Hello Again to all my friends
It’s been a very busy while
since you all have heard from me and I would like to update everyone on what
has been going on.
First, I set up a show that
will open June 11th in Long Island City at Local Projects Gallery
Space, right across from PS1 in the 5 Pointz building. They offered me a solo
show to hang this project along with supporting work I created and photographs
documenting the process. This is
the show I have been waiting to set up, where we can have the whole space to
have a party to celebrate the completion of this phase of the project.
For the show I have actually
expanded on the original idea. As many of you know I teach young students art
classes in Long Island City on the weekends. So this Spring I thought the
student about my artwork and about observing their surroundings and
interpreting them abstractly, skills I use all the time. So this show is actually going to be my
work (project) as well as my students work based on these lessons. I thought this was an interesting
idea/experiment to try out where I can share multiple perspectives on what I do.
So I will show a couple different versions of relief painting, photos, drawings
and then these young artist interpretations to round it all out.
There will be an opening
June11th but there will also be a closing party. The opening everyone will be
invited to but will have more focus on the students because it also marks the
end of class and then the for closing party it will focus on my work and be to
celebrate all of you wonderful people that helped my progress. That will be
June 25th. For the June 25th party I will be handing out
all the rewards that you all deserve for your wonderful sponsoring (for those
that are unable to make it I will be happy to mail or deliver your reward to
you, that is not a problem).
I would like to apologize for
the long time between updates and getting the rewards out. Since the last I
have participated in 5 shows and with each one I have been developing the
painting and which each time I have shown it I have gotten closer and closer to
my vision for what I wanted this painting to achieve. It’s been a long road of
discovery and setbacks but I have learned a lot in the process. Thanks again
for all of you that have helped on that journey.
In an ideal world I would
have only dedicated myself to this one project until it’s completion but we all
know things are far from ideal so besides for this work I have had to take a
number of other projects to keep things going. But that is okay because everything
seems to be working out in the end.
With all this other work I started it had gotten in the way of all the
nice things that I promised you all. For that I apologize but I also wanted to
make sure everyone was getting a piece of my best work, nothing second rate, so
I was unsatisfied with some of the early pieces I made and am much happier with
the second generation of rewards. Think you all will be too.
So thank you again, I hope
you all can make it out and I will send out another update with an invite for
the show. Please save the dates and if you can make one or the other or cannot
make it at all please let me know
Photo: In the Studio July 2010: Jesse Koechling