fall in nyc – 2014

Fall in NYC, Fall 2014

This past September I drove down to NYC for the NY Art Book Fair & Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference (CABC) presented by Printed Matter. This was my third year attending both the fair & conference (2012 | 2011). I honestly didn’t spend as much time at the fair as I have previously: 1. because I am broke and 2. I was only there for a couple of days and I wanted to visit my baby brother who is currently living in Manhattan on a co-op from RIT.

My favorite session this year at the CABC was on Saturday, “The Re-Materialization of the Art Book: Contemporary Livres d’Artistes“. Sheelagh Bevan (Morgan Library), Jenni Quilter (NYU), & Maddy Rosenberg (Central Booking) all spoke about various examples of how the livre d’artiste has evolved into a collaboration opportunity between visual artists & writers. I walked away from this session with a ton of notes – but one word I had written in bold with stars around it in my notebook, and that was the name Iliazd. Bevan’s talk about Poésie de mots inconnus, Iliazd, & the Lettrist debate really piqued my interest! Over the last few months I have been reading up on Iliazd and I’m excited to say I’m currently obsessed. His work is fascinating – I’ll obsess more in a future blog post.

Back to the fair. Yes, that is a picture of an Artist Book Vending Machine! Fun, right?

That selfie with my brother is with one of Dan Graham’s pieces at the Met. I can’t go to NYC without visiting the Met! This was one of Graham’s smaller pieces indoors – we also went up onto the roof to see his Roof Garden commission Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout. Apparently I didn’t take any photos from the roof – or, I just can’t find them right now. I can’t believe I didn’t take a single picture!

I spent Saturday night and most of Sunday hanging out with my brother. Sunday, before I drove back up to ROC, we took a walk on the High Line – my FAVE place in NYC. I really lucked out that weekend, the weather was beautiful.

Now, I’m back in ROC and in the middle of a winter snowstorm. I’m not looking forward to digging out my car tomorrow morning. Maybe I’ll snowshoe to work.


still here!


WOW! These last few months have flown by! If you follow me on Twitter / Instagram then you’ll know I have been super busy at the gallery I work at. Our current exhibition 6x6x2014 is winding down and we’re gearing up for the fall season. I LOVE FALL.

Speaking of 6x6x2014, we’re SO CLOSE to reaching our fundraising goal of 2,500 artworks sold! Head on over to roco6x6.org to support RoCo! Artworks are only $20 each!

Read all about my past 6×6 involvement in my archives!

TODAY – spurse @ RoCo


Yep, today is the day! Join spurse and I at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) for a day of foraging and conversation! For more information, check out the FB event page and/or the project website.

10AM – 4PM Eating Place: An urban foraging workshop
Join us for a gleaning walk to share knowledge and sense a world of pleasures under our feet. Is it possible to map new habits and ways of being in the city? How can sensing our environment activate non-consumer patterns? We will collect edibles from parks, dumpsters, restaurants, markets and create a “freegan” picnic. Dress code: be ready for a little dirt and adventure. Meet us at RoCo at 10am. 137 East Ave.

7PM – 10PM: The Civil Appetites
Taste the local with food gleaned from the streets of Rochester. Come celebrate the launch of spurse’s experimental cookbook Eat Your Sidewalk and join in the discussion!

Also, I am thrilled to report that my Indiegogo campaign was successfully funded on Tuesday! THANK YOU to everyone who donated and helped spread the word! I really appreciate it.

photo courtesy of spurse

Silver and Water

Silver and Water at George Eastman House

Silver and Water at George Eastman House

Silver and Water at George Eastman House

Silver and Water at George Eastman House

Silver and Water at George Eastman House

Silver and Water at George Eastman House


Remember back in March when I was a guest contributor on the George Eastman House Blog? My post, Riding Around In A Camera, was a look back on my experience with the Liminal Camera in response to my visit to GEH to check out the Silver and Water exhibition.

There are two really great events, presented by Metabolic Studio, coming up next week in conjunction with Silver and Water. I will be attending both – join me!

Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm
Visual Studies Workshop
Pinhole Cinema and an Aesthetic of the Handmade

Robert Schaller will present a theoretical framework for pinhole filmmaking and discuss the implications of the handmade as a part of photography in general. The presentation will be part talk and part film show, illustrated by screenings of Robert’s short handmade pinhole films and documentation of other handmade projects.

