Friday, October 21, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Hollow Exhibition (The Hanging Of)
The Hollow Exhibition is an art event themed around self-image issues such as body image, depression, anorexia, insecurity and more.
Chicago Artist Month 2011
Every year throughout October, you are invited to meet hundreds of Chicago visual artists at exhibitions, workshops, open studios, tours, and neighborhood art walks at venues throughout the city. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in collaboration with more than 200 program partners, Chicago Artists Month aims to showcase the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago’s art community.
41st Annual Pilson East Artist's Open House
This event allows a rare view of the artist's creative environment. Enjoy more than 65 artist's studios, galleries, and residences at South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago, during the city's longest running Artist's Open House!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
We had people from three all the way until eight. There was a shortage of cookies. Joel Pace made an appearance. Bob was handing out tacos. Katie wore polka dots and Gabs rocked blue eye liner. Nick's mom made fantastic toffee. I took breather on the back porch and was met by a doe. Tony brought in waves of people. The curator was thrilled.
Job well done Sons.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
So I realized that I never posted my painting here on the blog.
So this is the one and only painting that I got done while we were in GA. It was in Lafayette Square. It was definitely my favorite square. This one will be at the show this weekend, hope to see everyone there! :)
Monday, August 29, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Here's all the work I've done related to our trips. It's a link with all my images tagged with the search word Sons of Turner. I have yet to decide what I'll be doing for the show, so any links to other Sons work might help me out!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I am proud to announce that the Sons of Turner have appointed Gabriela Mejia as our Treasurer! THANK YOU GABBY!
This was decided through a discussion thread on the SOT Facebook group page. For other leadership roles and ways to help, please check the blog and FB page often!
Sons of Turner,
There are many truly exciting things happening for the Sons these next few months that the timing was right to send you this so that you may all be kept abreast of exactly what is happening and how you can be involved.
As you all know, the Sons of Turner are dedicated not only to our own unique artistic disciplines and visions, but also to the collective growth and advancement of the group. Several members have been working hard to take this group to the next phase of our collective journey and wanted to share with you all these new opportunities for the group
We are excited to announce that we now own the domain name “sonsofturner.com” and are in the process of designing a site that will showcase the paintings and works of the Sons as well as offer a professional look for the group. This is an important step as we continue to advance our individual careers and the influence of the Sons of Turner as an artist collective.
In addition to the website, we have the first of many gallery bookings for the Sons around the Chicago-land area this September. These exhibitions will feature works derived from the Sons annual excursions. Works that come from photos, sketches or completed during the trips themselves will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. As there is only limited room, we will need those interested to respond soon with a commitment.
These first few shows will introduce the Sons to the public as working professionals. The website will offer us a professional presence from which group and individual opportunities may arise. As such, it is vital that we all find ways to get involved. One way that we ask you to get involved is by contributing financially to the group. We are asking all Sons to contribute a yearly $50 “dues” in order to pay for gallery showings, website maintenance, web hosting, etc. A few of the Sons have paid out of pocket for the domain name but we still need to come up with the money for the September exhibition. We want to stress that though we are not requiring anyone to pay, those that do will have priority for exhibitions and the website over those that either will not or cannot contribute.
Please consider your role in the Sons of Turner and decide what you are able to contribute with your time and finances. We look forward to working together with you throughout the year, not just on our trips.
I am requesting all of you send me your most recent contact info. Please email me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email, telephone, address, as well as your website or online presence and profession (ie: Illustrator, Fine Artist- Watercolor, Graphic Designer, etc.). I will be posting your email and website link on the SOT website once it is created, but all other info will remain private unless it is requested by a gallery or potential employer.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Here is said item in gift wrapped form.
The iPad relaxing in MBK's Studio.
Gabby's adorable little laminated sentimental collection of SOT messages.
MBK did not just receive an iPad today. He also left with a booklet full of apps and tips to help him get started, and shown here are the first three pages. I was completely delighted to contrast traditional type on the first page with a 3D graphic on the second. The colors splashed beneath the type all come directly from The Zocalo.
Not pictured here are a slick and trendy Pogo stylus and also a collection Starbursts (for just in case the whole iPad idea didn't work out).
Gabs and I left the studio. After weeks of organizing, planning, and scheming our goal was met. When all was said and done I got into my car and this is how I felt. Job well done Sons of Turner. We made it happen. I see so much potential in this group and I can't wait to see what else is in store.
I want to say that you have no idea what these words of affirmation and this gift of generosity means to me but actually it is precisely because you DO know that you were excited to do it. You know me well enough and recognise enough of yourselves in me to be able to give such affirmation. And your gesture is something that I used as a teaching point for my children, using you as the benchmark, the examples of the kinds of people that they should look to and admire.
