slightly wonky


Quelling my kindergarten conniptions…
September 13, 2013, 12:11 pm
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Well, this is has been my son’s first week at kindergarten, and ALL IS WELL.  No major disasters/meltdowns/hysterics.  I haven’t gotten any disgruntled phone call from his teacher yet, so I feel that everything must be going FABULOUSLY.   Hopefully, my child’s rather grouchy side (understatement) has somehow NOT surfaced.  He’s kind of Jekyll and Hyde…sometimes the most loving, polite child…sometimes devil spawn.  I struggle with the devil spawn side of him, especially when it comes out in public, or with friends.  I feel like I should wear a t-shirt that says, “I know…I’m sorry!!!,” just to make up for all of the times that he’s rude/grouchy/unfriendly.  Sigh.  I think that I am starting to feel my gray hairs growing in.  Is that possible?

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But, I know…what’s not to love, right?  That backpack is bigger than he is.  So cute.

Lucky for me…he likes to make weird stuff, just like Mommy.  Here are a couple of recent examples:

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What are those bizarre creatures???  WHO KNOWS.  They’re adorable, though.  I must keep them.  FOREVER.

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Hilarious, right???  He decided that his Godzilla head needed a block body.  I love this.  So cool.  What’s not so cool, however, is the pigsty that we call a living room.  I clearly have no shame to be able to publicly post this picture with my living room as a clear disaster zone.  I hope that those of you with kids will have some empathy for the tornado-like effect that 5 year olds have upon a household.  Notice the empty 2 liter bottle in the plastic crate.  That bottle is apparently part of one of his “creations”, and it cannot be thrown out/recycled.  Sigh.  So now we’re literally keeping trash along with our toys.  Great.  I feel like Sisyphus shoving this mound of toys/blocks/trash up a hill, only to have it come tumbling back down on me.  Next time that happens, I’m just going to take a nap underneath it all…

I did manage to get out this week to see some art.  WOO HOO!  I went to see the work of Michele Lauriat at the Cornelius Ayer Wood Gallery at the Middlesex School in Concord, MA.  Her work is STUNNING!  Everyone should go check it out.

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Michele Lauriat

She does GORGEOUS, large scale paintings/drawings of natural scenes in an abstract way.  The is an enormous amount of layering and mark-making.  She tends to pull out certain parts of a painting into deeper colors and higher contrast as focal points.  I could seriously have stood and gazed at this piece all day.  It’s really so beautiful.

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Michele Lauriat

This painting is enormous.  I’m sorry that this is not a great photo…(which is why you must go see it yourself).  Her work totally sucks you in, as you become mesmerized looking over both the work in its entirety, and the amazing details.

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Michele Lauriat

Stunning, right?  You can’t see it in this photo, but the darker area in the upper left is just amazing.

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Michele Lauriat

She also had some very interesting pieces that have an irregular silhouette.  I wonder if she made a larger work…decided what was really capturing her attention in the work, then painstakingly cut it out as the finished piece?   I LOVE IT.  The beautiful and delicate edge to the paper is now part of the work as well, as opposed to being just a neutral boundary.  So cool.

WHEN, not if, you decide to see this show…I’m going to give you some direction as to how to find it on campus.  There seems to be only one main road into campus, which terminates into a large, one way loop.  JUST BEFORE you start to enter that loop…look to your right.  There will be a gap between two brick buildings.  Walk between these buildings and go straight down a staircase.  There will be a gray building in front of you.  Enter that building through its far left door, and you’ll be there!

Well, I’ve decided that I’m such the super-mom, as I managed to get my kid to school with a healthy lunch AND visit some art this week.  I’m ignoring your comments that I’ve forgotten about the living room.  I’m just going to lie here underneath all of the junk and take a nap.  Wake me when it’s 2:00 so I can: 1. pick up my child from school.  2. maintain my self-proclaimed title of “Super-mom” in spite of evidence to the contrary.

Oh, and if there is an annoying advertisement at the end of this post, I apologize.  Looks like WordPress is going to sully my blog artistry with tawdry ads.  Fascists!  So be it.

