Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This Thursday, I'll be in NY for an opening of my work at The Nelson Hancock Gallery in Brooklyn. The show will feature four of my artist's books, one video and ten framed photographs. The books that will be included are: "The Scavenger Hunt," "If I Had A Girlfriend," "I Wave in Front Of Every Apartment I've Ever Lived In Except for One" and "The Ballad of Carl Wilson." I will also be showing the film: "I Wave in Front Of Every Apartment I've Ever Lived In Except for One" and ten images from my series, "Dream Job." If you're in town, please come out and say hello. The show opens from 6-8.
Posted by jonathan Gitelson at 10:30 PM
Today I went back to the installation site to check out the progress since last week. The crew had to take the last day and a half off due to cold temperatures but there were a lot of new tiles none the less. Installation is set to conclude by the start of next week although the opening date for the station has been pushed back until the end of May.
Posted by jonathan Gitelson at 10:26 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Today was the second day of installation for my public art piece and my first day on the site. I was really nervous to see it come together at full scale (it's very big and very permanent) but was excited when I actually got up close and had a look. The Station (CTA Armitage Brown Line) is scheduled to open on May 1st and installation of the piece should be finished by the end of next week. I'll be back on Monday to take some more pictures and will post them later that day. In the mean time, enjoy the project's website at:
Posted by jonathan Gitelson at 3:06 PM
Monday, April 21, 2008
Having recently wrapped up my surveillance for The Garbage Can Project, I've now begun to commission a series of hand-made, 12" x 16" portfolio cases. The tricky thing with a web based project is trying to figure out 1) What the physical form is for exhibition and 2) What to sell (it's a hard reality). I've decided to break the project up into a series of portfolios, one for each week. Each portfolio is available in an edition of one and consists of seven photographs and a dvd of the weekly footage (this portfolio is August 12-18, 2007). When someone is interested in acquiring one, they can choose their week and the portfolio will be custom made for them.
The spine of the portfolio has the week contained within and the front of the case is embossed with a line drawing of one of the cans. Inside of the case is a hand bound book that is also embossed with a white garbage can icon.
Each page contains that day's image and the date on which it was made. This is from August 12, 2007.
There is an envelope on the back cover of the book that contains all of the weekly footage. The menu for the DVD is custom built and divides the footage up into seven short chapters (one for each day).
And so that's it. I'm still trying to figure out ideas for exhibiting this work in a gallery setting, I have some ideas but nothing is set in stone.
Posted by jonathan Gitelson at 8:24 PM
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Yesterday, as I was walking home from the train, I came across this message carved into the concrete square of the sidewalk. When I saw this I chuckled and kept walking. When I got home I bolt locked the door, curled up on the floor and started to cry. Enjoy!
Posted by jonathan Gitelson at 9:01 AM
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
It's been a while since I've posted anything and as usual, I could come up with about a million lame excuses. One of the things I've been up to is archiving my family's Super 8 home movies from the 70's and 80's. There's something special about memories that were captured on film as opposed to video. This clip is one of my favorites: me, my brother and our friends playing Slip & Slide on our front yard circa 1980. The best thing about it has to be the way my father included his hand and the hose on the left hand side of the frame. Oh, the good ol' days . . .
Posted by jonathan Gitelson at 1:16 PM