Hui Min Guo: The print show was enjoyable. The print show was welcoming. The print show was exciting.
If I said either one of the statements alone, I would be lying. I would be excluding the stress, the awkwardness and the uneasiness toward the future it planted within me. The print show was enjoyable, and welcoming, and exciting, but it was more than that. The event building up a week, a day, or an hour before it would be forgotten, and that wouldn't do. My audience don't need to know that my displayed works are products of three days, layered consecutively, and soaked in sweat. I don't think the fact I had plunged through a 2 hour long of SAT testing, directly before is particular interesting either. Regardless, they complicated my feelings about the show.
It was odd. Although everything seemed a little odd due to my exhaustion. To be the artist meant you had the right to explain and criticize your work, your own content, in front of strangers. The level of intimacy was something I never experienced. I was able to adore my work openly, although it made me uncomfortable when people expressed interest in my work. I have difficulties with confrontations, even friendly ones. It was unnatural for me to gush over my art like a proud parent, but I did anyway. Since I did love my work and appreciated when other people did too. I took time to navigate people toward works that I found personally pleasing as well, since a few of my classmates were absent, or were too modest to praise themselves.
I viewed the print show as an appetizer to the thesis show. As correct, or incorrect, as my assumption is, I was overwhelmed by the intensity of the supposed appetizer. I don't know what to expect for the future. For now, I guess I'll be looking forward to the thesis show (?)
Gregory Haller, Jan 11, 2019
The Kathrine Solomon exhibit at the Kingston Artist Collective was a great show because of its unique, mysterious, and dark photos. Solomon’s photos were just incredible! The model in the photo wore an animal print dress, yellow heels, and had a purple wig on. Purple lights flared in the background, bouncing deliberately off objects the model. The lights gave the photos a powerful purple presence. I, for one, appreciated the complimentary colors. The photos are stills from a video. When Solomon told us I thought it was amazing because of how clear, crisp, and clean the photos were. There was a slight grain to the photos, it worked in its favor as it gave it an archaic feeling of TV static. Solomon’s methods to her photos are great it’s a unique way to put together a series of photos.
Another photo I like of Solomon’s was of a the model, now dressed in normal attire and without her pristine purple wig, sitting in front of a mirror holding a drink with makeup and bobby pins on the table. The model is looking away from her reflection, almost avoiding herself. The photo was beautiful for its mystery. The model is dispassionate, she looks away and doesn’t want to see herself. Solomon’s photo is cold and emotional, it made me question myself on the circumstances behind the glance away from the mirror. It’s a slight gesture but it’s impactful.
Hanging the photos was a process. Myself and Kaya Keller cleaned the glass used in the hanging of the photos, it came bundled with small cuts on our fingertips. We didn’t mind, we had fun using newspaper to clean off glass. Lights were being adjusted on the ceilings as others figured out ways to move lights around to shine on the photos.
The opening was fun! Always a blast at the openings because it’s wonderful to be around local artists and hear the chit-chat about the local arts scene in and around Kingston. As always, it’s great to be with my fellow PUGG members to have societal, political, or artistic discussions. They’re always wide ranging and are hugely insightful. Getting to know the members of PUGG more with each meeting, install, and opening warms my heart.
Kathrine Solomon’s photography strikes a strong cord of intrigue, identity, and idiosyncrasy. They strike a level of subtle flare of repressed intimacy with another person or their own self. I find her photos to be a battle between taking control of one’s own life and preventing it from letting personal power to be taken away. Solomon’s photos are worth more than a glance, take a deep look at them as they may spark you into being your own self.
12/1/18 print show
The Senior Seminar/WSW print show, held at the Kingston artist collective, was a thrilling night for all who attended. The work was made by the Kingston High school senior seminar class, a class for seniors, who are active in the arts and want to peruse it in the future, with the help of the women studio workshop. WSW is an art studio that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provides professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promotes programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts. The senior seminar class visited WSW once a week through the span of four week. The students, guided by the teachers and interns from WSW, worked in the silk screen studio, make handmade paper, explored monoprint and book binding.
