I have a favorite new work of mine.
As I am allowing myself to explore, reinvent, and recombine that which I’ve done before-none of this is new territory if you know my entire body of work-but I continue to surprise myself.
I am far more comfortable in a larger format on canvas than on paper, but that is changing.
“The Folly of Sentiment” is another flex of my artistic muscle where I am employing some of the new things that I am seeing, but more so, utilizing materials and techniques, palettes, etc that I have in the past and combining them in different ways. “Valentine”, presently at the BUOY Gallery in Kittery, Maine, was the first of the “Portraits” to include assemblage elements, with bits of magazine photos. I found foil paper and a plastic mesh “bag” (which I cut apart and stretched) to integrate into this piece.
The last Blackbird Studio and Gallery newsletter reiterated something that I said at an opening, but I am not entirely sure it is 100% correct. It said that I am being “influenced” by whose working around me. I don’t doubt that that is happening but this little piece, painted just after I broke my leg, might show that the “Portraits” have always been there.
The “Portrait” series actually has an even earlier ancestor in a series called “Everyman”, which dates back to 1990. So, it really is too soon to say the influences come from Blackbird, which isn’t a bad thing, but more that those influences have awakened other muses within me, that were just dormant. I don’t have digital images of the “Everyman” series yet, but they are also the predecessors of the large 2014 canvas “Chasing the Sun”.
This and a few other new pieces will be in the opening exhibit at Blackbird Studio and Gallery. We are also very proud to be hosting a visit by Carolyn Chute, author of “The Beans of Egypt, Maine”. Please join us for this event on April 18, from 1-3.
So, on this idea of working all of the media I ever have, exploring reaching new peaks, etc. I also understand how we have caves. These are places we are afraid of.
Personally, I am exposing light into those places for myself now and saying, “Really?”
The “Mind Canyons” show what I know, what I have become, where I am as an artist.
And, I am sticking my tongue out here, too!! I am on the rim, not in the bottom of that canyon. There are those that will also need to be ascended, but maybe they are a safe place to be. Might need a Topo there, too.
Once upon a time, I thought that the art “season” in this part of the country began on Memorial Day week-end, and ran through Columbus Day. As the art community up here “unearths” itself, I am finding more and more opportunities to show throughout the year.
And, I am busy.
The year kicked off with finding out at the end of December, 2013, that I was accepted into the present show at the Gallery at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth.
This show occupies 4 floors of a prestigious office building in downtown Portsmouth that hosts 4-5 juried group exhibits annually. I am one of 30 in this show, and I have a total of five pieces here. These three are on the 3rd floor, 2 are on the 1st. This show will hang until the 12th of April.
Last week-end was all art for me, and I painted very little-though I did-stay tuned for the next post!! I was part of a BAA pop-up event at Dahlia on Saturday, and “The Sky’s the Limit” show opening reception was on Sunday .
The Dahlia pop-up in North Berwick was staged in the a smaller room behind the larger store space. Kerry, the shop’s owner, fully intends on using the space we filled as more retail space but turned it over to us for the day. And, what fun we had hanging the show the Wednesday before as well as hanging out (and selling) on Saturday.
When I started this blog nearly two years ago, I was returning to really familiar art terms from an earlier time. I have been to so many places in my work that I guess I will continue to recapitulate in some manner that is familiar now and for the rest of my career.
I am now pushing out boundaries in the sense that I never included photography in the 1980s mixed medium pieces. But, who had access to digital at that point, and I might have but there was the price of film and printing.
Yesterday, I went to one of my old favorite toy stores, Home Depot. I bought one vinyl floor tile and Japan drier, scooped up a few samples of vinyl tiles, and snagged two pieces of free wood. Since the work has much to do with structural decay, the texture and colors of the tiles made sense. I was also looking for textured surfaces that I can paint. For 89 cents, I get 12″ x 12″ that are all ready to go.
As I continue to organize the KAA Moderns Group, I am also getting myself set for these shows.
The month of May has been somewhat of a blur, and I failed to post this earlier. What?!
The show comes down Friday afternoon, and I will be at the library from 2:45ish-4:00, if you would like to ask me any questions. Some of this work will move to the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth, NH and some will be held in reserve for either a show at the Rice Library in Kittery, Maine or one of two upcoming group shows.
Peggy Trout at the Rochester Library extended another invitation and I will be doing a 4th show next May there.
Planes (or plains), trains and …bikes.
I am starting to clean up scrap from earlier this year, and I have always liked this bike shot in Aroostook County, Maine. The train comes from Shelby, Montana. The rest is from Alberta, Canada.
Since the show closes tomorrow, I will keep this brief and simple!
This was an open “themed” show, though an adherence to the theme, on a strict level, is not “enforced”. We also had area floral designers who matched their designs to chosen pieces.
Here are my contributions.