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.

Diem Chau said...

Thanks Dorothy!

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 :)