Wednesday, March 07, 2007

New Site, New Project (Normalizing Relations IV)

Hey hey! Thanks to the amazing Brad Walker, super designer, musician, and companero de mi corazon, I have a re-tooled site. We have been working on it since the end of December and he has been very patient in dealing with all of my idiosyncrasies.

Lots of arrows! And highlighter! And handwriting! I am stuck in the 1990's - if only I was an Indy rock band...

A few of the older projects are as they were on the old site but that will change in the future. But the newer projects are exciting! There's SAMETIME, a yearlong project that The Brad and I embarked on in mid-December, Alley-Oop which some of you may have seen but now there are installation shots on the site, and You're Invited has been completely re-worked and now includes everyone whose mom sent me a picture. The text isn't included- yet- I'm still trying to figure out the best way to integrate it with the images.

SAMETIME is the reason we worked on the site. Like I mentioned above, Brad and I began a little before the new year. The project involves both of us taking a picture at 7:15pm every day, regardless of where we are or what we're doing. Before posting the pictures on the site we write captions- new pictures are generally posted every 3-5 days. The images download pretty quickly so don't be afraid to check out the three months of pictures we have taken so far. The project has been great- not at all a burden, and it's been interesting to see how we respond to how the other writes and photographs. I won't get all gushy on how the project makes me feel about the confluence of art making, collaboration, and friendship.

And finally, the show that opens next Monday at JMU- I'm really excited about it. I'll be showing Posthumous, and Alyssa will be showing vernacular pictures that she's collected over the years, and that she uses as source material in her work. I head there this weekend to install both of our work and then I meet w/ grads on Monday b/f the opening. I need to do an Alyssa post.

I keep thinking that I've had the most productive February in my history. Watch out when May rolls around!


Chris Freeman said...

I love it.. You are the wonderful. Your photography is always so natural yet also other-worldly.

Churlita said...

I don't have time to look at it at work, but I can't wait to check it out once I get home. It sounds like the kind of thing I would love. Good for you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Michael, I flound - what an interesting word - found the blog, and have been clicking on all the links. I ended up here! So now you are in my bookmarks and I have to come back later and find out more about Posthumos and your 7:15am collaborative work... Back to painting, or maybe laundry.

Brenda Isenberg