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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoggleWorks Show

I’ve imagined this show for a year and now it exists until April 14th at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading. I worked closely with Lauralynn White at the GoggleWorks for 2 days and that was just on installing the sculptures and planning the layout of the show.

The large sculptures are hung with fishing line and magnets that are suspended from metal rods. They needed tweaking after they were installed which I guess is to be expected. The ceiling height was different and I had added some length to the lines to make up the difference. Making changes involves cut a line and sewing a new one to the silk and the magnet, then stepping back to look at the overall composition of the piece and deciding if it works. In the end they looked like they just happened there and have a feeling of weightlessness. Some people described them as ethereal. Ethereal – extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world, what a compliment.

 

 

I had small sculpture interspersed around on pedestals, some on custom made light boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

These are painted on 2 layers of Plexiglas with custom made frames, thanks Steve Ruszkowski, he also made the light boxes.

Here is a new small sculpture installed right on a pedestal.

Coral Reef forms

At the opening I was interviewed by a reporter for the Reading Eagle for an upcoming feature.

I have the Delaware Division of the Arts to thank for their support in the form of an opportunity grant. DDOA is a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.