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Month: May, 2013

WNYBAC’s 5th member show!

The Western New York Book Arts Collaborative is having its fifth annual member show this evening and my Buffalo people better be going. For those of you (Iowa people) who don’t know, WNYBAC is an awesome non-for-profit gallery, book center, letterpress & screen-printing shop. I’ve been a member of this local institution since its conception in my final year at SUNY Buffalo. Back then I used to bribe my art club to come help clean up lead type and prime walls with doughnuts and coffee! I was also part of a 3-person show, Remembrances, a few years ago. The people there have always been great supporters of my own fledgling artist career so I always put in a good word for them! Unfortunately, as I am in Iowa, I will not be able to make the opening tonight. I will post photos of the event when I receive them later.

Heres some photos from previous member shows and events there!

Getting the letterpress shop open for business with the SUNY Buffalo Student Visual Arts Organization

First member show, May 2009 maybe?

My show, Remembrances, in January 201o


3rd annual member show, Summer 2010


4th annual member show, Summer 2012

Make sure you go because openings at WNYBAC are guaranteed to draw a great crowd full of awesome people. Sorry to miss it!

The exhibition will be up through July 6th, 2013.

neon sunset lightning rainbow

This is what happens when you take a panoramic photo of a lightning storm. It’s like Lisa Frank at the Iowa City Colonial Lanes….

an epic trip to the field museum


All trips to the field museum are epic.

stuffed animals

The Dinos!!!!

and some miscellaneous rocks & beaches.

actual art at the art institute

We looked at some art while at the art institute, I promise. Thanks to the recommendation of a good friend who is a installer there we decided on a whirlwind tour of the (kind of) new modern & contemporary wings.

First, my obsession with anyone I once wrote a paper about in undergraduate…. here is quite a bit of Max Ernst.

…and here’s the Max Ernst at the Albright Knox that moved me to write said paper in Art History 102…. I learned a lot about frottage…(I obviously like Age of Forests the best of all)


There was also the usual parade of abstract expressionists there…

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While still a bit dismissive of these guys, a few of them (actually, only Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell and sometimes Helen Frankenthaler) have started to inch themselves into my heart & sub-conscious. Mark Rothko has become particularly impressive after spending quite a bit of time in his Tower installation at the National Gallery in Washington DC.

rothko2Unfortunately, I think he’s at his best when not crowed out by all the other action painters usually placed next door.

(I forgot, Clyfford Still wormed his way into my esteem lately as well…sigh. I guess I may like those guys after all)

This one is always a winner….

Rene Magritte, Time Transfixed, 1938

Rene Magritte, Time Transfixed, 1938

The institute also had a special dark room for works on paper to be displayed. It was actually dark in there! (hence, no photos)

Some more companion pieces to more familiar ones from the Albright’s collection.

This time I prefer the Institutes Dead Foul to the Albright’s Carcass of Beef.

Although, the Albright’s Soutine period frame is way more kick ass. (believe me, I’ve had to watch its delicate corners during transporting)

Franz Marc, both Awesome, both made in the same year!

The Wolves

Guess who this guy is!

Farm near Duivendrecht, 1916

Farm near Duivendrecht, 1916

Bet you didn’t think it was Piet Modrian!

Never heard of this person but they warrant some future research.

Nathalija Gontcharova, Spanish Dancer, 1916

Nathalija Gontcharova, Spanish Dancer, 1916

And last, but not least, The Robert Delaunay that inspired my first Etching in my introductory Intaglio class at SUNY Buffalo.

Robert Delaunay, Champs de Mars: The Red Tower, 1911/23

Robert Delaunay, Champs de Mars: The Red Tower, 1911/23

…and heres my subsequent print in response to The Red Tower and a family trip to Norfolk, Virginia (after my instructor told my I wasn’t in high school anymore and I couldn’t turn in another dinosaur still life)

Amanda Maciuba, Norfolk, Virginia, Intaglio, 2006

Amanda Maciuba, Norfolk, Virginia, Intaglio, 2006

Leaving you with that winning image….

the miniature collection at the art institute

Here’s a must-see, yet easy-to-miss collection at the Chicago art institute…. The Miniatures! This was possibly the highlight of our visit. If you’re interested they are hidden away on the ground floor, close to the restrooms (paperweights are also down there).

Two best statements of the day occurred while looking at these little guys….

RS- “Look at that view!” (When admiring a Virginia Dining Room)

JH- “This one is amazing because it’s kitsch inside of kitsch!” (While admiring a Californian Living Room)

Honestly, this exhibit was mostly fun because of the excitement of RS & JH.

paperweights at the chicago art institute

Who knew that the art institute had the worlds largest collection of antique paper weights? I was particularly fond of the ones that had snakes in them….

