Birthday Terrarium Chairs, by Sarah Wojdylak
I like the wisdom that comes with getting older, but not the aging process itself. Both my parents died way before their due, so I feel like I am constantly traversing through time and space on moments that are borrowed. September 4th brings me both reflection and melancholy in a way the rest of the 364 don’t. So last year on my birthday I decided to make an event (albeit a small one) on my “special” day. Using social media to connect to others, I made a public declaration (in my Facebook status) for whomever was online, right at that moment, to make homemade art by the stroke of midnight on September 4th. I was half kidding and I was not sure if anyone was awake or even around, but I put my words out there. I thought that it might be neat to see what people came up with on a moments notice and who might actually respond. I love art and have a lot of talented and creative friends and colleagues. I gave the participants little parameters, the only stipulation was a 4 minute time frame to complete the work. The person didn’t have to be an artist by trade or hobby, just passionate about absolutely anything. I wanted to see something; a simple statement on the day; a nice love letter to September 4th: A very ordinary day. I closed by asking them to post a pic of their homemade art on their FB walls (before midnight) and tag me in the post.
Last year’s experiment heeded some brilliant results — FB BIRTHDAY ART, 2010 — so I decided that this year I would make homemade, spontaneous art an annual event. I cheated a bit and made my declaration a few days prior. I wanted to make a few more folks aware of the impromptu art gallery. In doing that, I don’t think many stayed within the 4 minute parameter but some brilliant art was to be had.
Here are this year’s results — FB BIRTHDAY ART, 2011.
Poppies in the garden! by MaryAnn Ward Carosi
Done this past week: screen printing fast and cheap with an embroidery hoop and mod podge to create a screen... art for fun and fashion! by Pannay Burt Guigley
Thug in a hoodie (Puppy collage by Jennifer Obrosky McCalla
This is your homemade "virtual" birthday card. I did all the "drawer-ings" myself! Happy birthday! by Gab Bonesso
A lovely rhyming poem by Joel Cunningham.
Happy birthday Kim! This Picture is not original Brenna art but I thought expressive for birthday art. Hope you had a great day! by Brenna Connolly
Happy Birthday Kim! This is from Lucy. by Amy Mortensen's beautiful daughter Lucy.
Maggie's "fish bowl".... for her Aunt Kimmy... happy birthday!
Birthday Scribble Love, by Jackie.
Moving picture postcard, by Kate Hansen
eflections of Montreal -- One of three in a series, by Ken Selig
Reflections of Montreal -- Two of three in a series, by Ken Selig
Reflections of Montreal -- Three of three in a series, by Ken Selig
Birthday cupcake lollipops, by Jill Garon Harvey
Birthday Terrarium, by Sarah Wojdylak
Happy Birthday Kim! Here is my art. I call it Drunken Blur. by Jennifer Anders Reeger
photo of ceramic bert doll, taken at my pal al's house, words added with wordfoto iphone app. by Lisa Cunningham
This was the only artistic thing that happened at our place today. Che filled our mailbox with petals and leaves from our front yard. So I guess this is his Happy Birthday art to you. Happy Birthday Kim! by Christine Brocco
by Kristen Lauth Shaeffer
Shadow & light wishing you a happy birthday & many more fantastic years on this planet. by Stephanie Dennis Cooley
I tested my PX600 film in my Pronto B, and the photo was so blown out you could barely see the creepy statue. I upped the contrast in photoshop a bit so you could at least see her eyes staring back at you (he he). I hope you have a lovely birthday! xo by Lisa Toboz
I will get you a better picture of this picture. Happy birthday Kim!! Filled with real dried 4 leaf clovers. Next time the chair may fit into the room better. by Cara McDougal
Birthday art in two parts. This was made by our friend Sam Panico that's based on one of the photos from Christina McGinnis Krasman and my wedding. by Christina McGinnis Krasman and Brian Krasman
Part 2. My mother Pam Krasman made this stained glass that's based on the wedding invitation from Christina McGinnis Krasman and my wedding invitation. Sorry my photog skills aren't so good. That's not art. :--( by Christina McGinnis Krasman and Brian Krasman
Happy belated... I hope this year is filled with all the love in the world! by Avi Bonime
About this image: taken with a 60s era Canon Rangefinder lens (50 f1.2) on a NIkon D90. Flowers from the spring. by Manfred Woodall
And here are the two songs that were written in my honor:
My Birthday Song: xtmprns from George Anthony Harvey
Silver Dollar Lady by David Rullo and Sergeant Peppermolasses
Tomorrow I will reveal the art I created for this project. Stay tuned!!!!!!!
I danced a birthday dance.
feet were most definitely present.