Category Archives: collage

“Transparent Passage”

“The Shadows of the Everyday” has a sister piece which was started a few days earlier. “Transparent Passage” utilizes a similar list of materials but is less regimented and .linear in composition.

homage-to-the-surrealists

Gabe Smith’s “Gray Planet” at the Gafney Library, Sanbornville, New Hampshire

This show exemplifies ALL of the reasons this blog came to exist, all of the reasons that I champion libraries in the area for showing really fine regional work, and finding and seeing work by a total unknown. (In a small place-like Sanbornville.)

Gabe Smith graduated high school in 2010, and is demonstrating in his show at the Gafney called “Gray Planet” sophistication in an art vocabulary that goes far beyond his years on the planet Earth and his scholastic art training.

His theme for his work is both very personal and universal. He has dealt with friends who have committed suicide and acts of self-harm. He approaches this theme with mediums, like motor oil and drywall, which are also very temporary and unstable, things that will chip and eventually fall apart. Much like us “gray people”. His mediums rarely are traditional and he relies on mixed medium, found objects and spray paint.

Gabe Smith at the Gafney

Gabe Smith at the Gafney

He was very gracious and walked through the show with me, explaining the inspiration of some pieces and the collage elements in others. Again, for a first-timer, extremely ready to face this art world.

"Hobo", (c)Gabe Smith

“Hobo”, (c)Gabe Smith

“Hobo” has among it’s materials used, old maps of Maine-they are the hobo’s face.

"Gray Planets" on the mantel, "Space and Stuff", large piece above, all (c) Gabe Smith

“Gray Planets” on the mantel, “Space and Stuff”, large piece above, all (c) Gabe Smith

Now, remind me again-where is this show?

So, Gabe is a multi-talented artist and also performed at the Wakefield Opera House tonight. The opening reception at the library was followed by his performance which I opted out of.

Find Gabe Smith Pop Culture Icon on YouTube, and check out http://gafneylibrary.weebly.com/ for library and show hours. This show is up until the end of the month.

 

 

 

In lieu of successful framing

All is not lost when I have an additional few hours to make things work!

Since I have joined the piece-a-day challenge, I actually feel an obligation to fulfill that. And, I am.

I like these 3 little collages. Again, I am reworking mediums “from old” into some new work. Not museum quality, but gettin’ there!

"What Remains", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mm, 6" x 6"

“What Remains”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mm, 6″ x 6″

"Cyembra", (c) Dcaryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mm. 6":x 6"

“Cyembra”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mm. 6″:x 6″

"Crazy Dreams", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015. mm, 6" x 6"

“Crazy Dreams”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015. mm, 6″ x 6″

So, the frustrations of framing today at least manifested itself in some pleasantly fun collage work. And, I do feel mildly accomplished for the day.

I also started by creating texture, a larger canvas (18″ x 24″), but I will not have a chance to start adding paint to it til later in the week.

Come and see the show….

Diane-framedstairway w/ Elaine Menzela

14 of the 16 of this group-created this-an awesome piece

14 of the 16 of this group-created this-an awesome piece

The opening reception is this Sunday, at the Kittery Art Association, 4-6. Come and see the show!!

 

 

 

All about new shows this month

No creativity in my writing tonight-all about a few announcements:

"Disposable Indian" (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst. photo-collage. Part of the York Library, "Mettle" show.

“Disposable Indian” (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst. photo-collage. Part of the York Library, “Mettle” show.

The York Library Show is open now through October 28. It is 60+ pieces strong and is one of the best group shows I have ever seen. Never mind that I have 5 pieces in it!

“Mettle”, the KAA Moderns group, opening reception is on the 10th, from 5-7. York Public Library, York, Maine.

The Mettle Shows  are actually a Part 1 and Part 2. Part 2 is at the Kittery Art Association, from September 19-October 13, and the opening is September 22, from 4-6.

I will have this in this show:

"Popcorn Snow", 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst. Mixed media

“Popcorn Snow”, 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Hurst. Mixed media

I don’t see this as a huge jump, but I set up my 3 upcoming shows as showing the year’s development.

My “part 3”, and final “part” for the season is at the Gatehouse Gallery in the “Witches’ Brew”. That show opens on October 1, and will include Malynda Forcier, Misty Maybe, et moi.  A sneak peak at that offering:

"Meteor", 2013 (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst, mixed media.

“Meteor”, 2013 (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst, mixed media.

Please, please join us for the first 2 receptions- more details will follow on the last one!

 

The art/fun of curating

My youngest sister is a curator.  A well-recognized one in Native American art. For the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon.

When she walked into my apartment for her visit, the first thing she said was, “Wow, look at the art!” My work, as well as a few choice pieces that I have traded for fill my walls. I like art-a lot of art-other people’s as well as my own.

I have hung many of my own shows, and I have argued with a gallery owners. I don’t always get my way. I have also been involved with art coops and associations where I have been part of the hanging committee. Last year, I curated the art at the Stone Church, which actually involved studio visits, and the like.

I have two shows to orchestrate the hanging of coming up. I will have a team for both shows, and both shows will be 40-70 pieces strong, 15-16 artists. I am getting images for press releases and the art is very solid!

So, I am not really curating, but I am managing a group of accomplished artists at the Kittery Art Association. And, I have taken on the responsibility of making sure that not one, but two shows, are good. It’s one thing to have good work to hang, it’s another to hang a good show.

I will be showcasing throughout the next few months, much of the art for both “Mettle” shows at the York Library and the Kittery Art Association gallery. As we get closer, I will also post any related events, opening dates, etc. But, right now, I am into the fun of curating—and that is sharing art.

