Capture the Flag, Playing Catch, and Field Day, drawings from the Work/Play series, have all been shipped successfully to Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX. If in the Austin area, please make a trip to see them! Field Day will be displayed for the Patrick Puckett show opening February 7 through the 28. Please feel free to ask Wally or Rachel to see any work not on display (there is more in the back...).
In August I traveled to Penland for the first time to attend a two-week workshop titled "Mechanical Playthings" taught by artist Gary Schott. Since I have started to make 3D and kinetic versions of my work, I wanted to learn more about moving mechanisms (pulleys, levers) so that I can make them myself.
The campus at Penland is breathtaking and I was fortunate to work in such a beautiful, peaceful location for two weeks. It was a vacation where you also worked very long days, giving me flashbacks of architecture school.
Gary gave us several small projects in the first week, giving us the opportunity to play, fail, and practice. Working in the metals studio, we worked in wood and metal rod, which was a learning curve for me. I learned how to use a jeweler's saw to (tediously) cut gears and learned how NOT to punch out a washer.
In the second week, we were given the freedom to pursue individual projects and finish lingering ones from the first week. Since I had an upcoming show at Greenhill, I started thinking about my two sculptures for the show. Inspired by the movement of construction elevators in downtown Raleigh, I wanted to make an object that moved up and down, possibly passing a second object. After trying to figure it out on my own, I discussed with Gary and we arrived at a rack and pinion system...with more gears! A rack and pinion system would provide a stop in the line of travel that I needed. During the rest of the week I built a prototype of the rack and pinion on a wood frame. At the end of the week, my rack ended up looking like a pop-up periscope. I came back to Raleigh and re-used my gears in a new tower structure, to create Peeper for the Following Threads show.
I have some new work up at the Following Threads show at Greenhill in Greensboro, NC with artists Leigh Suggs, Jason Watson, and Harriet Hoover. In the show I have works of paper, fabric, and thread from the Amusement, In Search of Lightness, and Industrial Fabric series. I have four new drawings and two sculptures that I am calling Work/Play, for their exploration of the relationship between structures of work and objects of play. Last year I was inspired by visiting the Zollverein coal mine in the Ruhr industrial region of Germany as well as the vintage German toy museums in Nuremberg and Munich. In the drawings I have used structures of work such as cranes and winding towers from mine shafts that are re-imagined as playful toys with addition of colorful flags and banners.
To hear more about this work come see my artist talk - Wed, Oct 29 5:30-7:00 (with Leigh Suggs).
In May I had a fun-filled trip with friends to New York City. Being close to summer, I wanted to make a trip out to Coney Island to see it in person after so much research of the iconic amusement parks. On Sunday afternoon Craig and I took a long subway ride out to make the afternoon tour given by the Coney Island History Project. It was a walking tour that showed us the few remaining charming historic parts of Coney Island amidst the loud annoying music and shiny new super thrill rides. Deno's Wonder Wheel, Spook-o-rama, the Cyclone, some of the kiddie rides, and a shooting game are a few vintage parts that remain. (Some parts have been destroyed by fire or closed and dismantled.) We took a ride on the Wonder Wheel, choosing a stationary car over the ones that swing back and forth. I loved the colors of the Wonder Wheel and all of the old hand-painted signage.
Saturday we took a day trip out to see Storm King, a sculpture park outside the city. The setting was beautiful and scale and the siting of the works was impressive. There were several Mark di Suvero massive sculptures with suspended parts that slightly hovered in the air. The Alexander Calder sculptures were my favorite; I love his whimsical forms and his color red.
I was also inspired by Fortunato Depero's work at the Guggenheim Italian Futurism show. I loved his forms and color palette, similar to the Wonder Wheel. Both were from the same time period, around 1920. The painting below reminds me of The Wizard of Oz, one of my favorite movies.
I am competing for prizes at the second-annual Artfields, a 10-day art competition where artists hang work inside the buildings of the small town of Lake City, South Carolina and compete for prizes. Artists enter one work and compete with 400 artists from the southern region. I was chosen to display my kinetic installation Escape Plan in the Downtown Bakery & Deli on Main Street.
This weekend my husband and I drove down to Lake City to install Escape Plan. It was raining, but Craig had built a quick OSB cover for the back of his truck and kept the tower painting panel dry. I had visited the bakery earlier this month to determine location and outlets, so hanging the panel and return wheel was straightforward. The next step was trickier - measuring new rope to fit the site, sewing on the 17 gondolas to the new spacing (with hard-to-cut kite string), then getting the rope to stay on the wheels and move around steadily at the right speed. I picked a fun location - running over the heads of people ordering their food. It is ready to go for the competition that runs April 25-May 4. If you are in SC, you can visit and vote on your favorite piece (wink, wink).
