Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Happenings!

apologies for the extreme length of this post, but i have many events that i will be involved in during the next couple of weeks. holiday markets, fundraisers, and celebrations. read on...

in my etsy shop, SPROUT HEAD, i am having a 15% off everything sale! just enter the coupon code HOLIDAY2011 upon checkout. this sale runs through december 5th only! i have some new prints and a poetry chapbook called NON SENSE.

You can also buy some of my zines and art from these online shops:
Little Paper Planes

In Portland, Oregon:
I'm selling zines and prints during Reading Frenzy's 16th Annual Cheap Art and Craft Sale! Handmade gifts for under $50!

In Richmond, Virginia:
November 30th 
6 - 8 pm
at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond
i contributed a limited edition print to the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Art-O-Mat in Richmond. Buy art from well-respected Richmond artists for only $5 each! see previous post for more info.

December 1st
ART 180's 8th annual silent art auction fundraiser and "good karma party."
Thursday, December 1, 2011
7-10 p.m.
at Plant Zero
0 E. 4th St., Richmond, VA 23224
Eclectic silent auction of art, services, and dining; music; hors d'oeuvres; a cash bar, tarot readers, henna tattoing, body painting, chair massages and more! i will be reading fortunes with my self-illustrated deck of cards.

Art 180 is an organization I first got involved with last year when i illustrated their calendar. this year, my friend Sarah Hand illustrated the calendar, and it is truly awesome! All proceeds go towards expanding the scope of Art 180 to provide art programs for at-risk-youth. 

December 2nd
6 -10 pm, FREE
Gallery 5
200 W. Marshall St.
Featuring live musical and dance performances, visual art exhibitions, select Virginia micro-brews and wine, a snow-globe making workshop and wrapping paper station! This opening night is held in conjunction with Richmond’s First Friday’s Art Walk.

December 3rd
10 am - 2 pm
First Baptist Church
on the corner of Monument and Boulevard
A European-style outdoor market - live Christmas trees and wreaths, art and crafts from 50 vendors, food and drink, and a real Saint Nick!

Sunday, December 4th
1:30 until 3:30 PM
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
1812 W. Main St.
Food, music, and art-making for the whole family. Five free hands-on workshops: Shrinkle Shrine Necklaces, Festive Collagraph Cards + Gift Tags, Embossed Metal Ornaments, Fiber Celebration Garlands, and Felt Monster Pins + Puppets ~ and one $5 workshop: Silk Painted Light Catchers. Bring your own T-shirt to screenprint our Explore your creative spirit motto. Come make something!

Sunday, December 11th  
11 am - 5 pm
at Plant Zero

0 E. 4th St., Richmond, VA 23224
one of the best (in my opinion) indy craft markets in richmond. Come support local and regional art vendors and do some holiday shopping!

Ongoing through December 24th
in the upstairs gallery of Chop Suey Books
2913 W. Cary St.
Hours: 10-6 Monday through Thursday, 10-8 on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12-6 on Sundays.
it's a truly magical sight - all sorts of curious and pretty handmade goodies in one small space. Over 50 artists and crafters included. Terrariums, animal-friendly antlers, handknit handwarmers and hats, jewelry, screenprints, soap, t-shirts... you'll discover something new everytime you visit!

i also contributed a piece of artwork to the Tiny Auction, shown here:
it's on the wall to the left right when you enter the shop. a bunch of artists have donated original  artwork that you can bid on, and all proceeds go toward the scholarship fund for the Richmond Young Writers program.

Every Sunday 10 am - 3 pm (weather permitting)
700 Idlewood Ave, next to Fine Foods
An outdoor market in Oregon Hill featuring clothing, antiques, collectibles and vintage items.

December 2nd through Christmas Eve
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
209 Monticello Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
A holiday shop of local and regional artists.

at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. I am teaching relief printmaking, monotype printmaking, bookbinding, and paper bead jewelry from January through May. Members of VisArts may register early, all others register starting on Dec. 7th. I will also be teaching relief printmaking at the VMFA Studio School. I'll post more details and photos from classes soon.


I was asked to contribute to a special project to celebrate the Art-O-Mat in Richmond on Wednesday, Nov. 30th from 6 - 8 pm at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. It is its 10th Anniversary of being at home at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Here is info from the press release:
Art-o-mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. There are more than 90 active machines in various locations throughout the country. Richmond's machine is #33, meaning its the 33rd machine put into action. The international project was created in 1997 by Winston-Salem artist and Art-o-mat National Bureau Chief, Clark Whittington, who refurbishes every machine and manages the ever-expanding Art-o-mat project.

