Getting Work Out There

It’s only October but I am getting into the spirit of giving.   I’m giving my work to people who will hang them in public spaces. A while back, I heard about an acquaintance who offered her work for free to anyone who wanted it. The following week, she received good fortune including a commission!monstermike

Whenever I walked past Monster Mikes Guitars at 869A Mass Ave. up the street from where I live in Central Sq, Cambridge MA., I noticed an empty space in the window. So I just went in, introduced myself and asked if could put my piece there and he said sure. So if you’re in the area check out Tango in Mustard. I also encourage you to patronize this fine establishment.

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Tango in Mustard, 2015

This Hacker Creation is a 3D collage of recycled paper, wood, and computer parts – a collection of abstract shapes and patterns unified by the “pea soup” color of the old circuit boards on the top. Press the button and the “muffin fans” spin.    The composition combines intricate details from a collection of traditional decorative patterns and an image of dancers painted by John Grillo (from a brochure I picked up at a gallery in Welfleet years ago) with disassembled and surplus parts from old technology. The appropriated image is mounted on a metal hard drive cover and framed by a grid from the plastic flexi-sheet (from under the keyboard keys.) Batteries and wiring are sandwiched between two boards, clipped together with improvised metal parts.

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Mario of CLM Mechanics 366 Webster St Cambridge, MA 

My mechanic is a great guy, I’ve known him for years and consider him a friend. Today I had to get new brakes on my car and when I picked it up, I gave Mario, Metal Weave to hang in his newly refurbished office/waiting room. I think he liked it. The piece has a lot of silver metal, black plastic and features an old vacuum tube and fits in amidst the car parts, tools and lifts. I’m not going to plug Mario’s garage because it is always too crowded and I like to think it’s my little secret. I doubt they have a website.

My goal is to increase my audience by getting my work out into the world.  When people stumble upon it, I hope they will have time to take in the variety of shapes and materials. Get a sense of the balance, composition and patterns. Its a non-verbal thing, if it brings you pleasure then, you get it!

I take pictures of everyone who buys one of my pieces. My audience may be limited and perhaps a collection of odd ducks, but when they say, ” I love it”, I know they are telling me the truth. It is such a thrill when people “get it”, confirming that we share a way of seeing beauty in unusual places.

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Working in my studio
Photo by: Anna Muench

The recycle loop has three steps: 1. I keep materials out out of the waste system. 2. They are transformed, given new life as art. 3. When you hang it on your wall at home/office to enjoy.  Be a part of the Recycle loop! Visit my Shop at: www.etsy.com/shop/hackercreations

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Melissa Glick  • Hacker Creations    •  glick.melissa@gmail.com  •   Working from The Artisan’s Asylum, Somerville, MA since 2013.

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Updated Bio and Dali’s Table

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Dali’s Table, 2017 Patterns upon patterns over the distorted red pattern from Dali’s 1956 painting Living Still Life (French: Nature Morte Vivante) Dali painted this piece during a period that he called “Nuclear Mysticism.”[1] Nuclear Mysticism is composed of different theories that try to show the relationships between quantum physics and the conscious mind. The different theories are composed of elements that range from “Catalan philosophers” to “classicismpop art, and nuclear physics.”[2] The painting, done in 1956, currently resides at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

I find beauty in unexpected places.  As a “hacker” I take things apart and re-purpose them in cool new ways. I transform “e-waste”- discarded electronics and outdated computer components into dynamic compositions that combine 2D color and pattern with 3D abstract forms. My work touches upon issues ofintimacy, excess, ecology and raising awareness. My work has been described as being ”structural poetry.”

 

Growing up, my Dad worked at Raytheon (1960-90) and brought home outdated equipment that was being thrown out. I never opened a computer until I joined The Artisan’s Asylum, maker space in Somerville MA in 2012.  Since that time I have learned a great deal about the abundance of outdated technology and the toll it is taking on the world because manufacturers do not take responsibility for the full lifecycle of their products.

There’s an element of chance in my work since my materials are given to me and because each series of computer I open is different. It’s like a treasure hunt.  I know immediately if a piece is visually interesting or not (unless I’m in an indecisive mood). The visual excitement when a particular shape just POPS when in relation to a particular color or pattern is thrilling.

I weave in my background and love of Modernism by appropriating imagery from the past. Originally I built upon a surface made from old letters, post cards and other personal items that romantic people accumulate. Currently I incorporate digital imagery (mine, Modern Art, random print) which I alter with Photoshop.  The compositions place shapes of disassembled technology in relationship with abstract imagery with contrast, balance and repetition and suggest a connection or equivalence.

I grew up going to DeCordova summer camp where my creativity was always encouraged. At the age of ten I saw the Acropolis in Athens and knew I would be studying Art History when I went to college. Between visiting galleries and museums in NYC while at SUNY Purchase and a year in Paris, I developed my aesthetic sense and became focused on contemporary art.  After 5 years of doing administrative work at the ICA, I enrolled at Mass College of Art and earned a Masters in Art Education. I have run educational programs at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Boston Ballet, Museum of Fine Arts. Once I got out of the office and starting making art, I taught at Watertown Arsenal Center for the Arts, Parts & Crafts. I offer workshops to people of all ages at the Artisan’s Asylum and at various community events.

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OPEN STUDIO season!

Melissa Glick
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What an exciting Spring !
I’m just back from a trip to Cuba which was so inspiring, I’ve already made new 2 pieces. Including this one that includes images of the neighborhood covered in mosaic.

