Sunday, April 30, 2017

Status Check - Bxiie

Hello!  I'm not dead, just quiet.

It's now spring in Vermont.  I've come out of relative art hibernation and it's time to get ready for the sculpture festival season!

This is a prototype of a sculpture design that I am going to be using twice this year.  I will be building the first incarnation of this at Playa del Fuego, a Burning Man-related 'regional burn' in Middletown, Delaware over Memorial Day weekend.  I'll be building during the festival and burning it on the last night.  My first burnable art!  I'll be building a second version for an outdoor show in southern Vermont later in the summer.  I'll be participating in Sculpturefest again with a different work; maybe a four-foot-tall PVC thing?  

The last several years I've been incorporating a lot of technology in my art.  This is neither good nor bad; just a thing.  This summer, though, I'm going to pull back a bit from the hardcore tech like I did last season.  The flashing lights are fun and electronics has a place in my future, a bolt in my quiver, but for now I'm feeling like going back and exploring my plastic roots.

The above assemblage includes a PVC piece from two years ago, a bit of hardware cloth, some random metal bars, and a few pine boughs.

Well, maybe.  I've been flying a drone for a few months now - In fact, I've got my commercial operator's license.  So technology is going to continue to have a significant impact on my art this season.  The above image is based on several hundred photographs of Zion's Union Church in Maxatawny, Pennsylvania.  The images were post-processed through a photogrammetry program to create a 3D model of the church.  I dropped the model on some clouds from elsewhere (over I-91 in Hartland, Vermont, if you must know).

I spent some time this winter exploring how much fun it is to have a red car in the monochromatic winter landscape.

I sold the red car in March, though.

I love the serendipity of the burnout rubber mark shape where I happened to park.  The boot was open so one can read my license plate.

This is the Black River, just south of Downers in Vermont.

Sorry for the radio silence.  I'll try to keep you updated.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

never be empty inside

DH2 are pleased to report that we have sold a few things. Artomatic 2017 is ongoing, through May 6th (logistical details in prior blog posts), but the following items will now be observed to sport little red dots. It's not a rash! We thank our beloved patrons!

(Top to bottom: "Empty Inside," "The Galaxy of Rusty Tools," and "The Weight of Perfectionism," all digital prints on aluminum by Dan X Herr. "Now she knows she'll never be afraid," found-object assemblage with tulle and rust, by Dorothy J. Hickson)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Meet the Artists (and the Art)

"Sobriety Dwarves - H.A.L.T." by DJH
Artomatic 2017 is in full swing, and it's a fabulous show. Seven storeys of wild creativity, conveniently located across from the Crystal City metro. (Parking right under the building is free after 4 and all weekend, but be sure to enter on the 20th St. side at the Synetic Theater sign, not in front of the Marriott.)

The DH2 room is on the 9th floor (space 9609/9610) -- Dan will be on site this Saturday (4/8: Meet the Artists night #1) and we both expect to attend Meet the Artists night #2 on 4/29 & closing night, May 6th. Come visit!

- From the elevators, choose the wider doorway. Cut through that room and turn left; we are the first door on the left.

- From stairs/ restrooms / bar, walk along the outer hallway and peer into the interior rooms until you see the one painted cyan & slate, with the tantalizing black velvet curtain in the corner:

"Reflections On The Current Power" by DXH --
step inside and close the curtain for a proper view!

Monday, March 20, 2017

We have such sights to show you...

We are hung! Art (not pictured) by DJH & DXH is now happily installed at Artomatic and will be there till early May. Come visit.

Artomatic specs:

1800 South Bell is right across the street from the Crystal City metro station. The parking garage (free, evenings & weekends) can be entered from the other end of the block, at 20th Street.

The DH2 room is on the 9th floor (space 9609/9610):

- From the elevators, choose the wider doorway. Cut through that room and turn left; we are the first door on the left.

- From stairs/ restrooms / bar, walk along the outer hallway and peer into the interior rooms until you see the one painted cyan & slate, with the tantalizing black velvet curtain in the corner.

Guided tours by appointment. Dan may be in attendance for the April 8th "Meet the Artists" night; I need to stay home and watch "This Is The End." I expect we will both visit on 4/29, and we're sure to be roaming the building one last time on May 6th.

Friends and admirees of ours are exhibiting throughout the building -- floors 3 through 9, and there are bars (beer, wine, sodas, snacks) and performance stages as well. Be sure to check out the Opulent Tarnish Salon on the 8th floor! (8503/8504)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

"The thing was generally complete, but the twisted crystalline bars lay unfinished upon the bench..." (H.G. Wells, The Time Machine)

DH2 are hard at work - we have chosen our room (9609/9610, ninth floor) in the new Artomatic building in Crystal City (1800 S. Bell Street, right across from the metro). We have sketched out the space on graph paper. We have financed the mixing of paints. (Now what's that sound from under the door? What the hell is he building in there?)

Dan's Instagram page is here and below is one of his fabulous aluminum prints. Come to Artomatic to check out the rest, and to find out what he's building in there....

I have a lot going on too, but just at the moment I'm nostalgic for my first Artomatic installation in Crystal City, so here is a picture of that (photo by filthyrusty). It's not going to look like this.

Come see us, and our stuff! Artomatic 2017 opens on March 24th and runs Wed-Sun till May 6th. (It is free to get in, and the parking garage is free on weekends. The show's hours are Wed/Thu 12-10, Fri/Sat 12-12, Sun 12-8.)

Monday, February 13, 2017

DH2 in the [abandoned office building]...

Artomatic 2017 is in the planning stages! We will be back in Crystal City, right across from the metro, March 24 through May 6.

It's a weird disused office space now, but soon it will be preposterously transformed... Come and see!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


I wrote this thing. It was therapeutic to write. I feel super weird about promoting it. Click here (trigger warnings: sexual assault; incipient regime).

I did not know anything about getting webzine-published; it was already live before I asked about non-stock photographs. I would probably have used this one? Which may explain why I am not editor of a webzine.