suspended: frames that don’t frame

Ay, so much art stuff going on in Shanghai these days! Pearl Lam has a new exhibition up and it’s pretty neat. It’s a solo show by Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal and his Suspended Series of Dali-esque ‘melted’ frames hung on the wall, on hooks, or on hangers is simply amazing.

Ornate gilded frames were once de rigueur for highbrow art, but you will very rarely see such an ostentatious frame on a contemporary piece. Uysal’s polyester works twist and warp these frames’ forms, robbing them of their rigidity. With no structure and no art to border, they hang there forlornly, taking on ‘object’ status and themselves becoming the works they were meant to enhance. Amazing.

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Mehmet Ali Uysal, Suspended Series, 2014

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Mehmet Ali Uysal, Suspended Series/Meat, 2014

Mehmet Ali Uysal: The Past
September 1 – November 15, 2014

Pearl Lam Galleries
pearllam.com
G/F, 181 Middle Jiangxi Road
Huangpu District, Shanghai
Monday to Sunday, 10:30 AM – 7 PM

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creative space: to be

On Tuesday I went shopping. Yikes. But it wasn’t aimless shopping, I was armed with a list … and for the most part I stuck to it! I always seem to have lists and lists of projects in mind, so we’ll see how many I finish by the end of the school year.

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Bought some fabric, beads, and such. I’m planning to make a simple little pencil pouch because since my purse is so huge, I can never seem to find any writing utensils. On the other hand, with a large purse, I can carry around my entire life with me … yay! The beads don’t have anything to do with making the pouch, but they were purple and pretty and I couldn’t help myself.

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I have a whole stack of frames that I’ve been trying to use since my original grand plan for them fell through. I used one for this gift and used two more here, leaving nine sitting in a stack under my bed. I received the circles of paper in a swap, but since I don’t scrapbook and rarely work with paper, they were kind of useless to me. So I stuck ’em in frames and ta-dah, instant art.

That’s all that’s on my plate for now. I got some real world stuff to get done (oh laundry, why do you never end?) and a story to finish, so hopefully I’ll have projects in motion within a few days. Linking over to kootoyoo’s blog for a whole lotta creative spaces.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

framed green letters

I finally finished the gift I had blogged about in my last post. Here it is! I know, you’re probably scratching your heads trying to figure out what the heck it’s supposed to be, so I’ll do you the favor and explain.

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First of all, it’s art, so it’s not meant to do anything but hang on the wall and look pretty. I cut out the letters of my friend’s name in various fonts out of green card stock. Then I randomly jumbled carefully arranged said letters on another piece of green in a lighter shade, stuck it all in a frame, and voila.

Pretty simple and I thought it was rather cute. Whaddaya think?

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

creative space: green letters

My friend’s birthday is coming up, so I’m working on a little present for her. I couldn’t think of anything to get her and since she’ll be moving soon, I didn’t want to get her anything to bulky.

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I’m making her a little art piece to hang on her wall. Green card stock, a picture frame, and some funky letters. Hopefully I’ll get it finished tomorrow, but … ya never know.

More creative spaces here at kootoyoo!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

spending money

Since I don’t have a job and there’s no money coming in, I really should not be spending money. But since I don’t have a job, I have a lot of free time to go shopping (my class is also over). It’s really a vicious cycle. So off on the sidebar, I decided to start tallying up how much I spend on these little shopping expeditions. I’m only including the money spent on non-necessities, like for crafts and such. I was going to include money spent on eating out as well, but then I figured that would be too depressing.

First up, remember how I was so upset that Wal-Mart no longer carries fabric? Well my friend X mentioned to me the other day that there was still one in the Austin area that does! So I was all excited and decided to head down there to check it out. It’s at 9300 I-35 S, in the Southpark Meadows shopping center. The fabric selection was somewhat miserable, definitely nothing worth a special trip for. At least I now know it’s there, and since there was also a Hobby Lobby nearby, I stopped by there as well.

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When I go shopping, sometimes I just can’t help myself. I tell myself I’m there to browse, and then I keep picking things up. From the cheap fabric, I got one yard of checkered light pink and one yard of purple with white polka dots. I think I’m going to turn them into aprons … we’ll see. I also picked up some forks (four for a dollar). They’re really cheaply made (obviously) so they bend easily, an attribute which might come in handy for some projects – once I figure out what kind of project would use forks. Then there were just some more random supplies for in-the-works projects.

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Next up, CraigsList finds! Woohoo! I love CraigsList, and the free section is my friend. But things there go fast, so I was pleasantly surprised when I received a positive reply to my e-mail. I picked up this paper shredder and trashcan (love that shape and color) from a girl who was moving out of her apartment and didn’t have room for them in her car. After the trashcan got a good cleaning, I decided it was too pretty to use as a trashcan, so it’s holding some fabric and rolls of cross-stitch fabric.

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Another CraigsList find, this time in the household section, are some picture frames. Twelve of them for $5, not bad. They’re all the same, outer dimensions about 9.5″ square (square!). They’re a dark kind of wood, but I think I’m going to leave them that color instead of putting in the extra effort to paint them black like I was originally planning. These will also be for a project … eventually. Maybe something with frames and forks?

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

little improvement

My sister had mailed me this picture frame in the fall as one of her random little care packages (this is why I love her). It’s a pretty glass frame with a translucent image of lavender and a square (square!) 3″x3″ frame. The quote from John D. Rockefeller says “I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.” So it sat on our kitchen counter for a long time, just a cute little homey touch. But there was one thing that bugged me about it – the craft was slightly off. As you can see in the before photo, when you look at it from an angle, you can see the image of the flower just peeking within the frame … annoying for a detail-minded person like me.

So I finally got around to detailing it a bit. With the help of some 1/4″ black ribbon and good ol’ Elmer’s glue, I vamped up my picture frame. Nothing drastic, just a touch of class that happens to oh so conveniently hide its flaws. Just glued the ribbon straight to the glass, tucking it in some under the silver frame. Now I think it looks pretty darn spiffy. So spiffy that it is no longer relegated to the kitchen; it belongs with me!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]