1832–1914), also known as Stagecoach Mary and Black Mary, was the first African-American female star route mail carrier in the United States. She was not an employee of the United States Post Office Department, which did not hire or employ mail carriers for star routes, but rather awarded star route contracts to persons who proposed the lowest qualified bids, and who, in accordance with the department’s application process, posted bonds and sureties to substantiate their ability to finance the route. She was a former slave.

Cowgirl Bar

Original sign read: Cowboy bar. I changed the title to acknowledge women as empowered rather than depict women as sex symbols, saloon prostitutes, etc.

*bios courtesy Wikipedia.

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END, a new show

https://empiricalnonsense.today/end/cheryl-gross

All about Masks!

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New Show!!!!

McKenna Gross Instagram

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Happy New Year!!

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It’s been a while since I blogged. So much physical and emotional recovery from the foot fiasco. As you know, it didn’t stop me from doing my artwork. As a matter of fact, I will be exhibiting the work in a two person show with artist extraordinaire, Andrea Mckenna at Eonta space here in Jersey City in February. I believe the weekend of Feb 7 is our target date. It’s going to be a great show.

Stay tuned…more to come!!

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New Post

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Hi everyone. Finally able to get into my blog again from Safari. Last year I was locked out and kept having to switch between servers. This makes life a lot easier. Also on the mends from my broken foot. More on that another time. Needless to say I’m not a big fan of the JC police. They didn’t handle this very well. But more on that another time. Going to a meeting this week where the community will meet with the precinct captain. We’ll see how that goes….

Above is a still from my new animation: Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction. It consists of 6 poems by Nicelle Davis and Music by Marc Yu. We are currently working on a premiere venue so more on that later. It was funded by The Faculty Development Fund at Pratt. So far I am still on budget so that’s good. Working on the catalog and then an exhibition coming in February. That’s if all goes well.  Stay tuned for more….

Now that I have a bit less to do I’ll try to stay up on my blogging.

Again, stay tuned…life is always filled with annoyances and surprises. I’ll be kvetching about those as well.

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Broken Foot…

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I broke my foot. Needless to say it is one hell of a cluster fuck. Just about everything is on hold for a while. This past week was basically getting all the paperwork in order, doctors visits and it’s not over. Still more phone calls and paperwork to deal with. Surgery is scheduled for Friday the 22nd. Hoping for a speedy recovery but they tell me 3 months off the foot. I’ll be counting down the days. So to pass the time I’ll be Netflixing and continuing the extinction series on a small scale. Here is a 12″X12″ I did the other day:

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Hopefully I will be able to continue the larger scale work but in the meantime, this will do.

So, stay tuned for more foot adventures. Quite the experience.

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New Shows Coming Up And Some Other Stuff…

The Z Factor

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Above: Poisonous Red frog in progress.

Lot’s of new stuff happening. unnamed

I will be in a group show, Wherefore Art? at the West New York Gallery in Jersey City:

Village West Gallery
331 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302

The show runs from February 25-May 5, 2019. There are currently two early receptions planned for the show: JC Fridays reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 – 5-9pm. Opening reception – Thursday, March 7, 2019 – 6-9pm.

Here is an interesting article I read about artist Arthur J. Williams. Talk about entering through the gift shop, so to speak. If you are a painter, the Dana Schutz show over at Petzel Gallery in Chelsea is worth seeing.

That’s it for now. Still grappling with the world situation, but don’t have the time to complain, which is I suppose a good thing. Anyway, stay tuned! Lot’s coming down the pike….

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New Shows Coming Up And Some Other Stuff…

img_1274

Above: Poisonous Red frog in progress.

Lot’s of new stuff happening. unnamed

I will be in a group show, Wherefore Art? at the West New York Gallery in Jersey City:

Village West Gallery
331 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302

The show runs from February 25-May 5, 2019. There are currently two early receptions planned for the show: JC Fridays reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 – 5-9pm. Opening reception – Thursday, March 7, 2019 – 6-9pm.

Here is an interesting article I read about artist Arthur J. Williams. Talk about entering through the gift shop, so to speak. If you are a painter, the Dana Schutz show over at Petzel Gallery in Chelsea is worth seeing.

That’s it for now. Still grappling with the world situation, but don’t have the time to complain, which is I suppose a good thing. Anyway, stay tuned! Lot’s coming down the pike….

 

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For The Love Of It All…

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Black Coy 2019

New group show happening in February:unnamed

As you know I’ve been a bit lax about blogging. Come the end of the residency, I will hopefully get back on track. Not that I don’t have much to say, just have to budget my time. Since school is starting, I’ve been inundated with revisiting and rewriting syllabi which as you know, can be very time consuming.

On an up note, the residency (ESKFF at MANA Contemporary) is going great. I’m producing a new series titled: Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction. I committed to producing 8-10 paintings on paper that embrace the topic of extinction (hence the title.) My plan after the residency will be to create an animation of the work that will illustrate the poetry of Nicelle Davis. That’s the plan and hopefully once it’s done, I will be entering the animation into the festival circuit. Sounds a bit ambitious but this topic is extremely important. Nicelle and I have metaphorically linked this topic to the disappearance of our culture and political climate. Powerful indeed but we as artists have the responsibility to record our times and tell the story.

Lullaby of Karpland the process book is now available.

Stay tuned more to come…..

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