28 April 2009

Past is Present

There has certainly been a lack up updates here, which can be attributed to the regular ten-hour days I've been putting in creating new work for my upcoming show, packing and shipping out mailing tubes, and getting all my ducks in a row for an exciting next few months. That and the weather has been (kind of) nicer, so I'm spending time on my skateboard when I can. In any event, I'm really looking forward to the opening at Within Reason in May 8th. I'm anxious to see how it will all come together.
Other than that, I've got a couple of gigposters and some new art prints in the hanger (hanger, airplanes--get it? Ha.), so while my sore wrists may be requesting otherwise, I do have quite a bit more printing to do in the coming months.
Above is a shot of my light table. It actually belonged to my mother, who used to do typesetting by hand in the 70's and 80's. She taught me how to use a T-square and triangle. I snapped this picture as I was organizing my space this morning. That brand new sheet of clayboard will be occupying a portion of my day. Working with clayboard is an interesting process. Maybe I'll document its journey.

Shifting gears quite a bit here, please check out The Real News if you haven't. It's in its early stages right now, but their stated goal is to become a totally viewer-funded, non-corporate TV news network to deliver real analysis that would be crucial to a true democracy. Right now, network news is little more than sensationalism and Washington stenography. Any deviation from the official story is considered "biased" or simply goes unreported.
For starters, I highly recommend their recent report, Past is Present in Latin America.


04 April 2009

Come to the Sabat

April is going to be a very busy month for me, as I'm preparing for a small solo exhibition in Chicago at the art gallery I worked at last year. Information posted below.
Gestures in a Blender
An exhibition of screen printed art and drawings by Justin Santora
Friday, May 8th, 2009
reception: 6:30-9:30 pm
1932 S Halsted, #408, Chicago, IL 60608
This opening will also feature an additional group exhibition of donated artwork that will be sold to raise money for community programs in Kenya. Ron Reason is an awesome guy who has been doing things to help people in Nairobi establish a community library with donated books, as well as a kids club and arts program. Check out some of Ron's pictures from his travels in Kenya.