Why is it so hard to make significant changes in our lives? And how do some people make it look so easy? One day Kristen Blake, founder of Chapter Be, decided to leave her 9-5 job in pursuit of a more meaningful life. To better understand her own situation, she began asking others who made similar moves. Now she catalogues these conversations and shares them with the world in her podcast Chapter Be ("Chapter B" is a term psychologists use to refer to a new stage in an individual's life). You can listen to her conversation with Ian, where they talk about his decision to leave behind a career in science and his subsequent transition into the New York art scene.
While in residence at Pioneer Works, Ian had the pleasure of meeting the creative and hardworking crew of Clocktower Radio. They invited him to talk about the Blister Pact project during the February Second Sundays open studio. You can listen to Ian's interview with host Bridget Hickey here.
The Blister Pact project would not have been possible without the help of the Blister Pact Kickstarter campaign. A very enthusiastic THANK YOU to each and every person that donated to the campaign, as well as everyone that donated plastic packaging and/or time and effort to help make Blister Pact possible. You can find the Kickstarter page, along with the video and any subsequent updates here.
Blister Pact collaborated with Brooklyn Elementary school PS 321 in Park Slope to collect their plastic waste throughout January's Green & Healthy Month (conveniently right after holiday gifts!). It was a huge success with both students and parents contributing their blister packs. The month then culminated in a Green & Healthy Night on Thursday, January 29th, and we were invited to host an interactive evening. We had so much fun with these kids. They had a chance to learn and participate in Ian's fabrication process and colored in Thank You cards just for the Blister Pact Kickstarter rewards!
How do you produce a monumental sculpture inside a 100 sq. ft artist studio in Brooklyn? Ha, you can't. So you can imagine how hard this harsh reality has been weighing on Ian's mind as he plans for his next exhibition. Sometimes, though the Universe answers, and this time it's answer came in the form of an amazing (and timely) residency at the Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation. Huge Thanks to the amazing people at Pioneer Works for this opportunity.
Now Ian can start turning all of that discarded plastic packaging into something beautiful. Stop by Pioneer works during their Open Studios, every second Sunday of the month. Come say hi to Ian in his studio and see how the project is progressing. Oh, and don't forget to bring along any blister packs that you've been saving.
You can read about Fiercely Curious' studio visit to see Ian during his residency.
Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, best known for it's stinky, super-fund site of a canal, is becoming more known for supporting a vibrant art scene. This year's Gowanus Open Studios will be bigger than ever.
If you're up for exploring the neighborhood, you can find Ian's work at two places. His new interactive cardboard sculpture, "The Sisyphus Experiment" will be rolling amongst the crowd at Gowanus Ballroom during the Honk festival concert. And a collection of his other wall hung textiles and piano piece sculptures will be included in a two-artist show curated by Fiercely Curious at the brand new Threes Brewing,
You can try to catch Ian at the concert on Friday night and the open studios closing reception at Threes Brewing on Sunday.
Ian has been making things AND climbing on things his whole life. In 2007, while living in Salt Lake City, Ian began to take a deeper interest in both art and rock climbing. His eventual move to NYC meant he also had to trade real rock for climbing gyms; Brooklyn Boulders is where he currently sends routes and overcomes problems. When Ian approached them about the Blister Pact project and asked them to host a community collection bin, they were excited to participate and share it with the local climbing community.