slightly wonky


Multiple tangents and muscles that ache…

So, I recently started exercising.  I know.  Don’t laugh.  I truly forgot what sore muscles feel like.  Actually, I forgot what muscles feel like altogether, so the whole thing is pretty shocking, to say the least.  I haven’t succumbed to the lure of Ben Gay, though.  When I was in high school, the heady aroma of Ben Gay would waft throughout the school in the week of “sports camp” leading up to the start of the Fall season.  I’d rather hobble than smell that stuff again.  (God forbid you rub your eye with some of that on your hand….YEEOUCH.)  In order to nurse myself back to health, I’ve decided to just lie on the couch whilst eating an ice cream sandwich.  You know…just like the pros do.

Besides moaning about my aching, yet seemingly nonexistent muscles, I did get out to see some art.  This is lucky, as my own artwork continues to plod along at a glacial pace.  I didn’t venture far, mind you.  My hobbling limited the scope of my search.  I decided that I would FINALLY go to 13 Forest Gallery here in Arlington, MA.  (It’s kind of ridiculous/embarrassing that I had not been in before.)  I met Marc Gurton, the owner, who was super friendly and has selected some really amazing artists to represent.  Right now, they have a show titled, “Tangent,” which features the work of Mary O’Malley and Rebecca Roberts.  Here are some views of the show:

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13 Forest Gallery featuring Mary O’Malley and Rebecca Roberts

And another view:

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13 Forest Gallery featuring Mary O’Malley and Rebecca Roberts

O’Malley creates intricate drawings with metallic ink and gouache typically on black paper.  They are beautiful.  The repetitive and abstract qualities makes me think of Islamic art, while the gilded palette makes me think of an illuminated manuscript.  They have an opulent, yet understated quality about them.  Very impressive.

Roberts creates gorgeous abstract fabric paintings in a mix of both bold and subtle hues.  She not only plays with beautiful color palettes, but the texture of the fabric also varies.  My favorite pieces were those with a color field surrounded by an unsymmetrical white background.  Two of those pieces are in the photo above on the right side.

Here are some better shots of their work:

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Mary O’Malley, Relic #10, Ink and Gouache on Paper, 16″ x 13″

The reflection is obviously not doing the work justice.  But you can see the gorgeous palette and beautiful detail.

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Rebecca Roberts, Pfeiffer Falls, Sewn Cotton Fabric, 18″ x 20″

This is one where an irregularly shaped field of color sits within a minimal, white background.  I love it!

Anyone local to Arlington, MA should stop by to see the show.  IN FACT, TONIGHT (June 21) BOTH ARTISTS ARE GOING TO BE SPEAKING AT THE GALLERY.  There is a reception from 7-9pm.  Go see what they have to say!  (And please tell me what they say, as I don’t think that I can make it.)

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Today is my son’s LAST DAY at preschool.  He has gone to that school since he was four months old.  (No joke.)  So, we’re taking him out for a “graduation dinner.” to celebrate.  This is also to ease the fact that he is NOT happy about leaving.  Actually, he’s not happy about change of any sort, unless you mean adding a new toy to his collection.  THEN, he embraces change completely and with zeal.  Also, he’ll “embrace” the change in my purse, and add it to his ever expanding piggybank if I’m not paying attention.  Naturally, if I ask him where the money is from…he’ll tell me that he “found it.”  I guess that’s sort of true…

Actually, the whole concept of “truth” still does not register with him.  He’s only 5, so I hope that there’s time to learn.   Sometimes, he’ll blatantly lie about something.  I’ll ask him, “Did you and Grandma get some ice cream today?”  His response is an emphatic, “NO!”  However, when I say that I’m going to call Grandma just to check, he changes his response to, “Wellllll, at least I don’t THINK that I had any ice cream…I don’t reaaaally remember.” He even scratches his chin quizzically for effect.

Hmmm.

