It feels like a pretty good start to a year with an unlucky number. We dodged the Apocalypse. Fairbanks got snow and was released from the deep freeze, at least for a few weeks. We survived the holidays and our indulgences. The sun is returning a little more each day.
I’m busy getting ready for a February show at Alaska Pacific University, this one of work based on trees. There’s a lot to do yet. Whether I’m deluded or just calm in the face of danger I’m feeling OK about things, though that could change in an instant. I’ve set a strict schedule of tasks (make the damn art) and rewards (go skiing, eat cookies, drink beer) that seems to be working so far. We’ll see how I feel in two weeks.
Good news on the work front, too. One of my two proposals for a large site at UAA has made it to the final-of-the-final rounds (I didn’t realize until late in the game that there was yet another hurdle to pass, but apparently so.) Of the two, it’s the one I wanted more – less time working on-site, materials I’m more comfortable with – and I know it’s a strong design. We’ll see what happens.
I still liked the work we did for the project that didn’t move up. Here’s a lovely rendering by my Photoshop wizards of what a three-story etched glass wall might have looked like:
And a glass sample of actual material:
I guess the silver lining of not being selected is that it’s never wasted time. It’s a great exercise to be given parameters and situations that you would probably not ever come up with on your own. The ideas always re-emerge somewhere else. Still, cross your fingers for proposal number two.
And while we’re making wishes, best wishes for good luck and good health in 2013. I can’t say if this is true for anyone else, but in my small world the last two months of 2012 contained a plague of bad luck that didn’t affect me directly but certainly hit hard one circle out. Serious illnesses, strife, distress, and a couple of tragic and untimely deaths have made me contemplate my lucky life. May we all go forward into a better new year.