Well this has certainly been a very interesting 3 months. To recap here we go:
Arrived on Feb 2 and dropped off at the Kommandantenhaus next to the castle. It was a Monday and in Feb. everything is closed Monday and Tuesday in our small little village of Dilsberg. A charming, beautiful place but not too much happening. The first week our essentials were compromised or nonexistent. With a bit of complaining they got everything up and running. The day after our arrival our survival skills kicked in and we managed to get to the super market, as well as figure out the train and bus schedule. Aside from the feeling that we were dropped down onto another planet, we were doing pretty well. We figured out the studio spaces which were somewhat compromised (understatement), but made due. I suggested that the next people they have should be one painter or visual artist and perhaps a musician or writer. Since they only have one very small studio, it would make more sense. But again we managed to put together a fantastic show in spite of the lack of wall and studio space.
We also made very valuable connections and sold work to the German government:
There was and still is talk of making posters but I don’t think they want to ship to the US, have me sign and ship them back. So we may have to either revisit the idea in the future, or abandon it. They asked when I was coming back. I told them probably not for a while if ever. Depends if there is a show in the future.
Anyway, my work has grown into a 3 part presentation, book, animation and installation. The story which I have been working on since 2009-10 is now in the second phase and can be exhibited as well as a graphic novel. I’ve discovered that I have a small fan base which is great. So there is much more work to do in terms of pushing the project along to a point where I can present it to publishers. Already started the process and finding out that everyone has a different idea of how to submit work. So if there are any publishers out there who want to take this on, that would be great. It has a lot of potential for merchandising, etc. I’m also open to suggestions and ideas. But remember this is a little out there so safe and conservative isn’t the way to go.
My next challenge is how to crack the biennials.
Art News: http://artforum.com/news/id=51798
I was able to take some time and run off to Saarbrücken to see my friend Claudia Brieske. She had an installation, video, performance at The Stadtgalerie. Was also able to visit Saarbrücken for the weekend. That’s where I did my first residency many years ago.
Cousin Jeff came to visit. We explored two neighboring towns Mannheim and Spayer. All rebuilt after WW2. Had another rendezvous from the states for a few days as well. We spent the time in Heidelberg. That was a surprise and fun.
Now it’s back to my life in NY/JC. I have a list of stuff that will hopefully get done before school starts up again.
And there you have it. Next blog session will be from the states. Hope you’re keeping up with Moving Poems:
It’s fun. You get to watch really good or really bad poetry video and read about what i have to say.
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I’ll be sorting it all out and blogging soon.