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Odd Jobs revisited

The second installation of a collaborative series with Brandt Eisner was on view for Photopolis, the biannual, city-wide celebration of photography in Halifax, Nova Scotia  (the largest of its kind on the Canadian east coast) during the month ofOctober, 2017.

Brandt and I originally received funding for the series from Arts Nova Scotia in 2014, and the NS Art Bank purchased two works for its collection in 2015.

Artists’ Statement:
The figures of Brandt Eisner and Susan Malmstrom’s collaborative exhibition Odd Jobs labour at their occupations in distorted, hyperreal settings.  For each image, the artists offer their take on what troubling dreams these characters – all of whom are portrayed by Eisner – might experience.  In addition to their own occupational hazards, the characters also face various social and environmental disasters that currently confront waking life in contemporary society. Eisner is known throughout the Halifax region for his whimsical, sometimes over-the-top wearable art, a skill used to produce the characters for each image.  Malmstrom, who edited the work using digital media, has concentrated on photography and installation for 25+ years.  Odd Jobs is the first collaborative effort between the artists, who consider the series a work in progress.

Breaktime (Lumberjack)
Breaktime (Lumberjack)
Contemplating Retirement (Clown)
Contemplating Retirement (Clown)
Pulling Strings (Puppeteer)
Pulling Strings (Puppeteer)
Hunter vs. Hunted (Exterminator)
Hunter vs. Hunted (Exterminator)
Invasive Species (Biologist)
Barbarians at the Gate (Librarian)
Barbarians at the Gate (Librarian)
Weather Alert (Storm Chaser), 2014, Eisner/Malmstrom
Weather Alert (Storm Chaser)
Good News! (Fortune Teller)
Good News! (Fortune Teller), 2014
The Deserted Toyshop: interview
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Bottom of the Pool, 2010

One of my series, The Deserted Toyshop, is currently featured in the winter 2016/17 issue of Woven Tale Press, which also features an interview regarding the work.

It was bittersweet revisiting the work, as much of it was destroyed by fire in a Halifax gallery shortly before I left Canada to return to the U.S.

Repository of Wonders in West Hollywood:
Another installation in SoCal of curiosities and artifacts from various eras, realms and epochs.

The most recent installation happened last October/November with the support of West Hollywood Arts & Culture (many thanks!).

Go to repositoryofwonders.org for more details.
sphinx

 More Than A Cone
It was exciting to take part in last year’s More Than A Cone  fundraiser on behalf of animal welfare in Southern California.

One of MTAC’s fundraising activities is an auction of art using the “cone of shame” — that lampshade looking thing that pets have to wear to keep them from bothering their injuries. The organization supplies the cones and the artists do the rest. Here are the pieces I donated.

Armadillo With Leg Injury
Armadillo With Leg Injury

 

Armadillo With Leg Injury (Detail)
Armadillo With Leg Injury (Detail)
Malmstrom print
Canine Injury Motion Study (After Muybridge)

Photographic Art / Digital Imagery