In the Studio – New Work

A while back I was the recipient of a mini grant through Blick Art Supplies in partnership with InLiquid Art and Design. Here are the supplies I purchased with the grant and below is my proposal.

I was given more spray paint for Christmas from my family gift exchange. So exciting, look at these colors!

My proposal:

I have been an artist my entire life but sometimes I feel like I’m wasting my time. I ask myself why is it so hard for artists to make a living making art? Artists are without a doubt undervalued in our society. This is the same society that pays NFL athletes an average yearly salary of 1.9 million. These facts curtail the development of some artists. Without the market to sell their work artists stop striving to innovate and literally stop creating new work.

I aspire to create public art as architectural glass installed in buildings to inspire and enhance the lives of many. To achieve such a lofty goal first I need to work through many ideas and create a lot of work. Secondly I need to get this work seen by the public.

I am proposing to make art and give it all away for free. I’ll be working on Dur-a-lar or acetate with liquid acrylics, acrylic inks and spray paint to make pieces that when hung on a window look different depending on lighting. They also look different whether they are viewed from the front or back. After I make the work I’ll share it on social media and then hide it in public places for people to find. If you find it it’s yours and you can keep it or pass it on. Using the hash tag #ifoundfreeart on Instagram people can share where they found it and where it will be displayed. I’m proposing this project to demonstrate the power of art to inspire, enhance lives and build community.

That’s what I wrote and now I’m in the process of making the work. Next will be the fun part of giving it away. I still have to work out how that will actually play out.

 

In January or February I started with some small experiments. I used pours something I know, along with hand made stencils and some found objects used as stencils. I work on separate layers of clear acetate and frosted Duralar so things can be moved around until something works. All the while I’m holding them up to allow light  come through them like stain glass. To photograph them I either tape them to the window or put them on my light box. I started posting them almost every day on Instagram as a way to push myself to work even if I only have a half hour. It’s amazing what is happening here. I have a whole new visual language developing. Here are some of them and some process shots as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Studio

I have been working steadily on new paintings over the past few months. The challenge for me right now is my studio space. It’s small with just one 5 x 5 foot table. That means I have to work on one thing at a time which is just not how I like to work at all. I like to work on sculpture and paintings at the same time as they inform each other. A new finished painting might be the inspiration for a new sculpture and visa versa. I guess that’s how they come together as one body of work.

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I’m realizing maybe I need to split the week up or even the days. Fiber work for half the day and pouring paint the other half. That is if the poured paint dries by the next morning. I’ve been know to nuno felt on my kitchen table. My family isn’t crazy about wool fibers floating around their food but it just might come to that in the next few months. Here are some things I’ve been working on lately.

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Installing Silk Sculptures

I installed my silk sculptures at The coIN Loft office space at 6o5 N. Market St. in Wilmington last week. I want to thank Wes and Steve of the CoIN Loft for letting me work in their space. It was an awesome opportunity. The goal was to work out compositions and get some photos. Here you can see about 3 hours worth of work condensed into this short animation.

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Here is the final installation. I’m still playing with titles, maybe, Algae Bloom or Algae Whirlpool.

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I worked out a new configuration for the blue sculpture.  I came up with something completely different from the 2 other ways it has been installed in the past. I am always just guessing on the length to make the lines and never sure how long it will take me to get something I like. I think this has a lot of energy which I really like.

Blue whirlpool

These will both be installed at my upcoming show at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA, titled Oceans, Isles and Shoals. The show runs from March 9th through April 14th, 2013. Opening Reception, First Friday, March 8, 2013 from 5:30-7:30PM.

New Painting

Summer is flying by. I was in Boston, Massachusetts for 3 days, great city. We took the ferry to Provincetown located at the extreme tip of Cape Cod for 1 day. Here’s a new painting I just finished in the nick of time for a grant proposal.

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Fenland, oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

It reminds me of the marshland in Provincetown where the ocean meets the land.

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I’m preparing to teach my first ever Summer Art Program in my home studio. I’m so excited. I’ll be teaching kids some fun, easy printmaking projects that you don’t need a printing press for.

Art in the Open Exhibition

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River, Acrylic on Plexiglas, 10 x 8 inches

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Violet, Red Oxide, Acrylic on Plexiglas, 10 x 8 inches

These 2 small Plexiglas paintings of mine will be included in the group exhibition for Art in the Open at the Independence Seaport Museum, in Philadelphia, PA. The opening is this Thursday June 14th, 6-8 pm and goes through September 9th, 2012.

The paintings are done on 2 separate pieces of Plexiglass held together at the top and bottom with space between to let light through and hopefully cast a little color on the gallery wall.

I can’t wait to see the other artist’s work all together. I haven’t had a chance to go through the museum yet but it looks pretty cool if you are looking for something to do with the kids this summer. It’s the kind of place my father would have loved, there’s even supposed to be a Richardson boat like the one I spent my summers on as a kid there. They build boats and run summer camps for kids too. My Dad would have been so proud that my work is being shown there. Makes me smile.

New Work

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Grounded, 48 x 46 inches

I’ve finished three of the large paintings. One still alludes me.
Oh and I might still work on the green one. One area is still bothering
ing me, ugh. I should have listened to Drew and left it alone when he told me to. I wish there was a back button in painting.

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In the Beginning, 48 x 46 inches

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Somewhere Only We Know, 36 x 60 inches