July 24, 2016

Dear New York. I love you.

Originally written... oh, about a month ago.

For those of us keeping score on my productivity the last two weeks in New York, here's a cheat sheet:

I finished up the edits on some videos, which are for the most part under wraps, but you can see an excerpt from one of them here.

I contributed a review of Charles Goldman's work to Two Coats of Paint and will try to sneak in a post highlighting some of my gallery hopping below.

My itenerary, in no particular order:

Life on Mars
Honey Ramka
Microscope Gallery
TSA New York
Songs for Presidents
Anton Kern Gallery
David Zwirner
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery (Group show with Fairfield Porter)
White Columns
The High Line
The New Museum
Brooklyn Academy of Music. (The Lobster)
Studio vist with Margaret Murphy
Studio visit with Sharon Butler
Breakfast with Terri Dilling and her husband, who happened to be in town.
A studio visit and lovely and ongoing conversation about art, politics, race, gender, the city, the suburbs, life, etc with Gwendolyn Skaggs
Zazen with Zen Center of New York City
Jazz in Union Square Park
Coin laundry and pizza
A few iced coffees outside Hana Natural Foods.
The Post Office, Wyckoff Station
The G, L, M, 2, 3, F, and Path.
Dogs, cats, and birds.
Binged watched a few episodes of Orange is the New Black.
Caught two amazing sunsets.
Vegan cookies. (note to self: begin running again)
Scored some free books on the landing, and a magic blanket at a thrift store.
Two dozen hardboiled eggs and egg salad.

May 30, 2016

Review(s) update

The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living) at Seed Space received a lovely and generous review on Burnaway, by Erica Ciccarone, who also writes for NYCNash.

And a  equally lovely spread in the Tennessean written by Sara Estes.
(Note, the amazing 1/3 page photo submitted was taken by moi. Amazing, of course, because I was also in the photo. This is one of my highly developed skill sets of late, of which only a handful of people have a clue what that means.)

There will be two more mending sessions, including a closing reception on the June 4th. Check the gallery website or their social media feeds for details.

More news of the cryptic sort to follow.

May 25, 2016

More leaning in.

Thank God they dug out that hedge pictured in the background. I miss this woman. 

Leaning in.

Your editor, leaning in

And while I've got you attention, I'll direct you to a essay in which the term "faux feminism" is used by bell hooks at the Feminist Wire. 

May 18, 2016

No fear.

For the record, I'm not into irony this week, even though Life would like me to think different. I'm sending a request for good thoughts out to the universe in hopes it's double coupon day.

May 12, 2016

And this. Soft Launch. We're still in beta. Hello Smack Handy!

It's been a productive month or two. As an artist, it always seems like it's considered taboo to talk about things such as work, as in earning money for hire, but I for one, like the idea of combining work and pleasure; art and life; money and food. 

This past April marked the one year anniversary of my secret or not so secret investment into refreshing some tech skills, upgrading my equipment, and putting together a modest edit suite. I still have a few more items on my wish list, and thanks to planned obsolescence, I'll always be learning something new, but after returning from the residency (oh snap, I did mention the residency again) I felt the time was right to roll out the new site. 

Running a business is not easy. Running two businesses is twice as not easy, but I can't think of anything I'd rather do than work in the studio figuring out this soup called life and and work on films and video helping others doing the same. Take a look if you'd like and if you need an editor or have a story to tell, let me know. 

And if you're wondering where the name, Smack Handy came from, you'll have to visit the site and look for the clues.* 

May 10, 2016

The Repair Project.

The Repair Project (and Other Affairs of Just Plain Living) at Seed Space from MaryAddison HACKETT on Vimeo.

As luck would have it, they were printing money upstairs. That's a total fabrication. I have no idea what was going on, but the ambient audio that sounds like I work in a factory, was recorded in real time. Anyone is welcome to bring in a small textile in need of minor repair. Major repairs on a case by case basis, or by commission. Please contact Seed Space for hours. Free coffee when available. BYOC.

May 06, 2016

This weekend at Seed Space

installation shot, The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living)

Mary Addison Hackett
The Repair Project (And Other Affairs of Just Plain Living)
Seed Space
1201 4th Ave South, Nashville TN 37210
May 7 - June 6, 2016

+ link to press release and current studio news

April 26, 2016

How long will she go on and on about that residency?

...Not much longer.

I realized that in my previous post about being nurtured, I forgot to emphasize that the obvious intersection of those conditions- (time, space, food) was the freedom to work (mostly) uninhibited on ideas without overthinking the outcome. Will other artists, a gallery, collectors, art writers, like it? Will it sell, show, last, hang at the correct height, dry, be affordable to transport, glitch? Will it mean anything after I've had time to think about it from every angle making certain my story is airtight? How long before I suck the life out of it asking all these questions? Bonus round: Is the work too light, too funny? Is levity in or out this year?

None of those questions entered my mind for three weeks or almost three weeks. I admit on the last day I thought about all the things as I loaded the car and screened the work for a captive audience one last time.

I went to bed watching the Big Dipper every night. The Twilight Zone effect was unintentional.

Next up: How to remove 2 bullfrogs and a turtle from your swimming pool.

April 25, 2016

Residency Flashback, Part II

One of the major benefits of  the residency at Hambidge was the feeling of being cared for and nurtured. In other words, I did not have to cook or clean or tend to yard work for three weeks.  I did sweep my cabin and and do laundry. I straightened up when things got a bit messy, and of course, I helped clean up after dinner, as was expected. We were invited to clear trails one weekend-voluntarily. Most of us politely declined. I remained healthy and only succumbed to the pollen count after being back in Nashville one week.

I have TWO studio visits this week. One is a studio visit in which I am the visitee, and the other in which I will be the visitor. I'm looking forward to both. I need to shoot the new paintings, "officially." I don't think the iPhone counts as an official shooting apparatus but maybe it does. Technology is so accessible now and does anyone really care anymore? I used to, and then one day life seemed so much simpler when I caved and became an apathetic conformist. I'm kidding. Some of you know I am kidding, and some of you may doubt that I am kidding. It's a tough call in today's world.

Meanwhile, enjoy a few unspecified and cryptic stills from the recent video work. And of note, I actually shot several of the videos with the iPhone, and thus I've contradicted my statement above where I seemingly make fun of the iPhone. It's all about skill.....or not.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, 
When first we practise to perceive!

More to follow.