Monday, July 28, 2014

Podcast: Talking With Rory Phillips

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Talking With Rory Phillips
Length: 00:52:09
Synopsis: This week we talk to Rory Phillips, a Portland-based art director, designer, illustrator, printmaker, and educator. Rory currently teaches at Portland State University, runs his own design practice, and still manages finds time for personal projects in between. Rory has always been driven to make art, but he didn't realize it was a viable career until after embarking down several other paths. We talk about how Rory decided to make the jump to full-time design, why it's important to be a life-lone experimenter, the diversity of the portland creative community, and why learning from your mistakes is the most crucial part of success.
Show Notes:
Rory Phillips : Website - Twitter - Shop
Creative Mornings
WeMake sketchXchange
Crafty Wonderland

Friday, July 25, 2014

Iceland Residency 2014

Iceland Residency 2014
As part of our mission to connect creatives through diverse and experiential endeavors, we're excited to announce a new residency program. This year's creative residency will take place in just a few weeks, from August 13-18, in Southern Iceland. We'll be bringing together a group of 10 creatives to explore and share concepts, conversations, and experiences.

The participating artists are: Teagan White, Kali Ciesemier, Sam Bosma, Meg Hunt & Mike Freeman, Gloria Pizzilli, Manuel Kilger, Maike Plenzke, B. Paul Patterson, and Colin Foran, Claire Hummel, as well as Light Grey staff Jenny Bookler, Lindsay Nohl and Chris Hajny.
Iceland 2013 - Day Ten
We're super excited, and we'll be sharing all sorts of content from the trip; photos, drawings, podcasts and more. So stay turned to the blog!

To learn more about this Residency, click here!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Getting ready for Stacks! Pardon our mess!

STACKS Promo Images

So we're just a week and a half away from our really exciting August exhibition! We wanted to share some preview photos with you from some of the zines that have come in. One thing I'm really enjoying about the preparations from this show is the unique install that we've got going on.

Stacks Preperation

Stacks Preperation

When Jenny and I came back from ICON8, we had a massive stack of boxes waiting for us from all of the artists. Unwrapping each one was really exciting. Each artist has something really different. Paper choices, printing techniques, special features, items they've added -- the each of these are truly unique.

Becca helped get everything sorted and we are in the midst of listing everything on the shop, taking documentation photos, and preparing the STACKS documentation gallery on the Light Grey website.

Besides all that, we had a bit of an engineering challenge. Many of our shows have been relatively 2d, and with a book format, we wanted to consider the experience of reading, absorbing and displaying the work. So, with a bit of thought, we put together a shelving system that is going to be perfect. Our concept is to have the whole gallery be a physical timeline of the years between 1984 and 2014, so you could move throughout these space, seeing how time progresses -- from the point of view of the artist in each year.

Stacks Preperation
Right now Jenny is in the process of working on finishing and painting the shelves and we'll soon have them up on the walls.

We'll keep you posted with the updates as the exhibition gets closer including what the final "Stacks" look like, our process of shipping them all off, and some of the great documentation we're doing for the project.

Stacks Preperation

Thanks to all of the artists that have participated so far. This will be really great to see everything in on space and we're really looking forward to the exhibition.
More information about the STACKS show can be found on the Facebook event page here.

A Limited Edition Zine Exhibition
August 1st- September 5th

Opening Reception August 1
7 - 10pm
Light Grey Art Lab

118 E. 26th Street #101
Minneapolis MN 55406

Monday, July 21, 2014

Podcast: Invisible Work

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Invisible Work
Length: 01:04:38
Synopsis: On this week's podcast Lindsay, Chris, Francesca, and Jenny talk about invisible work. Invisible work is the unglamorous work you might not predict at the outset of a project, such as unexpected situations or obstacles, tedious errands, unforeseen tasks, last minute revisions, or feature creep. We talk about how to plan and deal with these hidden speedbumps, share some real-life examples of invisible work from the past year, and discuss why and when throwing a new project on the already cramped to-do list makes sense.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stacks Preview

We are just TWO weeks away from the opening reception of STACKS: A limited exhibition zine exhibition and creative project! Coming August 1st, 2014, this unique show commemorates the past thirty years of memories, experiences, cultural phenomenas, and global changes! It is a celebration of our recent history and the moments that have shaped us all!

Rockefeller_PokéRoadtrip copy "The Poké Life", 1996, Preview by Matt Rockefeller

The show takes viewers on a journey through time, 1984-2014, seen through the eyes of sixty creatives. Topics include an illustrated story of the Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Back to the Future, Lost, hairdos of the 80s, wondering the streets of New York, bad decisions, childhood crushes, and more.

Willems_FreeReign1 "Free Reign", 2008, Preview by Jaime Willems

We are thrilled to present this project and all of the perfectly crafted pieces. Zines are made in a variety of formats with screen prints, foil covers, full color pages, fold outs, ink drawings, and more. The zines are limited edition and hand signed by the artists. There are only a couple of zines available! They will be here at Light Grey Art Lab and available on the online shop by August 1st.

huebner_phoneixlights3 "The Phoenix Lights", 1997, Preview by Ashley Huebner

Each of the contributing artists are given all of the zines from the exhibition. They are able to keep the entire timeline and collection as an opportunity for future collaboration, communication, and to enjoy our shared experiences.

BelletAdriana_ScarredForLife_EdwardScissorhands "Scarred for Life", 1990, Preview by Adriana Bellet

We hope you join us for this epic event and project! You can find more details about the opening reception on the Facebook Event Page here! There are more previews and details to come!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Podcast: Notes From ICON 8

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Notes From ICON 8
Length: 00:42:42
Synopsis: This week Lindsay and Jenny traveled to Portland, OR to attend ICON 8, the annual Illustration Conference. They spent the weekend meeting artists, attending creative panels, participating in the ICON Roadshow, and just having an all-around great time. On this week's podcast, Lindsay and Jenny reflect on their favorite moments, interactions, and personal realizations from ICON 8.

Show Notes:
ICON - The Illustration Conference

Monday, July 7, 2014

Podcast: Far Away

07.07.14_Far Away
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Far Away
Length: 00:51:46
Synopsis: Summer's in full swing, and people everywhere are itching to hit the road and get away. On this week's podcast, we talk to two creatives who above and beyond the average summer roadtrip. First we talk to Brian Nigus, a visual artist and author of the book Soft Feet. Brian has spent a lot of time living in and around other cultures and we spend a majority of the time talking about Brian's time living with a small tribe in Papua New Guinea. We discuss how western culture has influenced their lives, but also how it can work the other way around as well. Then we talk to visual artist Laurel Maha, the creative force behind Pizza Perfect Nails. Laurel visited Light Grey Art Lab as the last stop of a 3 month bike tour that started in her home town of Oakland, CA. We talk with Laurel as she reflects on the trip, how her perspective has changed, and the joys and hardships of being alone on the road.

Show Notes:
Brian Nigus
Brian Nigus: Website - Soft Feet

Laurel Maha
Laurel Maha / Pizza Perfect Nails: Tumblr - Facebook - Instagram
Matt Ducot: Patchkit Media