"Harvest Moon", 2013 (c) Anne Strout. Mixed-media, encaustic.

“Harvest Moon”, 2013 (c) Anne Strout. Mixed-media, encaustic.

Anne refuses to work in mediums that aren’t challenging. She carries her wax pieces in temp-controlling lined bags so they don’t melt.

“Mettle”, the Seacoast Moderns at the York Library, September 3-October 27.

Stay tuned for more info—and a lot more images.

Art Between the Eyes

Funny how the original intent of this post is actually catching up to me! And, finding me, as well. Win-win, as far as I am concerned.

For those that have read through the early posts, I was really trying to spotlight out-of-the way venues. But, I have 40 hr. gig and I am an artist, so the focus has evolved to be more me in these venues.

The Gatehouse Gallery actually contacted me in January of 2012. That initiated a fruitful relationship for both of us, professionally, as well as personally. (The most expensive piece Malynda has sold was mine).  New galleries in the North Country spring up all the time and are usually out-buildings restored and repurposed.  And, they need to be explored!!

Artists exist everywhere-and I keep getting knocked back by stuff I find in places where you would least expect it.  Many people with huge talent and major resumes move here to get away from New York, Boston, etc… There are some powerhouses like Bess Cutler at the Kittery Art Association.

I met George and Paula, from Art Between the Eyes Gallery  last month.  Genuinely warm and wonderful people, as most of the north country folk in NH are (I got lost today-and my faith in humanity is always refreshed in the north-I got directions from a stranger) on my way there. Paula and George and I talked for a fair length of time at the Gatehouse Gallery last month, but I was delighted to be asked to visit their little gallery with work. And, leave the work for them to sell.

Art between the Eyes

Art between the Eyes

 

 

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I passed on shooting Malynda Roy Forcier’s work -basically because of where it is placed. (bad light for that time of day). But, she is there, too.

I want to say, “Who needs the New York art world?” A certain few artists, I guess??

 

Making the best of an odd situation

I am the master of taking something totally unexpected and making it work. I guess that comes from growing up in a reasonably dysfunctional household where some things were not in the general script, and I learned how to “wing” it.

Friday night, I met someone at the Portland Museum of Art, so we could share what was on display. Once we were through with the Paley collection, he announced that he can only do two hours of art, and had other things he needed to take care of. I am a sponge for good art, and realized as we took in the Picassos and Matisses, how somewhat starved I was for this kind of visual stimulation. I flatly stated that I was going to stay and see what was on the 2nd and 3rd floor. My departing date gave me permission, like I needed it. (I don’t think I’ll see this person again.)

So, I went upstairs to see the permanent collection of work which is primarily from the Impressionism through contemporary. Refreshing! I’d like to note here that though this museum may pale in stature to the MFA in Boston, it is comparable in quality.

On to the third floor, where, when I saw the huge Ellsworth Kelly, I decided a little documentation was in order. I found a docent who I asked about the photo policy. This museum has a policy that allows non-flash photography of work that belongs to the museum, and the name card have an icon which shows which ones are not. Unfortunately the Kelly is not theirs, and the Louise Nevelson photo was out of focus.

The young docent had also told me that the Paley Collection could be photographed even though it was on loan from MoMA. So, after taking a couple more quick ones upstairs, I went back down to the main floor.

The Guitar, Pablo Picasso @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

The Guitar, Pablo Picasso @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

Burghers of Calais (miniature), August Rodin @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.

Burghers of Calais (miniature), August Rodin @ The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.

These are both from the “Taste for Modernism” exhibit.

And, on the third floor is this remarkable piece called “Books in the Running Brook”, Alison HIldreth. This is part of their permanent collection. My only problem with this piece is where it is hung. It is impossible to take in the full impact looking directly straight at it.

Books in the Running Brooks

After I departed the museum, I still wasn’t done. And, I shot a few photos, thus creating a little art of my own…

Lampost in Portland, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

Lampost in Portland, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

I made it a good night!!

Eventually, it all makes sense…

Eventually, it all makes sense….

Eventually, it all makes sense…

It’s been an interesting exploration of materials and sensibilities, but I think I am starting to hit the destination of this part of my artistic ramblings.

I’ll make some comments per piece:

Link (originally called Mettle), 2013. @Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. MM on canvas, 12" x 12"

“Link” (originally called “Mettle”), 2013. (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. MM on canvas, 12″ x 12″

This is not 100% finished, but it made some very impressive leaps right out of my control today. I am finding that palette knife application is helping with some of the grit and spontaneity I want to show. Though I love working with the plaster, this is also more stable, and I will get enough of the desired surface. I expect to add more paint, copper foil and wire to this. This is one of the 14 pieces that will be part of the Seacoast Moderns collaboration piece that will be displayed during the “Mettle” show at the Kittery Art Association,September 19-October 13.

"Replanting", 2013. (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst,  MM on canvas panel, 9" x 12"

“Replanting”, 2013. (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on canvas panel, 9″ x 12″

I love that I don’t automatically discard “failures”. The photography on here originally buckled, but this has been sitting under other art for a few months, and nicely flattened out. I added a lot of paint today-and there will be more to come. This is part of the “Razing the Garden” series.

The next two pieces are part of the “Rural Contracts” series, but are referencing a very different part of rural peoples’ realities. Much more to be done on these!

"Reservations 1", 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on particle board, 18" x 14".

“Reservations 1″, 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on particle board, 18″ x 14”.

“Reservations 2”, 2013 (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst