2014 in Review
Still in winter hibernation, I've delayed the 2014 recap until this weekend. Instead, I've been focusing more on 2015 and the proposals, artist statements, documentation of past work, and plans for new projects that are all required efforts of artists in order to (hopefully) have a chance at a future in the art world. I have the distinct honor of being an artist in residence at Most Wanted Fine Art, so it's going to be a busy wonderful year.
It is often said that you are only as good as your last project—which is true—however, it's also important to review your past in order to clarify your future. I think of everything I've accomplished, both on the Internet and off, as a continual under-painting for what lies ahead.
In 2014, I laid the ground work for supporting The AP Collection online. The "virtual tip jar," where you can use Paypal to send funds to support the site and its future efforts, will still be active (see instructions on the right side of the site or the main page if you're using a mobile phone/tablet). But tonight, The AP Collection's official online store goes live. The first (and currently only item) is to purchase increments of support for the site from $5 up to $500. Art for purchase from myself, Tim Goodier, and others will be rolling out as 2015 moves along.
When you purchase something in the store, there is an option to sign up for The AP Collection after Dark, an online newsletter which has yet to be fully fleshed out but will be delivered once every two months and feature early access to new chats and updates about exclusive events (ooo fancy!).
This past year I had a few opportunities to display paintings (see the new resume tab for a listing) and several opportunities to share with others what tAPC is all about (see the press tab for those). 2015 will definitely include more. There's also a new logo, and a commitment from me to be better about using ello. Follow @theapcollection on Instagram for updates on paintings—including a collaboration with Tim Goodier and a series featuring Pittsburghers I know re-interpreted as fairytale and folklore characters. A personal goal of mine is to be a faster painter in general (not a resolution, mind you, an actual personal goal), so Instagram will be the best way to track my progress.
On a personal note, my father's health is improving and I appreciate all the kind notes from people. (hugs)
These are enough updates for now. There are more, but I would like to get to the chats I picked. Each person has moved onward and upward since recording our chat (even the December ones). Click on the pictures below and listen to our conversations.
Enjoy the one sentence updates and links I've included here. I certainly can't take credit for anyone's success but I can say that it has been an honor to bear witness to it.
Those not listed here are no less brilliant, amazing, or successful—I just can't re-list a whole year's worth of chats. You gotta dig through yourself!
Enjoy and Happy New Year!
hearts & stars,
- Based on a recent quick chat at a social event, Amy Garbark / Garbella excelled this holiday season with appearances at Handmade Arcade, the Superfriends Independent Artists show, and I Made It Market.
- Terry Boyd just had a solo show at Revision Space where visitors were able to get tattoos of his artwork on their bodies.
- Brian Gonnella is showing a lot in Pittsburgh in 2015, working on a coloring book, creating designs for TROIKA Skateboards, and doing giveaways on his Instagram account (@briangonnellaisboring) for free paintings.
- Tyler Crumrine / Playsinverse has published a second book, "Bloodletting in Minor Scales [A Canvas in Arms]" by Justin Limoli.
- Casey Drodge received a 40 under 40 Award this year and CSAPGH will return in full force in 2015.
- DJ duo Tracksploitation traveled to the west coast during 2014 and continues to release mixtapes.
- Ryan Keene continues to produce haunting and beautiful work while expanding and exploring new mediums, like super pretty Christmas ornaments!
- Ray Whitehouse's trip wrapped up in early August and all the photos are available to view on his website, americanbaseballjournal.com, and they are absolutely stunning (follow him on Twitter for current updates).
- John Arrigo-Nelson and Alia Musica are hard at work—the new schedule at Alia Musica can be found here.
- Another issue of Chutz-Pow is coming down the line—stay tuned.
- Ali Spagnola, as of this past holiday season, moved to Los Angeles to continue to pursue her music career (keep up with her on Twitter and Snapchat).
- Sean Beauford has fully embraced the role of curator at Studio AM and works with a tight crew on events not only here in Pittsburgh but also across the country (follow his adventure on @seanbeauford on Instagram).
- Jeff Brunner / Hey Beast Studio is a real delight to follow on Facebook and just had a show at the new coffee house, 4121 Main Street in Lawrenceville.
- I just love strawberryluna and they continue to kick it, so I don't have a real update other than to say that they are always doing it right!
- Matt Buchholtz not only runs Alternate Histories but also DJs and did it right on New Years at the Independent Brewing Company in Squirrel Hill. He's another person that I'm just so happy to have met in 2014 and look forward to seeing more of (#NashvilleABC)!