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 Cool-globes

"Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world from our parents and they from their parents.  It is in our hands whether our children and their children inherit the same world."  --  Richard Branson

I've been poking around on the Internet looking for images of Big Blue (aka Adjust the Thermostat) in Denmark.  And look - there she is!  She's not too worse for wear given that she's been to Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and now Copenhagen in the past 2 years. 

I love the layout of the globes around the city.  Aren't they visually striking? 

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For more, take a look at this blog.  You can also learn more at Cool Globes Denmark


Cool Globes Makes Front Page - In London!

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"The good news is we know what to do. The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed, and as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait."  -- Al Gore

There I was in London on the Tube (subway) pretending to not read the newspaper of the fella sitting next to me, but of course, I was.  Featured on the front cover of the December 7, 2009 issue of The Times was a picture from the exhibit Cool Globes:  Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet.  Though my globe didn't appear anywhere in the paper, several other globes were.  They were being used as "bullets" to highlight facts and figures from the UN Conference on Climate Change.  Wow! I was stunned. I wanted to do a jig.  Instead I settled for nearly accosting the fella reading the paper explaining to him why I was so excited.  At my stop, I went straight to the newspaper kiosk and bought a couple of issues.  

The next day I received an email from my dad telling me he spotted a globe in The Denver Post!  He was such a proud papa.  The increase in publicity is probably due to the fact that the globes were in Copenhagen during the time of the conference.

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 What I love about this exhibit is the emphasis on solutions rather than complaints.  Each globe provides a solution, big or small.  My own globe is called "Adjust Your Thermostat" (aka Big Blue) and features a large 32lb / 14.5K sweater.  It refers to the simple idea of putting on an extra layer during the winter rather than turning up the heat which saves on both energy and money.  An easy win, win.     


Exhibition Schedule fall 2009

©2009 Lindsay Obemeyer Flags at Lillstreet

"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit."  -- John Updike

The flags are flying at Lillstreet!

Fall is here!  May the art season begin!  

OPENING TONIGHT, September 11th  
Needles & Pins 
9/11 - 10/9
32 E Quincy St
Riverside, IL 60546-2129

Curated by Anni Holm, this exhibition features two newer works from my Woman's Work series.  

Singing the Body Electric
9//11 - 10/11
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO  63112
Curated by Sarah Colby, this exhibition features the bead embroidered cell pieces from my Chirurgi series.

MORE EXHIBITIONS THIS FALL!
9/23 - 10/10
Artprize
Kendall College of Art & Design
17 Fountain St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Curated by Adrienne Outlaw, this international exhibition features my bead embroidered pieces "Red Hot" and "Blues."
Make sure you VOTE FOR TAKE CARE!  The $250,000 first prize is determined by the public.  Yes, you read that correctly - one quarter of a million dollars.    

9/29 - 11/6
Two Oak Knoll Park
St. Louis, MO 63105
If you donated a hat to the project it will be on display here with hundreds of other gorgeous hats prior to being donated to St. Louis charities.

through 10/8 at the Chicago Cultural Center and then moves for October to
1060 East 47th Street 
Chicago, Illinois 6065
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Somatic
opening November 22
927 Noyes St.
Evanston, IL  
Curated by Chie Curley and Barbara Goldsmith, I will be showing work from Chirurgi series and new work created while at my Ragdale residency in October.

Public Art
©2007 Lindsay Obermeyer Cool Globes opening in Chicago
My globe "Adjust the Thermostadt" and fondly nicknamed Big Blue will be on exhibit with 19 other globes at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark this December!  Can you tell that I'm just a wee bit excited?

Bigger than Life
9/01 - 9/30
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
The flags are flying!  See image at the top.

PERFORMANCE ART
Sunday, 9/27 at 1pm - rain or shine
St. Louis Artists Guild
Two Oak Knoll Park
St. Louis, MO  63105
Music is being provided Brazilian percussionist Moacyr Marchini, a teaching artist with Springboard to Learning.
Hat donations are being accepted until September 25th.  Make one now!

10/9
Art Makes Place
Dance Performance 
Fall of the Arts Festival
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

BOOKS
My knit work is featured in this book.  It is a must read for anyone who loves knitting and the textile arts.
The Culture of Knitting
Culture of Knitting
by Joanne Turney
Berg Publishers

cool blue

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"Today's greatest labor-saving device is tomorrow."  --  Woodrow Wilson

While the Gulf Coast gets pummeled by Hurricane Gustav, the weather in Chicago couldn't be more perfect - warm, sunny and low humidity.  This is the weather for lazy lounging on one's front porch.  Okay, I admit it.  I'm working.  Enjoilive! opens in just 14 days.  Eeek!  But knitting needles are portable and I can work on my front porch pretending I'm lazy while sipping lemonade.  

