New year, and I've been fusing some vibrant colors together, largely thanks to a heap of Bullseye glass a friend had left over after a project. It inspired me to play. Here's to glass artist friends!
The Shop Section is getting a major overhaul, and now you can purchase certain wearables and paintings and other things directly from the website>> A lot more to come soon! Stay tuned! Stay positive!
December 2017, I finally reached one of my long-term destinations - the continent of Australia. I had been mesmerized by australian aboriginal art since the moment i first saw an exhibition of it 20 years ago, so it was a long awaited encounter.
In Australia, they call restrooms "toilets", everybody has a slight sunburn on their face and a surfboard in their closet, they tap credit cards on the register when they make purchases, and sometimes they say "fair dinkum", meaning of which is so elusive only a real Australian is able to make use of it.
Here's some of my favorite moments from the trip:
One lovely afternoon my friend Paul took us hiking in Yarra Ranges Park and it had the biggest ferns I've ever seen and mountain ash trees, which are a kind of eucalyptus.
A trip down the Great Ocean road culminated in a surfing session and I even caught a ride or two in the splendid water of the Pacific.
The Brighton bathing boxes were striking in their vibrancy, and the Melbourne skyline beautiful in the bright summer sun)
Going on a ferry to a nude beach in Watson Bay with views of the Opera.
National Gallery of Victoria had some great contemporary art.
I also enjoyed the collection of contemporary Aboriginal art at the Ian Potter Gallery.
It was eye-opening to hang out with the locals and enjoy the many facets of Australian culture, nature and creativity. I'll be sure to go back in the not too distant future. I'll be excited to hear from you about your findings in Australia, in comments. In the meantime, i'm wildly inspired to produce new work :) if you're not my IG follower yet, be sure to add my IG channel for some stimulating content.
The June show was the winner. First and foremost thanks to the lovely people who showed up to the opening! I'm deeply grateful to my amazing friends and studio mates for making it so special! Besides, I felt satisfied with the content and quality of my recent work and great conversation that started around it.
This piece was in the show and very dear to me, therefore ultimately exceptionally good for practicing non-attachment :) It got acquired several days after the opening and suddenly flew away to the country of Georgia, which is a big honor for me. I hope it brings many joyful moments to those around it.
And here are a few pictures from the show.
I filled our horizontal display with personal artifacts, drawings and trinkets, which was super fun. There was my favorite portrait of my mom mixed in with my self-portrait as Van Gogh (with one ear covered by bandages), a rainbow flag, a painting of naked but masked Pussy Riot girls doing an Henri Matisse's dance, a Flow Kana lamp i fused, a painting of me smoking a doobie and skyping with my brother etc... Each gave a glimpse of my personality and told a little story.
In this photo you can see a 2006 ticket to a Depeche mode show in St Petersburg Russia that I never used. Didn't have to, because I won one on the radio. Along with meet and greet with the band before the show and CD of the album they then released. This ticket was a coveted commodity there at the time but I failed to sell it, for until the very moment i got access to backstage, I wasn't buying that my childhood dream was coming true ;) This ticket reminds me that wildest dreams come true in this magical universe in most unexpected ways.
In March, i traveled to Israel for the first time in 11 years, to see my beloved friends. That trip was a blast despite some weird shit that happened to my face at the Dead Sea, and I came back all charged with love, Mediterranean breeze and inspiration.
I got busy painting and finished 3 big new paintings in April:
Next I finally acquired a diamond band saw and a grinder for the studio, which means that things like this will be much easier to produce!
I can't wait to take my glass to a whole new level with these tools!
Even before I left for Israel, I started realizing that my studio was getting too small for my needs... and fantasizing about a bigger space. Imagine my surprise when i came back and a studio mate announced her space would become available soon! Therefore, since the beginning of May, i'm occupying a space about twice as big as I used to and now have plenty of room to play and create in. Woot woot!
And finally, it's that time of the year when i'm about to hit another number on the age scale! This time, it's 4-dimensional :) i think it'll be fun to see friends, family and strangers come by my newest show in my most natural surroundings - da Studio - and cheer to my birth on this planet. You are invited!