It's been a while since my last update, and a lot has happened in my life (and I trust in yours, too) since then.
My last update came in March 2010, and it's hard to believe but it's now actually nearly May 2011.
In case you were wondering, I got the map, I traced to grid, and I printed a giant copy of it around Thanksgiving. It's pretty awesome. Just ask anyone at the Gowanus Studio Space, 'cause it was hanging up there in the hallway for awhile.
Other than that, I was rejected from Columbia in April 2010 and applied again in January 2011 and was again rejected at the beginning of this month. I showed some work last summer in New Orleans and I'm happy to announce that the same gallery has accepted my work again and I will actually be able to go to the opening this year because I just quit my job. Today is actually my first official day of unemployment, and what better way to spend it than writing all of you? I've achieved other miscellaneous things, in no particular order according to grandeur: I was in the IPCNY's Winter 2011 show, I'm going to attend Tamarind Institute's summer lithography workshop in July, and I made myself a website. All by myself. From freaking scratch. You should check it out if you haven't already: crayolajunkie.com. If you found yourself recieving my prints in the mail and were blown away by how awesome they were and how much you liked them and how much they made you want more, you can look at crayolajunkie.com/buy and buy things directly from me.
On with it, yes? The real reason I'm writing you, as much as I'd like to detail the last 14 months of my life for you, has to do with some of your money and what I've decided to do with it. As you might remember, I was insistant on giving a detailed account of where all the money went, and I have remained true and faithful to that. I actually have had about $300 in a savings account gaining about 4 cents a month for more than a year and I've been holding out for the right time. And alas, said time has come!
Now seven of you generous and gorgeous folk donated $100. If you recall the detail of the $100 reward, it included a provision where I would donate $15 back to your project. Since none of you have made efforts towards this end, and there's tumbleweeds blowing around this saving account statement, I have taken the authority to donate this $105 to my good friend (and your fellow backer) Eric Diehl. He just launched a project with his friend called Auto-Paint and the general idea is that they are both awesome and super talented painters and they want to spend the summer driving across the country and painting plein air (which means, like, outside, from life, the old fashioned way). I honestly can't think of another artist/colleague/friend who is better suited to do something like this. He's super talented and I owe most of the great work I did at Pratt to competing against him for the "best in show" award. He mostly won, but he's gracious enough to say that he thinks I mostly won. What a doll.
I mean seriously- Just check out this painting he did of me when we were both still young pups at Pratt. He's way better now, if you can believe it.
There is a handful of you that don't have your prints yet. I'm really, really, really sorry but I half blame you because I really want to give them to you in person. So there. I have them. They're wrapped up with your names and love notes and bows and all that just waiting for the next time I get to see your lovely face in person. Quit making me wait! I miss you!
Thanks all, again, for everything you've done for me, and everything that you will do for me in the future. Map to Change Version 1.0 is coming, so watch out.
You're all as beautiful as ever,
Lots of love,