Wednesday, May 8 at 6 pm
George Eastman House

An 8-foot by 12-foot negative of Kodak’s chemical factory has sat for the last two months soaking in a shallow bath of water at the George Eastman House, its silver image slowly decaying. Now Bon and her team invite the public to participate in a darkroom performance—the South Gallery will be converted into a darkroom for the evening, and a giant contact print will be made with audience participation.

please note: I took the photos of the exhibition above back in March – the print submerged in the water has greatly degraded since then.

ROC Crit Group @ Imagine RIT

current work in progress - Untitled (2013)

I’m excited to be sharing my current work in progress with The Rochester Critique Group at Imagine RIT on May 4th! I’ve been working on a new book project since this past fall and looking forward to spending more time on it as I wrap up my thesis project. So, mark your calendars and JOIN US! Also, HUGE thanks to our fearless leader Alyssa Marzolf who brought us together, started The Rochester Critique Group, and signed us up to exhibit on May 4th! YAY!

Imagine RIT
May 4, 2013, 10AM-5PM
Free – Rain or Shine

The Rochester Critique Group Exhibit
Exhibit Code: LOW-110
Zone: Business District
Location: Max Lowenthal Hall (LOW/012) – Second Floor
Time: All Day
Age Group: 15-adult

The Rochester Critique Group’s mission is to foster creative growth in a positive, supportive, and stimulating environment for artists, critics, curators, and/or those interested in forging a position in the art community. The Rochester Critique Group is presenting an exhibit that is comprised of various artworks by Rochester-based artists. Our group aims to grow exponentially as local, emerging artists discover the vitality of the critique in their works’ developmental process and growth. The Rochester Critique Group plans to participate in various aspects of the art world, including exhibitions and print-on-demand books.

Alyssa Marzolf, Whitney Warne, Justin Schmidt, Nick Marshall, Tim Avery, Nick Brandreth, Jim DeWitt, Greg Caggiano, Adam Maida, Peter Lazarski, Travis Johansen, Kaitlin Legg, Cameron Farash, Paul Schlieter, Doug Weglicki, Margaret Storms, Amy Lula, Laura Walczak, Greta Page-Mann, Kathryn DeFeo, Jesse Ames, Jenna Shay, Ali Sable, Declan Ryan, Megan Charland, Janna Salmin, Cory E. Card, Ben Gilberg

Eat It @ RoCo

opening of Eat It at RoCo

Have you been in to see Eat It: Artists Explore Food & Consumption at Rochester Contemporary Art Center yet? The opening was a couple of weeks ago – you can read more about that and see more photos (photo above from opening reception of Eat It) over on The Civil Appetites blog. There is also an invitation to dinner over on that blog – join spurse and I on May 3rd!

PRESS: there is a nice Eat It review over on City Newspaper’s blog.


6x6x2012 at RoCo (roco6x6.org)

6x6x2012 at RoCo (roco6x6.org)

6x6x2012 at RoCo (roco6x6.org)

6x6x2012 at RoCo (roco6x6.org)

6x6x2012 at RoCo (roco6x6.org)

6x6x2012 at RoCo (roco6x6.org)

Today is the last day to submit to 6x6x2013! It’s been great watching the photos from RoCo’s Facebook Page cross my feed – so many photos of boxes upon boxes of 6×6 entries! I can’t wait for the opening on June 1st!


– RoCo is open from 1-5pm today, so get your submissions in! Finish up your submission with your cup of coffee this morning!

– Each artwork must be 6×6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6×6 board, and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously.

– All entries will be accepted, exhibited and will be for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo.

– Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 14, 2013. Sold Out artists’ names will be revealed next to their work online on July 5.

– Anyone may enter up to 6 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter.

Ready to submit? Let’s do this! Here is the Entry Form – PDF and check out the 6×6 website for FAQs.

I cannot emphasize enough how FUN this exhibition is to participate in and it gets even better every year! 6x6x2013 – you’re already looking good!

photos from 6x6x2012 – click link for even more photos!

I love 6×6 season! Last year I assisted RoCo Staff in photographing 7,505 works of art (donated by 3,050 artists from all 50 states and 45 countries!) for the 6x6x2012 on-line gallery. 2011 I assisted RoCo Staff in photographing 4,407 works of art (donated from all 50 states and 34 countries!) for the 6x6x2011: Global on-line gallery. I assisted RoCo Staff in photographing 5,004 works of art for the 6x6x2010: You Asked For It on-line gallery, I personally photographed 3,077 works of art for the 6x6x2009 – Second and Final Year! on-line gallery, and I assisted in the design and coordination of 6x6x2008 – the FIRST 6×6 exhibition! Love 6×6. Love.