For it found me, among other places, a la Luit Nuit, en le Paris du Piedmont, Carrboro, NC!
|Hien, Jean Luc! Reptire Arrive!|
My Girl Alexis Mastromichalis, who runs the very funky, hipsperimental Night Light club in Hip Music Mecca of Carrboro, recently approached me about an awesome Art From Reclaimed Materials Exhibition she is putting together for Earth Week, entitled 'Elemental'
We know one another through our work together doing outreach for The Scrap Exchange.
I decided to join her in this endeavor, because
a) she's my girl, and I want to support her in her Reuse endeavor
b) I thought it was a pretty cool idea for a show
c) I am currently developing a body of work centered around the theme of the element of Earth, to culminate in the GemLine Series, to take place in the NC Appalachian Mountains. I thought this would be a good chance to let this work stretch its legs a bit.
One of the pleasures that didn't occur to me was the thrill all exhibiting at Night Light, a place with a long a rich history in Carrboro's mythology, including many of my dear friend, and a little bit my own.
Plus, Alexis has really remodeled the space in a lot of ways that I wasn't aware of, and the visual richness of the space was a pleasent suprise.
It was also fun to share art with the funky homodenizins of Carrboro. Night Light was abuzz with a steady hum of Artsts at Work, and it was a pleasure to work with them in this serene hum space.
|UnNamed Hottie checks out my Junk Art|
|Awesome Installation for Mother Nature, as viewed through the lens of my Wormoscope|
(unfortunately does not do it justice by any means :(
|Artist Julia Gartell at work on her thought provoking installation;|
invoking the 4 Elements in modernized manifestations.
|"Chance"'s eerie installation, featuring live fish|
in the manequin's head on the table
So, I spent a Very long day installing my work on Friday, but in great company.
There were deffinately some challenges to installing in such a mixed use space, but I sort anticipated that their would be, and so tried to plan accordingly. And eventually my sculptures landed in a good spot for themselves.
When I finally got done, I had to zoom back to Chatham County to play a gig with ZamBamboogee, at the beautifull new Culinary School at CCCC, for the 'Empty Bowls' benefit for CORA.
It was a pretty hairy getting there and set up, but eventually I did, and we had a Great show. For playing this Empty Bowls benefit, we got paid in soup, and boy was it delicious. We had a great audience too. Good after-parties ensued.
|ZamBambooGee: (From l-r) Suzanne Saunders, Scotty Young, Yers Drooly, Joey Howell|
(MIA Bruce Saunders)
Chatham Legends, those guys!
So unfortunately, I couldn't make it for the opening (gig was schedueled long before)
But the next evening, Lucky me, I returned to the scene of the crime, just in time, to catch the thrashin' Trashion show, showcasing the work of another Colleague In Scrap, none other than Nicole Hogan.
Needless to say, the runway was a river of wonderment; a bombardment of shock and awe.
With Bangin models stuttin their stuff, showcasing a pleathorae of real hot little numbers, my favorite being a jumpsuit with a hoodie, but I had some technical 'misgivings', so had to let that number slide by. Oh well.
The next morning, I ran into Rich from the Recycelry, (who I had recently reconnected with at the Reuse Rodeo) and got to connect him with a treadknot, which seemed like some good product placement;)
While in the neighborhood, I also dropped by Back Alley Bicycles, to drop off an Atomic Tire Sphere.
I had promised to lend them one for their shop years ago, but had been chincy ever since. So I finally decided it was time to deliver. Was remiss to find they are closed on Sundays (out riding, go figure).
But just my luck, driving away who did I spy, but owner Jason himself, carting some kind of large cargo freight on a bicycle flatbed! I flagged him down, and made him my offer. He seemed glad to have it! so we strapped it on top of his cargo, and off down the road he rode with it! Couldn't have been a better send off to that piece!
I trust Jason to do good with it (though at this point we agreed it was just a loan), and I am thrilled that he finally has it for his shop. At long last!
Carrboro has some pretty special businesses (it is, in many ways, a very special place), and perhaps some very good matches for Reptire Designs, both in terms of people and businesses, and culture...