Tonight is the opening! 6-9! Please come, if not for the art, then for the pizza.
I have known Josey Baker for a number of years. I would follow his loaves around town and his writing on his blog. One pizza night I told him I was on my way to Vermont for a residency. Knowing Josey was from Vermont, I thought maybe I could make work while I was there and show it at the Mill upon my return. I would call it "The Vermont Series". It would be drawings of barns and snow and deer and antlers.
Well, we did settle on a date for the show and I did go to Vermont and I did make a few "Vermont Series" drawings, but you will not be seeing those on the wall at The Mill. But instead of making work about Vermont, I made work for the people at the Mill, about the space. I took inspiration from the shapes and patterns already there. The herringbone tile which is mirrored on the other side of the space on the merchandise wall. I really find great satisfaction in referencing the space I am showing in and sometimes intervening... taking cues from the space and then adding color that reflects it too.
When I visited The Mill to take some measurements, the toast preparer confided in me that it sort of bothered him that the artwork hanging on the wall often hung a bit crooked. And he had to look at it all day, whilst spreading butter impeccably upon toast, unable to do much about the unevenly hung works of art. "Noted", I told him. And then, I got a nail gun.