Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{harvest} Mellow Star Peppers

Last year, we grew two shishito pepper plants that provided us with generous weekly harvests. Zach would pick them, brush them with oil, sprinkle some salt, and grill them for dinner. We loved our shishito plants! This year, we tried to grow some shishito peppers again, but none of our seeds germinated. Luckily, we were also trying out some Mellow Star pepper seeds (that we got from Johnny's Selected Seeds), and we now have two gorgeous plants that are loaded with blooms and peppers. Mellow Stars look just like shishito peppers. We had to try some to make sure they taste like shishito peppers too. 


Thankfully, they do!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

small spaces: the Minivans

minivans esteban garcia

on friday afternoon, lafayette artist Esteban GarcĂ­a and his crew added a 12 ft. tall paste-up of lafayette band, the Minivans, to the small spaces: lafayette project.  The ink on newsprint drawing was created in 2008 while Esteban was a graduate student at Purdue University and the Minivans were frequently playing former local bars AJ Wingers and Zooleggers.

esteban garcia


the minivans


the minivans


esteban garcia

The piece is pasted on the backside of DT Kirbys on main st.; not coincidently, DT Kirby's was formerly Zooleggers, an appropriate space for telling lafayette's underground music history.


Small Spaces featured on WLFI


In case you missed the news last Friday, check out the following piece by local news station WLFI ...


Saturday, July 19, 2014

small spaces: a river from a drain pipe

zach medler goh ban eng


last thursday, we began installing the first piece for small spaces.  i worked with a friend of ours, dr. goh ban eng, an artist from singapore.  she brought her family, who live here in town, along for part of the installation.


dr. goh created all of the fish in the chinese traditional ink painting method.  in singapore there has long been strong support for the traditional arts of calligraphy, ink painting, and watercolor.  the rigid methods and techniques are not dissimilar from the rigid western academic style, following and building on that which came before without deviating from the method and the spirit.  it's not exactly what one would expect to find in street art, but rather something one would find in a frame.  but in breaking with tradition (eeeeeek!), we collaborated to transfer this idea to street art.

zach medler


after dr. goh had created a too-many-to-keep-count amount of fish and i exacto knifed them out of their rice paper fish bowls, we set out to get some paint on the wall and some fish in the river.  i painted a wash of river flowing from an existing piece of metal hanging from the edge of the building, working the rusty wash down the wall into the drips of the paint.  i added in some waves with spray paint.  we let it dry and went for lunch.



goh ban eng

when we returned it was ready to paste.  and everyone helped out.  dr. goh's family had met us for lunch, so they came along to see our progress and make some art.



the kids had fun putting stickers on the wall, and we built a solid looking piece pasting the fish into the water.  it's an homage to the native fish species of our area.

zach medler

zach medler


zach medler

there's little schools of fish scattered within the lilies which create the foreground.  there's catfish patrolling around the bottom and bigger fish jumping around.  there's even a couple of ducks floating on the water.

goh ban eng

we talked through the ideas of putting this installation together, discussing meaning and relevance in the narrative and the method.  it is strongly an east meets west piece in terms of the fusion of the opposing styles and methods.  dr. goh's expressive ink and wash is of a different type of discipline and control, than my expressive, but more free-form roller-strokes of wash and spray paint dripping down the wall.  her methods with a chinese brush contain a sense of restraint and balance in my expressive and chaotic river.  beyond the narrative, it creates an incredibly interesting contrast between generational aesthetic difference in a strongly collaborative work.  it is also a certain metaphor for this project in general, in that it is a fusion of seemingly opposing ideas coexisting in a single story.

Friday, July 18, 2014

{Five for Friday} 5 Summer Projects

Zach was busy as a bee the three weeks I was in Singapore.

letter blocks say what

letter blocks say what

He painted a bunch of junk (but still functional) pianos for a city-wide project,

letter blocks say what

letter blocks say what

and also painted Patches the Dare Bear, one of two ambassador bears designed to promote Bears oh my! a project by the art museum of Greater Lafayette which will fill the streets of Lafayette and West Lafayette with roaming bears next summer. 

letter blocks say what

Zach also kicked off Small Spaces by painting the title on the side of Bernadette's Barbershop on 219 Main Street,

letter blocks say what

letter blocks say what

and painted the interiors of Main Street Amusements and Star City Coffee and Ale House.

letter blocks say what

Finally, Zach taught a mural class to kids ranging from age 8 through 18. They are currently working to finish up their enormous mural on the side of the Bauer Community Center!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

New!


The local Journal and Courier published a pretty lengthy piece about the Small Spaces project and the changing landscape of downtown Lafayette. Read it here!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Singapore Chap Chye


I've been so blessed to have my mom teach me how to make some authentic Singapore dishes these last few weeks. For this week, she made chap chye, a mixed vegetable stew. It's great for when you want to eat something light, yet filling and healthy. You can leave out the dried shrimp and pork if you prefer a vegetarian version.


Ingredients
1 small cabbage, cut into bite-size pieces
lily buds, soak to soften, drain and cut off hard stems
black fungus, soak to rehydrate
beancurd sticks, soak to soften, then cut into short lengths
glass noodles, soak to soften
carrot, peeled and cut into thin slices
dried shrimps, soak to soften
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fermented soybean (taucheo paste)
200ml chicken stock
1/2 tsp sugar
slices of pork (optional)


Directions
In a large wok, heat up one tablespoon of oil. Fry dried shrimps until fragrant. Dish up and set aside.
Fry garlic with fermented soybean until fragrant.
Add cabbage, dried shrimp, lily buds, black fungus, carrots, and beancurd sticks. 
Stir well for a few minutes, then add sugar and chicken stock.
Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. 
Stir then add glass noodles. Cook for 5 more minutes.
Serve with rice.


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