I’m hoping that this does not indicate some future life of crime for him, but just a phase of development that he hasn’t quite reached yet…kind of like facial hair.  Now, if the facial hair comes in BEFORE his understanding of “the truth”, THEN I will be concerned.  Actually, there’s probably some correlation between the onset of facial hair and a regressive trend to actually forget what it means to tell the truth.   Like, “No Mom, I didn’t take your ironing board and use it as a skateboard ramp.  I don’t know where those wheel marks came from.”

HMMMMM.

I’ve decided to stop worrying about all of that now and just go ice my sore muscles with another ice cream sandwich…



Perhaps a skylight would help?

Is it Friday already?  How did this happen?

Well, this is the FIRST week in a month that I’ve actually gotten a chance to DRAW.  I almost forgot which end of the pencil to use!  Just kidding…luckily, my friend got me a deranged pencil sharpener to help me out:

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Yes.  There it is.  (except that mine is black.)  Did I mention that the cat meows when you use it???  SICK.  Actually, having this thing around pretty much ensures that all of my pencils will remain dull.  I’m also keeping it away from my five-year-old, who will want some kind of explanation that I cannot possibly give him without him needing years of therapy, which I don’t want to start him on until he’s at least eight.  I think that my friend would have preferred to have given me this in person, as my horrified reaction is really the priceless part of the gift.  Thanks, TB.  I’m going to have nightmares tonight…

Besides eating my weight in chocolate chip cookies this week, I also went to the The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury to see the work of my advisor, Adria Arch.

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Adria Arch

So exciting!!!!  She has her work in the main room of the Art Complex.  Her work is large and has a lot of impact, so it’s great to see it with the space that it needs.

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Adria Arch

The show is titled, “Iconic.”  She plays with the subconscious markings of other people and magnifies and intensifies them into monumental glyphs.  The forms, compositions and colors are very compelling.  I can’t help but wonder who made each of these marks?  I love the mysterious quality of them.

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Adria Arch, I Love You More, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 96″ x 96″

In her words, “These elements, spattered across and extending beyond the picture plane, bring to mind galaxies and explosions of energy. The compositions suggest randomness, belying an intentional painting process in which I project and then paint enlarged pencil lines onto canvas, wood panel, or walls. My practice grows out of the tradition of mark-making. I am drawn to the expressiveness found in unselfconscious pencil doodles – some I find and some I elicit from other people. The eccentric lines derived from these marginal marks are, for me, metaphors for boundless physical energy: floating, spinning, and falling through space.”  So fascinating!  Please go and see this show. It’s up from May 36 – August 18.

While I wish that I had a modicum of physical energy, I have managed to do SOME productive things this past month.

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Look what I grew!  Actually, I should say…”Look what I didn’t kill!”  Yes…that’s an ORCHID.  The flowers fell off a couple weeks after I bought it, which made me sad as I thought that was the kiss of death.  BUT NO!  I discovered that if you WATER it…more flowers will grow.  Imagine that!  I am convinced that plants hate me, so I am happy that this one didn’t get the memo.  My other plants are probably blowing it raspberries in their own plant-like way.

Speaking of blowing raspberries, my son is back at school this week.  SANITY.  He was NOT happy about that, but I felt that I should not mislead him by thinking that school is “optional.”  He says that he is besides himself with boredom.  I nod.

Welcome to reality, kid!

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This is what he would prefer to do all day, rather than “boring” activities, like making bumble bees out of construction paper.  (can crafts EVER be boring????)  He told me that this is a hotel.  Perhaps my son will become the next Donald Trump?  As his mother, though, I would not allow him to have the Donald’s hair, though.  In reviewing his design, I feel that the penthouse unit has a catacomb-like quality to it.  Thoughts?  Perhaps a skylight would help?  Maybe he’s catching onto the micro hotel thing in Japan?:

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There must not be a word for, “claustrophobia” in Japanese.  Those wouldn’t work in the States anyway, as they’d each need to be the size of a shipping container to work with our girth.

Speaking of…I’m going to go and look for more cookies.  Let me know if you need me to sharpen any pencils for you.

 

 

 




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