The Deserted Toyshop revisited
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 October/November with the support of West Hollywood Arts & Culture (many thanks!).
Go to repositoryofwonders.org for more details.
More Than A Cone
It was exciting to take part in this 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.
A collaboration with Brandt Eisner resulted in our series, Odd Jobs, which debuted at Swoon Fine Art, October 2014, during Photopolis, the biannual Halifax celebration of photography and the largest of its kind on the Canadian east coast. We received funding for the series from Arts Nova Scotia, and the Art Bank purchased two works for its collection in 2015. Below are some samples from the series.
Here’s our 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.