Art in Iowa City (Part II)

Photo evidence of what happens when you force a group of art students to move out of their studio space so it can be salvaged and (maybe someday) torn down. Fellow Print grad Jenny Harp and I collaborated on a goldfish inspired room in Painting grad Ian Etter‘s old studio space.

The pan….

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Kyle Peets’ Flying Machine on the third floor

David Dunlap in the Attic.

an unknown installation across the hall from the fishbowl.

and a viking funeral in the outdoor bath tub for the very  goldfish that inspired our installation.

The one photo I took of Jaime Knights installation at the Grant Wood Colony.

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Andrea Ferrigno’s Printmaking and Painting thesis. Andrea manages to pair up each print with a seemingly drastically different painting perfectly. The first time I’ve actually seen the over used art critique buzz word “conversation” in action effectively. She also had a special guest that inspired an epic photo shoot….

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General, end of semester crazy-ness- The dino scene collab.

Christopher Pickett’s MFA show in the Porch Gallery, Studio Arts

And visiting professor, Amanda Lee’s work now hanging at PS1, Iowa City.

There are plenty of talented people here that I did not have my camera ready for their shows. If interested, I will link websites to names, same as above. Again, apologies to anyone I missed.

Brendan Baylor

Mary F. Coats

Sarika Sugla

Gabrielle Roth

Lee Yoo

Sarah Smith

Mollie Goldstrum

Richard Wenrich

…and my studio neighbor Josh Dailey, who doesn’t have a website and I forgot to take any photos of his MFA show. Instead, i’ll leave you with the pile of bike parts sitting in his studio….


Printer’s blue x2!


Chicago, IL

Last week I made a spontaneous trip to Chicago with  friends. My most important realization while there was that visiting the windy city in May is 100 times better  then the months of November through March. It is definitely a game changer. Unfortunately, this is probably true for most cities in the upper midwest and northeast. I’m now trying to imagine Milwaukee, WI in May.  It’s probably just as awesome as Buffalo, Chicago and other cities on the Great Lakes are right now.

A few other things I realized while there- the drive out there is not that difficult and I should probably do it more often. Driving in downtown Chicago is not that terrible as long as you have a good passenger to help you navigate and look for parking. Despite one quickly averted attempt down a one way in the wrong direction most of the trip was easy-peasy!

I also came to the conclusion that in one of my past trips to Chicago I must have permanently disoriented myself. For some reason, even when driving myself in from the West I reorient Lake Michigan to the East the minute I hit downtown Chicago. This became a bit difficult as I  rely heavily on my usually correct sense of direction to get around in cities I am unfamiliar with. I spent the entire trip trying to “force” myself to think of the lake to the west, but to no avail. I am at a loss as to how to fix this problem and it distresses me more than it should. Anyone have suggestions? ( At this very moment I am planning on meeting some friends out there for a few days this fall. I need to get it together before then so I can impress them with my “expertise”)

A panoramic of the Chicago waterfront

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Heres a selection of photos of general Springtime in Chicago Wonderful-ness. Posts on our amazing museum trips to follow later.

Art in Iowa City (part I)

A random collection of the Spring MA & MFA shows that I happen to have caught with my camera. (and some random graduate school shenanigans) Apologies to the many friends that I missed… This post is so all of you Buffalo-people can see whats going on out here, in the depths of the midwest.

Visiting artist Michael Krueger from the University at Kansas, Lawrence. While here, I asissted Michael in the creation of  a 2 color photo-litho that included a multitude of hand-stamped parts.

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Fellow Missile Kitten Rachel Livedalen’s MA show, Behold, A Most Spectacular Spectre, in ABW Gallery.

A Cat-Vampire pronto plate demo created by my monotype class


Monotype- Bob demoing stuff...

Monotype- Bob demoing stuff…


Rachel Singel’s MFA show, Imitating Nature, in the Printmaking Staging Space

And two prints of Rachel’s that I now own hanging in my kitchen!


Some prints from the Iowa Print Group Archive-

A Hannah Hoch painting at the University of Iowa Art Museum! (I wrote a 15 page research paper on her Dadaists collages in undergraduate so I was pretty excited to get to see one in person, in Iowa)


A woman named Rebecca, from my Papermaking class’s, Art Education Masters candidacy exhibition. This piece involves hundreds of hand folded  cranes with student notes written onto them.

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And a trip to our print/photo professor, Jim Snitzer’s house to see his backyard creations. Jim spends weeks making exact miniature replications of significnant tourist areas. His work consists of the realistic photos of his own artificial landscapes. After completion, he turns them into fountains and leaves them scattered around his backyard.

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More on this topic later, this is only half.