Art Collector Starter Kit At Corey Helford Gallery

July 26th was the opening for Corey Helford Gallery's Third "Art Collector Starter Kit" exhibition featuring 30+ of some of the most well known contemporary artists:Caia Koopman, Carlos Ramos, Andrew Brandou, Korin Faught, Natalia Fabia, Luke Chueh, Sarah Folkman, Sylvia Ji, Brandi Milne, Joey Remmers, Melissa Forman, Eric Joyner, Sas Christian, Hush , Beau Stanton, Shark Toof, Richard J Oliver, Hikari Shimoda, Camilla d'Errico , So Youn Lee , Nicomi Nix Turner , Yosuke Ueno , Jasmine Becket-Griffith , Naoto Hattori , Lu Cong , Yoh Nagao , Hannah Yata , Yoko D'Holbachie , Lori Nelson , Travis Lampe , Brian Donnelly , Elizabeth McGrath , Hirabayashi Takahiro , Rodrigo Luff , Kisung Koh , Plasticgod , Fuco Ueda. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to share walls with such talented artists!

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"The Slouching of Grace" was an idea I wanted to flush out for a while now. I had started it a year ago, messed up, tore it into tiny pieces and left the idea alone. It's pretty much a fever dream of droughts and rebirth. I'm pretty happy with how the piece turned out. You can see more details of the works HERE and the full exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery.

-Fernbeds

Hawk Moths & Handfastings

I know, I know... It's been a while. I've been busy... really freakin' busy.

My talented friend and photographer Tamar Levine commissioned me to do a piece for her friends Cathy & Tony Hawk as a gift to them.

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I have to say, I have never done a piece filled with so much symbolism. It was a lot of fun creating this for such a loving & awesome couple. Congratulations, Tony and Cathy.

Apart from working on commissions, I've had my head down working on group show pieces for shows coming up. Up next is the "Alchemy" Exhibition opening July 10th at Inner State Gallery in Detroit. I created a piece with one of my personified beetles and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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I really wanted to fly out for the show but I am too busy in the studio working on a new piece for the Corey Helford Gallery 3rd Annual "Art Collecter Starter Kit" opening July 25th. Stay Tuned!

-Fernbeds

Missing Friends...Missing Travel

I took an extra week off of drawing this month to spend time with new friends while in Philadelphia...

Days spent traipsing through overgrown cemeteries, digging for treasures and broken china in the riverbed, eating tons of grub (and bags of marshmallows), teaching cats to high five, meeting talented new friends, visiting galleries and museums and honestly, just really enjoying taking a break from drawing to enjoy life a little.

Lots of group shows on the horizon for Summer and some exciting collaboration releases set for Fall.

-Fernbeds

 

No God For A Wanderer

Last Friday was the opening of my solo show "No God For A Wanderer" at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia.

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The opening was an awesome night! A huge thank you to everyone who came out and everyone who checked out the opening online. There were quite a few pieces that sold, but there are still pieces available to purchase online or by appointment. To see the available works, visit: Paradigm Gallery

Before the show, my talented friend J.L. Schnabel of Bloodmilk interviewed me about the the pieces created for the show and the meaning behind "No Gods". You can read the full article here at Bloodmilk Blog.

One of the things that most strikes me about your new body of work is the feeling of suspended motion. The moths flutter around your central figures, and yet are captured in time, frozen in a beautiful silence. This feels a bit different to me than previous pieces and for me, strengthens your work. Can you talk about this ?

That feeling when you fall in your sleep or watching a glass fall is both beautiful and alarming. I have been trying to capture that feeling in between movement and stillness- a weightlessness. This body of work centers on the idea of limbo- a place somewhere between a possible God and nothingness so that feeling of suspended motion is its own protagonist in this body of work.

-Fernbeds

Time Enough at Last

"You can't convince me...What I want and what I need are separate things...All those distractions they’ll beg us to stay...We’ll give new meaning to running away"

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You know that episode of The Twilight Zone when the guy is surrounded by books and then breaks his glasses? I kind of feel like that lately. I found this amazing bookshop last week- you know the kind: books stacked in tidy piles, eccentric owner, smells like mold and wood and CHEAP. Needless to say I have swooped up some reads and Ive only been twice... That's all well and good but lately there is not much time to just sit and relax into another world. My To-Do list has become my "broken glasses" (Ha! See that?! Full circle, guys.)