There is a difference between coasting and surfing. staying alive and being alive. Handing something in and thinking something through. Meeting expectations and exceeding them. You prove that. Lets keep proving it. Thank you for GETTING it and for modelling it. And thank you for the incredible surprise.
I'll post something later from my iPad.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The Turd Burglar
The seven and seven
I think there was another, like the TB but without the pickled gherkin
Recipies please. I believe Caleb has most of them and Tony has the seven and seven which is always pronounced with two handed smoking pistol gestures
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sons of Turner go to Starved Rock FB Event Page
A few of us Sons have decided we need another painting trip ASAP. All Sons are invited. Depending on how many Sons attend, I am contemplating making this a "call for all painters and photographers" who are dying to come along on our excursions and Salons - some people that I know would come - I think the Sons would benefit from having around on these mini-trips. Let me know if you're not comfortable with additional guests. Hope to see everyone there!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
We have booked a show. The reception is at the Ontarioville Art Center on September 3rd from 3-8. Pieces should be delievered to Chez Kernats the week of August 28th and will be hung on September 2nd at 11 in the a.m. All good works require a wire on the back of the frame. The gallery retains a 30% commission so price accordingly. We are responsible for providing little cards with names, titles, prices, and such to post near our work. If we wanted to serve wine we would have to obtain a permit of some sort. Pieces should be picked up from Chez Kernats on October 1st after 1 p.m. Also keep in mind that there is a Metra stop two blocks from the gallery for any Chicagoans who may be willing to attend. In addition, located three buildings away from the gallery is the Prairie Station Pub & Grill. Parking at this gallery is scarce, so the day of the reception all Sons of Turner should report to the Kernats Manse at 1 p.m. for tea and cakes, and endeavor to car pool at the appropriate time
But all that's not even the best part.
This show will be held in a little room on the first floor of the building. The curators have offered, pending the success of aforementioned show, to rent the entire first floor to the Sons of Turner for a yet undisclosed monthly fee. They are looking for people to help them run the gallery. They are looking for people to teach classes. They have studio space galore.
So there's that. Just putting it out there.
Today was a day for checking out galleries. I stopped by the Ontarioville Art Center to see if it'd be a good place to hang our work. It is very very very very modest. The room is very tiny and we'd surely be able to fill it up. The benefits of doing a show here are that they'd be able to host us as soon as September (as opposed to sometime in 2012), and it is very close to a Metra stop for all of our Chicago fans. Also, the curator is looking for someone to work at here on occasion and there is even a little studio space for people to paint. I'd really like to get some feedback on whether or not we should do a show here.
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Next I went to the Schaumburg Township District Library. Since no one objected I dropped off paperwork confirming that we'd hang our work there in August 2012. We can always cancel if we decide not to do it so I decided to book it while I had the chance. Using this space basically means that we get one long wall to hang things on.
Finally I stopped at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum. This space is very nice. And very large. I know for a fact that we can fill up one of their rooms... but I believe we can handle both rooms. They'd be able to host us around December 2012 which gives us lots of time.
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I just got off the phone with Tom Javorcic from the Schaumburg Township District Library. He is ready and willing to book us. The only question is, do we want our work in a library? I will say that this is a very high traffic building and most days it's tough to get a parking spot. It would not cost us anything and the earliest they could fit us in would be August 2012. They would not throw any reception for us, and if we threw our own we'd have to be mindful of all the people in the library. Let me know if you guys want to do it and I will send him the paperwork. Also, people are asking for examples of our work. I've plucked a couple things from your blogs to give them idea of what we can do, but if you could all send me good recent works from SOT trips I think it would improve our chances ten fold of finding a great space. Shoot them over to Kernats3d@yahoo.com. Thanks everyone!
Listen up people. I've been poking around the suburbs looking for places to host us and I've had a couple bites.
The Ontarioville Art Center would love to have us. I've talked to Anita Komorski on the phone and emailed her examples of our work and she seems quite thrilled. I have not seen this space yet but if you guys are interested at all I can go and check it out. Apparently the building is a renovated farm house and the gallery is one room that can hold 20-25 small to average size paintings. It would cost us $100 to use the space for one month. The gallery retains a 30% commission of any sales that are made. She also mentioned that she was not interested in hanging any nudes and I told her that most likely wouldn't be an issue. The gallery is unavailable in July, but she's prepared to host us any time other than that. In my mind I'm thinking we should sign up for September or October to give people who cashier or wait tables or work in Boston all summer time to do some snazzy pieces. Also, this gallery does not throw receptions so that would be on us.
