Sunday, August 31, 2014

That's all (for now...)

I don't know if I've mentioned it on this blog, but this summer I had a studio intern for the first time. Her name is Caitlin and she's a student at Moore College of Art entering her senior year. I was approached by a friend of Caitlin's who asked if I would be interested in having a studio intern. I wasn't sure at first because I'd never had an intern in the past and didn't know what I'd have them do. However, once I thought about it a bit, I realized that I did have a project, which was beginning the process of cataloging the works in my studio, starting with the works on paper.

Today was Caitlin's final day as my studio intern. I'm a little bummed, but also very grateful for the wonderful job that she did this summer. At last count, we'd gotten to #1099. Most of the work was accomplished, but there's still a bunch left to be photographed and given inventory numbers.

Having Caitlin's help this summer was invaluable because she was instrumental in getting me to become much more organized with my work. Organizing and documenting the work in the studio had been on my mind for a while and having Caitlin there moved the process from idea to full-on reality in a very short time. I'm very good at procrastination and I would not be even close to where I am now without her help. Thanks, Caitlin!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

My studio as it appeared yesterday (8.05.14) before a studio visit with Bridgette Mayer to show her my new works. 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Four Seasons brochure

Brochure image for my show at the Four Seasons Hotel-Philadelphia. On view until January, 2015. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Paintings at the Four Seasons Hotel-Philadelphia

(photo: James Miller)

I'm very pleased to announce that several of my paintings are now on view in the Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel-Philadelphia. The works will be exhibited until January, 2015. This show consists of 7 paintings: 5 completed earlier this year and 2 older pieces from 2010 and 2013.  My thanks to the Bridgette Mayer Gallery and James Miller at the Four Seasons for arranging this show.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New roads

On the studio wall, an as yet untitled new painting, acrylic on panel, 48 x 48 inches. 

I've been developing some new work on paper and smaller panels for the past few months and am at a point where I'm scaling things up a bit. I'm returning to some themes that I started with back in 2010, namely the use of the stencils that appeared in several works on paper and panels from that year. I made a lot of works where I attempted to incorporate the stencil patterns with other imagery-geometric and loose linear forms-with varying results. I chose to put that work aside for a while and continued my focus on the work that would make up 'Presence', my solo exhibition at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in 2013. 

I finished a few other paintings that will be in an upcoming (August-December, 2014) show at the Four Seasons Hotel here in Philadelphia in the spring of this year. Since then, I've refocused my efforts on making works that incorporate some of the stencil patterns and are monochormoatic. I've wanted to move towards a monochromatic palette for a number of years, but didn't quite feel comfortable with it, but now seems to be the time to dive in. I've had some silver acrylic paint sitting in my studio for a couple of years and wasn't comfortable using it with my color work. I think that when I started experimenting with the silver (plus black and white), I began to see ways that silver could be an asset to the work.

So, I'm off on a new road. I don't know how long it will be, but I'm just going to try and enjoy the ride.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Philip Guston

A great excerpt from "Philip Guston: A Life Lived", in which the artist responds to a question about the seemingly abrupt change in his paintings from abstraction to the cartoonish figurative works that he might be best known for...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I Can See For Miles

I Can See For Miles, 2014, acryilc on paper, 30 x 22 inches