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November 04, 2011

Showtime

I'm still getting over the coldy flu thing. I finally broke down and bought some over the counter cold meds, and thanks to my local meth labs, I had to show my driver's license, which the druggist promptly recorded. Tweakers aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer, but if I were buying amphetamines for my DIY meth lab and the druggist asked for my ID, I might bail on the transaction and take my business out of state. But since I am a woman with a 8-day head cold, they have my DL number and address on file.

Possible day job:
meth lab operator
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The show install went really well. It's been tough working in a different city and I've felt more isolated than usual. I did a lot of second-guessing myself, but plowed through anyhow. As soon as the layout began, the angst fell away. The show unfolded nicely after being tethered to me for a year. It felt good to release the work and see it function on its own. The moderately large-scale works mingle with the small works. The abstracts inform the representational works and vice-versa.  Conceptually and visually, it looks to be a good mash-up. I hope I feel that way at the reception. A couple of paintings I assumed would be in the show didn't find their way in. I had about 47 works to cull down. Editing is a funny thing. I could have hung another version of the show- not better, not worse, just an alt version.


The opening is tomorrow. tonight.  The show is tucked away in a train car-cum-gallery on a portion of the old L&N tracks. I wish it were a traveling show, Wild Wild West style.

I usually google my titles to make sure 5000 other artists haven't used them first. Somehow Jimmy Durante's catchphrase, "Dat's Moral Turpentine" eluded me, though I find it quite funny.

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Also funny and coincidental is that this morning I stumbled across Keith Mayerson's portrait/self-portrait. His is '83. Mine's '79.  

Keith Mayerson
Me in '83, 2010
Oil on linen
30 x 22 inches


Mary Addison Hackett
Static Cling (I still smell the polyester) 2011
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches



7 comments :

Elaine Mari, Painter and Drawer said...

"Fang in Heaven Outside my Bathroom Window" and forgetting everything, those are my favorite parts of your new statement.

Static Cling is great.

Elaine Mari, Painter and Drawer said...

Oh, and good luck with the opening!

Mary Addison Hackett said...

Thanks! I still need to shoot FIHOMBW.

lucy mink said...

ahhhh the cowl neck, never new how to wear that as a kid.
i love the portrait very much! good luck with the opening, so wish I could be there Mary!

Carla said...

It hits me that there are MAH paintings that I have not seen yet, even online, as you have likely been refraining from posting pre-show. I love these two self-portraits together.

Carla said...

It hits me that there are MAH paintings that I have not seen yet, even online, as you have likely been refraining from posting pre-show. I love these two self-portraits together.

Anonymous said...

Sneaky, am i not? Will post more. "Static Cling" did not make the show, I am sorry to say.

I was happy to see the people who showed up. It's going to be hard to get install shots, as the works are spaced out and the train car is narrow. I shot video.

It was really more like 2 years worth of work. I'm almost embarrassed I made that much work. I think I have a problem.