Small Stories and Other Stories

Small Stories and other stories.

I am a guest artist at the Hamilton Gallery in Baltimore. It’s a special honor to be showing here, because it’s in my neighborhood! Here are some of the particulars…

HAMILTON ARTS COLLECTIVE | HAMILTON GALLERY
is pleased to present the exhibition

Jim Doran: Small Stories and Other Stories

Exhibition run October 4 – October 27, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION
First Friday, October 4, 6-9pm

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION
Sunday, October 20, 1-3pm

5502 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214

Link to Google Maps

This show feels a lot like the School33 show. Certain themes reveal themselves to me as I worked on this. There is the usual thread of macabre fun, but also some commentary on artists themselves, science fiction and a magnificent story around scissors. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on this material, and as always, I must thank those closest to me for their patience, understanding, and encouragement. I hope you can make it. I will post exhibit photos below, as they become available.

In the meantime, I needed a sign for the front window, and this is what I came up with…

Neon Sign for Small Stories and Other Stories
Neon Sign for Small Stories and Other Stories
I’m not sure I made it bright enough….
spoons on the wall
Gallery view
Clock diorama and scissors
Early at the opening, people mingling
Artist Talk on a rainy Sunday
Small Stories Zines in a basket
Jim Doran

David Best’s Temple

We visited the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. today. The following image and quote are from the Renwick Website…

David Best's Temple

David Best’s Temple transforms the Renwick Gallery’s Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon into a glowing sanctuary, offering visitors a quiet place to reflect and pay tribute to lost loved ones. Originally part of the exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, this site-specific installation covers the walls with intricately carved raw wood panels that lead to an ornate altar. Wooden placards are provided for visitors to write a personal message and leave within the installation. 

https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/david-bests-temple

Visitors were invited to write something on a piece of wood, and add to the exhibit. I presume this temple will be burned at some point, as this happens at the Burning Man festival.

The temple was breathtaking.

Some of the inscriptions were funny. Many were wrenching.

What is my life without your love? Who am I without you by my side?

I left a contribution, too.

Go Bananas

With a little earworm help from meatpole.

Excel Blades

I’ve been using Excel Blades ever since my friend, Annie Howe, gave me some to try last summer. Previously, I had always used Xacto blades (hundreds and hundreds of them).

I’ve found Excel blades to be more consistently sharp, especially at the tip, which is what I use the most. As a surprise bonus, they sent me new handles today! Of all days, too.

I love them. You can follow the company on Instagram. They really are family owned and operated, and seem like very nice folks!

Excel Blades

Zine Scene

I had a very lucky thing happen today. I got to visit the special collections area of the library at work. There, I handled and read some very old science fiction zines. Fanzines, or “zines,” are amateur fan publications. From Wikipedia:

A science fiction fanzine is an amateur or semi-professional magazine published by members of science fiction fandom, from the 1930s to the present day. They were one of the earliest forms of fanzine, and at one time constituted the primary type of science-fictional fannish activity (“fanac”).

The first science-fiction fanzine, The Comet, was published in 1930 by the Science Correspondence Club in Chicago. The term “fanzine” was coined by Russ Chauvenet in the October 1940 issue of his fanzine Detours. “Fanzines” were distinguished from “prozines”, that is, all professional magazines. Prior to that, the fan publications were known as “fanmags” or “letterzines.”

 

Detours Zine, October 1940

Zine detail

Detours, October, 1940

I took dozens of photos – too many to share here. These are some of my favorites:

futurian-war-digest

Triton Cover Triton #2 cover

The Fantasy Amateur

Ray Bradbury Imagination cover

Imagination Zine