New Town, New Studio by Daniella Trask

2015 has been a big year for Ian: big projects, big shows, and large undertakings. As fall is wrapping up, 2015 will now include a big life-shift: a move from Brooklyn, NY to Brunswick, Maine.

Ian moved to Brooklyn in 2009 armed with a passion for creating art and looking to find a place for himself in the New York scene. Over the next eight years he did just that. And in the process New York became home and those in it became family.

And now the next chapter is in Brunswick, Maine where he now has more than tripled the studio space he had in New York. And while his studio and art making is no longer based in Brooklyn, his ties to his New York family continue to be strong and he will continue to participate in shows in and around NYC.

Maine is beautiful. Come for the scenery, the pace of life, the lobsters, and the foliage. And you all have an open invitation to come visit the new studio space in Fort Andross any time (Suite 0104B, 14 Maine Street in Brunswick, ME). Email us at to schedule a studio tour!

A Farewell to NYC: Ian's Solo Show by Daniella Trask

From September 11, 2015 through October 4, 2015 Ian's new solo exhibition called "Give and Take" opened to the public at the Ground Floor Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The show featured a variety of Ian's work over the years and was curated by co-founders of Ground Floor Gallery: Jill Benson and Krista Saunders.

The show has been featured in the Park Slope Stoop as well as Untapped Cities.

Interview on Chapter Be Podcast by Daniella Trask

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.

Ian Talks with Clocktower Radio by Daniella Trask

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

Ian chatting with visitors about Blister Pact during the Pioneer Works open studios.

Ian chatting with visitors about Blister Pact during the Pioneer Works open studios.

Blister Pact Kickstarter by Daniella Trask

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.

Green & Healthy with PS 321 by Daniella Trask

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!