I can't complain though... Lots of really exciting and fun stuff has been consuming my time. I've started in on my works for my solo exhibition at Paradigm Gallery and I am so beyond excited to see it all come together.

Other than that there's collaborations with Burton and lots of fun commissions that I've slowly been starting/finishing (if you are in the queue for commissions please bear with me. I'm slow at pretty much most things in life).

Hope you all had a good weekend.

-Fernbeds

There's No Need To Be So Knowing

"Spring Heeled Jim lives to love...Now kissing with his mouth full...And his eyes on some other fool...So many women...His head should be spinning"

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Currently Reading: 'My Friend Hitler' - Yukio Mishima & 'The Universe in a Nutshell' - Stephen Hawking

-Fernbeds

Charlie and Pogo's Greatest Show on Earth

The Circus is nothing but a masturbatory showcase of Man's supposed domination of animals; a reckless and tortuous repose of satire, gluttony and the inability to reason pain and suffering. We vilify the tortures of Man but ignore the abuse inflicted on animals solely for our entertainment or consumption.

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'Charlie and Pogo's Greatest Show on Earth' 15x15 - To purchase email: jch@coreyhelfordgallery.com

'Charlie and Pogo's Greatest Show on Earth' 15x15 - To purchase email: jch@coreyhelfordgallery.com

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- Fernbeds

The Capricorn & The Ring Around The Moon

'The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.' - C. Sagan
 

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I was born today and so was this goat.

(Listened to a story of my Grandfather jumping off a moving train in Germany in the 50's... I see where I get it from.)

Currently Watching: 'The Man Who Laughs' / 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Currently Reading: 'Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World' by Amir Alexander

-Fernbeds

Mansions of the Moon

'And in these twenty eight Mansions do lie hid many secrets of the wisdom of the ancients, by the which they wrought wonders on all things which are under the circle of the Moon; and they attributed to every Mansion his resemblances, images, and seals, and his president intelligences, and worked by the virtue of them after different manners.'

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This piece took a couple months from start to finish. It is not overly large nor is there a whole lot going on in the image itself but it was a piece I could have just kept adding little things to in every tiny corner. 'Mansions of the Moon' is 15 x 23 and currently available. To purchase, email me at contact@nicominixturner.com

-Fernbeds

Abraxas & Approaching Waves of Being

"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for." Jack London

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Bear with me for a few weeks of repose.

I used to almost hibernate as a teen; beckon away to the tides of fall and sit in wait for Fall to cool my mind and bones. In recent years, I have fallen for figures from the likes of Hemingway, Didion, Ellis, Faulkner, Whitman, Keats, Crosby, London and Bronte. A lot of my literary romance has been placed on perceptions of the connection to the depths of Fall, Frost & Fog

What do you do to recharge and find yourself whole again? I'll be swiftly set on my way to another timezone in a day, this always seems to give pulse. :)

"I'll be the victim!' -Amanda

"All your life" - Wednesday

Currently Reading: The Art of War in the Western World - Archer Jones
Currently Listening: The Devil's Trill - Andrew Manze**

**The story behind "Devil's Trill" begins with Tartini's alleged dream. He recounted to astronomer Jérôme Lalande that he dreamed the Devil came to him and asked to be his servant. At the end of their lesson Tartini passed the Devil his violin in test of his skill; the Devil immediately began to play with great intensity and Tartini was strongly taken aback. He awoke from the dream and in fever, desperately tried to recreate the works heard in his state of sleep.

-Fernbeds

A Season in Hell

'No mind can engender till divided into two' -W.B. Yeats

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I've be spending time on 'ending' and 'starting'. A friend of mine is wrapping up paintings for a show coming up at the end of the month and we laughed for a minute in her turmoil of ending and my fevers of starting in. Both are a interesting parts of the process in both art & life... both sometimes make you want to lock yourself up in a room until its all over (kind of sometimes kidding...).

I felt like I actually got to enjoy a weekend. Good company (seeing my grandfather laugh), good food (probably ate too much pumpkin pie for someone my size), good weather (don't talk to me about seasons) and some serious reflection (let go).

Bear with me while I just turn the music up louder and keep my head down.

"I saw the sun set low on you...In a blood-red suns final rays...With after night solo shadow plays...Into the world we started to run...Like bullets from a gun...With passion and desire...Like two burning balls of fire...And there is surely nothing else...The gods have gotta keep on...laughing"

-Fernbeds

Currently Reading: Une Saison en Enfer - Arthur Rimbaud
Currently Listening: The Damned - Friday 13th EP