ISEA 29th Annual Open Juried Exhibition

I am pleased to say my work Light and dark II was accepted into the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) 2020 29th Annual Open Juried Exhibition.  Due to COVID 19, it will be a virtual exhibition for this year, but there are plans to celebrate the first ever collaboration with Canadian members and friends in a unique way.  St. Albert, Alberta, Canada looks forward to hosting a symposium and exhibition in 2022.  

I will post the link to the exhibition when it goes live in mid-summer.  I am looking forward to seeing all of the great works of art.   

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Weighted wings

In my last post I wrote that I would show you the art piece that  led me to make my DIY image tracer.  Weighted wings is part of an ongoing series I am working on about anxiety and may be part of my show Catching smoke, coming in late summer to Harcourt House’s Art Incubator Gallery.  In working on my series All exits look the same, which is about developing and living with chronic illness, I found art to be a therapy of sorts.  Helping me process what was going on in my life and come to a place of acceptance. 

Just prior to becoming ill seven years ago, I was working on some abstract drawings about anxiety, having always lived with it to varying degrees.  Life happened and the idea was put aside.  Two years ago I decided to refocus my artist’s lens on the topic.  I also wanted to begin to incorporate text into some of my work, as words for me are a powerful impetus in creating, and important in telling the story of a piece.

Weighted wings is a piece about how the words, the noise in your head can hold you down, keep you from living the life you want to lead.  As I was figuring out the words, I wrote a lot over several months trying to get a better sense of what triggers my anxiety.  What I found was in doing this and in reading books about being present (thank you to Pema Chödrön) I began to develop strategies to quiet my mind.  Imagine writing down all your worries and anxieties and then just walking away from them.  They are immobilized on paper and you are free to leave them there.  It’s not quite as simple as that, but it’s definitely a start.  

 

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Projection box in use

DIY Tracer Projector

 

Today’s post is about an image tracer projector I made.  It’s been a while since I posted!  I started working on this back in January or February, but got side tracked by many different things… events, appointments, tax prep, and finally COVID-19.  

I looked into making a tracer projector when I had an idea that required me to enlarge an image.  A projector, which can cost between $50 and $100 (or higher), was more than I wanted to spend for what could be a one-off use.  Next step was YouTube.  I honestly don’t know what we did before YouTube.  There seems to be tutorials for pretty much everything.

To make this you will need a cardboard box, duct tape, painter’s tape or masking tape, a box cutter, and a clear plastic sheet.

For the projector box I used this video from Home Made Simple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va8TprRgl7s  If you plan to use your cell phone’s flashlight as your light source, you can omit cutting a hole in the bottom and just use the projection hole to position your phone.  In this version the maker uses a lamp as the light source.  I didn’t find that worked for me, maybe the lamp was too tall, so I opted to use my cell phone flashlight.  I also used a roll of duct tape to raise the phone inside the box.  For the image stencil or tracing material cut the hole to be slightly smaller than the material you are using so it will lay flat against the box, then tape it to the box along the top with some tape (I used painter’s tape, see images at bottom).  

For the holder for the cell phone, I used scraps from cutting the holes in the box and this video by In the Event with Karem:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5Biui7Jbo0

It also shows how to make a box from scratch if you don’t have one the right size.  I used an old small appliance box.  

Once the box and holder were built, I focused on material to use for the image.  The maker in the first video used a clear plastic bag. Most of mine are well-used and I found the image to be too fuzzy.  I had some duralar, which is a clear plastic sheet.  I traced my image onto this and the quality when projected was good.  I think any unblemished, smooth, clear plastic should work (e.g. page protector).  

You can also use it to project words from stencils.  Just remember to turn the stencil over so it is backwards.  Here is the finished project, using a word stencil for demonstration:

 

When setting up the projector, you need to have space to move it forwards or backwards to get the image size you want.  You will also need a somewhat dark space.  Because I was projecting onto a large sheet of paper, I used my hallway and closed all the doors to minimize the light.  If you are projecting an image onto a wall, you may want to cover the window(s) with extra sheets or blankets.  I used books and old DVD cases to prop up the projector to get the right position.  

In my next post I will show you the artwork I created using the projector.  

 

 

 

 

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Of the eye (and some of the mind)

Pop Up On Line Exhibition

Inspired by another artist, I decided to exhibit some of my work on line in a small exhibition. The photographic works are of the nature I see on my walks in the river valley, in particular ice and water, and also a little of what I see when I’m paying attention in the moment.  My digital drawings are pieces that developed while working on specific series or were a side product of that work.  As I don’t often set out with a specific idea in mind, I look at the shapes, shadows, and lines I have made to determine where a piece will go.  

Want to know more about me?  Check out my biography, or some of my meet the maker posts from March.  

