The Bachelor Cat, and other updates

1. I finished a mini comic, The Bachelor Cat, which you can purchase on my shop for $4. All actual Cat Bachelors--they know who they are--can have one for free. Sorry, ladies. 2. I am going to be participating in a group show at Delicious Spectacle in Columbia Heights called One of Five, which opens this Friday. My work will be on display with the lovely and talented Project Dispatch artists.

3. I updated my What Should I Read Next? flowchart to include some favorites from 2012 and did some other reorganization. You can see it and share it on

4. If you are voyeuristic and/or curious about my work environment, I created a Studio Viewer, where you can see my studio, annotated. It's Beta now (read: still thinking of ways to make it better) and  I'm thinking of expanding this project, so drop me a line if you'd have suggestions or want in.

"The Unsuccessful Artists' Handbook"

Last week I discovered that I was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from DCAH, which (now semi-ironically) I will be using to produce a book of drawings and writing titled, "The Unsuccessful Artists' Handbook." This is partially inspired by the ceaseless supply of horrible instruction guides regarding how to be an artist, which I always pick up hopefully and then put down again in disgust--mostly with myself, for continuing to fall for it--when I see they all say the exact same thing. Please note that this will not be an actual handbook. But for that, consider yourselves lucky.

Work in progress for Aviation Meets Art

Next on the pipeline is a show at the College Park Aviation Museum, which opens November 9. Even if you can't make it to the opening, I'd highly recommend checking out the museum at some point if you're in the DC area. It's a quirky little museum with beautiful lighting and all sorts of fascinating flying relics.

Drawing at Morgan's Seafood

I recorded more of the play by play of the installation on my Tumblr account, but baring recent storm damage, you can see my latest window installation outside of Morgan's Seafood this Sunday, along with some drawings on display at Pleasant Plains (including stuff that's been collecting dust in my studio which I'm grateful to finally show off). Read more about it here.

Schedule: 4-5:30 PM Reception at Pleasant Plains Workshop with new window artists artists Dana Jeri Maier and Elizabeth Stewart at Pleasant Plains Workshop. Refreshments and light fare from local restaurants.

5:30-6:30 PM Art Walk featuring all 4 Georgia Avenue Window Walk installations and other art stops along the way

6:30 - ? PM Reception at DC Reynolds with drink specials and light fare (cash bar)The Georgia Avenue Window Walk is a collaborative effort by The Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force, Pleasant Plains Workshop, and a committee of neighborhood resident volunteers.

Untitled No. 3, Drawing Residency, and Excuses

I'm in the rare position of having drawings on display at two(!) galleries with opening parties this evening, both up through the weekend and within walking distance of each other. This post is probably too late to convince anyone to show up who already has plans, but in my defense I was in San Francisco the past few days, doing lots of writing and sketching (some of which will find its way here).

Untitled no. 3

Event for RandallScottProjects · By Randall Scott A special 3 day exhibition of DC/VA/MD based artists.

Dates & Time: Aug 31st opening 6pm-10pm Sept 1st 11-7pm Sept 2nd 11-5pm

Location: 2030 8th St NW Washington DC Between U st and V st. U Street Metro Station Limited Parking is available in our lot - look for the building covered in graffiti --------------------------------

Drawing Residency

Dates & Time Opening Party August 31, 2012 6-9pm Exhibition up through 9/3

Location: 87FLORIDA 87 Florida Ave NW

Drawing Residency and the Centipede's Dilemma

20120824-133750.jpgI was very pleased to be invited to participate in Eames Armstrong's Drawing Residency last night. I wasn't sure what to expect--'show up and draw' was the gist of the invite--but as it turned out it was exactly what I'd want out of any residency--namely a venue to draw, drink beer and have thoughtful conversations. The fact that all of this occurred on Philippa's lovely roofdeck on an uncharacteristically not-muggy August evening was an added bonus. A variety of materials were provided for the residency, but I tackled some small pieces I'd been carrying in my sketchbook, that I'd been working on in fits and starts. And I used my own pens since when it comes to my art, I am about as much as a prissy prima donna as they come. "I can’t draw that. It doesn’t interest me. I’ll only use this material and this pen, thank you very much. And this nice paper." And so forth. This can either be constued as choosing the path of least resistance or having artistic integrity, I’m not sure which.

