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Amy VanDonsel
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LaunchCoding & Looking

codeAnd now for something completely different again… This month, I’m beginning a six-month training program through LaunchCode.

(LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating economic opportunity for aspiring developers through job placement and training in technology.)

I’ll be learning Python!

Meanwhile, my gig at Pikazo is winding down. I hope to remain involved with the project in some capacity, but it’s no longer a full-time situation, so I’m looking to pick up some work contracting, part-time, or maybe even full-time.

I have experience with communications, administration, and more for small businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs in the arts, hospitality, and tech industries. (And I’m an adaptable quick-learner with a wide range of skills.) You can find an abbreviated resume here and my LinkedIn profile here.

Please let me know of any opportunities! 

Hello from Pikazo!

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Selfie at Blackthorn Pizza, styled by La Creuse Landscape, Spring by Armand Guillaumin.

Good afternoon from the Pikazo offices at Nebula Co-Working! Pikazo is a highly addictive app, remixing any photo into compelling visual art by using next generation  neural networks. Founded by some of my favorite humans, Karl Stiefvater and Lisa Donahue, and new fav Noah Rosenberg, it works the way your brain does to rip apart and assemble image details into something new and extraordinary. As we look forward to launching version 2.0, I’m thrilled to join the team as program manager. (And it’s fun to be working back on Cherokee Street!) The opportunity to merge my experience with my artistic tendency and my interest in tech is exciting, and I’m glad to be fully jumping in today! Check out what some Pikazo users have already made here, and hopefully you’ll see why.

More about the app:
Created by the image scientist behind landmark visuals seen in the Myst games, The Matrix films, 300, and Second Life, Pikazo lets anyone create and share beautiful artwork.Pikazo is at the very bleeding edge of neural network software. It really, truly, actually works by simulating the way your brain sees images. This is incredibly computationally intensive, and even on a cloud of the fastest computers, it takes a few minutes to process each image. Sometimes Pikazo paints masterpieces; amazing images that take the air out of the room. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, it doesn’t work at all. To be honest, we’re not yet sure why it works. That’s why we need your help – to discover what types of images are successful and what aren’t.

Learn more at pikazoapp.com and try it yourself by downloading Pikazo from the App Store or Google Play.

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Chicken

I found Chicken on New Year’s Day 2015, and I have taken his photograph pretty much each day since. The plan is to continue for the rest of the year, expanding the project as time the days pass. For the moment, you can follow the adventures of Chicken on Instagram.

Update: It’s September 23rd. I did a daily chicken photo for less than two months, as I rather got the feeling that folks were tiring of it. Or perhaps I was myself. There’ve been a couple of requests to resume, so I might! For the moment, Chicken lives on my office desk, just under my computer screen, so I still see him every day.

Contact Print – Roses & Onion Skins

Found Words

Found Words is a year-old project idea, involving hunting words in the wild through photography and social networks. I’d still like to do something with it, eventually.

Contact Print – Roses & Eucalyptus

Contact Print Process

First Contact Print with Botanicals

Shibori Curtain

Shibori Bag

Shibori Wearable

First Shibori

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First experiments with shibori dyeing.

Poetry Scores Fall Invitational

“even then it was clear I’d never be at the centre of your universe”
2011
24×18
mixed media

Poetry Scores Art Invitational, Fall 2011

Incantata, by Paul Muldoon

“The Shape of a Man”

Art exhibit and chapbook release

Mad Art Gallery
2727 So. 12th St., St. Louis
7-11 p.m. January 6, 2012
New work by Amy VanDonsel
Poetry chapbook by Chris King
Poetry performance with musical guests

Additional art by:
Oscar Alvarez, Kevin Belford,
the late Hunter Brumfield, Ron Buechele,
Jon Cournoyer, Dr. Andrew Dykeman,
Fred Friction, Matt Fuller,
Robert Goetz, Chris King,
Noah Kirby, B.J. Vogt.
Potluck provided by men who cook.
Also, one exemplary man – Hap Phillips – will be exhibited.

Amy VanDonsel and Chris King collaborate on and co-curate a small group show, the first in a projected annual exhibit series exploring the shapes that men and women are in.

“The Shape of a Man” opens Friday, January 6, 2012, at Mad Art Gallery, 2727 So. 12th Street, with a reception from 7-11 p.m. “The Shape of a Man,” explores the shapes men are in through a creative conversation between a woman and a man working in a variety of media (with help from their man friends, living and dead).

Amy VanDonsel will show new mixed media, paintings and installation, and Chris King will release a chapbook, The Shape of a Man, and perform poems from it with Fred Friction, Roy Gokenbach and Josh Weinstein.

The exhibit also will feature visual art by Oscar Alvarez, Kevin Belford, the late Hunter Brumfield, Ron Buechele, Jon Cournoyer, Dr. Andrew Dykeman, Fred Friction, Matt Fuller, Robert Goetz, Chris King, Noah Kirby and B.J. Vogt. A potluck will be provided by the men artists and other men who cook. Also, one exemplary man – one Hap Phillips – will be exhibited in his natural, fabricated habitat.

Amy VanDonsel creates mixed media paintings on canvas or panels and installations with paper, tape, string and found items. Her work examines textual communication and the processing of information through abstracted and figurative imagery, and combines research interests in literature and technology with handmade visual representations. She is the Director of Marketing and Development for Saint Louis City Open Studio and Gallery; plans arts and charitable events; and serves on the board of directors for non-profit Poetry Scores.