Carry on…

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Shot through the eye…and you’re too late…
August 17, 2013, 2:08 pm
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No post last week because we were at the Cape.  AHHHH. I spent a lot of time vegging out, trying not to get sunburned, and struggling to maintain my sanity with my five-year old.  I thought about trying to exercise in some way…maybe doing a pushup or two.  I couldn’t be bothered, and so I continue to look like the “before” picture, in spite of my exercising somewhat consistently for two months.  SIGH.  Nobody tried to harpoon me or ran away screaming, so I guess that means a successful beach trip.

We had good weather…too much ice cream…and mini-golf…

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My son felt that we needed a “mini-golf action shot”, so this is it:

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Perhaps photojournalism is not my callling?  Does it kind of look like that lady in the background is walking along the club?  Or, is that just me? Don’t all photojournalists hope for that kind of quirky coincidence?  Probably not.

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At what age is it possible for a child to eat an ice cream without THIS happening?  I’m hoping by 12.  Only 7 more years to go.  Hey, at least we were using my husband’s car for the week…sorry, Honeeeey!!!!

I didn’t bring my latest drawing to work on at the Cape.  What a slacker!  I thought about it…saw the packed wad of luggage in the back of the car, and decided against it.  Do I really need sand and sunscreen smeared all over it?  No way.  INSTEAD OF BEING TRULY PRODUCTIVE, I worked on this little sewn pouch, which I am SUPER excited about…CHECK IT OUT:

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Eh?  Not bad, right?  Lookit all the tiny fabric pieces I sewed together and quilted!  And the back:

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I attempted a sort of “sashiko” stitching to relate to the front.  Nice!

The inside:

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And a detail:

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This was my first little pouch like this…I loved making it!  There’s something seriously wonky about it, but if I make another…I’ll try to do better next time.  The majority of it is hand-sewn…with just the zipper and overall construction done on the machine.  Now, if I could just sell it for $1000, it will be worth the time/energy/materials I put into it!  Ha ha!   Just kidding!  (Well, sort of…sigh…)

So, this week hasn’t been totally unproductive, as the previous week has clearly been.  (Unless you consider getting all of the sand and ice cream off of my son at the end of the day “productive”.)  I managed to get to the South End to check out a couple of galleries yesterday.  Naturally, I had to stop by Carroll and Sons to see who they’re showing…

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Raul Gonzalez at Carroll and Sons, Boston

The work of local artist, Raul Gonzalez, is in the main space.  Two words: LOVE. IT.  PLEEEEASE, go and see this show.  It’s only up until Aug. 31, so leave NOW…esp if you are coming from Australia (that means you, Ruth…)

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Raul Gonzalez at Carroll and Sons, Boston

Gonzalez paints exquisite scenes of horrifying depravity, decapitation, and dismemberment.   Each painting could capture your open-jawed attention for an hour, at least.  In most scenes, you’ll find a skeleton, possibly a lucha libre mask, and a pitiful character who is often simultaneously dishing out and receiving some heinous crime.

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Raul Gonzalez at Carroll and Sons, Boston

The linework is amazing…the bright, yet dirty, palette is amazing…the composition is amazing…never mind the content, which is fascinating and horrifying at the same time.  Stunning.

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Raul Gonzalez at Carroll and Sons, Boston

I’m sorry that this one is blurry.  I love how the bullet is ricocheting around the drawing perimeter.  Naturally, it had to shoot out the eye of the snake…

Go see this show NOW.  Just don’t bring the kids, lest you want to spend your whole time explaining why that guy no longer has a head, or why this guy’s eyes have fallen to the ground.  I don’t know either, but it’s awesome.  Gonzalez is oozing brilliance.  I bask in his artistic glory.  His work is AMAZING.  A must see.

Speaking of oozing, THIS is what my son brought home from camp this week:

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What in God’s name is that lumpy stick, you may ask?  Why, it’s a “magic wand” of course!  It apparently has a few coats of plaster of paris and paint on it.  Hmmm.  I’ve tried using it.  It doesn’t work.  My house is still a mess and I still look like a “before” picture.  I might have to ask the camp for my money back…

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My son drew this this week.  What is it?  I have no idea…but perhaps he’s a burgeoning Raul Gonzalez?  Does anyone else see a lucha libre mask in this????  No?  Maybe that’s for the best.  Actually, maybe I need to get out of the house more than once a week…at least for fresh air, or something.  I’ll be sure to bring my son’s magic wand…just in case the thing decides to start working.  It may help me to finally find the fast moving line at Stop & Shop, or something non-existent like that.  If nothing else, we can serve it to daddy after dinner and tell him that it’s a vegan cookie.  Good times…



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.

