This week was a sprint. Tons of fun, and either didn’t have time to post, or my phone was too sweaty to operate.
I'm pretty excited about our big summer show! And guess what? We'd love you to be involved.
Swing by YAB HQ & pickup a DIY board, get it back to us by July 14th, for the opening of BEAUTIFUL TOGETHER on Saturday, July 20th.
Out of town? Email email@example.com for more info on how to get involved.
No matter what, just keep going.
I had the honor to collaborate with @albrightknox this weekend. We produced shirts & stickers that hundreds of staff, family, & friends wore to the Pride Parade in Buffalo, New York this weekend.
The rain couldn’t deter the excitement for one moment.
Swipe through to see all the awesome shots by @mark_why_ @co.curated & big thanks to @ottart & @albrightknox 🙌
And yes! We have these all available in-store at YAB HQ & online (search “rainbow”).
All the it’s ok goods are online! Plus, same as in-store, a portion of sales from the it’s ok collection will go to @hopefortheday for the run of the show!
👋 Evanston! Check out what your middle school students at Chute did for you 🙌
It’s like those coin machines at the arcade. I’ve never rocked a machine (or “accidentally” bumped into it really hard), to set off the alarm. No matter how you play at yabhq, you’ll always be a winner.
It was really fun to revisit this project. I can’t believe it’s 12 years old. I was able to locate the very 1st ITSOK, that was photocopied as a template, and the entire edition was based off of. We made a slideshow of magazines it appeared in, and a few news episodes as well.
I also found footage the 24 hour cutathon, where I cut ITSOK’s for 24 hours straight (I got a 10 minute break at the end of each hour). I found photos by @christopherhiltz of my studio assistant less than a week old, cutting his first ITSOK. Swipe to the right to see my hair!
Plus we made a special edition green gradient for the show, that will (finally! I hear you) be available online this week.
I met Jonny at my show at 4200 a few years back. I had a huge 15’ wide version of the paragraph piece that said “it’s ok to not be ok...” He said “we need to talk. You’re one word off”. He told me about Hope for the Day, and the incredible work they do to help people through the toughest moments in their lives.
He also tried to explain how “to not” and “not to” were flipped. He repeated it about 10 times, and I literally couldn’t hear the difference. I had to see it written down later on.
When he was visiting the gallery to chat about the show recently, I suddenly had an idea. I asked to snap a photo of his knuckles. To me, they’re a perfect example of how we should live.
It’s ok to be you (however that is). And you don’t have to be perfect or have it all figured out first, to be kind and loving to someone else. Start where you’re at.
To say “you are beautiful” to someone, to tell them they’re not alone, is a small act (that could mean so much) of being human to each other, in this sometimes cold feeling word.
A portion of all sales of the “it’s ok” show will go directly to @hopefortheday to help remind everyone — that they are beautiful, they do matter, and to have hope.
Lets talk about words you can rest on.
I’m always very interested in how we can interact with phrases in different ways. We had a lot of fun with the “itsok” bench.
I started by creating a repeating pattern, using the it’s ok phrase. Then Alan & Steven at @rsmarching helped us figure it out & printed the fabric (thank you!). We cnc’d a mdf skeleton to stretch the fabric over. Levi found some amazing memory foam for the seat, that I cut with a electric carving knife. (I also cut 2 fingers with it). The whole team came together to stretch and pull and staple and sew the fabric into place. Even though we lost some skin on our knuckles, it was worth it.
Swipe to the end, to see these seats in use!
It’s going to be a great summer (when it gets here). How fast a year goes!
When we moved into yabhq, we wanted it to be a place for conversation, experimentation, and creation.
Every day, we are getting there.
A wonderfully rewarding night with @chicagobeyond hosted by Liz Dozier in conversation with Alex Kotlowitz.
A few thoughts, on the main wall of “it’s ok”. Swipe for the video of close up details.
See you soon!
No place I’d rather be.
Be sure to RSVP for this Saturday’s show at YABHQ, and score this show’s token on entry. (Link in bio)
New works & archived works on display. Partnering with @hopefortheday for Mental Health Awareness Month.
Let’s do this thing together.