On a related note I was pleased to find the Wikipedia page for centipede syndrome, from which I suffer tremendously when it comes to my art. Specifically it's called, The Centipede's Dilemma, which occurs "when a normally automatic or unconscious activity is disrupted by consciousness of it or reflection on it." Or as the original story goes, a centipede is asked how it walks by some other creature, and then, once it mulls over the question, finds itself unable to move.

Though I appreciate having an official diagnosis, for the most part being afflicted with the centipede syndrome is incredibly annoying. It would be far more useful to have the ability to, (to paraphrase Homer Simpson) draw something that 'looks like the way it looks like' or provide satisfying answers when people ask me questions about my work. Though at the same time, it's a good way to appreciate how marvelous and complex the human mind is, that you can allow a part of your brain that seems to have nothing to do with you to call the shots and create things.

Anyway, an exhibit with some of the work displayed from the Residency will be up at Aether Art Projects and open next Friday. More details and pictures to be come soon, but it should be a good show.

Genesis opening Friday

I get spells of insomnia every so often. There’s the bad kind, where you’re convinced that you’re about to fall asleep at any moment for about three hours--"never fully asleep and never fully awake” as Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club so aptly puts it--and the good kind, which is a 2 AM second wind. It’s a wonderful time to work. The harsh edges of the day have softened, and you’re more relaxed, open to revelations and entertaining thoughts that are not possible to have at any reasonable hour. You might crash unexpectedly and wake up when the alarm rings at 6:32 feeling groggy, but it’s nothing a cup of coffee or four won’t cure. The drawings I will have on display for the upcoming EMP Collective Genesis show were mostly done in these wee-hours, which opens this Friday at the Fridge and is up through the weekend. Details can be found here, and the Facebook event here.

Spraypaint vs. Micron pens

Been a good weekend, artistically speaking. I finally got around to setting up a new drafting table (thanks, Yeon-Woo!), and snagged a spot in Blended at the last minute, courtesy of screen-printer extraordinare Anthony Dihle. This is a group show by Albus Cavus, organized by AIGA and looks very promising so far.
Blended - Dana's wallBlended - Albus Cavus and AIGA

Monday was day one at the space, a soon-to-be-demolished warehouse across from the 9:30 Club. I attacked the concrete as best I could with brushes, until breaking down and asking to borrow a can of 181's spray paint, who working on a neighboring wall. It was my first time using spray paint so I spent a very sweaty-but-not-altogether-unpleasant day learning how to vary the weight of a line, and that I shouldn't cut corners on a respirator.

Also a few shots of my Inarticulate Series in progress, which as you may have guessed, I'm still trying to properly explain. Title subject to change, depending on how I figure that part out. All are 18x24'': Dana Jeri Maier - Inarticulate Series in progressInarticulate Series in Progress - Dana Jeri Maier

Inscrutable Comic, now at Flashpoint Gallery

I documented the play-by-play on my tumblr account, but here's my new piece at the Flashpoint Gallery titled, "Inscrutable Comic." There's an opening reception that coincides with Calder Brannock's Adventure Residency Program Headquarters, but it'll be up for a indefinitely, so do check it out if you're in town! Official information from the Flashpoint below:

Join us for the opening reception of Calder Brannock's "Adventure Residency Program Headquarters" Friday, March 23, 6-8pm.

Flashpoint Gallery will play home base for artist Calder Brannock’s "Adventure Residency Program Headquarters." The project builds upon Brannock’s earlier project, Camper Contemporary, a mobile art gallery fashioned from a vintage camper. Brannock will expand upon Camper Contemporary’s Adventure projects, organizing artists and audience members to take trips to produce artworks based on shared experiences. Visitors will be encouraged to borrow objects from the gallery in order to create self-guided personal adventures.

