Monday, July 30, 2007

After the SEEN

In the weeks after the SEEN is printed, we usually have a bit more time to dedicate to other aspects of work and life, aspects that nevertheless are continuous... Here’s what the three of us are up to these days, a self interview!
Andrew J: AJ
Gordana: G
Sandra: S

What are you doing right now?

AJ: Teaching a class in 20th Century Italian Art History.
G: Sitting at the computer, glad of the ventilator fan...
S: Working and thinking I would like to be somewhere else...

What are you working on now?

AJ: Continuing series of "Untitled – Interiors" (ink drawings), and painting – a series of monochromatic, floral motif paintings based on the work of the Dutch artist Van Beyeren.
G: I’m mainly working on ignoring all the things I have to do, until the last minute: all to do with house maintenance bills, and coping with general life bureaucracy…
S: Layout of a catalogue, graphics of my artist's business card, cancelling with pleasure those things I've already done from my long promemoria.

Where will you be in 2 weeks time?

AJ: Nashville, Tennessee
G: In Zurich, Switzerland
S: In Cartagena, Colombia, probably in the terrace of my father's colonial house in the historical center, having a refago (colombian cocktail, consisting in beer and a soda only produced there) hopefully with a book and not the laptop!!!

What will you do there?

AJ: Relax, see friends, hang out with mom...
G: Whittling. I aim to whittle down a little ladder. Or anything else that is whittlable and takes my fancy.
S: I'll see some of my family, will visit friends and actually will work out some contacts both for the magazine and for my own artwork and hopefully the most wanted vacation time.

Own art projects on the go?

AJ: Finalist of Arte Laguna contest; preparing work for auction for AMRAF (charity) in Rome in Autumn.
G: Still trying to finish my drawing! Have started and continue a series of mini videos (30 seconds), a collection of “moments” – from travelling, to sitting at home – a ray of sun light on the curtain, a butterfly, a rain storm. And one of my favourites, a nun sweeping the garden at 1.30 a.m.!
S: Planning a performance in Calcata (near Rome), working on an installation about "erosion" for a show in September, extending a piece for a show in Brazil in November, always in the healing rituals theme!! (and a lot of other little things)

Books read/reading?

AJ: The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
G: Just finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – after 9 years of following the adventure!
Also, Augusten Burroughs – Possible Side Effects.
Have practically re-read 100 books in the last two weeks since the Summer SEEN is finished!
S: Just finished all the catalogues from Venice Biennale, Dokumenta and Skuptur Project and just started the one AJ gave me for my birthday Under...

Other interesting observation?

AJ: It’s really hot! That’s key : July is too hot.
G: I never know how I am going to do all the things I have to do, until the very last minute!
S: Hmmm... yes.... it is a very creative moment for me, an explosion of illumination happening here, let's hope for it to be loooooooooooooooooooong____________________________


We've been quoted!

In Italian only...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A view

Jason Mena, installation view

I liked this work so much, I had to steal it. I did ask permission before stealing it, and it was granted. So, here is the first legally stolen pic for blog!

Friday, July 6, 2007


As fireworks are sounding off in the distance, here is a preview of ArtSEEN 6!!!
The "proof print" - and...
I am very proud of all of us: Neil, Andrew, Elena, Marina, Martin, Sandra, Vittorio, Marco, Fede, Melissa, Ketty - me - for getting this issue together! Well done to us!!! Thank you all! Thank you to all the people behind the SEENs too: David, Gian, Silvia, Jason!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Slow but Steady

We are going to be out latter than we thought – the reason is we have, err, underestimated our communal capacity – we have some 70 pages of text, and some 100 pages of images!!! How did we do that kids? Well, it seems several of us just had to write more than 2000 words this time round.
We really don’t feel like cutting the images, and anyway, even if we tried to do 100 pages only, we’d have some 30 odd pages for the pics left… So, we are communicating with our fantastic printer, Alessandro, to find a solution …

Anyway, Martin is putting all your texts in Courier now, so you’re all being “courierd” – and from now on you are not allowed to use fancy texts for your original articles! Arial, 12 points, and no fancy build-up, like footnotes!
Melissa, Fede, and our new help, Ketty, have been working overtime to proof read all in time, including last minute time…
I guess at this point of our lives, if we print before the august holidays, we’ll be fortunate!!!

As Andrew J has the tendency to say: Hang on in there!

We’ll let you know when it's ready!