 

 

 



Feeling blue and eating blue…it’s all about excess…
March 15, 2013, 10:09 am
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On Tuesday, it was 54 degrees outside.  Today, it’s 19.  I’m moving to Florida.  (just kidding…not that there’s anything wrong with Florida…)

This has been one of those weeks where I have had no free time, and yet it’s unclear what I’ve accomplished.  I’ve done very little drawing, and my house is still a mess.  Hmm.  I think that I’m also going through a slight phase of S.A.D. (seasonal affected disorder.)  Maybe I need to up the wattage of our lightbulbs around the house?  Or maybe I just need more chocolate?  Does anyone else out there feel slightly blue right now?????

Sometimes, I think that keeping up with the news doesn’t  help.  I’m a worrier, and the news provides endless fodder for my neurotic brain to chew on.  Did you know that more and more small children are developing anorexia?  No joke.  I listened to it on NPR.  HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE????  And it’s not those scary pageant queen mommies that are causing it.  Now, I’m analyzing what I say about food in front of my son.  Apparently, we shouldn’t say that there is “bad” food or “good” food.  WHAT??? Really???

WELL, pshaw…my mother recently bought THIS disturbing item for my son:

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Now, I ask you…is this not the POSTER CHILD of “bad” food?????  Actually, I’m not sure that it qualifies as food at all! Whew! (Thanks, mom…)  Perhaps I don’t have to worry about childhood anorexia when my son happily chews on sour gummi french fries??? Beyond gross.  So, here I am fretting about buying organic fruit and BPA free tupperware, and meanwhile my kid is eating a gummi hamburger, gummi pizza, and a side order of gummi fries.  Thank God it’s at least peanut and fat free… (They forgot to add “nutrition free” as well.  I might have to write and tell them that…)

The thing is, I would have TOTALLY wanted this as a kid too.  Actually, I had a tendency to choose anything colored blue: blue frosting, blue gum, blue italian ices.  Gross, right?  Well, in spite of my deviant dietary desires, I turned out “normal”, right?  Hmm.  Actually, SCRATCH THAT.  NO BLUE FOOD ALLOWED, lest my son become a neurotic worrier like his mom.

The gummi “lunch bag” is kind of beyond the pale…pure, dietary evil.

Okay enough about disgusting “food”…this week wasn’t a TOTAL waste.  I did go to the Decordova Museum.  That’s productive, right?  Their current show is called, “PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher.”  This was a pretty interesting show.  All of the works are definitely “beyond the stretcher,” as there was a lot of paint…but a dearth of canvas.  I really liked many things in the show.

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Kate Gilmore, Like This, Before, 2013

This piece is the remains of a performance/painting/sculptural work by Kate Gilmore.  In the performance (which you can see a video of adjacent to this piece), she is wearing a nondescript blouse, skirt and heels…typical office wear for women.  She begins by ascending the ladder on the right while carrying a large vase filled with white paint.  She walks across the top of the sculpture, sets down the vase, and climbs down a ladder on the left.  She repeats this until the entire top has a row of paint filled vases on it.  Then, one by one, she knocks over the vases (I think with her foot.)  As each vase falls, it shatters and spills paint down the channels below.  The paint runs through a hole at the bottom of each channel and fills another vase at the bottom.  FASCINATING.  I love that she’s wearing typical “office gal” clothes…and that she has to struggle to climb the ladder while carrying each vase…and that she has to carefully shimmy across the top without knocking down the other vases…and then she has to place her vase down and carefully climb down the other side.  I love the struggle, the exertion, the care, and the destruction she conveys.

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Steve Locke, Crossing Against, 2012

A very simple piece, but I loved what it does with form, light, and shadow.  The palette is almost primary colors, but they are tweaked a bit.  The face looks annoyed, but the leaning form implies a figure resting lazily against a wall.  I love the reflected neon yellow in the shadow…it makes me think of inner heat or turmoil.