My works Thinking of You, Freak Flag, and Lantern from the In Search of Lightness series are featured in the 2014 Soul | Body Connection article, "How to Inspire." This body of work is a great match for Spirituality & Health magazine.
I now have two window displays up for spring, one in Chapel Hill, NC for the Downtown Windows of Chapel Hill project, and one at Nüvonivo children's boutique in Raleigh, NC.
For the Windows of Chapel Hill "Flower Box" installation, I used flatter flowers of paper and fabric that were machine sewn and layered with foamcore for depth. I made all of the flowers and leaves before installation day and then on site cut the blue backdrop paper and trellis sticks to size. Installing a window with wind gusts, the weather chill, and all kinds of people walking by was a new experience. The parking meter was going and I had to cut, pin, glue and get it up there quick.
For the Nüvonivo spring window, the Maloufs wanted to reuse their "snow globe" window decal, so I imagined a terrarium with tall paper grass and big paper flower vines growing up the back walls. I made these flowers more three-dimensional, out of layers of paper and foamcore. The monarch butterflies are made of yellow cardstock, hand-drawn black ink lines, polka-dot fabric, and black pipe cleaners.
My proposal was accepted for Windows on Chapel Hill, a pop-up art installation in empty storefronts of downtown Chapel Hill, NC. This is a spring window, so I will be using bright and colorful paper and fabric to create a variety of flowers growing on wood trellis structures, titled "Flower Box." My window will be in the Walgreen's display window at 108 E. Franklin St from February 25 - May 30.
Summer is here and just a few more months are left to prepare for my show at Artspace. I have the giant roller coaster complete as well as a few more rides. Here's a sneak peak of the construction. The big show is:
Thought Maps & Ladders
Ray Duffey and Becky Joye
Artspace Gallery 1
September 14 - November 9, 2013
I am designing an amusement park which will open in the fall of 2013 at Artspace. Within the park a group of islands called The Magic Place is under construction. At Designbox on March 1, I will have the islands open for a special viewing.
Venture to The Magic Place to find a group of islands with a kaleidoscopic playscape of twists and turns. Climb in to The Lookout for a secret view of the main land. Ascend The Tree Houses for a ride down the giant swirly slide. Sneak to another island through wandering chutes and underground tunnels. At The Magic Place, magic is waiting for you at every corner!
The Magic Place
Opening Friday, March 1, 6-10 pm
Continues through March 29
I am delighted to be selected as a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace in downtown Raleigh from January - July 2013. I will move into my new studio space (215A) on Tuesday, January 8. During the residency, I will continue to work on my Amusement theme, with a goal of creating my own amusement park for a show in Artspace Gallery 1 in the fall. Prepare to be amused!
Artspace is located at 201 E. Davie Street in downtown Raleigh. The galleries and artist studios are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm. Throughout my six-month residency, come by for First Fridays or schedule a visit to see my amusement park under construction!
I just finished my art board for Cooke St. Carnival (whew, at the last minute). It was fun and challenging to make a 4'x6' painting in 3 days. For the board, I was inspired by the iconic Parachute Jump ride at Coney Island. Unfortunately, the ride last operated in 1964, but the structure still stands as a historic landmark at Coney Island. But now you can simulate the ride at Cooke St. Carnival!
Cooke St. Carnival is an annual grassroots neighborhood carnival located in the Idlewild neighborhood of Raleigh. It happens this Saturday, October 13, 1-6 pm. There are art vendors, food trucks, bands, a slow bike race, and a peep flamingo eating contest! I'm looking forward to attending for my first year here in Raleigh. Check out their website for more details: www.cookestreetcarnival.com.
On July 18, I moved into my first solo studio space at 311 W. Martin St. Galleries & Studios in downtown Raleigh, after working several isolated years at home. I am hoping to meet some new artists and have visitors come by and see my work.
The 311 studio hours:
Open Wed - Sat 11-6pm or by appointment
Open First Fridays of the month until 9pm
I headed back to Austin for the June 15 opening of Symptoms of Structure, showing 9 new works from my new series, Amusement, alongside works by Rebecca Rothfus and Jason Webb. It was a beautiful show opening and a happy reunion with my friends there.
See work from the show online at www.grayduckgallery.com or in person until July 15.
With the big move to Raleigh, I wanted to make an appearance on the Raleigh art scene with a BANG, so I applied and was accepted to the downtown Raleigh Artsplosure art festival. I found out that setting up for art festivals is not for sissies, and was lucky to have my husband Craig and our friend Robby to set-up and take-down the booth. Craig built the booth walls where we were staying in Asheville, while I packaged prints. All of the artwork was framed in Austin, driven across the country, and stored in our storage space. The day before the festival, Craig and I made my 8 foot sign in Robby's backyard. In the end, the booth did come together beautifully under sunny skies. As a nice surprise to end the day on Saturday, I received a merit award from the Artsplosure judges panel!