A special display of Art-o-mat art, curated by longtime Art-o-mat supporter and artist, Alyssa Salomon, will be on display in the lobby of the Visual Arts Center from November 30, 2011 – January 22, 2012.

In honor of this momentous anniversary, 17 well respected Richmond artists, plus North Carolina-based Art-o-mat founder Clark Whittington, are creating limited 20-piece editions. These works will be loaded in the Richmond Art-o-mat on Nov. 30 and available until sold out.  Perfect gifts for you & those on your lists.

Art-o-mat founder Clark Whittington presents a talk about the history of the Art-o-mat project at 6:30 p.m., plus a festive reception, AND special Anniversary Art-o-mat art loaded in our local machine and available for sale, for just $5 just like always.

This event is free and open to the public.
I made a limited edition print (only 21 prints!) of a little terrarium in a bottle. I painted the edge of each block with either lime green, orange, or pink, so it's a surprise which one you will receive.  and only for $5! come on down to the Visual Arts Center and get yours!

Monday, November 28, 2011

NON SENSE poetry chapbook

okay, here it is: my first chapbook-length book of poems! 17 of them - about dreams, the frailty and strength of human existence, non-being, mystery, and renewal. it's hard for me to describe. but it means a lot to be able to share something that came from the more raw and tender parts of my heart with friends, family, and the world. I pulled together glimpes of my last few years in words and arranged them in four parts: "Non," "Sense," Promise," and "Return."

Excerpt from the poem "Chrysalis":

wet one finger to the wind &
follow the cold on your skin
your weathered face says much
& little
to one who needs to know
where to begin & end
when to follow & when to sing

This book was lovingly handbound by myself using sturdy yellow thread on an apple green gatefold cover. I typed the poems using a Tower Challenger typewriter, laid out every page by hand using the classic cut-&-paste technique, then photocopied it all onto a very pale chartreuse recycled paper. Each cover is also inset with an original cyanotype image in deep prussian blue and white.

"Non Sense" is printed in an edition of 75 copies. Each is numbered and signed by me. you can buy your own copy in my shop.
here are some photos of the process of making each cyanotype:
i arranged string and words i cut out of paper onto a pre-coated cyanotype paper (I used Tedco Sun Art Paper), then exposed the paper to UV light using a UV light unit (if you do this at home, you can just expose the paper to sunlight).

This is how the paper looks after being exposed to light.

then i rinsed the paper in water. you can see how the color reverses once water hits it. i had to repeat the process for each piece of paper, so they are all just a little bit different.

the making of each book is time-consuming, but i feel like it adds to the special handmade character of the chapbook.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

hello goodbye images

okay, finally got around to posting images from my latest show "hello goodbye." see the rest of the images here. i'm posting a fancy little artist statement - hope it's not too pretentious. but it does reflect my thought process as i made these pieces. this has been the most personal work i've made in a long time. i've been sifting through a lot of memories in my head these days that make me sad at times. it's hard to reconcile the past, but art is the best way i know how to do it. hope you enjoy. and keep a look-out because i'll be posting some more artwork soon. love to all - aijung.

hello goodbye

Human beings moult just like other animals, only the skins we shed are psychic. Our scars are weighted with stories. The rambling moments accumulate as days, months, and years. We move forward through life by shedding joy and pain, occupations and lovers. We lose who we were in order to reinvent ourselves.

I am drawn to the tenuousness of life. It floats as delicate and strong as silk thread. As an artist, I process my experience through the creation of images – by stitching in the moments, scratching in the lines with ink. I create new forms with hands embedded with the past.

Through this series of work, I seek to find the infinite in the evanescent. It is my attempt to navigate the world through the corporeality of a body while also unveiling the invisible thread that runs through everyday life and keeps us pressing forward. I embrace the little deaths that we experience – a flower that begins to die once it is cut, breath exhaled as cigarette smoke, the shadowy flutter of moths, the passing of one more train. Each moment exists and is shed in favor of the fugitive, liquid moment. Only by saying goodbye can we begin to say hello.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

hello goodbye

hi everyone!

it's been awhile. i've been busy. i have a show coming up and as soon as i get the work photographed i will post it on my website. i've been experimenting with cyanotypes, drawing, stitching, and portraiture. for now, here's a teaser with this postcard. it's a group show with it's a group show with myself, Ingrid Moldenhauer Chase, Matt Lively, Corey Durbin, Albert Epshteyn, Sterling Hundley, Josh George, and Jeff Love. there are a bunch of cool illustrations, oil paintings, terrariums, and squiggle drawings. a mixed bag of goodness. please come see for yourself if you're in the area!