With the skills learned at and with the art made at WSW, the students returned to KHS and finished works of art, that are now hanging, with the help of PUGG and the WSW interns at the Kingston artist collective for the whole month of December.
My personal experience, as a PUGG member and as a Senior Seminar student, was beyond words with amazement. Seeing all the amazing works everyone made, using the new techniques learned at WSW, was very inspirational for me as an artist. Helping with the hanging of others work, as a PUGG member, felt great. It was an amazing experience that I am very grateful to have be a part of.
Emma Townsend – Steigler
Preparing for an art opening: Hui Min Guo
Preparing an art gallery is not an easy task. The process requires more than eyeballing a random wall, and hoping that the art works are centered. I first walked in the Pop Up Gallery on 624 Broadway ignorant on the subject. A couple of months later, I walked out of our expanded space ,626 Broadway, slightly more knowledgeable. Upperclassmen and Mrs. G dissected the information to the basics. Even as a neophyte, I was able to pick up the proper methods of installing, organizing available space, and publication thanks to them.
Skills and useful tips that included: When holding a hammer, resist the urge to grab the handle with your entire hand. Instead, position your index finger behind the handle for more control. There are different shades of white paint. You should pay attention to see if the paint doubles as a primer; if not, gesso may be necessary. The paint should also be stirred before use. When painting walls, the walls themselves should be painted with rollers. The rollers should be moved in a W-shaped, the open space should then be covered with another roll. The bottom edges and corners should be covered using brushes. At least three layers of paint for an originally bare wall. When the spackle is crumbly, it's not good anymore. Since spackle dries easily, cover the bucket if it's not in use.
Art works can be hung with wire, tack, T-pins, or magnets.
Openings are traditionally on the first Saturday of the month. Press release should be out at least two weeks before that. ( In the middle of the previous month ). Keep track of the number of visitors during openings and ask them to leave emails if they're interested.
Actively seek opportunities in local events. There is a correct way to sweep, mop, and wipe the windows. The cleaning should be done regularly.
Always treat the artwork with care, especially with water colors and photos. The gallery should have set ups for 2D works, as well as structural and digital pieces. Pedestals, easels, and a computer should be at hand to fulfill the basic requirements. I gained valuable experiences on managing a gallery while watching the organization grow and gradually become incorporated into the community. It was an enjoyable learning experience, and I look forward to spending more time at PUGG.
Green Kill review by Kaya Wren Keller
I visited Green Kill last week with PUGG, and it’s such a cool place. It's small it’s packed with art and a small stage for the performances that happen at night. Even the bathroom is full of art.
When you walk in, the walls are covered in what looks like graffiti. When you look closer though, you’ll notice it’s actually chalk. And then, you’ll notice a little container of chalk hanging on the wall, encouraging you to add to this impromptu mural. There are quotes and scribbles and some unsavory language- all the most important elements of good bathroom wall art, and it’s all perfectly legal.
I've always thought the insides of particularly marked up bathroom stalls looked kind of beautiful in their own way and knowing that the owner of Green Kill feels the same way was my favorite part of the visit.
The T-shirt Factory 1917 By...Jeanetta Depace
The T-shirt factory was built in 1917 and purchased in 2005 by Mike Piazza, it first started with 20 artist, writers and videographers. It was originally supposed to be only for photographers and sculptors but more people got interested and wanted to do more art.
One of the artist Alan Stamper liked how he didn't have to explain why he was in the building because everyone there loved art and was an artist. Another artist Heather Gleason opted for more space because she ran out of space in her home studio.
Both artist praised the owner Mike because he was always engaged in helping others with their art, they all believed art is a community and that the t-shirt factory was a community of artist.
I got to actually go to the t- shirt factory the other day, I didn't get to see much, but you can tell by the outside of the building there was many more floors to explore.
The t -shirt factory is very interesting on the inside, it doesn't look like a very artsy place, I would've imagined paint everywhere! and art pieces everywhere, but I guess you cant judge the factory by its cover but only by the creative people in it.