Calder Brannock: Adventure Residency Program Headquarters March 23 - April 27, 2012 Opening Reception: March 23, 6-8pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12-6pm or by appointment

Dana Maier, "Inscrutable Comic" Plus, be sure to check out Flashpoint alum Dana Maier's "Inscrutable Comic," a new wall drawing in our back hallway.

Part and Parcel Opening Saturday

I'm very excited to be participating in Part and Parcel (it got some nice write ups about Chandi's vision for the show in TBD and the Huffington Post). Opens this Saturday night at 8 at the Fridge in Eastern Market! I'll have one of my rarely seen larger works on display, along with my mystery piece. Official description:

Work by Frank Adams, Keli Anaya, Deborah Anzinger, Chris Chen, Rachel England, Jessica Ford, Elizabeth Graeber, Becca Kallem, Chandi Kelley, Regan Kireilis-Helms, Stephanie Kwak, Jon Lee, Dana Maier, and Kristoffer Tripplaar.

The expression “part and parcel” is used to reference something that must be done or accepted as a part of something else. Without the venue to sell works on a small scale, many artists wouldn’t have the means to create some of their more substantial works. Part and Parcel is an opportunity to showcase large scale works by Project Dispatch artists while emphasizing the importance of the subscription. We will be displaying one piece next to each large work that will be wrapped in brown paper to represent the subscription. Part and Parcel installation shot - Photo by Chandi KelleyPatrons will be able to purchase the larger work or take a risk on the smaller, wrapped piece by the same artist. These smaller works will be the beginnings of subscriptions, but will remain unopened until after they are purchased. By showing these seen and unseen works alongside each other, we want to emphasize that the project is an integral part of the practice for the artists involved.

DC Week this Friday

This Friday I'll be participating in The Home as part of #DCRESIDENCE DC WEEK in the Atlas District, where I will share a space with The Fridge. The Debate - Dana Jeri Maier Consequently, I've been finishing up a giant drawing the last several hours and listening to trick or treaters. Feels good to have a legitimate studio.

"Off in a Corner" Opens Friday, April 1

Coaster drawings, at the Passenger - Dana Jeri Maier Huzzah, almost here! My joint show with Adam Dwight opens at the Flashpoint Gallery on April Fool's Day. For the record, I've completed about 450 titled coaster drawings for the final show (to prevent the viewer from facing a wall of 400+ "Untitles," which would just be cruel). Adam will have five new paintings, a sculpture and a hand-drawn animation, all reflecting the life of MADD founder Candy Lightner.

Details directly from the Flashpoint below; hope to see you there. And if you need me this weekend, I will be buying my weight in artists' tape and comparing prices of laser levels.

Adam Dwight & Dana Jeri Maier: Off in a Corner Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 6 – 8pm April 1 - May 7, 2011

Adam Dwight’s gouache paintings and rubber puddle collide with Dana Jeri Maier’s ink drawings on drink coasters for Off in a Corner, a two-person show that manipulates the line between fine art and illustration. When juxtaposed, Dwight's and Maier’s farcical and cartoonish narratives reveal a dark absurdity to the characters and relationships depicted within.

Art + Coffee Program Sunday, April 10, 1:30pm - Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Foundation Center Art + Coffee Program

Pink Panel @ Flashpoint: Drink + Draw Thursday, April 21, 6:30pm

Exhibition April 1 - May 7, 2011

Going ons around town

Tuesday night I’ll be at Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, doing some live drawing as one of Scion’s featured artists in DC. Feel free to swing by and see how the magic happens! (Ray’s Hell Burger is one of Obama’s favorite burger joints, for what that’s worth--being a pescetarian, I can’t vouch for the burgers, but I’m counting on a delicious grilled cheese and sweet potato fries.) Arcade-DanaJeriMaier-2And Monday, September 27th I’ll be at the Convention Center, speaking about my Arcade exhibit (pictured) along with the other artists who exhibited there. Afterwards, there will be drinks at the Passenger. Do come by and say hello!

