Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Broadside Project

I recently was asked to participate in Red Bird Chapbook's Broadside Project, which connects artists and writers in a blind collaboration to produce a monthly broadside/poster that is displayed at local Twin Cities gathering spots.

"This is for you"

Cool girl in stovepipe jeans
lighting a smoke at the bus stop,
your back to me,
me remembering
a morning, hot like this,
rising in the dark,
leaving early for work, going
to a job I tried not to hate
after dreaming for the first time ever
in sad-sack black
and white, up so early
I caught the grass unawares,
in the act, the lascivious
blades beneath the evergreen boughs
saying to hell with it, keeping on, spawning
weeds regardless of my presence.
It wasn’t a storybook dawn.
It was rawer than that. More like
a caterpillar turning monarch,
the body of a chrysalis,
birthing perfect orange, perfect green.
I bore witness to it all. I was not
the me I had hoped to be.
“Before ripe turns to rot,” I said, I say,
“open your mouth. Swallow yourself.”
-Matt Mauch

Friday, April 5, 2013

Experience Art This Weekend

Comic Artists at the Opera & Brewer's Craft @ Altered Esthetics / Fri 7pm-10pm

Lowertown First Friday @ Lowertown Arts District / Fri 6pm-9pm

First Friday Films featuring visual/video Artist Cheryl Wilgren Clyne @ Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space / Fri 7pm

ARTCRANK 2013 @ Grainbelt Bottling House / Sat 5pm-11pm

Flood @ Form+Content Gallery / Sat 6pm-8pm

Visceral Dysentery @ SooVAC / Sat 7pm-11pm

Reconstructed Space @ Rosalux Gallery / Sat 7pm-10pm

Deviant Art: Dispelling Myths V @ Northrup King Building #322 / Sat 3pm-9pm

Daniel Corrigan Photography Opening @ Maeve's Cafe / Sun 6pm

Details on these events and more via l'├ętoile magazine's Weekend What's What here: as well as via arts calendars at and
I know I'll be hitting up Artcrank! See you kids there.  
xoxo, K

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Play Time

Lately I've been trying to work on developing backgrounds and environments in my illustrations. Here's a personal piece I've just finished - "Play Time"


copyright Karen O'Bryan, 2013