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Mika Tajima, Furniture Art (series), 2011

These works are actually created with plexiglass box frames.  BRILLIANT!  I love how she has taken this totally mundane object and really played with it’s inherent characteristics and traditional role.  Detail:

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Mika Tajima, Furniture Art (detail), 2011

Aren’t the shadows amazing?  You can see an interesting video of her here.  I love how architectural a lot of her work is.  Next:

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Sarah Braman, In the Woods, 2012

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Sarah, Braman, 8pm, 2011

These works were an interesting blend of materials, color and form.  The lower piece, 8pm, actually has part of a camper in it.  I like the mix of prefabricated elements with paint and other more “raw” materials, and the limited color palette.  I also liked how she has painted In the Woods, as it almost has a three dimensional quality.  Next:

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Franklin Evans, paintthinks, 2013

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Franklin Evans, paintthinks (detail), 2013

I love the excess of this installation.  You can see in the detail photo the layer and layers of tape, colors, and photos.  Next:

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Katie Bell, Blind Impact, 2013

This was another interesting installation.  It looks as if the materials found at a collapsed house have gathered together to be reborn as a new entity.  Perhaps because of the geometry or how the piece creeps up the wall, there is a certain joy to this piece.  Here is a view from the front:

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Katie Bell, Blind Impact, 2013

No, the handrail at the bottom is not part of the piece.  Don’t you love the composition? Next:

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Claire Ashley, thing one / thing two, 2013

Amazing, right?  I apologize to the artist as there are two works in this photo, and I don’t know which is which.  The Decordova has this dramatically narrow and tall stairwell which often has incredible installation work.  The ENORMOUS piece that runs up the wall is astounding.  Claire Ashley seems to do these larger than life, bulging forms which both intimidate and excite.

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Claire Ashley, thing one / thing two, 2013

Isn’t that amazing?  I love the colors.  I love how these works have sort of infested the building, taking it over.  I wish she had had a solo show, as I’d love to see a whole gallery full of her art.  These pieces really do dwarf the viewer and gaze back with a disconcerting stare.  Next:

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Allison Schulnik, Video still from Mound, 2011

This is a still from the amazing animation by Allison Schulnik.  Her work is astounding.  Please visit her website here, and go to the “video” heading to actually see these works.  Plasticine figures erupt and morph into eerie creatures who are both engaging and disturbing.  Look at that image!  Don’t you love the starkness of the figure?  Don’t you love how it’s both fascinating and unsettling?  Please watch her videos.  You must.  I almost missed seeing them.  If you go to the Decordova, they are on view in a room behind the desk at the entry.  Go now.  You must.

So, this was not a week of “minimalism”, unless you count how much tangible work I got done.  Sigh.  I may have to resign myself to gnawing on a gummy hot dog while I mope about looking for sunlight and something blue to nibble on.  Send chocolate.  Please.



Useless groundhogs with their fraudulent shadows…
March 8, 2013, 1:12 pm
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Dear Town of Arlington, MA,

The next time that you decide not to declare a snow day, would you please also plow the roads?

Thank you.

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So, today is NOT a snow day…but my son is home with me because our road was impossible for me to drive on.  I got 25′ from the house, turned the car around (carefully), and headed back.  BAH!  So much for some sanity today.  The only reason I can even write this is because he’s watching Dinosaur Train right now.  Bad mommy!

I think that I just heard a plow go by.  Maybe it’s not to late to go to school?  Sigh.  Maybe it’s not too late to trade in my little Toyota Matrix for a dog sled team?  I’d even settle for a cat sled team today…ech…forget it.

[update: 3+ hours have gone by and the roads are still a mess…helllooooo???]

Luckily, yesterday was clear weather, so I managed to go down to the South End to check out what’s in the galleries now.  Lucky me!  I’m going to try to go more regularly…SO MUCH GOOD STUFF!

