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50/50 Pilsen Show

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2011 by scratchyb

Photo by Mandy McGee

I made these bookmarks to sell at the craft show.

 

Friday October 14th was the last day of the 50/50 Pilsen (Chicago) art and craft show, and the only night for the art show. We had a lot of people there, and the show overall was a terrific event. The art show was scheduled to coincide with the Second Friday Art Walk, which happens on Halsted St. on the second Friday of the month.

I’ll be posting those bookmarks pictured up there to Etsy soon.

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Crafty Art

Posted in Art, Process, Technique, woodburning with tags , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by scratchyb

I’m counting the days down until the craft fair portion of 50/50 Pilsen, and thinking a little bit about where craft and art meet.  Art almost always involves a degree of craftsmanship, unless it’s purely conceptual. The work I’ve been doing recently involves a medium that puts most people in mind of boy scouts, grandparents, and kitschy outdoor country scenes.  Pyrography doesn’t have the popularity of, say, screenprinting, and it is far more time-consuming without the possibility of mass-production. But there’s a lot of possibility in the medium, because of the range of possible markings, from fine-detail to thicker, deeper burns.

Since the theme of this show is where art meets craft, I’ve been exploring the craftier elements of my woodburning, but really, I’m far more interested in how to incorporate this craft into paintings and drawings. Now, plenty of people consider pyrography a serious art, and so do I, but does it get the same respect as painting or sculpture? This past spring I was at the Art Chicago show at Merchandise Mart, and saw one example of pyrography. I’ve found a few cool woodburn artists trolling around the web, but ultimately, where I draw the line is whether someone is creating original subject matter with a discernible style. I’ll be interested in hearing some of the comments of the Pilsen arts community, because at this show I’ll be focusing almost exclusively on woodburn art.

We’ll see what we’ll see.

50/50 Pilsen Sneak Preview

Posted in Art, Painting, Projects, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by scratchyb

The Snail Seller

 

Medusa

 

The big show coming up for me in October is 50/50 Pilsen, which Mandy and friends are putting together.  Last year’s show was a huge success, and we’re hoping to build up excitement for this one.  While I’ve a few ideas for the craft portion of the show, what I’ve really been focusing on is a body of work for the art opening on Friday, October 14th. These two pieces are mixed media: woodburn on basswood and birch panels, with gauche and pencil.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

Octopus box

Posted in Art, craft with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2010 by scratchyb

Here’s one of the two boxes I had created for the 50/50 Pilsen craft show.  The other sold before I could get a good photo of it.

 

All images © Eric Battaglia 2010

50/50 Pilsen Art Show

Posted in Art, Display with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by scratchyb

The past two weekends I’ve been participating in the 50/50 Pilsen show.   Last weekend we had a craft fair, where I sold one of the boxes I had promised to provide a picture of–without having taken a picture of it.  So, for the rest of my life, I’ll have to just tell the story of the Red Riding Hood box I woodburned, with each side telling a little bit more of the story, including a wolf trap at the end.

I still do have the octopus box, just no picture yet. Waiting on the best possible light.

But, here are some pictures of the art I’ve got hanging in the art show, which we started Friday night, coinciding with “Second Fridays” in the Pilsen neighborhood, when galleries open their doors to the public.

This one here’s the newest piece, just finished last Friday the morning before the show, called “Egghead”.

This one’s called “Birdcage.”

Here’s the rest of the pieces I hung.  I had a lot of space to work with, so rather than bring in all wood-pieces, I set up sort of a chronology of work I’d done the past five years, earliest to latest.  Before I was into wood-burning I was all about pen and ink on paper.

 

All images © Eric Battaglia 2010

50/50 Pilsen

Posted in Art, craft with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by scratchyb

After all that preparing, the time is upon us.  I’m participating in 50/50 Pilsen this weekend.  This is a show that Mandy, Megan and Hesper have been planning for a while now.  I’m psyched, it seems to be coming together well.  I don’t have quite as many wood-burn products as I had hoped (and sorry, but I didn’t get pictures in time to post, I’ll post my display tomorrow, promise).  But that really doesn’t matter, I think this is still going to be an awesome show.  We’ve got some great artists and crafters here.  This weekend’s show is going to be primarily a craft show, and next weekend launches the art show.  Anyone local to Chicago, hope to see you there.

Post-Renegade, Pre-50/50

Posted in animals, Art with tags , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by scratchyb

I got a better picture of that Boaraffe I posted a few weeks ago.

Now that Renegade is done with, I’m preparing for 50/50 Pilsen, an arts and crafts event planned by Mandy and two of her friends as a way to explore the intersections between art and craft. The first weekend of October, there will be a craft fair, the next weekend, an art exhibit which will continue for the rest of the month, on weekends and by appointment.