Saturday, August 27, 2016

A New Series?

I have now made enough of these new drawings that they are nearly constitute a series.  I keep thinking I will determine exactly what I am after as I work on them. So far, not exactly. They are shown in the order of their making, (I sold one early one), and the last one is the most interesting to me now.

A few of the things I'm thinking about:
   Poured paint ala Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis.
   Continued color exploration, frequently looking at optical color.
   Density of color and tone, gradated in some cases.
   The contrast between the organic and the regular. 
   In a way these are deconstructions of some earlier drawings. Making processes more obvious.
   The tightening of the grid down to tone.
   They still look like architecture to me, or biological structures. 

Each of these drawings is on Arches 300 pound watercolor paper and are sized at 30" x 22.75". The materials are either watercolor or India ink on the background and acrylic paint pen.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Variations on a Theme

Michael McGuire - Untitled - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 12 x 12 inches
A few of the gray panels I made last fall needed a little touching up, so I've taken this opportunity to revisit some of the concepts about these pieces. I consider the panels modular, that is movable and interchangeable. In a slightly embarrassing way they resemble carpet tiles and their endless variations. These panel by contrast are all hand made and each unique. At this point there are eight panels, and I do move them around all the time to explore the varied geometries. 

Eight Panels - 12 x 12 inches each
Shift the four right hand panel up 12 inches and you get something new.
Some variations on the panels created in Photoshop. These do not exist in reality, but suggest where the project could go.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A New Series of Drawings This Week

I am working on a new series of drawings where I'm using India Ink, Foamcore and cardboard to make the marks. It is a process I have used in the past - I like the dark, messy mark it all makes, and in a series like this, it is just easier and faster. I am debating whether to work through every possible arrangement in this scenario, but as I generate them I acknowledge that I'm drawn to the more complicated ones, and like the ones that read more like potential architecture. At one point the old TV game show 'Hollywood Squares' came to mind. Perhaps daytime television affected my architectural taste more than I like to admit. But I also think of box kites and bamboo scaffolding.
Michael McGuire - Untitled Drawings - India Ink on Arches Paper - 15 x 11.25 inches

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

'Small' Drawings

I had a request today for photos of some of the smaller drawings I had on-hand. I've been rushed all day and I rushed on these photos, but at least I included a yardstick (48 inches) in the photos to give them some scale. I told my client, once they narrow down the parameters I will send better photos with sizes and media.

Michael McGuire - Various Drawings
Michael McGuire - Various Drawings
Michael McGuire - Various Drawings

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Upcoming Show At Judith Racht Gallery In Michigan

A view of the installation.
A Michelle Peterson Albandoz sculpture.
Three Tricia Rumbolz pieces before hanging.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Overlapping Grids in Color

I have been playing with the overlapping grid idea in color. These drawings begin in color theory and the optical nature of color, and move into my memories of posters from the 1960's (Hello blacklight).  When looking at the drawing in person the colors move, and in the center of the drawings, where the grid is most dense, there is a dulling of the color in the eye. The intense color makes them difficult to present in a photograph but the idea is there.
Michael McGuire - Untitled Grid Study/Green on Violet - Acrylic Paint, Watercolor on Arches
Michael McGuire - Untitled Grid Study/Cad Red on Prussion Blue - Acrylic Paint, Watercolor on Arches

Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Watercolor To Celebrate The Arrival of Warm Weather

Michael McGuire - Untitled Watercolor Study - 8.5 x 11 inches