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Sandra Allen

This GORGEOUS pencil drawing is by Sandra Allen at Carroll and Sons Gallery.  I have seen her work online, and I think that I even featured her once before in an earlier post.  Well…as is with most things, seeing the work in person was 1000 times better than seeing it on the internet.  I was pretty much awestruck by how absolutely beautiful her work is.  Look at that texture!  Look at the amazing range of values!  Once again, if you are in the Boston area….GO SEE THIS SHOW.  NOW. (how do I convey a stern look and wagging finger?)  The art gods have spoken.

Next:

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Sandra Allen

These drawings are enormous, and they aren’t even her largest work, which is also flabbergasting.

Tree trunks!  What a beautiful and simple subject!  I really could have stared at them all day.

Here is the look of the gallery:

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Sandra Allen

Carroll and Sons recently renovated their space.  This room is unchanged (I think), but beyond the wall on the right are two new spaces.   They used to have their office back there, so I’m not sure where the offices went!  Anyway, the renovation looks great too.  Don’t you love how the wood flooring is on the diagonal?  I love that.  That wasn’t part of the renovation, but I still love it.

Bromfield Gallery is showing the work of Kathleen Volp:

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Kathleen Volp, White Madonna, 40″x35″

I wasn’t familiar with her work, even though I’d heard her name quite often.  I liked the overall palette.  All of the materials that she used had a strong character.

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Kathleen Volp, I am My Father’s Daughter, 54″x54″

This one felt so “architectural”, and not just because of the Lincoln Logs…

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Kathleen Volp, I am My Father’s Daughter (detail), 54″x54″

Yes, that’s a vintage box of painted pink Lincoln Logs!  I found this piece to be poignant as some kind of communication with her father.  I wonder if he’s seen it?  I almost feel that the box of pink Lincoln Logs is enough of a piece itself.  But the big 2D portion of the piece is pretty impressive as well.

Gallery Kayafas has photographs by Guillermo Srodek-Hart:

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Guillermo Srodek-Hart

I LOVED these photos.  The series is titled, “Interiors.”  Each was a photo of an interior filled with objects…the inside of a little shop…the inside of a deli, etc. The colors and the images were mesmerizing.  I am actually not often as interested in photography (see how ignorant I am?).  THESE photographs, however, were amazing.  Look at the color palette!  This is another must see show.  I wish that I had time to look at each photo one for an hour.  Unfortunately, the meters in Boston are expensive and fiendishly monitored by the parking evildoers.  It’s 12 minutes for one quarter.  Sheesh!  Also, after two hours, you have to move your car.  By move your car, they don’t just mean move it to another spot right near the one you already have.  OH NO.  You have to move the car off of that ENTIRE BLOCK.  (Fat chance!)  But I digress…

Kingston Gallery is showing the work of Rose Olson:

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Rose Olson

Her series, Light Moves, works with translucent layers of paint washed over cradled plywood, with intermittent opaque bands of color.  What I liked about these was that her work made you feel as if the pieces were being lit up by a colored light source or dichroic glass.

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La Defense offices by UN Studio

Similar palette?  I found that optical effect to be pretty interesting.  I think that she also uses some interference paint.

Howard Yezerski Gallery has the work of Barbara Grad:

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Barbara Grad

This series is titled, “Lost Horizons.”  While these paintings are abstract, the collage-like areas of stripes made me think of fields of grain, or bodies of water.  The piece above was one of my favorites.  This may not be the correct analysis of the work, but I feel that they have a “quilt-like” quality to them.  Sort of like Gee’s Bend on hallucinogens.

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Gee’s Bend Quilt

No?  Or maybe I just need to get out of the house and get some fresh air?  Oh wait…I forgot that we’re still in the middle of a BLIZZARD.  Did that useless groundhog see its shadow???  Perhaps it was just the lights from the news cameras that created the fraudulent shadow.

Right now, my stir crazy child is upside-down on the couch screaming and laughing maniacally.  No, he’s not 30.  He’s 5. I think that this post will have to end early as I can barely keep my sanity, never mind form a complete sentence.  I was supposed to create a “marketing plan” for my class tomorrow.  Oh well!  I keep having to look up what a marketing plan IS.  At least I have identified my main challenge to getting any work done: being a parent of a crazy child who is acts as if he just ate the frosting section of the grocery store.

I can’t wait for Easter.

