Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Neo Kitsch at ArtsWest

I'll have a selection of carvings in the Neo Kitsch show at ArtsWest in Seattle.  I'll be at the opening on Dec 9th.  It should be a fun show, please come if you're in town.  I believe Charles Krafft will be there as well... I've never met him in person, but I'm a BIG FAN of his work!

ArtsWest NeoKitsch
Neo Kitsch
December 5th-24th
Artists reception Dec. 9th, 6 – 7:30pm

ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
4711 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116


Dorothy Cheng Jewelry said...

I've just been wandering around blogs and I just have to say - wow. You work is so so so cool. Talk about elevating the mundane! Brilliant stuff.

Anonymous said...

Your crayon carvings are great.

Would you mind to tell something -
Do you perhaps freeze the crayons prior to carving, to reduce the chance of breakage?

Thank you.

Diem Chau said...

to Anon-
I don't mind at all :)
I like to carve when the crayons are slightly warm. If they're too cold they tend to chip and snap. If they get too hot I leave fingerprints behind. It's a balance. When I work in the summer time I'll take breaks and soak my hand in ice water to cool them down. In the winter I hold the crayons for awhile before starting to warm them up a bit. Funny how there's so much to know about such a simple task.

Lynda Bui said...

Hi, Diem Chau! I just found out about your work through Boing Boing. Am so sad to miss your exhibit at ArtsWest. I live so close in West Seattle, too. I really like your style. Hopefully, I can catch your work sometime soon.

Diem Chau said...

Thanks Lynda :) I have a show coming up at the Bellevue Art Museum.

Memi The Rainbow said...

I discovered your blog me too through Boing Boing, which shows your crayons carved with chinese zodiac... and I have to say that your work is really impressive! To carve a crayon seemed to me already very difficult, but those pencils made me gasp!! I love your art, I'm happy to have stumbled upon your blog...

Diem Chau said...

Thanks Memi :)