Monday, January 16, 2017

To New Haven and Providence

 I am in the shop at Eben Kling's house.
I am  printing an edition for a collaborative portfolio with nine other folks.

 He lives in Branford
Connecticut. This is the shop
 that his father and
grandfather used
when they made things.

 A lot of conversations about fathers
and their fathers
doing the best that they could.

The space was thick with memory
and we breathed in
the sadness from the place.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Projects for 2017

The New Haven Project
Ostensibly this is a trip into collaboration with Eben Kling and Adam Kology.
Eben is a printmaker and formers student who has set up shop in Branford Connecticut. Adam is also a former student and a Luthier who work and makes violins in Boston. I had wanted to collaborate again with these two since we made a collaborative road trip project in 2008.
 So I wanted to find some thematic core. I know that both Eben and Adam’s fathers have passed away in the last 6 years.  They are both in their 20’s. My father died when I was 29. So I thought that maybe there could be something there to work with in a “let’s be serious about this but not in a sad-serious” way.

Meanwhile, Eben produces a suite of large epic woodcuts 

and Adam makes an exquisite violin in his shop

while I try to finish 3 films that I started last year.
It will be a good year.