Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gumballs Installed in Bogotá

Here's Gumballs in its new home, outside the entrance to the executive conference room in the offices of GNI Latinoamérica. Through the window at the right, you get a spectacular view of the city of Bogotá, climbing the Andes ridge up to the peak of Monserrate.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Reminder about Torture

Now that more of the facts about Rendition and "Enhanced Interrogation" have come out in a summary report released on December 6 this year , I thought it was a good time to remind folks about the piece and video I made with Tim Azarian in 2008, six years ago. It's awful to keep thinking about such disgusting things, but we have to do it, lest we forget...

The Opening at Catamount Arts

Last Friday we had our opening reception at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury from 5-7 PM. It was pretty nasty weather, but plenty of people turned out and seemed to have a good time!

Martin Bryan, who works at Catamount, told me that he had a friend who had come the previous Friday, mistakenly thinking it was the reception evening, and really wanted to know what my piece called TWO was about. Martin asked if I would talk about it while he videotaped my explanation and I said "Sure."  He didn't tell me he was going to put it up on YouTube, but the footage of the reception is good, and even my blather is fine, except for balling myself up again about the facts  about species die-offs, which I posted about here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Gumballs goes to South America

One of my favorite button encasements, made in 2004, has been bought for GNI Latinoamérica, located in Bogotá, Colombia. This encasement has four layers:
  • a layer of mylar in the back, painted on both sides (creating two layers) with acrylic circular elements and graphite lines 
  • a layer of buttons held in a grid if fine annealed steel wire, and 
  • a layer of acrylic circles painted on the inside of the plexi cover 
I think Gumballs has some great Latin heat and will like its new home!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

2nd Tuesday Exhibit at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury

2nd Tuesday (the group of eight artists with whom I meet monthly, on the second Tuesday of each month) is having an exhibit at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury. We set the work up today, and it looks really good! There will be an opening reception on Friday, December 12, from 5-7 PM. Come if you can!

I'm showing five new Nineteenth Century modified albumen print portraits, and am showing the piece called TWO (with eleven digital prints of photographs showing pairs of people, printed with a letterpress number "2") for the first time outside my studio.

Here's the invitation, with relevant dates and a list of all eight exhibitors:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Exhibit at the GARAGE in Montpelier

There's an exhibit of  SPA studio artists and local friends at the GARAGE in Montpelier, a space behind Julio's restaurant. All eleven studio artists at SPA have work in the show, along with 13 additional artists. The work is wonderful and diverse -- from forged iron sculpture to fluorescent light installations to painting and fiber. There's something wonderful about art installations in empty, non-traditional spaces that are not designed for exhibition, but somehow bring their history with them and contribute it to the mix.  Go see it if you can!

I have a room with my new work in cabinets and the six modified portraits that are left after four were sold. Here are some views of my part of the exhibit, in a self-contained room, with brick on the exterior wall. I made a poster showing the three levels of the drawer, so people can see what's in it without pulling the shelves out.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bella Feldman

I came across the work of Bella Feldman in the October, 2014 issue of Sculpture magazine. She has been making War Toys since 1992, and has images from two groups on her website. The older ones are here and the newer ones here. They come out of the same impulse as my Rolling Boil pieces, though I use found, weathered materials, and she uses steel and glass.

They are very wonderful pieces -- do go to her website and have a look! Sometimes you look at the work of another artist and think, "Why am I making art, when this person has done it ever so much better?"