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this was #worthcelebrating

the twitter / real life performance was just lovely. I loved loved loved interacting with people in real life — collecting their stories and celebrations and whatever they were celebrating that day (including both moving to NYC, and also finally figuring out when he will be moving out of NYC). I also loved getting the additional layer of input and story contribution from the amazing online audience — friends, family, and everyone else contributing their stories in little twitter poems.

read the full (mostly full — open up those private twitter accounts in order for me to include your tweets in there next time!!!) story of the performance here.

thank you to man bartlett for documentation, assistance, and for making sure I got some dinner. thank you to curators jean barberis and elizabeth larison who let me throw together a performance in short notice!

in-progress flag photoshoot by alison nguyen!

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#WORTHCELEBRATING

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.

Aliya

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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MY BRAIN, lately

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#dailyflag

March 3 – April 29, the period of my Wassaic Project Residency.

I created a one-word flag for every day of the residency. The word “created” the day, as opposed to reporting or reflecting on it. It was a way to get out of my head and into the world, to make something instead of think about it, to stop the unproductive negative thinking that kept me from jumping out and making things happen (as opposed to thinking about how stupid or dumb they might turn out).

View the full project set here.

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an update 20 years in the making

last night I finished the update to the Bonar Family Haggadah that has been 20 years in the making.

My dad made this version in 1992. Before that I learned that our family used the Haggadah that my dad and his girlfriend PRIOR TO MY MOM made together — yeah I didn’t know that story till today either. Regardless, the Classic Bonar Family Haggadah is a great version, but there’s so much more to add! So each year we engaged in an imagined, collective performance piece called “Talking about Updating the Haggadah but Never Actually Doing Anything About It”.

AND NOW I HAVE DONE IT.

welcome to the 21st century, Passover. I introduce to you: the PowerPoint Haggadah.

Fully editable, easily added to, paperless & eco-friendly, modern and pretty. adaptable to the ages, especially ready for multi-media extravaganzas!

I’m so excited to use this on Friday at the Wassaic Passover! I’ve been ironing flags and buying groceries and making charoset and crowns and singing nerdy Passover songs…. SO GRATEFUL to the awesome Wassaic Community who have jumped into this — I’m so excited to celebrate this holiday with a new lovely group of people and friends.

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WHATSZ UP.

HEY DUDESZ.

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.

PUMPED ABOUT LIFE Y’ALL. LET’S DO THIS THING.

love,

aliya

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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a sea of flags

Almost immediately upon returning from Israel the Bonar Family Residency had its First Resident of 2011!! Haley Morgan arrived to the shores of Sunny South Florida to a week of Salvadoran pupusas, flag making, beaching, eating, trivia nights, exploring, photoshooting, communication, sushi making, triangles, everglades-ing, and jumping in the pool (even though it was too cold for this floridian).

It was so great to have her in this Florida life. She reminded me to enjoy all the things around me instead of being so caught up in all the things and projects and plans I have to do. It was certainly more fun than going back to work after all that Israel-touring.

In a way it was an excuse to see all my favorite places in Florida before I leave. My favorite day was when we went to the Boys Market — a bakery/deli/specialty store out in west Delray that is notorious for ample samples, small aisles, grouchy in-a-hurry or basically-standing-still older patrons. We ordered some bakery things and they guy behind the counter threw in 2 extra chocolate ruggelah — my fav. which made up for the cannoli which haley and i decided was filled with frosting and not ricotta goodness which accounts for why i was literally on the most insane sugar rush after eating two bites REALLY. it was weird. We left The Boys with (a belly full of samples and) a picnic lunch of baggette, brie, carrots, a plum and a peach, strawberries, hummus, and sliced salami (in a moment of craziness from these two almost-vegetarians).

Haley is really the master documenter, so she documented the trip so well that I only have a few pictures myself. Here is my montage:

During her residency, Haley and I explored Delray and Flag-Making. Flag-making as a way of turning any place into a party, flag making as a way of declaring yourself in one place, flag making as a way of showing the world what you’re all about. We are all about triangles apparently. It became the theme. I think that is fitting. Triangles are forward-moving shapes. they keep the action going. They are angular and intentional and make things happen. They are both intimidating and a little scary, as well as being just cute and a harmless shape. So they are a lot like Haley and myself. Here are our totally delicious triangle crowns that I really do think we should start marketing/selling.

Would you want to purchase one for yourself? we could call them “Just Press Play” Crowns. oh haley would like that. she LOVES puns.

Haley being here was like exploring a place I already know newly. THANK YOU HALEY for this special experience of having a sleepover 5 nights in a row, for sharing yourself and your life and your art with me, and for making it a party everywhere we went, no matter what we were doing or how stressed out I made it all seem. Thanks for helping me to make my last big (art) mess in the Bonar Family Residency Program and inspiring me to just play and have fun making flags in a whole new way.

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