Adele Louise Shaw sent me the above image of herself with Big Blue in San Francisco.  I couldn't be more honored.  I had written Adele for some knitting advice when preparing to knit. She was incredibly helpful.  Anyone who thinks I was crazy to knit a "sweater" for a five foot globe should look at Adele's work.  You rock Adele!

Happy Labor Day!  I'm pack to my porch. 

big blue bay

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Big Blue is in San Francisco!  These photos were kindly sent by Deborah Corsini, museum curator of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles where some of my other sculptures are currently on exhibit in the show Beyond Knitting.  Look carefully in the distance.  You can see the Golden Gate Bridge.  I mean, really, how cool is that!  

Here is another pic:
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Look at all that good ol' San Francisco fog.  

Photos by Christine Soto, intern at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  Thank you both!

big blue update

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"Art is never finished, only abandoned." -- Leonardo Da Vinci

Knitting while twisted like a pretzel and sitting on a very dusty floor is not ideal.  My fingers are covered in blisters, my back hurts and I still have a few more hours of repair work to complete.  Big Blue is not destined for Washington D.C. as originally planned, she is off to San Francisco in August.  It's Baby Blue (a mini replica) that will be in D.C. at the Kennedy Center.  In the meantime Big Blue will be warehoused in a town about 1 1/2 hours out of Chicago, so I am handling repairs now before she is moved into storage for the rest of spring.
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It was fun to see the globes again, especially with them clustered together in one space.
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Most were scattered across the floor, but a few were on shelves.
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Mind you, each globe weighs approximately 250lbs.  Is it any wonder that the shelving unit is made of steel girders? 

For now, I hanker to knit some of the aplaca / silk blend I bought yesterday.  A teasing relief from nylon parachute cord. 


exhibition schedule spring / summer 2008

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"Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature." -- Cicero

Leucocyte V
, 2006, bead embroidery, 18" diameter - photo Sanders Visual Images


Solo Exhibition
Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA - A Body of Work  --  May 5 – August 5 

The exhibition will feature work from my Chirurgi series including new embroidered and knitted works.

   

 Group Exhibitions
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL– One Breath / One World  --  April 8 – May 23

Join me at the opening at 5pm on Thursday April 10th.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL – Lawn Nation -- May 22 - September 7

Check out my Throne of Thyme in the museum garden this summer! 

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. San Jose, CA – Beyond Knitting: Uncharted Stitches  --  June 17 – August 24

A survey of contemporary art utilizing knitting as its primary medium.

 
Public Art
United States Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C. – Cool Globes / One Planet - Ours!  -- May 24 – October 13

Cool Globes is on the road!  Big Blue, properly known as "Adjust Your Thermostat," will be at our national botanic garden as part of an exhibition focusing on sustainability. 

 
Performance Art
Looptopia, Chicago, IL – Attachments  --  May 2 from 6 – 10pm
Will you be in Chicago  May 2nd? Enjoy the festivities of Looptopia while becoming part of it!  Contact me to have a garment custom-made that physically joins you to one you love.  Deadline for inquiries is April 15. 

 
At Your Local Newsstand – Available April 15!
Read my article “Knit.1, Green Too” in the Summer 2008 issue of Knit.1. Learn more about eco-active artists using knit and crochet to make green statements.


In Print
See my work in this fabulous history of American knitting - Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art by Susan M. Strawn.

Two of my sweater designs are featured in Expectant Little Knits: Chic Designs for Moms to Be by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillot.

The latest Barnes and Noble how-to series, Quamut Charts, features my cloche hat design! Download the pattern and crochet one of your own for summer. 


pulmonary

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"Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it."  --  Lily Tomlin

Mom's heart condition has me worried about my own.  I've been experiencing heart pounding panic attacks these past few days.   I am delighted to announce that my position as an Interim Director of Education is coming to a close with the hiring of a permanent replacement, but the transition is nerve wracking.  There is so much to do, so much to demonstrate and I know that all my best efforts will never live up to my own expectations.  I am an idiot and well aware of it.  There is no reason to have such high expectations other than I tend to live by my own moral code and sense of work ethic.  It has generally held me in good stead, but sometimes it is a royal pain in the heart. 

A few lovely things happened today which I wish to share.  (You see, I am making a conscious effort to focus on the positive and not the negative nigglies....)  First, I started teaching a knitting class at a fixed income housing facility for seniors. It was lovely.  We used knitting frames rather than needles as the tools are gentler to arthritic hands.  Within minutes they were knitting away.  I love working with this group.  The stories they tell are fascinating, though today's conversation about who is getting and giving booty had me blushing.   I tell ya, these ladies tell as it is.   

