In July, I'll be the featured artist at my uncle's gallery in Shelbyville, IN. While it shows all sorts of styles, it is a traditional gallery in intent. I think these new paintings, the doodle-creatures on metallic ground, will adapt well to the environment. I like that they can work in that setting and also at a contemporary gallery. I have seven now, and will show 8-10. I have a 10 foot span of wall, which is side-lit during the day. The rest of the gallery is hung salon-style.
I believe these are from 2000. I hadn't been painting and just wanted a straightforward representational project. In real life, these are more pedestrian than they appear here; they really do not have any quiet magic at all. I would love to explore this particular visual universe further. I'd love to really focus on slow-grinding Morandi-type still lifes, but I'd also love to do fast and facile wet-into-wet again, yet I want to toy with awkward formalities. I want to paint plein-aire landscapes, I want to make multi-layered dioramas in those cylindrical CD holders (the first will show scenes from Nick Cave's "the Murder Ballads")...
Update: I've corrected to their actual size, though they are cropped here.
"Why did I do this? It seemed like a great opportunity to explore 3-d design primarly through texture. I loved the combination of sentiment and absurdly man-made use of natural materials- abundant and stunning natural materials. It was a great deal of fun and more difficult than I imagined. Sea shells are recalcitrant!"
I sold my kiln on ebay today, and so here's today's flashback. Above is my 2002 Christmas presents load, which my notes show was glaze fired on 12-23. Wait another 7 hours for cool-down, and lift the lid. That was one beautiful site.
Once upon a time, I loved my home and planned many projects for it. These tiles were intended as focal points for the black and white mosaic I planned over my kitchen counter.
They range from 4"-8" and were to be surrounded by smaller white and black tiles, all hand shaped.
I hate to let go of ideas, but they can become an albatross, and I want to move forward with painting. The auction went well, great bidding war at the very end :-)
I may have crossed a line today. I staged mock booby-traps on all my windows. It seemed a clever deterrent, letting burglars think I'm may be nuts enough to have rigged the place up(I feel confident no potential burglars are reading this blog), but it seems a bit nuts now.