StudioWorks, Julie Baldyga: January 6th, 2016

Happy New Year listeners. I hope everyone is having a nice winter so far. I hope you’re all staying warm, staying safe…

Today we’re getting even deeper into my series of StudioWorks artists with guest Julie Baldyga. I feel that most of Julie’s work centers around her interest in how things work—be it people or machines.

Julie’s body of work is mostly made up of oil pastel scenes of mechanics working on various machines. The figures in her pieces tend to be women engineers, scientists, and mechanics. She says her interest in machinery came from her father’s job working in a whiskey bottling plant, when she was a child.

Julie’s work also consist of many three dimensional pieces, like her life sized sculptures called ‘Heavenly People’.  ‘Heavenly People’ are sculptures of friends, family, and celebrities as Julie imagines they will look in heaven. Many of the first sculptures came with skeletal systems, arteries, and organs that she made from various wire & found materials. Julie has made numerous sculptures like these (as seen above in the video courtesy of Tom Stagg via Youtube.)

Julie at work. Photo via The StudioWorks Facebook page.

Julie at work. Photo via The StudioWorks Facebook page.

To learn more about Julie, you can check out these links:

StudioWorks Facebook page

‘The Expressive Art Of Julie Baldyga’

Julie guest appearance on LVA’s radio show PUBLIC, from their archive

Zoomgroup.org

Of course, once you’re done with all that, listen to our chat below.

Enjoy.

 

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Celebrate…Celebration!

Greetings Blind Daters.

Have I mentioned that you all are invited to the Blind Date Anniversary Party on Friday? This invite is open to one and all. Even if you can only stay five minutes, one act, or the whole time; it doesn’t matter. I’m sure all the artists would love the support, as would I. It’s always nice to see friendly faces. Again, for those who have forgotten, the show starts at 7PM and it is being held at the Rudyard Kipling. There is a suggested donation of $ 5 -10, but no one will be turned away if they can’t swing it. This is an opportunity to have fun and see some art. Also, if you like any of the artists, make sure to hit up the merch table. I may even put out some of my limited edition tapes from my music project. You’ll just have to wait and see…

Also, check out LVAA’s radio show on ArtxFM this Friday at 1 PM. I’ll be guest hosting with Sarah on PUBLIC, and Chervon will be the featured artist. We’ll be chatting about her work, Blind Date, and promoting the celebration with some awesome jams.

Besides getting all prepped for Friday’s show, I’ve been binge reading like crazy. First off, I just received my copy of essays by Carey Mercer, ‘Clouds Of Evil’. For those of you who don’t know Mercer is the primary force behind music projects Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach as well as a part of the ‘supergroup’ Swan Lake.

The usually hilarious pieces in the book were put together for his son, and tend to lean toward autobiography told in Mercer’s colorful vocabulary. Finished it the first day I got it.

Speaking of hilarious wit, I’ve almost finished John Waters’ book ‘Role Models’. I got it to prep myself for his new book ‘Carsick’. I’ve been waiting for ‘Carsick’ awhile, but I realized I’ve never got around to reading ‘Role Models’, so I bolted to the library to hold me over. To totally understate the book, it’s basically John paying tribute to the many different influences throughout his life. I’ve learned about obscure musicians and literature, a bit of history of Baltimore’s bar scene, fashion trends, Waters’ zealous appreciation for art, and much more. A humorous look into what made John Waters the cult film success he is.

And just this morning over some cold brewed coffee (stuff is POTENT!) I was reviewing the mass amounts of poetry Tristan Palmer submitted for his reading at the Anniversary party. I must say since his collection ‘I Can’t Stand To Be Sober In This Place‘, he has made great bounds. He seems to be writing with a much more confident strength and flow. I look forward to see what he chooses for Friday.

I hope to see you on the 20th, as well. We can find out together.

PS Click the first link above to remind yourself of who and what you get to see.

Summer of….

Hey readers.

June is looking to be a pretty great month for Blind Date, and things all related. It’s kind of like the ‘Summer of George’, but for me…

So question, do you by chance know what ASMR means? The video above may help provide a little insight. Art in all its form is context sensitive, so I understand if it will seem odd without the details. Worry not, by this time next week, it will make much more sense. I am super excited about next week’s episode; it will be one of my most unique guests yet. I leave you with a mystery till then….

