Guadalupe Street Coffee
May 2 - June 9, 2007
From the artist statement for the show:
My personal battles in the artmaking process are not so much to give contextual meaning to my imagery, but to find the best visual vocabulary for the ideas I need to express. Sail On, Sailor embodies the culmination of several years of printmaking experiments that achieve “the best visual vocabulary.” The work represented revolves around the theme of loss and the sea: the Biblical tale of Jonah being swallowed by a whale becomes a surrogate for the incredible insignificance of one person inside the vastness of the ocean. I’ve translated the story incorporating screenprints, spray paint, acrylic, felt, and wood to create imagery with a tactile experience.
A monoprint from June. I'm not sure that I'm expressly interested in monoprints as much anymore, but I thought this was interesting just the same. I might be more into experimentation than anything.
I didn't realize until I looked back at my pictures, but this ghost print has a vague quality about it that resembles the pictures I took of the big Texas sky earlier that day. Kinda neat.
The guidelines for this one were pretty simple: Edition of fifteen 5x7 inch prints in the printmaking media of litho, screenprint, intaglio, relief, or any combination of those.
Prints to be collated and sent back out in late spring!
May 1 - 25, 2008
Fiber Artspace, Blue Star Arts Complex
From the promotional copy for the show:
Printmaker Nicole Geary has been printing on surfaces other than paper for several years. Feminist issues such as body image, equal rights, and gender discrimination often influence Geary’s work. In point, pattern, print, Geary continues to highlight these struggles, delving into personal and sometimes painful issues women have with their bodies throughout their lives. Various printed images are bound up by the needle and thread, and a new image may appear from the pieces of another.
I had a great opening reception thanks to all my wonderful friends. In fact, I had the best opening reception night that Fiber Artspace has seen since its inception! Also, having sold 2 pieces on my opening night was beyond awesome. Thanks, J & L. You dudes rock, too.
During the First Friday opening, Larry Lange and the Lonely Knights announced my show several times during their set. That was pretty wonderful, and all I had to do for that great promotion was give them some cold Lone Stars. They played some really nice tunes.
As a follow up to all this show madness, I have landed an "artist spotlight" in 210 SA, a local newspaper thing. The artist spotlights, I think, are great because they don't always do the usual folk-- it's people you might not catch if you're not a First Friday worshipper. This makes me so excited! I'm being phone interviewed.
For this exchange, I hand-printed "Sweet Fortune" on rice paper with a baren instead of using a press. It probably went much quicker than trying to find the right pressure since the lino was mounted. Not to mention, I was in a studio with other people printing intaglio, so changing the pressure every time for my block would have been a pain. The ink is a little sweeter pink than I usually mix up, but cookies and sweetness are okay for this image.
I got several awesome prints back from the exchange, including a fragrant woodcut from Puerto Rico.
At Southwest School of Art & Craft is a yearly juried show. This one is happening now through June 15th. I have two pieces in this show, so go check it out if you are in the San Antonio area. The SSAC galleries and studios are pretty great.