WELL TOGETHER // New work at The Mill

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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. 

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I included some mirrored plexiglass pieces for a funhouse effect.  I installed right in front of the place where the toast preparer stands and I hope it makes him/her only happy.

I included some mirrored plexiglass pieces for a funhouse effect.  I installed right in front of the place where the toast preparer stands and I hope it makes him/her only happy.

Huge thanks to Ben Laramie for helping me with cutting all this wood, to Jason Kalogiros for your assistance hanging those big pieces up high, and to the Mill for having me.