ink, gouache, blue tape and collage on paper
18″ x 24″
2005 and 2011
Posts Tagged ‘studio’
Land Blindness (for R. Smithson)
ink, gouache, salt, gold leaf and correction tape on paper (not pictured: accompanying rock from the site of Spiral Jetty)
drawing 30″ x 22″, installation dimensions variable
I was very affected by our sojourn to the Spiral Jetty on our recent southwest road trip. As much as I was taken with the life and death of Amelia Earhart, last year’s oil spill, the Icelandic volcanic eruption, and responded to these events in my recent work, I am currently working on a drawing in that loosely engages Spiral Jetty and the life and untimely death of Robert Smithson. The book Mirror-Travels | Robert Smithson and History has been informative, imparting the significance of the building site of the monumental earth work: close to the site of the driving of the Golden Spike, where the continent was joined via railroad. Also today’s Daily Serving article about the potential fate of the piece is quite timely, yet unsettling.
Here are some images of sketchbook collages I made on the trip from the vast amount of magazines we took with us for the long car rides.
So it is happily between the drawing and painting studio that I will spend the rest of the summer, amidst gardening, sun tea making, gathering with friends and planning a large international exhibition for the fall (this time with my curatorial hat on). As I see it, that’s a pretty good place to be.
Since school ended in April, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time in the studio. I have the help of a couple of students, one who made a big batch of stretchers for me, another who is doing all of the stretching and gessoing. It’s great to have so much help, which frees me up to work on some new paintings, all in progress. I’m working with images from Iceland and algae flows, and playing around with volcanic ash, mica and silver leaf.
Also I have the modest beginnings of a new web-based project: http://deltiophile.tumblr.com/
I’m using it as a place to post the postcards I collected while in Iceland, some collages, pages from my sketchbook and other visual sources for my work.
Last Map: Mirror, Last Map: Beacon, Last Map: Crosslit, each gouache and ink on paper, 11.5″ x 8.25″, 2010
I completed 3 more Last Map drawings in Iceland to total 30, which has been my goal for some time now. These latest drawings reflect my icy surroundings at the time I made them. Hopefully I can exhibit all 30 together in the near future.
Although I prefer to display them all simply taped to the wall, the wear and tear isn’t good for the drawings, so I need to get them framed. I have some ideas for framing them that should provide for some interesting installation opportunities.
In other news:
-I am pleased to have been mentioned in the 12.17.10 Chicago Tribune article about the best Chicago area art of 2010. Apparently there is an image of Bring in the Light in the print version, though I haven’t yet seen it myself.
-Also, Nicole Pietrantoni (who I met and collaborated with in Iceland) and I plan to be working together again soon under the name Island Projects. We hope to have a website up and running in the near future.
-Some of Amelia Earhart’s bones may have been found on Nikumaroro Island in the Pacific Ocean. Here’s the full article.
Ice Above, Fire Below | color transparencies, thread, cyanotypes and lithographs | dimensions variable (this installation approximately 96″ wide) | 2010, in collaboration with Nicole Pietrantoni, SÍM House, Reykjavík, Iceland.
Friday night was the opening of the residents’ exhibition, dubbed The Supreme Council of Higher Beings. There was some great work in the show and Mark was involved in an exciting collaboration/interactive music and sound-based performance with our friends Jan and Beer. It turned the opening into a party. A lot of people showed up and the residents received great feedback about all of the work, including an interactive Venn diagram connecting artists and related people in Iceland by Rebecca Key.
One of the best outcomes of this November residency has been meeting and and beginning a collaborative partnership with American artist Nicole Pietrantoni. She is in Iceland for a year on a Fulbright fellowship and a Leifur Eiriksson Foundation grant. This installation was our first collaborative endeavor.
When I arrived in Iceland, it was my plan to make some gouache paintings of small, contained worlds, like the glassy images in these two pieces: Last Map: Osolith and Last Map: Divisadero on white or blue paper. However, on my first day in my studio, I found a collage of images from the Icelandic landscape left by a previous resident. As it depicts a self-contained world, I decided to copy it in gouache, as a sort of collaboration with this unknown artist. These are just studio snapshots. I will add more professionally documented images of the piece to my website when I get home.
Mark and I are all set-up at the residency in Iceland. We’re getting time to make work, get out and about in Reykjavík, read, do yoga, and rest. We have a great set-up this time, with our own little apartment inside the larger shared residency apartment. Here are some images from my studio:
And there’s the same amazing view, this time with snow and with different light:
It makes a big difference to have a good camera this time. I was able to get decent shots out the windows with my point-and-shoot in June, but now I have a better digital camera with a much more accurate zoom lens. Behold:
Thursday, I’m hopping aboard the Wolverine from Ann Arbor to Chicago to see and stay with some good friends. Friday, I’m giving a lecture on my work (details below) at Northeastern Illinois University. It’s also the last day the show will be up, so come out if you can!
Then Mark and I get on another couple of planes to head to Iceland again for the month of November. It will be a whirlwind, but needless to say, we’re a little excited. I’ll work on some ideas I have had bouncing around in my head and Mark will get his own studio to work on some music projects. Speaking of which, he has a new album out. Everything about it is AMAZING. Here is a link to his new website. Have a look and listen.
Friday, October 29
Northeastern Illinois University, Fine Arts Center, FA 252
Directions to the talk.
Also, here is a Chicago Tribune review of the show.
I am comfortably set up at the Philadelphia Art Hotel, run by two fantastic people, artists Zak Starer and Krista Peel. Here’s a great article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the residency. I also have become fast friends with my co-residents Danielle Rante and her dog Kanga.
After running around town for two days exploring the Kensington neighborhood in which the PAH is situated, getting groceries and visiting the Reading Terminal Market, dropping my work of at Pterodactyl for my upcoming show, and generally recovering from the 11- hour drive, I have gotten to make some work. Here are some scenes from my urban studio:
I’ll post some work soon. I need to get to more making first. Aaaand a parting shot of my new best friend who keeps me company in the studio while I work (that’s my chair, by the way).