I received a grant from the Artisan’s Asylum to start a line of work to market specifically to funky art gallery shops. After Open Studios, I will start learning to use the Shop Bot (CNC Gantry Router) to drill shadow boxes out of a 2 ” solid piece of wood. If you know of any funky art gallery shops, similar to where I current sell work, Blue Cloud and Uni-T please let me know.

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First weekend of May you can visit me at The Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler St Somerville. The largest Maker Space on the East coast with 40,000 Square feet of workshops, studios, classrooms and community space. Parking in the lot off Dane St. Learn about all the classes you could take.

Come to Space #10 and see all my new work! You also get to check out all the old technology that has been donated to me and my organizational system that goes up 10 feet, requiring a ladder to reach the top! You can also make a pin or necklace.mwc800px72dpi32

Additionally, there is the SOS First Look show at the Somerville Museum, One Westwood Ro. Every SOS artist has been invited to submit one work. Open April 27-29: Thurs 2-7pm, Fri 2-5 pm, Sat noon-5pm & SOS weekend May 4-7: Thurs 2-7 pm, Fri 2-9 pm, Sat and Sun 11am-6pm.

MAY 6 & 7

Preview Party Invite

The Atrium 100-200 Technology Square on Main Street at the railroad tracks, in Kendall Square. Refreshments will be served.

The Second weekend of May is Cambridge Open Studios where I will be displaying my work along with 9 other artists: Jose Estrela, Shin MaengMelissa Glick  Seeds of JoieDeborah Peeples,  Carlos Arzaga,  Alice Kovler, Rebecca Scott, Rhia Swyers & Julia Blake.

Check out this awesome bike tour map! Our Open Studios Launch Party and Artist Showcase will be Thursday, May 11th from 6-8pm at The Cambridge Art Association  25 Lowell Street, Cambridge. Open to the public.

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Lots of people have expressed interest in taking my fun workshops…..but I haven’t managed to get them all in the same room! If you would like to join and give it a try, please email me:  and let me know what days/times work best for you and we will make it happen!

LONG LIVE HACK!!! 

A Beautiful Weekend in Boston

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Summer is a busy time for Artisan’s Asylum inmates who participate in communal participatory public art events.  Firefly , Figment  and Burning Man  are the kind of events where there are fire dancers, trance music, awesome fashion and body adornment. Some of the innovative creations involve computer programming, El wire and LEDs that glow at night. (As far as I know, since I have not attended either FF or BM yet.)

The exciting discovery of my weekend was riding my bike over the new bridge linking the new North Point Park to one in Charlestown. I have been waiting years 4 this to happen! With all the recent urban improvements, I honestly think Boston rivals Disneyland!  In addition to the amphibious vehicles (Duck Tours started here!), boat cruises, double-decker buses and Hubway bike rentals…..

IMAG0930the  multi billion dollar Big Dig project that submerged the expressway opened up access to the waterfront and created the mile Rose Kennedy Greenway.  Although more ambitious plans were never realized, (no great loss – who needs another museum?)  My favorite part of this amazing open space is the stream like water feature where people gather and dip their feet in cold refreshing water!

FIGMENT!!!!

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Traffic Cone Construction

I was welcomed to Figment with the song, Shake Down Street, band members perched on top of their truck….(I have not seen this since….Let it be Beatles, U2 concert in NYC Letters to Cleo in the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate about You)

Kids were tossing pink & blue  foam hoops onto B’s orange traffic cone stars. Jacob was displaying his awesome gaff tape SS.  Enterprise.

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Pink Dog

I was entranced by a dog made of neon chicken wire that not only had a sound track but looked otherworldly thru my Cell phone camera.

As I followed the path I came upon a circus tent like structure with an aerialist hanging from long red strands ala Cirque de Soleil, a place where I wrote a personal fear on a red piece of fabric to be pinned up on a line with hundreds of others.

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String Theory

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Asylum Guys

Then  I arrived at the installation of perfectly aligned rows of yellow strings suspended over head. The sensation of all those tiny strings flowing over my arms and face as I walked thru was very enjoyable and reminded me of the under-utilization of my sense of touch.

When I reached the grassy clearing where the techno djs were performing I had a seat and ate some Chinese broccoli I got from a food truck, soaking in the awesome vibe and realizing what a transformation has taken place in Boston.

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Butterfly Girl

I watched as the guys assemble the big suspended sculpture rotating & starting to glow, sculpture, I spied a winged garden fairy while the big shrouded figure in the mural looked on.

SUNDAY!

I took the opportunity of the courtyard sale being planned by my neighbors to try to sell some art.  I constructed a display mechanism using a metal coat rack I had found on the street years ago. It had been a long time since this captive had seen the light.

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Display Device

The Basement:  a story of passing time, family traditions and hoarding ….. or “Collecting and the Creative Mind.” This is one of my most important principles: If you save it, it will come in handy someday, and when that day comes!!! Eureka! You win!!

It was a long, humid morning with no sales until a lovey older woman did me the honor of purchasing my Black & White Burst Clock. It’s the one on the bottom left. I gave it to her for a bargain price, but by far the highest price paid for an item at the sale.  I am so happy she liked it and plans to hang it over her stove.

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Burst Clock

As I told her, the collage on the surface is made with three black & white patterns, 1. music notation, 2. a photo-shopped bar code like pattern and 3. an engineering diagram which my father drew dated 1979.  A round cornered frame is filled with small spherical black pieces…. and a digital clock is adhered onto a silver “sunburst-like” heat sink.

Thanks Guys it was Fun hanging out!!!

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