June 12th, Cutter Williams will be having a release party for the long awaited Issue 4 of Cavalcade Magazine and the new Jonathan Glen Wood’s album, ‘Ballad of Jon’. It will be hosted at Decca (812 E Market St), at 8PM. Free to the public. Readings will begin at 8pm featuring words by Jonathan Wood, Brian Manley, and Joey Keegin. At 9pm, Grayson Hall will graciously play a set followed by what will certainly prove to be a moving performance by Jonathan Wood.

Pick up a copy, and if you look hard enough, you’ll see some familiar names.

Of course, June 20th is the Blind Anniversary party…birthday party…celebration, what have you. Ben, with maybe a little help, is cooking up something interesting. Chervon says she’s pumped! Max Moore will be on LVAA’s ArtxFM radio show PUBLIC, to help promote. Erin will be reading poems, some of which from her newest Bruce Springsteen-centric book of poetry. And Tristan Palmer of Weirdo Beardos fame, will be contributing words from his body of work.

Closing out the month on June 25th will be my discussion with Alexander W.G. Rickel. Besides being one of the members of the Dream Eye Color Wheel live band, he sculpts, illustrates, and generally creates how & when he can. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on.

I doubt you’ll be bored this weekend…

Hey Blind Date bloggers,

I’m here again to bring all the happenings in one place. Here is a list of events coming up in the near future. If you’re like me, you’re probably going to have some hard choice to make Friday evening…

Wednesday (tonight!), March 5th

Figure Drawing at OPEN
OPEN opens its doors at 7pm for a casual and fun figure drawing session. $ 10 suggested donation. You’re encouraged to bring your own refreshments, though limited amount will be provided by the gallery.
OPEN, 2801 S Floyd St

Prince Smoke the Mic
Presented by Maxwellsounds, an open mic night at Prince Hookah of Louisville hookah bar. $5 for attendance, only $3 if you choose to perform. Doors at 8pm
Prince Hookah of Louisville, 1489 S 4th St

Thursday, March 6th

BrainbheatsIntrovert, & Visiting Nurse @ Zanzabar
Doors at 8pm, show promptly at 9pm. $5 admittance.
Zanzabar, 2100 S Preston St

Friday, March 7th

Art[squared] Anonymous Art Sale
The Louisville Visual Art Association presents this charity auction to raise money for its CFAC program. Work is provided by a large variety of artists on 8 x 8 canvases who will remain anonymous. Friday March 7th is the opening reception, which will be held at their gallery PUBLIC from 6pm to 8pm. Each piece is $100 and all proceeds go to fund art classes for children. There’s also a Selfie contest….just sayin’!
PUBLIC, 131 West Main Street

A Night of Experimental Music @The Bard’s Town!!!
From 7pm to 10:30pm, The Bard’s Town will be hosting a variety of experimental musician. In order of performance:
Thaniel Ion Lee ( experimental improvisational drone, ambient, free noise)
https://humanhoodrecordings.bandcamp.com/
Mathias Davey (improvisational acoustic, melodic noise, punk)
http://mathias1.bandcamp.com/
Institute for Psychic Reform (experimental electronica, ambient, improvisational)
http://www.psychicreform.com/
Cher Von (looped guitars, tribal vocals)
www.chervonmusic.com
Slow Learner (experimental improvisational duo, drums and guitar)
www.soundcloud.com/slowlearner
The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd

Moonface, Saltland, and Tender Mercy at Headliners Music Hall
Blind Date Alumn Mark Kramer aka Tender Mercy along with Saltlands will be opening for Spencer Krug’s solo moniker, Moonface. Spencer Krug is a profilic Canadian musician who was a contributor of bands such as Wolf Parade and Frog Eyes, as well as the creative force behind the now defunct Sunset Rubdown. Moonface is his newest artistic outlet, and he has recently released a new album ‘Julia With Blue Jeans On’. The album is far stripped down from his previous work, only using vocals and piano.
Doors at 9m. $ 15 tickets at the door.
Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd