steps in santorini
steps in santorini
Last weekend, actually the one before that, was the second open studio event in Charlotte Street Foundation’s Biannual Open Studios event.
I love the excitement building up to these events; you start seeing you fellow artists more and more as the day gets closer.
The event went great for Umbratorium. I met a lot of great people, sold almost all of the pieces I prepared for the event, and shared my work with friends and strangers alike.
I found out the other day that my studio had received the most votes for “favorite visual artist studio” at event, Yeay!
Thank you, all, so much for visiting and being awesome supporters of art.
twin shadow self portrait - image photographed December 2011
Christoph Meier, Setting #14, 2008
16mm-Projector, Super-8-Projector, 3 Slide projectors
I have been contemplating on and collecting materials for a series of installations. Not knowing when or where I would realize this concept, I have been keeping the items in boxes, and ideas in my sketch books until their time comes. Last weekend, in the studio, I decided to start taking them out and giving them a story. It is very exciting to be working on this. And now this piece is on the wall of my studio, and I love it! I don’t know if I would keep this idea for the blue headphones, but for now, they can float on the surface with imaginary - or collective - vibrations of a time passed, awakening the dormant sounds captured in their memory.
I am so happy to share with you all that Umbratorium has received an Inspiration Grant from Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.
see it here
I am granted $500 for the purchase of a brand new, high performance projector. I have been holding back on some of the projects that I had in mind for a while now. With this development however I will be able to proceed. I just cannot wait!
Thank you Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City for your support!
The Umbra of Earth
Image Credit & Copyright: Wang, Letian
Explanation: The dark, inner shadow of planet Earth is called the umbra. Shaped like a cone extending into space, it has a circular cross section most easily seen during a lunar eclipse. For example, last Saturday the Full Moon slid across the southern half of Earth’s umbral shadow, entertaining moonwatchers around much of the planet. In the total phase of the eclipse, the Moon was completely within the umbra for 51 minutes. Recorded from Beijing, China, this composite eclipse image uses successive pictures from totality (center) and partial phases to trace out a large part of the umbra’s curved edge. Background stars are visible in the darker eclipse phases. The result shows the relative size of the shadow’s cross section at the distance of the Moon, as well as the Moon’s path through Earth’s umbra.
Charlotte Street Foundation Open Studios weekend was just great. I was inspired by the work fellow artists put out, and felt thrilled to be a part of such creativity.
As much as I appreciated all the interest Umbratorium received, I have to admit that (hoping to not offend anybody who visited) the highlight of the event was Maya & Luka’s visit (I apologize to both of them if I misspelled their names). Maya & Luka came to check out the studio with their parents, and were very much interested in what my old-fashioned overhead projector had to offer. They are so creative and perceptive that they started experimenting right on the spot, which was simply a thrill for me!
Here are Maya & Luka during their studio visit:
They experimented with variety of materials. And Maya created a beautiful piece of work using some of the dry plants I have been saving for a project. It turned out, the little petals were waiting for Maya to come over and give them a new life on the projector.
Here’s the beautiful work by Maya:
I don’t need to say a word about the beauty this image exudes. The leaves take the form of a hummingbird, a dolphin, or a brush stroke of a sumi-o artist…depending on the imagination of the looker. Thank you Maya for your beautiful contribution to Umbratorium.
I want to thank Maya, Luka, and their parents along with everyone else who visited my studio during open studios weekend. You’re always welcome to drop by. Keep on inventing shadows!
Working on a concept. I tried the idea with a basic shape, and loved it!