This past Monday (first day of Buck season in Pennsylvania) marked the 10th anniversary of Deer Memorial. This public installation caused quite a local stir back in ’04 when it appeared along Route 11 between Bloomsburg and Berwick. I remember driving to my mentor’s house (I was attending grad school at UArts at the time) a day or so after it was installed and seeing the WNEP-16 news car there and thinking, “Holy shit, this is going to be on the news!” Thankfully it was a slow day for local news; it landed as the top story on the 7pm news slot and then on the front page of the local paper. I was a server at a restaurant chain as well and overheard a bunch of people talking about it while I worked that week. Anonymity is awesome. It was so great to see and hear people talking about my work without them even knowing it was my art… or even thinking it was art at all! It was great to bring that urban Street Art mystery and excitement to rural PA. I don’t care if anyone thought it was art or even if they cared about art. The point was that it created a dialogue–between the work and individuals and then between each other. That’s what art should create, a dialogue, whether internal, external, or both. To this day, this piece remains one of my proudest achievements.
Now showing until November 21 at The Stairwell Gallery at the Moose Exchange’s The Antler is Cover of a Comic. This show features over 50 artworks by local artists inspired by comic books, graphic novels, and comics characters. Sponsored by our friends at Legendary Comics and Tea Room.
I have a piece in the show titled “MURICA!” that is acrylic on wood. This was a piece created just for this show and the second that I used raw chipboard as one of the main visual elements in it. I really liked how it turned out and maybe they’ll be more to come like this. You can see it in the photo from the reception tonight below.
24 East Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Just finished editing Meredith Re' Grimsley's performance that I recorded back in the Spring. It really turned out quite wonderful and I am very pleased that she is very pleased!
Last Friday, I had the honor of filming a performance art piece by my good friend Meredith Ré Grimsley. What a hauntingly beautiful piece it is! It was great to collaborate with her and two of her students and I can't wait to get to work on post-prod on it.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was working on these 9’x5′ paintings in the Painting studio in Old Science at Bloomsburg University. But in reality, 14 years have passed since I began the first in a series of 7 paintings that would become the climax of my undergraduate work. After showing the “Johnny” series in the Multicultural Center as my senior show, Tom Kresch, Director of Residence Life, approached me and said, “Lee, we have the perfect spot for these paintings if you’re willing to part with some of them.” And I responded with, “Absolutely!”
So in 2001, Residence Life purchased 2 of them and then later that year (or next year, I forget) I donated two more for the other side of their dining facility. The height of the ceilings and the open floor plan really did provide the perfect home for these 4 paintings. But, as times change, so do designs and layouts. This summer the Scranton Commons will be undergoing renovations and it’s time for “Johnny” to move on. Thanks to BU’s transportation crew, they are now back at my house, safe and sound. It has been a true honor to have my work displayed in an area where so many people have had the opportunity to look at them and (hopefully) enjoy and ponder them. Just think, if a college dining facility gets 500 students a day eating there (I am estimating here), and there are 15 weeks in a semester, 7 days in a week, and let’s just say 2 semesters in a year. For 14 years, that means 1,470,000 students have potentially seen these paintings. And we’re not including parents who visit or university faculty and staff. I think that’s some pretty impressive numbers. So, again, Tom Kresch, Bloomsburg University, and everyone who appreciated them, THANK YOU!
UPDATED: It has been brought to my attention that there is more like 1000 students that eat there each day.