Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Residency works III

Standard Ordering, 2012, acrylic on panel, 30" x 24"

Assertion, 2012, acrylic and collage on panel, 12" x 12"

A Law of Mathematics, 2012, acrylic on panel, 24" x 30"

Displacement Singularity, 2012, acrylic on panel, 36" x 36"

Sequencer (folded), 2012, acrylic on panel, 24" x 24"

As mentioned in yesterday's post, here are four more paintings whose formal elements diverge from other things that I'm working on. While these paintings look drastically different in style from some of my other recent works, the geometric aspects mirror my explorations of hard-edged, almost minimal paintings dating back ten years. The mirroring is where the similarities stop. In these new paintings, I've taken a new-found fascination that I have with geometric forms and placed them in more conventional figure-ground compositions. In addition, I'm also looking for engaging ways of handling formal relationships between colors, edges, surfaces, foreground/background, etc...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Residency works II

Imposition(indeterminate passage), 2012, acrylic on panel, 36" x 36"

Catapult, 2012, acrylic on panel, 24" x 24"

Rend In The Fabric, 2012, acrylic on panel, 16" x 16

My in-studio residency was very instrumental in helping me to explore new avenues of spatial relationships and paint-handling in my work. I wanted to move away from the more deliberate obscuring of brushwork with opaque "screens" in order to bring more dynamic and uneasy types of spatial and color relationships to the works. The combination of hard edges and open-ended brushwork leave a lot of room for other possibilities that I hope to explore more of in the coming months.

The residency was also good in another important way, which was to help me realize the beginnings of a divergent series in which I'm exploring figure-ground/surface-pattern relationships in a whole different way than these paintings do. In those, I'm reaching back to some ideas from my geometric/architectonic paintings of ten years ago and putting them in a very different context and usage. I'll post some of those images tomorrow.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Residency works: Factum I and II

Factum I, 2012, acrylic on paper, 50" x 38"
Factum II, 2012, acrylic on paper, 50' x 38"

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Edge Drawings

Edge Drawing I, 2011, water-based media on paper, 22" x 30"

Edge Drawing II, 2011, water-based media on paper, 22" x 30"

Edge Drawing III, 2011, water-based media on paper, 22" x 30"

Edge Drawing IV, 2011, water-based media on paper, 22" x 30"

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Call for entries: Vox VIII

Philadelphia's Vox Populi has a call for entries for it's annual exhibition of emerging artists...


JULY 6 - 29, 2012  
Application Deadline: June 6, 2012
Submission fee: $35
JURORS:  Ruba Katrib, curator at the SculptureCenter, New York, and Marlo Pascual, a New York based artist who has recently exhibited with White Columns and the Saatchi Gallery. 
ELIGIBILITY:  Artists are invited to submit 5 examples of completed works of art in any media. All submitted work must be available for exhibition, if chosen. DO NOT submit the same works to more than one open call. Entry Fee: $35. 
ABOUT VOX:  Founded in 1988, Vox Populi is an artist collective that works to support the challenging and experimental work of under-represented artists with monthly exhibitions, gallery talks, performances, lectures, and related programming. For over 20 years, Vox has played a unique role in the cultural life of Philadelphia by bringing our audience a diverse range of programming and providing a supportive environment in which artists can take risks and gain valuable professional experience. 
APPLY:  Apply at http://voxpopuli.slideroom.com/, and follow instructions. Applicants may upload 5 works: photo, video, or sound.
For more information, visit http://voxpopuligallery.org/voxviii.pdf
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Monday, May 07, 2012

3rd street artist residency: epilogue

Impostition (indeterminate passage), 2012, acrylic on panel, 36" x 36"
One of several new works completed during my in-studio residency.

So much for getting another post up by last Friday, but, as I say in these situations, life happens...

Ok, so the in-studio residency has been over for a week now and the residual energy still reverberates throughout my being. That's the slightly poetic way of saying that the experience is still rocking my world.

As a recap, the genesis of this project goes back to the end of January, when I was looking for artist residencies to apply for to perhaps attend next year. After realizing that I had time constraints and financial obligations that precluded being away for much longer than a couple of weeks, it made sense to conduct my own artist residency in my studio. In addition, I had been working on various ideas and moving towards different projects for months and doing my own residency now meant that I didn't have to wait to go somewhere else months from now to bring those projects to a more resolved state. All I needed was time to work, so I took two weeks off from my job and shut myself up in the studio for the better part of two weeks. I set working times of 8-9 hours per day, and chose to be flexible about which 8-9 hours that would be. Some days I needed to sleep in a little, so I'd work later into the night and stayed overnight a few times.

I started thinking about and planning my residency right after posting about it. First, there was the issue of why was I doing this and what did I hope to get out of it. I actually wrote up a residency proposal to give the project a framework to start off from. It boiled down to needing the day-to-day engagement with the work and ideas I had. I wanted to produce a body of work that would encapsulate those ideas and provide a place to create a more solid body of work to show at my next solo exhibition at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery next year.

I made up a materials budget, purchased what I needed, and had my materials, including paints, paper, and wood panels, ready to go a few weeks in advance of the residency.  Next, I had to think about food. I needed to keep my food costs as low as possible and made up a list of things that I wanted to have, purchased what I needed and prepared simple meals at home to take with me to the studio each day. With all of that in place, I just went at it once the residency began. The first day was spent finishing up a couple of pieces that I had begun before the residency and they then led the way to much of the other work that I did over the two weeks.

During the two weeks, I was really able to let go and follow some lines of inquiry that had only been random thoughts in my head for months. The key with this project was having that day-in, day-out engagement that I ordinarily would not have. During a regular week when I work, there can be three, sometimes four days between studio time. I know that many of you reading this might have even more time away from your work and you know how rough that can be, sometimes.

For two weeks, I had time to make and complete a lot of work, and not only that, I also explored some art-making methods that I had not had the chance to do previously, so needless to say. this was a very productive and energizing project. If you can't get to a residency for whatever reason, I highly recommend considering doing your own. You might be surprised at how much good it can do you. I know that there's more that will come up about my experience that I'll bring up in future posts.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Work, work, art...

It's Wednesday already...wow... Anyway, I returned to my job on Monday and haven't had time to gather my thoughts about my overall experience with the in-studio residency project into a coherent manner, yet. Hopefully, that post will happen by Friday. In the meantime, I'm spending part of today editing photos of the works produced during the project. 

The transition back to my work schedule went as smoothly as anyone could reasonably expect. Monday was a laid-back, smooth-going day. Yesterday, was another beast altogether, a complete 180-degree difference in terms of things going wrong. They weren't things that couldn't be handled, just the usual headaches that pop up from time-to-time, actually. However, I'm glad that I had the buffer of Monday to ease back into the regular schedule.

On another note, some of my work was just featured on "ARTchipel" on Tumblr.com a couple of days ago.