Later I heard from folks at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  They accepted my proposal for their upcoming exhibition "Lawn."  This is my second public installation in less than a year!  I also learned that Big Blue will be going to San Francisco.  It will be part of the traveling exhibition of Cool Globes.

Special thanks to Corinne of Lucky Penny's Workshop.  She named Big Blue as a her best link of 2007.  If you haven't strolled over to her workshop, you are in for a hilarious treat about the adventures of one knitter, her dog, her man and an outrageous yarn stash (she makes mine look pathetic). 


mother nature

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"The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think.  All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves."  --  William de Kooning

If I were to describe my work in one word, the word would be healing.  In the Visions of Paradise series,   I wanted to present an alternative to all the negative energy swirling around this planet - war, famine, global warming, etc.  I wanted to make something beautiful, to provide a place for the eyes to rest and relax.  I couldn't always be puttering in my garden, so I turned to embroidered landscapes.  They offered an advantage over an actual garden, they're portable. 

People don't exist in these works, but their presence is implied. I think of this presence as a version of neutral carbon footprints, a hope that we can live on this planet with respect for self, others and planet.  But occasionally my anger and despair slip out.  The above piece Mother Is Crying is an example.  I was living in England soon after the Cherynobl disaster.  Meat was being sold in butcher shops as "Cherynobl" affected.  I still wonder if there was a cancer spike in England as a result.  I know there was in Cherynobl and its surrounding communities.

I grew up in Missouri where the disaster at Times Beach made the national news in the 1980's.  Stupidity, greed and arrogance resulted in outrageously dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil.  The town had to be deserted.  For many years as you drove along  Route 66, you would see men in white decontamination suits cleaning up the mess.  All that remains is a small state park with a plaque. 

When applying to one graduate program, I was asked why I didn't study landscape design if I love gardens as much as I do.   As I've stated, gardens aren't portable.  I wanted to bring the garden to those who could not or did not reach out to Mother Nature.   Some would say that gardening is a form of colonization through the direct shaping and controlling of nature.  Every gardener will tell you that this is a joke.  Mother Nature is always in control.  I simply try to enjoy what she has to offer, to share her wonders with others.

What I've enjoyed about being part of the environmental project Cool Globes is the focus on solutions.  Mother Is Crying is not a solution, only a highlight of environmental disasters.  How many times can one be banged over the head about the disastrous state of our environment before tuning out?  Yet even the smallest positive change can reap huge benefits.  It can be as basic as wearing a sweater rather than turning up the thermostat or planting a tree in your backyard.      

Since that first garden planted under the "El" tracks of Chicago, I have attempted to plant a small garden at every residence I have lived.  When I first moved to London, I arrived  in late December, not prime gardening weather.  So, I visited Kew Gardens and sketched inside the greenhouses, read everything written by Gertrude Jekyll (I named my beloved schnauzer Gerttie after her.) and absorbed all I could of the London parks.   Gardens can be as beautiful in winter when dormant as in summer when in full bloom. 

You know, I never did embroider a winter garden....hmmmm.


take me away

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"Calgon take me away." -- American television commercial

There are times when I need to be alone.  My new job is fun, but incredibly demanding.  I now manage the education program at a local art center.   It's only a temporary position, but requires the focus and energy as if it were permanent.  The demands of over 50 faculty and the general public has me running from morning through evening.  I've been coming home so tired that I've had little energy for more than dinner followed by sleep. 

Last night was the auction for Cool Globes.  I stayed home.  Yes, I know I should have been there schmoozing with the best of them, but I needed to be alone, focused on myself and my work.  I have a new performance premiering at the end of the month that requires my making 12 hats.  Normally this wouldn't be an issue.  It takes me approximately 2 hours to make an adult-sized hat, so one a night, but tendinitis in the elbows slows me down.  I will have everything ready just in the nick of time by my estimation. 

So there I was, me and the tv with my sidekicks Jack the Pomeranian and Josie the Monster Pup.  Josie's latest trick is to play with the yarn as I am knitting.  I don't know if you cat moms and dads have a similar issue, but dogs aren't supposed to be enamored with yarn.  At one point Josie had the yarn hooked across her paws and wound around her tail.  Cute, but annoying.  She had the nerve to look at me as if I was the problem.   Never mind that I had to get up at several points to fetch the yarn out from under the couch.   It does beg the question of who is the better trained.