Chris King has been recasting his old, bad poems into the 7/11 form innovated by Quincy Troupe, alternating lines with 7 and 11 syllables and alternating stanzas with 7 and 11 lines, with results he likes enough to publish. The Shape of a Man (Intagliata Imprints) compiles his more manly 7/11s. As an “artist,” he sketches people and then has the subject sign the sketch, or makes paintings on vinyl records based on his sketchbook. He will perform his poetry with musical guests through Noah Kirby’s sculpture With Solid Stance and Stable Sound.

VanDonsel and King have previously collaborated on projects for the non-profits Poetry Scores and Saint Louis City Open Studio and Gallery. They also happen to share a birthday. VanDonsel/King plan to continue the “Shape of a Wo/Man” project with a follow-up exhibit, “The Shape of a Woman,” in January 2013 at Mad Art Gallery, then continue the themed project with future group collaborations.

What: Visual Art Exhibit Opening and Chapbook Release, with accompanying performances

When: Friday, January 6, 2012, 7-11 p.m.

Where: Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th Street, St. Louis, MO 63118

Who: Presented by Amy VanDonsel and Chris King, also featuring Oscar Alvarez, Kevin Belford, the late Hunter Brumfield III, Ron Buechele, Jon Cournoyer, Dr. Andrew Dykeman, Fred Friction, Matt Fuller, Robert Goetz, Roy Gokenbach, Chris King, Noah Kirby, Hap Phillips, B.J. Vogt and Josh Weinstein.

Cost: Free and open to the public with cash bar

CONTACT:

Amy VanDonsel
avd@amyvandonsel.com
(314) 265-7836
www.amyvandonsel.com
Chris King
brodog@hotmail.com
314-265-1435
www.confluencecity.blogspot.com
Mad Art Gallery
2727 S. 12th Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
Phone 314.771.8230
info@madart.com
www.madart.com

Aisle 1 Gallery Mural Installation

Follow the Yellow Brick Road
2011
96″x48″
Mixed Media on Wood

Box Lunch

Box Lunch
2011
20″x10″
Mixed Media on Panel

Available through Aisle 1 Gallery

Life: Longer… Yet Milder

Life: Longer… Yet Milder
2011
30”x24”
Mixed Media on panel

Choose Your Own Adventure Installation

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

The Mirage of Materiality: Minimalist Hypertext for the Very Literal Minded

New work by Amy VanDonsel

Concrete Ocean Art Gallery, 2757 Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO (314) 479-0199
March 11, 2011 – April 1, 2011
Gallery Hours: 2PM-6PM Monday-Friday or by appointment
Closing Reception: Friday, April 1, 7PM-11PM

Heterachy: An Ordinary Adventure

Solo Exhibit
June 2010
Heterarchy: An Ordinary Adventure
Mostly New Work by Amy VanDonsel
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts
Saint Louis, Missouri

Delivery for @sub_english

“Delivery for @sub_english”
2010
Installation
Paper, market, masking tape, rope, string, found net and books

Exhibited:
Solo Exhibit
June 2010
Heterarchy: An Ordinary Adventure
Mostly New Work by Amy VanDonsel
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts
Saint Louis, Missouri

The @ sign followed by a username is used for mentioning or replying to other users when using the social networking and microblogging service twitter.

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Asia, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family. A thousand paper cranes are also traditionally given as a wedding gift by the folder, who is wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple. They can also be gifted to a new baby for long life and good luck.

A heterarchy is a system of organization replete with overlap, multiplicity, mixed ascendancy, and/or divergent but coexistent patterns of relation. Definitions of the term vary among the disciplines.

Wikipedia contributors. “Thousand origami cranes.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 28 Aug. 2010. Web. 3 Sep. 2010.

Wikipedia contributors. “Heterarchy.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 3 Aug. 2010. Web. 3 Sep. 2010.

The Dictionary of @narcise


“The Dictionary of @narcise”
2010
Installation
Aluminum, chain, glass, marker, masking tape,
paper, string, found wagon and books

Exhibited:
Solo Exhibit
June 2010
Heterarchy: An Ordinary Adventure
Mostly New Work by Amy VanDonsel
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts
Saint Louis, Missouri

The @ sign followed by a username is used for mentioning or replying to other users when using the social networking and microblogging service twitter.

A heterarchy is a system of organization replete with overlap, multiplicity, mixed ascendancy, and/or divergent but coexistent patterns of relation. Definitions of the term vary among the disciplines.

Wikipedia contributors. “Heterarchy.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 3 Aug. 2010. Web. 3 Sep. 2010.

Cloud and Wave

“Cloud and Wave”
2010
45×35
Acryclic, marker, paper on found print by Robert Ware

Exhibited:
Solo Exhibit
June 2010
Heterarchy: An Ordinary Adventure
Mostly New Work by Amy VanDonsel
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts
Saint Louis, Missouri

She’s a Cosmic Library

“She’s a Cosmic Library”
2010
30X24
Acrylic, charcoal, ink, marker, paper, pastel, wood stain on panel

Exhibited:
Solo Exhibit
June 2010
Heterarchy: An Ordinary Adventure
Mostly New Work by Amy VanDonsel
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts
Saint Louis, Missouri

India Ocean

India Ocean
2010
30×24
Acrylic, ink, pastel, paper, pencil, wood stain on panel