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This Thursday, I am excited to unveil my newest project, WORTH CELEBRATING, which was produced specifically for Flux Factory‘s Spring exhibition, Bionic Gardens. The piece uses strands of flags hung all throughout the exhibition and Flux Factory building to set the stage for a celebration, to announce a party, a victory of things growing newly, changing and unfolding in unforeseen ways.

Within the context of the flags, the mundane becomes fantastic, our small daily victories and triumphs become something worth celebrating.

In that light, I will be doing a performance this THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 7-9PM as part of Flux Thursday, a monthly potluck and showcase event.

As part of the performance I will gather the stories of your recent personal victories, triumphs, accomplishments and celebrations. I will distill them into one word or phrase and then record that phrase onto one of the flags currently hanging at the Flux Factory.

At the conclusion we will have a document of celebration and triumph blowing in the wind.

Please join me this Thursday, June 14, from 7pm – 9pm eastern standard time: in person at Flux Factory (in Queens, NY), or online by tweeting a description of your celebration with the hashtag #WORTHCELEBRATING (you can follow me on twitter here).

I can’t wait to celebrate with you.


p.s. part of Flux Thursday is a potluck — if you can, bring something to share but more importantly, come hungry!! after the performance stick around to hear about the other amazing projects happening as part of the Bionic Gardens Show!

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what are you doing upstate at wasszzieacyockk?? what is an art residency anyway? you’re a doctor? you’re a student? you’re not a student but you’re in school, right? where do you live now?

one of my projects is to write up a brochure called, “So, your friend/family member/lover wants to go to an artist residency?” or “Artist Residencies for not-dummies” or “Artist Residencies, a Guide”. But I might not get to that so here’s my best explanation so far: Artist residencies create an environment, a support, a community that wants you (the artist-in-residence) to “win” at being an artist. maybe that means supporting you financially. maybe that means supporting you with a line of cheerleaders. maybe that means supporting you with cheesecake. maybe that means supporting you with friends. maybe that means supporting you with free time. whatever. they want you to win, succeed, triumph, get lots of trophies, and do that from doing your work, your best work, critically examined, challenged, pushed. The artists in residence are treated like people who have something to say and contribute, not like someone who should/is/has to struggle to make rent or buy groceries or figure out what to do day to day or go to a job or whatever.

from what I’ve seen it doesn’t seem to be a long term solution in most cases but it’s like a huddle maybe. that’s what an artist residency is, that’s what i’m doing.

Here’s some of what that means for me:

1. being taken aback by the beauty and poetry of day-old st. patrick’s day supermarket baked goods compositions.

2. having my art displayed at Sit & Wonder cafe in Prospect Heights!!!

better / more pictures soon, but for now just a taste above. it is so exciting seeing my work set in a real public place, on-goingly! I get to see it every time I get a delicious coffee! and I’ve sold 3 pieces already! to some amazing people I love. so I don’t even have to worry where the work is going — I get to visit it again. Many pieces are still available — let me know if you’d like to purchase any of them or let’s set up a time to take a tour together.  !

3. being a metro-north commuter. I’ve been going back to NYC every weekend to log some hours at my current job, have NYC meetings, check in on my awesome quilts, get a jolt of citttyyy. I’ve been blow away by the generosity of so many lovely friends who have hosted me, hosted my stuff, bought me food, assisted in errands before my show, etc etc etc. An extra special shout out to mermaid joe for providing dried papaya, hair-cutting buzzers, airmattresses & patches of floor, bike lights, & solid friendship.

4. making 1-word flags every day. these are creation flags. creating the day from nothing without context or history, just deciding what word I’m inventing as the theme of the day. not reflective. i have enough reflective crap. I almost finished this project at the end of march, but then I decided I’ll continue for at least April if not longer. When you’re making flags, you need A LOT of flags. imagine a ROOM CEILING BARN! full of flags! FULL OF FLAGS!!!!!! yes. that is what we are talking about people.

also stickers. I made little 1inch x 1 inch stickers of these flags. but they’re not big enough. I will be venturing into 4 in x 4 in flag stickers… but I need buyers to commit to specific flags/stickers first. so claim yours now — let me know which one you want. maybe they should be limited edition. like only 5 of each word. hmmm…. screenprinting??? either way, start claiming words people.

5. drinking a lot of water:

hydration is key. marketing and slogans is becoming something very interesting to me. corporations. conversations in the world. repeated and declared messages in the world. mass producing. stickers.

slogan i thought of today: “EVERYTHING MATTERS.” not yet clear what visual form it takes.

6. doing 8-hour in-studio performances:

I got a really wonderful response to this piece via the MAIL, which is EVEN BETTER THAN THE INTERNET (I said it! ha! take that! doesn’t mean I won’t LOVE you to digitally comment all over this blog. all over my face. wherever.).

Greg, my #1 gold-star-A+friend and fan reflected on my piece some really important thoughts: “you are chewing gum wearing headphones, totally unprofessional!!” OH MAN, GREG YOU GOT ME. geeze what was I thinking? way too (business) casual. sorry y’all. but, on the bright side, Greg said he loved my bad singing. so phew.

7. wearing lipstick every day for a week.

an experiment in being a BusinessLady. and getting lipstick on every cup I drink from. annoying! but classy.

8. making Headquarters Offices. out of a million USPS boxes.

this is inspired by a photo I saw a million years ago from my high school best friend Tessa, who ordered a million free boxes from the USPS and set up a little fort. ever since I saw that I’ve been wanting so badly to do that too, but had no excuse to um, utilize without a specific purpose (?) so many boxes. BUT ART TO THE RESCUE! art is always a great reason to use resources. the pictures above are a prototype. but I’m excited. even just setting up some of the boxes and starting to build around me was calming on an otherwise freak-out day. building a space, a square space, a businesslady zone. an office headquarters. office desk parts will soon be inserted into the spacial sculpture as well. Maybe these fancy stores will host a performance/workday/businesslady time zone workshop workday….