You can also check out three of these pieces at Harcourt House’s Art O Rama 2019 until December 16th.  

 

 

Unless otherwise stated, all work is professionally printed on high quality art paper.  Pricing for 2019 is as follows*:

Limited edition prints

Size

Unframed

Framed

8 x 10  

edition of 10

$95

$120

11 x 14

edition of 5

$140

$160

16 x 20

edition of 5

$170

$200

14 x 24

edition of 5

$195

$245

18 x 24

edition of 5

$220

$260

24 x 30

edition of 3

$320

$415 (glass)

$425 (plexi)

24 x 36

edition of 3

$345

$450

*Prices subject to change without notice. 

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Art O Rama – Harcourt House

Art O Rama is Harcourt House Artist Run Centre’s members show and fundraiser December 6-14th, 2019. This holiday market provides the rare opportunity to acquire affordable, original, small format works for $500 or less in a variety of media including: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry, metal design works, and mixed media compositions.  Proceeds are split between the artist and the centre, which uses the funds to continue to support artists and exhibitions, and develop engaging public programming.   

Looking for something special for your home or a gift for someone for Christmas?  Come out and check out what Art O Rama has to offer.  This year there are events planned on Friday and Saturday of the opening weekend (click the link for details).  I have three pieces in this show.  Come down and check it out 🙂 

The Main and Art Incubator Galleries: December 6 – 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, from 7 pm – 10 pm
Art-O-Rama Brunch: Saturday, December 7, from 12 pm – 6 pm
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St, Edmonton

Extended Hours:
Monday Dec 9 – Friday Dec 13, 10 am – 7 pm
Saturdays Dec 7/14, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday Dec 8, 10 am – 5 pm

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New series in progress & DIY light table

Light table

In a previous post, I mentioned I am working on a new series for a solo show at Harcourt House Artist-Run Centre‘s Art Incubator Gallery in 2020.  I would like to incorporate text into the series in some way.  So far I have spent a lot of time thinking about how this might work and I have not been satisfied with my attempts.  

Last week having trouble sleeping, as can happen when anxiety levels are high, I thought about a different method using embossing.  Some excited searching at 1:30 am made me think it could work.   Lucky for me I had some supplies at the ready, due to a brief flirtation with scrapbooking in the early 2000’s.  The next step was to find the right material to work with.  My work is digital and I have not bought art supplies in a long while, however I do still have a fairly good assortment of paper from my traditional art material days.  After some unsuccessful attempts, I went to You Tube to look up embossing (spoiler alert – the stencil goes under the paper).  Next step was to think about making stencils.  After trying to trace on paper taped to a window, I realized this was not sustainable.  My arm was aching something fierce.

Experimenting with paper

 

DIY Light table – dust-free, chemical-free, one stop shop

Next step, searching light tables.  These can be a bit pricey, from $60-$150 depending on what size you would like to have.  If I was going to trace things all the time, I could see making the investment, but for now I want a cheaper option.  After looking up DIY light tables I was starting to think I would need to check out some used furniture places for a glass topped end table (not my favourite activity as I find they are like a dust mite rave and I have a strong reaction). Most of the information I found in blogs involved using a router or sawing, getting a specific size of acrylic sheeting, spray painting, etc.  I wanted a dust-free, chemical-free one-stop shop kind of option.  I checked out Ikea, based on a comment made by a blogger about using an Ikea picture frame and some LED lights.  Success!  I didn’t think a picture frame would work, now that Ikea uses a thinner plastic for their glazing, but I did find another option.  

I purchased the Nesna Nightstand on sale, then sourced a white cardboard box (note: white to increase reflectivity) in the home organization section and purchased LED string lights (lights do not get hot so won’t be a fire hazard).  After assembling the nightstand, I put the lights into the box and slid the box under the table top, using the lid to raise it up for a snug fit.  Once I knew it would fit, I used a piece of paper palette left over from my painting days and taped it to the underside of the glass top with painter’s tape (you could use waxed paper or white tissue paper).  I didn’t want to make it permanent as I want to be able to repurpose the table when I don’t need it as a light table.  All in all I am pleased with the result.  It cost me about $30.  I am thinking of replacing the LED string lights with an LED camping lantern I found in the basement, as I’d like the light to be a bit stronger.  My Ikea was out of the 24 light strand, so I bought two 12 light strands, which are ok but not as bright as I’d like.  As you can see in the photo below, it will fit a pice of 9″x12″ paper.  

Light table

Light table

 

To make it more permanent, you could close in the sides and bottom of the table and/or use LED strip lighting, however this will increase your costs so you’ll have to decide if it still makes sense to DIY.  If you would like a larger table and you don’t mind dust, chemicals and using tools, I found this video, as well as several other options.  