The Bloomingdale Park District Museum also loves our work. I've been to this space a few times and it is quite nice. They have two rooms that are available for 5-6 weeks. Each room holds 30-35 paintings. If we hang the work ourselves each room is $200. If they hang it then each room is $250. Again, they would retain 30% of sales and they also do not want any nudes. They would throw a reception consisting of wine and cheese. The only downside is that they can't fit us in until Christmas 2012. Who knew Bloomingdale was such a hot art spot. I need to let them know soon if we want to use just one room or both of them.
Those are the people I've heard back from so far. Let me know if you're interested in moving forward with this, we have opportunities out there! Here's a list of people I've emailed or left messages with. Any help or advice would be great, I'm feel like I'm really taking a stab in the dark here. When 3d people showcase their work it's SIGGRAPH so we don't do much gallery hunting. I'll keep updating this post as I get more news so please keep checking in!
Norris Cultural Art Center
Evanston Art Center
Barbera A Kieft Accelorator Artspace
Brickton Art Center
Gallery 28 Fine and Functional Art
7 West Studio
Poe M Arthouse
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I am going to try to set up a space for the S.O.T. to have a show. The guidelines are only that the pieces would have to derive from your photos or sketches from the trips. Depending on the space, we would like to have a wall from each trip.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
He recently installed a piece containing 400 figures off the coast of Cancun/ Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The piece is called The Silent Evolution:
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
I guess I've thought of these things before, but now they strike me the most, on muggy nights that make me miss Savannah. What does it take to be one of the Sons of Turner? What does it MEAN to be one? I always have that slight fear of people not really liking me or valuing what I have to say when an opinion is requested, and perhaps it's nonsensical paranoia, but I occasionally have this feeling in my gut that questions just why I am a Son of Turner. It's not at all that I mind being one. But I do feel as though our purpose is not really certain sometimes. Is it meant to be a community built around deeply seeded discussions? Is it simply for the love of art and travel? Are we meant to be closer to one another than we have settled to be, or is everyone just too shy, like I am, to ask?
Well, it's late enough at night that I can set aside just a little cowardice and ask these things. Maybe there's something I'm missing that everyone else understands about the Sons of Turner, and if such is the case, I can't wait to find out what that is. If not, the summary of this is that I want to know you all better. I want to have fueled discussions about art and life and the thick relation between the two. I want to meet for coffee and have sketching nights, travel the states, even the closer ones, just for the sake of finding an adventure with people that I am close with, who find common ground with me. I hesitate to say 'travel the world' only because budget is a difficult thing to plan in the first place. I know this firsthand; I'm unable to make the Maine trip and it's literally put me to tears a few times.
I want these experiences, I want the understanding and most of all, I want to feel like I'm a part of this thing, this group, that is so diverse and intellectual and valuable, only perhaps timid like I am when it comes to this comprehensive part.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Put up the fine art show at school (that was emotionally AND physically tiring), taught three classes a day (kind of, when I wasnt in the gallery) including four days of three minute gestures, finished and framed this big commission for a client at 2.30 in the morning on the day of the hand-in http://mbkstudios.blogspot.com/
(for a while I thought I was going to miss my deadline for the first time in 21 years), arranged flights to Maine, met with a contractor about external works at the studio, paid my sales taxes for the end of 2010, wrote a pr piece for the East Pilsen Business Alliance, designed and submitted a half page ad for my studio,
hurriedly built a new website to itemise all works available in the studio,
talked with Caleb, then Tom, Rich and Duncan about an exhibition in the fall for the Hollow project, developed a brief for a competition for the school library, negotiated rehearsal space in my building for a theatre group and agreed to curate an exhibition for them, AND tried to be a husband and father to the boys.
Today I started the first of three paintings of Boston architecture that I have to submit on Wednesday.
This has been an unusually busy week and I cant say that I've done everything very well.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Since MBK said there hasn't been many paintings posted as of late, I decided to post one.
While in Savannah, I took some photos of scattered leaves while I was watching the birds pick away at them.
I'm not sure if I'm done with it, still working out this whole oil painting thing.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
of today, how was work differently fuelled in the 80's or the 50's or the 1850's. Who ARE you people?
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
This isnt where we're staying.
The trip to Maine is set.
The house is booked.
The lobster is as good as in the pot. His days are numbered.
A new semester is upon us, although more than half of the Sons of Turner are now graduates!
I didnt even get to invite any new Sons this year as both trips are filled with existing members. Maybe next year I shall run three trips so that I can bring new people in.
I dont want the blog to become something for only those who are going on the trip this year, but by the same token I dont want the blog not to serve as an information point. So my apologies to anyone visiting the blog who might not be on this year's trip, and PLEASE keep visiting and contributing to the blog as much as possible. The last conversation which Dani started was really interesting.