Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Collage February 22, 2012

I'm thinking of calling it 'Muscle Beach" for no particular reason, that title just came to mind. Not my most productive week art making-wise, but I did get a start on my taxes, so that's something, I guess. This piece is India Ink on paper and it measures 16 x 26 inches untrimmed.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Color Photography Show At Las Manos Gallery

I have three pieces in the new show at Las Manos Gallery in Chicago. The theme of the show is contemporary color photography and includes eight distinct photographers, many of whom teach in the Illinois State University system. Some very strong and smart work. Pictured in the e-vite above is a small collage of mine made using an old photograph I took in Cabrini Green a few years ago. There is a large version in the show too. The show will run at least until the end of the month.

My Statement From the Show

The introduction of new technologies invariably presents new opportunities for the artist. In our culture at this time, many artists immediately jump into the artistic vacuum created by each step forward along our digital evolution. I understand the impulse; the newness alone is seductive and exciting. But it strikes me that this progression is accelerating - I’m certainly having trouble keeping up. So my reaction to the quickening pace of change is to touch base with some early art-making impulses: the hand made and the one of a kind. These collages, still very much influenced by digital culture, show my love of order and pattern, and attest to my preoccupation with architecture and the built urban environment.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Collage - February 10, 2012

I worked hard this week. The winter is such a good time to get some work accomplished; fewer distractions, not a lot of motivation to leave the house. I took advantage and cranked out a few large, India Ink collages this week. I swear on Thursday I put in ten hours of work. Thankfully I had a book on tape, (Ken Follett - 'Fall of Giants'), and some good movies on TV, (TMC, '31 Days of Oscar'). This piece is large, 38 x 48 inches, and feels like an explosion.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

What I Made This Week

Some see Michelle Peterson/Albandoz's influence here. I see the mark of digital photography and specifically jpeg images. The piece is made of two layers of archival mat board, one covered with white acrylic paint, one the original taupe color. I'll talk about me using paint in a later posting. The overall dimensions are 32 x 40 inches.