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ART

BO/DY

I saw a call for entry at nefarious contemporary in Baltimore on Instagram:

Our February exhibition is now open for entries! BO/DY was thought up as I and many of my beloved friends have experienced extreme body trauma and abuse in our lifetimes. The body is something we shame, we neglect, we criticize, we oh-too-closely compare to other bodies. In a time of revolution, such as the one we find ourselves in the midst of, the body is starting to receive more love than it has in a long, long time. And we want to celebrate that. This exhibition will open on St Valentine’s Day and serve as an online and zine exhibition. Which means that each applicant, regardless of their acceptance, will receive a complimentary zine once it’s published. Tag some of your favorite artists below working within themes of body to let them know they should apply! And feel free to shoot us over any q’s you may have!

This exhibition is US only due to funding restrictions.

My girlfriend and I were experimenting with cyanotypes, and I made this.

As a kid, I was always self conscious of my weird, awkward ehlers–danlos syndrome-ish body, especially my feet. Well, NO LONGER! I learned to….

Cyanotype exposure on cloth, with red footprints in the outlines of a foot and shoe. Embroidery reads ACCEPT DA FEET

18″ x 14″
Cyanotype on cotton fabric with acrylic paint and embroidery.

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Music

2021

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I decided to challenge myself to write music every day in 2021.

One bad thing about the pandemic has been the solitude.

A good thing about the pandemic has also been the solitude. In the quiet, introspective stretches of this pandemic, I was able to discard some musical baggage and those things that no longer serve me, and find inspiration and, well, grow.

I spent parts of the fall reviewing music theory that I haven’t used since college. Back then, I was a drummer-as-frustrated-guitarist-studying-the-piano, because that’s what the college had to offer. I loved learning about music! I didn’t enjoy the piano very much, and a lot of what I learned faded away once I moved to Baltimore and got busy with Bazooka Joe. So, in the quiet space of this time, I gathered what old notes and textbooks I could find, and got to work. I’ve particularly enjoyed Steve Vai’s book, Vaideology.

I also did a deep dive into Ableton Live. I began using MIDI, making more expansive tape loops, samples, and developing better music with devices from Korg and Teenage Engineering. Good, powerfully enabling tools. So far, I’ve been experimenting and learning how to do things.

I set up some drums. I haven’t played drums regularly in more years than I care to admit. In fact, I can’t really play like I used to be able to. Funnily enough, I don’t want to play like I used to. Maybe I’ve out grown my drumming traits – I’ve certainly grown older. But, I’ve enjoyed playing in a way I haven’t in years.

This period in my life – the pandemic – has acted like reset for my interest in music composition. I’ve discovered new paths to explore, and only realized this evening that I should probably document that stuff here.

Okay, back the the challenge. To increase the chances of success, I set some parameters. Nothing has to be completed in a single day. If there is some task that needs completing in order to write a certain bit of music, that task counts, too. For example – maybe I would really like to record my furnace using stereo contact mics. But I have to make the mics, and then figure out mixer settings, amplification, and other “administrative” tasks. Or, I’d really like to use pedals X and Y to achieve Z, but I’m not sure how to do it. Spending productive time on these administrative tasks that get me to the point on recording the furnace in stereo or achieving Z with pedals X and Y all count toward the goal of daily music composition.

I’ve written some music every day in January 2021.

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ART

Foot Prints

Probably my favorite 3D scan, I present the Sidekick! I sculpted this character, made a mold and then scanned it. I can print them in brass, silver and various plastics and in various sizes.

Three human feet with dog legs - red plastic, brass, blue plastic.
3 human feet with animal legs.

FOR SALE

I have one red prototype for sale – 2.5″ x 1″ high, with silver nails. If you’d like it, send $45 and your address (US only, please – if outside the US, please contact me jim.doran@gmail.com).

I plan to print more of these, including pairs, for the shop. If you’d like one, please email me.

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Dioramas

Anatomy of a Crime Scene

Anatomy of a Crime Scene No. 7 – the Philanthropist Office. Can you solve this one?

Diorama in a Altoids tin showing an office.
A Wall safe hanging open
A single, pink scuffy slipper
Philanthropist desk
Tiny paperwork, smaller than a dime.
Scuffy slipper on a finger tip
Desk plaque reading philanthropist, sitting on the face of a dime.
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Dioramas

Anatomy of a Crime Scene

I really wish someone could solve these mysteries. This time, it took place in a store for previously owned shoes.

A shoe store inside an Altoids Tin
A shoe store inside an Altoids Tin