JIM DORAN

ArtScape 2012 RE:Purpose

I’m delighted to say I was invited to participate in an ArtScape exhibit this year. I’ve submitted a handful of my dioramas to the show. Here’s the scoop:

People say that the book is dead. Kindle is just far more convenient. Newspaper ink gets all over your fingers. Who needs a map when you can have SAT NAV? Perhaps you’ve seen one too many Hoarders episodes, and your clutter is beginning to look ominous. For whatever reason, society is starting to throw away its tangible objects and is calling for the demise of paper. The good news for rejected paper is that there seems to be a trend of artists who are collecting the detritus. Now that these objects are starting to lose hold on their original purpose, artists are beginning to rescue these paper-based products and breathe new life into them.

– Emilyann Craighead, Curator

June 25-August 4, 2012
Reception: Friday July 6, 6-8 pm
The Gallery at CCBC, Catonsville, Building Q
Summer Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ccbcmd.edu/adim/galleries.html or give us a call at 443.840.4246.

CCBC Catonsville is located off Baltimore Beltway (695) Exit 12, Wilkens Avenue West. Follow Wilkens Avenue West to Valley Road. Make a right on Valley Road to the college entrance. CCBC Catonsville is served by MTA bus route 77.  The Gallery is in Building Q.

Sponsored in part by the Baltimore Office of Promotion in the Arts and M&T Bank as an ArtScape 2012 Showcase Gallery.

 

Return of the Nut

Mount Royal Avenue is now circus peanut free.  It returned home safely after being on display in Baltimore city for 149 days.

There are several features about this piece that I haven’t yet shared – the PVC backbone contains actual circus peanuts. And the inside of the sculpture base is manned by these two fellows who kept an eye on things for me, since I obviously couldn’t be there.

Now you know.

And, there’s more to the story.

ArtScape 2010

More than 350,000 people were expected to attend this year’s ArtScape, now in its 29th year and the biggest yet. ArtScape is America’s largest free Art festival and generates more than $25 million in revenue. Every year, the citizens of the east coast unite to collectively bake our brains under an atomically hot sun.  Here are some pics from this year.

My kids and I made circus peanut shirts using left over paint from the giant peanut.

There is something really cool about watching people hug art. I watch a guy actually LICK the circus peanut, but couldn’t get my camera out in time. There are no teeth marks. Yet.

I received some much needed Art Therapy on the Charles Street bridge from Cocoa, while Leezle manned the phone.

The girls and I visited our comics at the Comic Strip exhibit at Penn station (previously discussed).

Here’s the Midway banner on the Charles Street bridge.

The girls illustrated messenger bags at the Target tent.

The art cars were amazing, as was the air guitar exhibition.

I tried to glue circus peanuts to the Throne of Glory, but it was in constant use.

Me and my baked brains.

Here are a few of my favorite Sondheim finalists in the Fox building gallery.

Here, There, Anywhere.

I’m sad it’s over, and relieved everything went well. Now it’s back to the drawing board.