I Am You

I just had my first solo show of sculpture and wall art at Cloud Tree and it was one of the more gratifying accomplishments of my career. I was lucky enough to receive  a grant from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin to put the show on and am not only grateful to the city but also extremely pleased at the level of funding the city has been putting towards the arts in recent years. This is the second such grant I have received. The first was for the group art show Vessel which I curated in 2015. Below are some shots of the work from I Am You as well as the artist statement. 

 

I Am You - Reflections on Connection and Isolation

Welcome to Cloud Tree and thank you so much for coming. Though I have always considered my furniture and decor designs to be sculptural in nature it wasn’t until 2015 that I began to make my first pieces of sculpture and decorative wall art. 

For some time now all my decor designs have been done in a resin and grain matched series, typically via solid wood laminations. As I began to break them into separate pieces during the fabrication process it struck as a beautiful metaphor for something I had already been meditating on which is the idea of being an individual and yet part of a greater whole. Through various media including podcasts, ted talks, books, music and more the idea kept popping up again and again. I began to work this theme into some sculpture last year and decided it could serve as the energetic underpinning of a body of work for my first solo show.

Being a person who likes to see all sides of an issue, I thought I would explore the existential isolation of being human as well. I often like holding diametric ideas as both true. Though we are in essence, at least i believe, intrinsically connected to everyone and everything including the infinite, we bear the burden of complete isolation on a journey that no one can experience but ourselves. Again in a diametric way I find this fact both terrifying and beautifully special.

One area of the connection theme I chose to explore is the idea that we simply cannot do it alone. The sculpture Eureka embodies this the best as it represents that all great ideas have been built by the whole, one spark inspiring the next in an energetic thread that can be traced back as far as one would like to take it, even to the primordial darkness and mystery that stirred in the very beginning. In the spirit of this I would like to thank the countless people who have inspired, taught and helped me on my own journey of realizing my dreams this far. I simply could not have done it with out you.

 Eureka

Eureka

 Ark For One   

Ark For One

 

 From top - Meteroic , Macrocosm and Cotton Mouth

From top - Meteroic , Macrocosm and Cotton Mouth

 Eureka's Twins   

Eureka's Twins

 

 I Understand You Feel Alone But That Isn't Helping/ The Seven (Bad?) Behaviors   

I Understand You Feel Alone But That Isn't Helping/ The Seven (Bad?) Behaviors

 

A Dream Achieved

After 15 years at the Splinter Group cooperative workspace, in early February I moved my entire operation down the block. I have always dreamed of having my workshop attached to a store front gallery space and some how the stars aligned, a few blessings came thru and that is what transpired. It's in an old quonset hut built in 1948 and has all the charm I could ask for. I leased the entire building, built out some other studios in the loft and dubbed the place Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery after a favorite tree of mine in the street nearby. Its located at 3411 e. 5th in Austin. I more than welcome any and all studio visits and hope to have semi regular gallery hours soon. Connect with me via brian@bdjcraftworks.com to schedule some time to come by or I'm open to good natured  drop ins as well. If you see the open sign hanging and can make it past security, aka Louie,  come on in maybe we can connect over a coffee or a hot mug of tea. 

Coded Connection

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The 13th person to crack the code will receive a $55 studio credit toward one or more of my pieces. Hint: consult the search oracle. Its easy. warm regards, bdj