The February Wrap-Up

dark city x beast boutique x void filler x at peace

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Lunchtime

As promised, I will be sharing more casual streams of consciousness this year on FLUX., but even with something deemed ‘casual’ I need to put some structure in place or else I will ramble on for days. I thought it might be interesting to periodically write over lunch during one of my routine visits to my ‘second office’, a nearby coffee shop.

60 minutes. Nothing fussed over or over-polished and undoubtedly riddled with broken links and grammatical errors. And when my mug is empty, and my sandwich reduced to a pile of crumbs, I’ll know it’s time to put my pen down.

Commence stream..

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Like a Bug High on the Wall

“Somebody asked me: ‘What do you do? How do you write, create?’ You don’t, I told them. You don’t try. That’s very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It’s like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like its looks, you make a pet out of it.”

— C. Bukowski ♥

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The January Wrap-Up

walking the earth x a map home x evolving in isolation x light my fire

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2015: Divided by a Barge

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IAI: The Last Hurrah

a keytar x a few friends x a big announcement

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Let’s Kick It: The Coorain Calendar 2016 Kickstarter

OVERVIEW

“Queer Artist To Release Extravagant Calendar – This January something with a little more glitter will be adorning office cubicles and kitchen nooks- a stunning calendar, produced by a team of 16 artists. Coorain, a video and performance artist who is portrayed in every image, views the project as a collaboration of the finest art. Each artist was given creative control, “although I gave them plenty ideas, I chose strong, interesting artists with their own vision.” This collaborative process is a thread that runs through much of Coorain’s work- they host a talk show on local community cable stations and the internet that features artists, musicians, and other cultural producers. “I think I freaked some people out by making a television show as artwork, but it’s been successful in ways I never expected.”

The roster of included artists includes Boston-based heavyweights, like Sandrine Schaefer, who just completed a summer-long exhibition at the ICA and current Brother Thomas Fellow, and Caleb Cole, a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, along with a few relatively unknown artists, like Risa Horn and Joyce Taihei, a recent MassArt graduate whose lush images are dark, yet colorful. “Taihei is so great,” says Coorain, “She uses long-exposures to capture rainbows that the human eye can’t see.” Revealing what can’t or isn’t typically seen is also a big reason Coorain is making this calendar. As much as a few of these artists have begun to make a name for themselves, most are working second or third jobs to support themselves. Any profits Coorain receives will be shared equally with all the artists, many of which land on the LGBT spectrum. “We’re in a cultural moment where people talk big about tolerance and acceptance, but when I look at mainstream culture, gender is heavily policed. I want people to see there are more options.”

The calendar, which is available for pre-order UNTIL DEC. 7 AT 5PM here, is both a political and aesthetic object. “It isn’t often that queer individuals are able to control their own image and I’m so excited to see myself, as someone with an atypical gender, reflected in something so everyday, so normal as a calendar.” Sharing earnings isn’t the only way Coorain is trying to make this a socially-responsible project- it’s also being printed locally, at a print house that specializes in environmentally friendly materials.”

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Caleb Cole

Robert L. Chamberlin

DEAD ART STAR

Matt Gamber

Brian Christopher Glaser

Risa Horn

Amiko Li 

Geena Matuson

Zoe Perry-Wood

Laura Beth Reese

Dayna Rochell

Sandrine Schaefer

Joyce Taihei

Nabeela Vega

Xtina Wang

 

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We have until 5PM EST, on Monday December 7th (aka tomorrow) to kick it!

So, be sure to pick up a 2016 Coorain Calendar HERE.

Let’s help support some of #bosarts best this holiday season. ♥

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The December Wrap-Up

part of the silence x comforts of home x your ticket out

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Holiday Happenings

plenty x a welcome surprise x just what i always wanted 

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Giving Thanks: IAI Edition

It’s time to give thanks.

The Isles Arts Initiative would not have happened without you.

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