Pioneer Works Residency by Daniella Trask

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.

All Over the Map at Gowanus Open Studios by Daniella Trask

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.

 Erin Przekop of Fiercely Curious took this in-progress shot of the Sisyphus Experiment in production at the Gowanus Ballroom.

Erin Przekop of Fiercely Curious took this in-progress shot of the Sisyphus Experiment in production at the Gowanus Ballroom.

Brooklyn Boulders hosts a Blister Pact Collection Bin by Daniella Trask

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. 

 The collection bin and a textile installation at the entrance of BKB.

The collection bin and a textile installation at the entrance of BKB.

"Fabric of the Cosmos II" Wins Honorable Mention by Daniella Trask

Ian's most recent elastic textile installation "Fabric of the Cosmos II" won the Honorable Mention Award in the juried exhibition "Color" at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition. Whether or not those multi-colored elastic belts from the Invisible Dog basement ever made a splash in the fashion industry, they've certainly found new life and appreciation in Ian's hands. 

 Fabric of the Cosmos II at BWAC

Fabric of the Cosmos II at BWAC

Featured on Fiercely Curious by Daniella Trask

As any artist with even the slightest web presence can attest, it's only a matter of time before some "online gallery/database" asks you to put images of your work up on their site. And then you just sit back and watch the sales happen, right? More likely you'll forget the name and that you even submitted images.

This couldn't be further from the truth with online art showcase Fiercely Curious, a project homegrown in Brooklyn by founders Erin Przekop and Tom Critchlow. These two are smart, energetic, professional AND they work their asses off. Needless to say, Ian is incredibly excited to be working with them.

Check out some of Ian's work here on their new artist gallery page.

 Ian demonstrating his Strange Histories slide viewer during a studio visit with Fiercely Curious.

Ian demonstrating his Strange Histories slide viewer during a studio visit with Fiercely Curious.