Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 24, 2013

Another Saturday at Wilmette Beach. I let Laura take the camera, (turn-about is fair play). We discuss the impossibility of holding on to any moment.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Building Study

I was looking through some old photos this week and I came across this panorama of an alley off of Devon Ave. in Chicago. This study, showing the overlaps and the uneven edges of the source photographs, was constructed quickly to test an idea and preview a potential panorama. I have been constructing panoramas in photoshop for years now, and I have some skill doing so. Now that every iPhone has a photographic panorama maker bundled in its software, it forces me to ponder the arguments for making imagery in this format. The horizontal proportion in art making has always seemed natural to me, as if this is the way I most often view the world. I happened to be walking the dog when I came upon this facade, and walking could be described as a horizontal experience. My background in architecture leads me to look at buildings and facades critically, and I'm particularly interested in architecture that derives from function more than 'design'. Hence my fascination with walls like this one; it expresses a  practical use of the building in a way that does not have much to do with proportions, materials or beauty.  It strikes me that there is a collaging aspect to architecture that becomes evident in mundane buildings - a window where needed, conduit here, a vent there. This idea of architectural collage is mirrored nicely in the collaging of the photographs that make up a panorama. By not hiding the overlaps and not cropping the edges, this photograph declares itself as a 'hand-made' digital image.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

New Drawing - August 11, 2013

Untitled - Recycled Cardboard, Acrylic Paint, Archival Mat Board - 40 x 32 inche 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

New Drawing

Acrylic paint marker on archival mat board. 40 x 32 inches.

The Perfect Summer Day

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - I haven't gotten a lot of work done this week, I was dog/house sitting and never really got settled into work mode in a lovely but strange environment. So today was my first day back in the studio and was determined to put in a full day. But fate and the weather intervened. Spectacular summer day; sunny, cool, nice breeze and no humidity. When Laura texted me at 3 and said she was heading to the beach I decided the day was too perfect, and to miss it would be a crime. Took the train to Wilmette, sunned, swam, and had a short drink. Laura and her husband made an incredible dinner, mostly from the farmers market; fresh corn, arugula, chicken on the grill. A quick trip to Dairy Queen but the capper on the prefect summer day.