9. making PowerSuits.

deconstructing thrifted blazers, making patterns, making my own patterns, reconstructing, quilting, collecting, being professional.

10. ordering cups of free yogurt online.

11. cutting my hands in all kinds of vaguely stupid ways. I’m up to 3 wounds. they’re all healing but geeze annoying. refraining from posting pictures of the wounds on the internet = even harder / more annoying.

12. organizing a wassaic community wide open passover seder!!!! got my copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Haggadah the other week and I’m so excited and inspired! I’ll be combining it with the Bonar Family Haggadah. so excited. that’s my main focus this week — gonna make this holiday real for all of us people.

I’m imagining coordinated passover-costumes (comfy/pillows/regal/desert sandals); screen printed seder plate imagery that’s also on the place-mats; a huge array of different traditions encompassed in the menu and recipes; people from all faiths at the same table talking about real modern stuff they’re thinking about and dealing with and breaking free from; freedom from that which constrains us. YOU’RE INVITED TOO. Friday April 13. LET ME KNOW IF YOU’D LIKE TO COME & BE A PART OF THIS.

13. generally being incredibly awesome and totally attractive.




p.s. i have no idea how i’m using these blog categories. this post really did seem to be all of them so clearly they are bad categories. i am forever trying to figure out how to categorize or organize or plan out or list out my life. better.


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the website launch performance was fun and confusing, truly bizarre to perform to an audience without the direct feedback. i’m excited by where my work is going and this foray into social media like this, i think it has some interesting intellectual value, but as my dad said, via text, “it was not your best work — sorry”

so luckily, readers and viewers, the essence and many quotes were captured in a really beautiful art review, published just minutes after the performance ended.

Greg, you are amazing. as are all of my other 4 viewers. Thank you all for joining me at the website launch performance, and I hope you enjoy my new website. Please let me know what you think.

The documentarian failed at his job of recording the livestream, and I didn’t do it when I could have, so the piece will remain in this account, as well as some mostly-dark photos that Joe took.

I FEEL GREAT TODAY Magazine is now accepting interns for our spring semester. Marketing, Production, Development, Executive — all have openings.

This was definitely a strange evening. The beginnings are always strange and awkward feeling.


by Greg Josselyn

FEB 26, NEW YORK — “You’re late,” a young woman says to a undisclosed man behind a computer with an unreliable connection. The invitation to the performance said (8pm sharp!). This performance began at 8:03. When was the last time you missed a lunch date with a friend because you got caught up in the excitement of FarmVille? Aliya Rose Bonar’s newest piece “LIVE, NON-DIGITAL WEBSITE LAUNCH PERFORMANCE (2012)” painfully but playfully engages in the complexities of that question. Her performance is an artfully crafted and charmingly voyeuristic journey into the beauties of self-reflexivity. With the internet as her stage, she uses live streaming technology as a metaphorical debating room for tremendous contemporary questions about ‘liveness’ and virtual interpersonal connections. Masked with a headpiece of straws poetically mirroring the invisible technological tubes that link exchanges in our daily lives, she kindly reminds us of our privilege living in a post-telegraphic age with boundless fountains of social media platforms available to drink from (or in this case, slurp). Her joyfully abrupt and improvisational post-dramatic dance score (sweeping and spinning downwards head riffs) — one that plays with shifts of foregrounds and backgrounds — connections coming and going in an ADD world — has the makings of the city’s hottest arrival to the dance theatre scene this year. A carefully swirling and whipped baton made of blue ribbon and coffee filters glow with divine flair under the low lit (and undisclosed) New York City outdoor location [Our guess is Brooklyn], leaving us dumbfounded in reflection — What ‘trails’ do we leave in cyberspace? What do social media companies ‘filter’ as people desperately try and connect? The most alarming element moment in Ms. Bonar’s piece was a final spoken testimony – with ‘accidental’ internet blackouts – causing us to refresh our minds and Google Chrome browsers in awe. “I don’t know how to use this. Maybe you can help me,” she laments to the web camera. These words, with the mere three viewers signed on to the performance, was a heartbreaking and truthful account of the pains of navigating and adapting to societal pressures of saying hello to a person through a screen. As the text: ‘go to NOW!’ were broadcast on our own screens, framed only with Ms. Bonar’s hands clasped tight in tableaux, I can assure you that her audience of three were sending virtual hugs. *

Greg Josselyn is a performance art critic for I FEEL GREAT TODAY Magazine. He received his Ph.D in Experimental Psychologies, Life Art, and Relationship Studies as a honorary doctorate student at Hampshire College. When he’s not writing about the magic of everyday life, he spends time with his cat Merce Cunningham.


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THE NEW INTERNET: launching my new website

creating a more unified, socially engaged, professional, easily accessed, online home for my projects, goings-on, blog ramblings, and social-media selves.

i’m so excited to launch this website, an event sure to rock the new internet to its core.

join me for the official launch! a party online!

join me on the livestream (details TBA) at 8pm, Sunday February 26, 2012, to see my launch performance, embodying the internet entirely non-digitally, followed by the official unveiling of the site.

First 10 followers to comment on the site, the blog, or something else I haven’t figured out yet will receive a limited edition piece of digital art hand-delivered to your email box.

more details coming.

wear your party hat.


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sale sale sale!


wearable, interactive, hangable, touchable, loveable, many things.

for sale on my ETSY STORE.

Here is a visual journey through the Art Lab Faculty Craft Fair that I participated in last weekend!!

I made $7.

So luckily for you they are still available!!! Check out the online store today!

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