On 10/10/10, Jess Hale committed to adding a new drawing or illustration to her blog ( http://blog.jesshale.com/ ) everyday for one year. The purpose was to overcome a 5 year post-graduate drawing block. These daily posts started off as observational; her apartment, the bathtub, her bed, (she was terrified). Eventually they became less inhibited and more personal; a variance of NYC slice of life and past memories. After a few months she started to include her writing, along with quotations, and a desire to express humor began to surface. At six months, a majority of the posts were cartoons. After completing her commitment on 10/10/11, this exhibition is the result of her 365 day endeavor.
Artist bio: Jess Hale was born in 1974 in Medford, Oregon, and has lived in New York City for 9.5 years. For the past 6 years, she has worked as administrative manager and registrar for the School of Visual Arts’ Visual Arts Gallery. She has participated in the organization of hundreds of exhibitions, including retrospectives for cartoonists and illustrators Jules Feiffer and Edward Sorel. Jess received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. She was intern assistant to the art director of the Op-Ed page at the New York Times, and coordinated exhibits for NYT’s “Gallery Nine.” She studied figure drawing and Spanish for one year at La Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, M