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Meet the Maker March 29

Photo credit: Lindsay the Grateful

Art in the wild

In 2016 my artwork Dream a little dream was chosen to be a part of #YEGCANVAS, which is a rotating display of art in transit centres and on billboards throughout the city.

©Deann Stein Hasinof f#YEGCANVAS 2016

Art playing with other art

Sometimes art gets to go out and play with other art. Here are a couple of photos from Incubator 2015 at Latitude 53 Gallery.

L-R: Armour (Deann Stein Hasinoff), work by David J. Nyffeler, Apart (©Deann Stein Hasinoff), work by Carmyn Joy Effa
Left (above and below): work by Jeremy Tsang Right: Mise-en-scène (Deann Stein Hasinoff)

Domesticated art

If you have one of my artworks, I’d love to see a photo of it installed in your space. As for me I have some of my art hanging (or in some cases leaning) in my home. Here are a couple of photos.

©Deann Stein Hasinoff Spirit 2015
©Deann Stein Hasinoff Left: Dream a little dream 2015, Right: Stillness 2016 Middle: Sonya Iwasiuk

March Meet the Maker has been fun! It’s given me motivation to sit down and write about different aspects of my art practice. I enjoyed it and I hope you did too.

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Meet the Maker March 25

Photo credit: Lindsay the Grateful

Top tip or advice: framing and hanging

Frames: The best frames I have found if you want to have the option of changing your artwork are Opus Exhibition frames. They are sturdier than what you can find at your local Scandinavian store and the fasteners at the back allow you to easily switch out your artwork. The mail order versions now only come with plexiglass so you do not have to worry about breakage. You do, however, require special cloths and cleaner if you plan to clean the plexiglass. DO NOT use paper towel or regular glass cleaner on plastic or plexiglass. These items can also be purchased through Opus.

Wiring frames: I was never very good at wiring a frame for hanging, then I watched a few YouTube videos. Here is a good one. Note not all frames can be wired, as the D-rings on the back are not made to hold the weight of the frame from a centre point. You want a ring that looks like this. If the D-rings are triangular shaped, and you cannot see the ends, I would not wire them as in my experience they will fail. Instead use two picture hangers (see below for video on hanging with D-hooks only). Coated wire saves your fingers or just put on a pair of gloves that offer some grip. I use gardening gloves.

How high to hang your art? Gallery height is between 147-150 cm, which is considered eye level (i.e. the centre of the art will be at eye level). To hang your art, measure the length of your frame, and divide by 2. Pull the picture wire on the back of the frame as if it were hanging on the wall, and measure the tightened wire point to the top of the frame (tight wire measurement). Subtract the tight wire measurement from the 1/2 frame measurement. This is your “from the hook” amount. Add this to 147 cm. Then you use your tape measure to measure from the floor to that point, and that’s where you put your nail. If you are using a picture hook, you will will want the hook to sit at this point, not the nail, so keep that in mind. Write the measurement on the back of the frame, so you only have to figure it out once.

So, if your frame is 60 cm long, it would look like this:

60/2 = 30 – 3 (tight wire measurement) = 27 + 147 = 174 cm (measure from floor)

©Deann Stein Hasinoff

Hanging a group: If you are hanging a group of pictures, choose one as the centre, hang it at eye level and then hang all the other ones around it.

Hanging in a row: If you are hanging them in a row, make sure your picture wire “from the hook” is exactly the same for all of your frames (e.g. all tight wire measurements are 5 cm). This will save you a lot of hassle when hanging.

D-rings only: If you are not using wire and are just using the D-rings, here is a handy video. Large pieces of art are usually hung with two D-rings instead of wire because of their weight.

Not sure? You can always consult with a local framer or the framing department at a craft store. Just make sure the person you talk to actually does framing.

©Deann Stein Hasinoff
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Meet the Maker March 20

Photo credit: Lindsay the Grateful

Process: Every artist has their own way of getting started. Some do a lot of sketches, others are inspired by things they see or read, some just dive in and figure it out as they go. I get inspiration from life experiences, music, poetry, other things I read, and nature. To get started, I just draw. Starting a painting is called laying down a ground (a base). When I work, I often draw lots of grounds with no set idea and see if something appears that I want to expand on. This way of working is called automatism. Artists like Joan Miró, Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle used automatism during their careers to create spontaneous works of art. Sometimes I will let the ground sit for a long time before working with it again and other times can see where I want the drawing to go right away. One I am working on now, I first drew in 2016. Other times I have an idea in mind and I work to create that vision. It’s a very intuitive process. One thing you do not want to do is overwork it. It’s hard to know when you’ve hit that point. I find when I am revisiting small details over and over, it’s time to ignore the drawing for a while and then revisit it with fresh eyes. Usually when I do that, I’ll decide it’s done.

©Deann Stein Hasinoff Stillness 2016
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