I may have to build myself an igloo today just to get some peace and quiet.  Or maybe I’ll just lie down outside for 10 minutes and get buried under a foot of snow?  Maybe if I wrap my puffy robe around my head, instead of my body, this will muffle the sound of preschool insanity emanating from my slightly unstable, yet loveable, child?

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Maybe not…



200!
March 1, 2013, 11:52 am
Filed under: Drawing, painting, printmaking | Tags: , , , , , , ,

No, that’s not what I saw on the scale this morning!  I mean: do you know that I’ve done 200 posts on this blog?  No joke!  Sometimes I scroll back to early posts just to see what’s been happening over the past couple of years.  Hmmm.  Not as much as one might hope for.  No one has offered me a solo NYC show yet.  Can you believe it?  WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE????  Clearly, I am the only one who basks in my artistic brilliance.   (ummm…I’m kidding)  I may have to shut off the “comments” feature with this post…the beauty of the internet is that I can’t see anyone rolling their eyes right now…

Perhaps instead of revealing my true struggles on this blog, I should create a faux online persona of artistic brilliance.  I could create faux galleries that represent me and who gush over my faux creations.  I could also imply that although I’m almost 40, I have no gray hairs and look like Zoey Deschanel.

None of this would be true, of course.  My sham persona would soon be discovered.  So, I’ve had to rely on the truth on this blog, and it’s often not so pretty, or exciting.  Perhaps you’re relieved to know that your life isn’t so wrapped up in drivel and nonsense as mine?  Perhaps you’re relieved to know that I keep a messy house, with Lego bits and dust bunnies brazenly staring me down every morning as I walk to the kitchen?  Yes, I’ve heard of a mop, a broom, AND a vacuum.  I just don’t choose to use them very often.  Maybe if I think of housework as some kind of domestic performance art, I might get slightly more interested…

This week, I went to the Arlington Center for the Arts to see a show they have of faculty artwork.  I’ve taken a drawing class there with a teacher who is funny and talented.  Here is the work that she submitted:

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Connie Thibaut, Memento Mori, Mixed Media

This looks to be a “trace monotype.”  Can you see how amazing her drawings are?  She tends to do surrealist subjects.  I thought that this was really lovely.  Look at the doll/person’s hand in the upper right!  Beautiful.  I couldn’t find a website for her.  CONNIE, YOU NEED A WEBSITE.  EVEN IF IT IS A FAKE PERSONA.  I know.  Some people have standards, and don’t feel like revealing their ineptitude online.  Go figure.  Next:

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A. Kristina Goransson, Collection III & Collection IV, Felted & Dyed Wool

Isn’t that beautiful?  These are two, separate works of art, but they do look so amazing together, don’t they?  Her website is here.  Check it out.  All of these pieces are felted wool.  SO interesting!  I love how delicate they are.  I wish that I knew her, as I’d ask her if I could touch one of them…(the inner preschooler in me.)  Next:

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Gloria Calderon-Saenz, Rivers and Nests #4, Acrylic on wood

Isn’t that gorgeous?  It looks like she paints the surface of the wood, then carves it to create the image.  I loved this.  Check out her website here.  She has another one:

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Gloria Calderon-Saenz, Open Nests, Acrylic on wood

I love how graphic these are.  The texture is also gorgeous, but you can’t see that from the photo.  If you’re in the area, you should stop by this show in Arlington.  The gallery is small, but these works (and others) are really worth it.

This week, my son’s artistic brilliance was to create this:

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Do you know what that is?  THAT’S THE STATUE OF LIBERTY!  I thought that was pretty cool.  Maybe he’ll be a sculptor when he grows up?  Take a look at this:

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Maybe I should suggest that he NOT become a sculptor?  Isn’t that kind of deranged looking?  This is the kind of stuff that I’m constantly tripping over around here.  Creepy.  You’d think that I’d clean up more often just so that this kind of stuff wasn’t glaring at me all day.  I know…get the broom…yadda yadda yadda.

Well, it’s lunchtime.  Time to go forage for something to eat…perhaps a rice crispy treat or two? (or three?).

If I sandwich two of them together with peanut butter, does that make them more nutritious?  Discuss.

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