I was a resident artist at East Side International Art Space in Los Angeles for three months earlier this year. While in LA, I completed a series of paintings (all plein air!) that continue my painterly obsession with merging opposites. Lately, my paintings have sparked conversations with interesting people (scientists and poets) about how the visual language evokes ideas of physics and music.
More than once and at random places (the grocery store), people familiar with my paintings have asked me if I'm influenced by Steve Reich. I am a fan. I was lucky to be in Los Angeles during the Minimalist Music Festival at Disney Hall. A four-hour performance of more than a dozen minimalist compositions is still resonating with me. Many of the paintings I made during my stay are named after Reich compositions performed at this magical event.
Without Boundary curated by Christine Pfister
School 33 Art Center
March 21 - May 31, 2014
opening reception March 21, 6pm - 9pm
Featuring works by:
My residency at RAID Projects (soon to be Eastside Art International) is keeping me busy. It's been an amazing time so far -- exploring the city, meeting artists, making new work, and putting some words down on paper. Just trying to be open to the good stuff.
In 2012 I began a twenty-year project, Field Work 20/20. 20/20 is a series of site-specific painting performances that inserts a once-per-year repeated performance in different settings and allows each year’s manifestation to attract meanings. 20/20 will result in a timeline portfolio of twenty paintings from sites across North America with additional collateral materials (photographs, video and artist books).
The annual performance is staged in an outdoor setting in a portable studio that obstructs my view of the vista. I sit and make a painting, engaging in a process of releasing dilute acrylic from a brush at closely-spaced intervals along the top edge of a sheet of paper and letting gravity pull the beads of paint downwards. The duration of each performance is about four hours, the time it takes to fill a large sheet of paper with narrowly-spaced vertical lines. My first performance was in 2012 in the Mojave Desert near Twentynine Palms, California. In October 2013, I completed my second performance in a collaboration of sorts with a hot air balloonist, Al Appenzeller, in Indianola, Iowa.
I hope to complete the documentation of the 2013 performance during my artist residency at Raid Projects.
I have an artist residency at son Ramos, Michelle Carla Handel and Molly Shea for welcoming me into the mix!in Los Angeles for the next three months. While I'm here, I will be producing new works and joining in on a lot of the LA art fun. A big thanks to JaMy home base for the next three months.
Projects and paintings have kept me very busy the last few months. The New Year began with a celebratory exhibition at William Busta Gallery. Bill Busta selected twenty-five artists to represent each of the gallery's twenty-five years, and I am so happy to have been a part of it. A toast to Bill!
My paintings have recently been published in New American Paintings, Issue 107. I am so pleased that my work was selected by juror Eric Crosby, Assistant Curator at the Walker Art Center, especially since his co-curating of the recent abstract painting exhibition, Painter Painter, rocked my world.
I'm working on a new series of works on paper that seem to be bubbling up from my residency experience in Santa Fe. This is the palette I was using in my gravity studies while I was in New Mexico. Now I find myself using the same colors in these more gestural and explosive pieces. I'm thinking of them as night visions.
I'm in Cleveland for the summer - inspired and ready to work through a new series of paintings. (Sundays are for the beach.) Here's a fresh one that came together soon after returning from New Mexico. I reworked a painting that had been in Arizona for a few months, adding layers of vibrant lines. My paintings are open-ended and most often seem to have the potential to become new again.
It's been a busy few months with exhibitions and an artist residency. My time at the Santa Fe Art Institute opened up new directions in my work and planted a seed for a site-specific project of cliff-side rope jumping sessions.
Another important leap that I was able to make is the formalization of my project, Field Work 20/20: Just Being. These site-specific performative paintings will occur once per year for the next twenty years (if I'm lucky!). The first performance was staged in the Mojave Desert in February 2012 (pictured below). The second performance will take place this September in a hot-air balloon landing field in Indianola, Iowa.
I continue to make smaller format gravity studies in the studio. The ones below were made during my residency at SFAI.Capillaries Kiss, 2012, 22" x 30" (Field Work 20/20: Just Being #1)gravity study 1, acrylic on paper, 18" x 15"gravity study 3, acrylic on paper, 18" x 15"gravity study 2, acrylic on paper, 18" x 15"
Cleveland's Collective Arts Network (CAN) Journal held their inaugural benefit auction last weekend to raise money for continued coverage of the arts in our region.
I was happy to support the cause with this drawing from 2010.Clearing, acrylic on paper, 11" x 8-1/2"
I'm enjoying an artist residency at Santa Fe Art Institute for the month of April, arriving after a few busy days in Scottsdale, AZ. I am looking forward to a very productive month in a stunning setting.
First hike with fellow residents Sal Strom and Emily Adams. We hiked the Kitchen Mesa trail at Abiquiu, and soaked up the vibes of Georgia O'Keeffe.Kitchen Mesa Trail
The paintings radiate in the natural light.Landscape with a Calm (72" x 60") and Landscape with a Storm (72" x 60")Barely Perceptible Seismic Shift (35" x 43")Confused Birds (35" x 43") and Alameda (56" x 46")Stranger than Paradise (43" x 35") and in the distance my artist book, Time Passing in the Mojave Desert, with accompanying painting, Capillaries Kiss 1 (22" x 30")
Gebert Contemporary is showcasing new paintings this month on view through May 4, 2013. It was a real treat to be at the opening and meet many new faces. The show looks fantastic - paintings always come to life in natural light, and Scottsdale has plenty!Gerbert Contemporary (1.0 MB) >> Previous Next <<