Calhoun Square in Uptown, Minneapolis is undergoing a transformation to make it a viable commercial space. So far they have succeeded in making several transitional public spaces. We’ll see how this plays out. Will the tenants be drawn to these new spaces? Most importantly, will any people actually fill these new environments?
I’m beginning a new series of drawings on vellum. Basically, I’ve been scouring the region, and looking at the mechanical arteries, hearts, and whatnot that make a convenient life possible. What if those forms (substations, pumps, onion domes) were given agency to grow and expand as needed? What forms would they take?
I am searching for inspiration this morning. Luckily, I didn’t have to look too far. Checkout this brief video about printmaker Karen Kunc’s work. I was exceptionally lucky to be an undergrad at the University of Nebraska and to be given the opportunity to both take classes with her and study abroad under her guidance. Her work is amazing and I have one of her small intaglio prints from my archives on display in my home. She has definitely influenced me – from my love of “printedness” to the way I see and understand the spatial properties of my surroundings.
Is a fantastic printmaker that I had the pleasure of working near while completing my BFA at the University of Nebraska. Check it.
And I don’t have any specific steps to take because I don’t start the same way every time. But there is a knowing when it’s enough and you can leave it alone.
Finally. After five long months of frigid, often painfully cold temperatures and people, the first hints of spring are starting to tease Minneapolis. Like a cheap hooker that only shows you she’s a tranny after you’ve paid your $50, the cityscape is beginning to reveal all of its dirty little secrets. These include the usual list of suspects that testify to survival strategies in what I can only call “The City Goes To Bed at a Reasonable Hour”. Bottles of cheap Skol or Aristocrat vodka, lost photographs, a few stilettos that couldn’t pass through our record snowfall — these are all the flotsam and jetsam of the life of a contemporary Minneapolitan.
I began working inside downtown Minneapolis in the summer of 2008. At the time, I didn’t think about how working inside of a carpeted and climate-controlled urbanized shopping mall would effect me. Now, nearly two years later, I can say that I have been profoundly effected. After working within the architecture of corporate America on the tundra, I think I am ready to live and work on a space-station. Think about it, just for a passing second – I spend almost my entire day in an air-sealed, sterilized, series of tubes-esque work environment surrounded by a barely habitable climate. The next step has to be a similar environment orbiting the earth…
One of the many perks of my job is getting to go on random treks through the two buildings that make up the college. Yesterday I had the pleasure of traversing through the underground vaults of our building on Hennepin Avenue in MPLS. It was a very creepy and smelly place… but the abandoned bank vaults were too good to turn down. Take a looksy.