Art of the Soul this Friday

Story No. 3 - Dana Jeri Maier I'll have some new drawings (preview above) in the Art of the Soul exhibition, which opens Friday, in one of those awesome not-yet-furnished spaces adjacent to the Busboys and Poets on K Street. Lots of other talented artists will be showing their work as well, so it will be well worth your time to swing by! Details below:

Location 486 K Street NW Washington, DC 20001

Opening reception February 12, 8pm-midnight Exhibition runs from February 12 - March 1

Gallery Hours Weekends 11am - 7pm, or by appointment only

House Hunt swag

Hello, bragging rights! Today I won a House Hunt DC prize after a Da Vinci Code-esque hunt through the National Gallery. (This is the contest created by Andrew Wodzianski in which clues are placed all over the city.)  The prize includes free tickets to the House fundraiser and what I presume will be a delightfully weird after party, a painting from the show(!), soap on a rope noose, and this spiffy little number: scull ring

No love from Bravo TV

The last several months have not been artistically successful for me. Several gallery rejections, no Tim Tate-esque discovery at Artomatic (though my co-exhibitor Adam managed to get an awesome show at the Hillyer from his AOM work, which I highly recommend you go see). So it was with nothing else to lose that I applied for the new Bravo TV art reality show last Saturday. Partially just to see what it was like, but also because it seemed as though the time was right to play the artistic lottery. The odds are stacked against you in every possible way, but until you get that official rejection, you can daydream in the back of your mind about getting discovered. It was anticlimactic, of course--after waiting in line for over six hours and having my portfolio reviewed by an intimidating blond woman who implied that she didn't have a lot of time on her hands, I was given the classic 'thanks, but your work doesn't fit with our vision' heave ho--but I met some fellow artists while waiting in line, and got six hours worth of interesting conversation, and three post-rejection drinking buddies (Dezi, a comic artist, Mike, a painter and Kim, a new media artist who advanced to a couple more rounds of interviews before getting eliminated). Over beer we decided that we should create an exhibit of reality show rejects (ie, ourselves), gossiped about the fellow artists waiting in line, and chatted about our art and lives, and movies, and jobs, and what we were going to do next. I wonder if this sort of camaraderie happens in other reality show lines.

Anyway, if you want a play-by-play account of the experience you can check out the Twitter page Mike wrote for BOMB magazine--he did an excellent job of documenting the weirdness of it all.

Best of Artomatic, Floor 2

Ben Tolman gets my "Best of" pick for the second floor--his exquisite drawings, semi-crude presentation, and oversized, overtly-honest statement all seemed to strike the right note for AOM: Ben Tolman

In case you can't make out the writing on the wall, it reads:

Hello whoever you are, here are a few drawings I made. Your [SIC] probably tired from too much walking around so feel free to sit in my chair here for awhile. Take a  look at this stuff here on the wall or the stuff I left for you on the table. If you like some of this stuff you can get it on my website! Please put something in my guestbook so I will know you were here. I especially like it when people leave me little drawings. That means you. Oh, one more thing by the time you read this I will have just gotten married and I will off wandering around Europe, so I won't be here to keep an eye on my space, so if you don't mind, tidy it up a little for me. I hope I at least provided you a little entertainment while you rested up. And I hope you enjoy the rest of you [SIC]  day.

Ok, bye.

Ben Toleman

I took his suggestion and sat down to leave him a sketch. It's difficult to draw in someone else's sketchbook, I realized (how easily the part of your brain that allows you to work uninhibited gets switched off).

Apparently, his statement also inspired one of his viewers to write a confessional as well, which I thought was sweet:

Ben Tolman guestbook