Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Big Art at Berlin Mall

I've been straight out these last few months, working on a very cool project called Big Art at the Berlin Mall in Berlin, Vermont. The mall is owned by Heidenberg Properties, which wanted to do a creative project as an introduction to their intention to make creative changes at the mall. I was asked to propose an art installation, and came up with the idea of mounting huge blowups of work by 16 Vermont artists in the windows that face the parking lot. I discovered that there's a type of vinyl that these images could be printed on that is visible from both the outside AND the inside of the mall, and that was the ticket!

It took a long time to research and choose work of the right dimensions that I could arrange in what I call "conversational groupings" in each of the areas of the building's facade.

The installation of the vinyl on the windows was completed today, and I am now relieved that it all turned out fabulously. Here's what the Main Entrance looks like, with Jayne Shoup's Waterfall on the left and David Smith's Poplars on the right. I wanted to have two pieces with a diagonal structure, in which the diagonals stretch down toward the entrance, moving viewers from the outside (and the exterior landscape of trees and water) into the interior of the building. You can see how impressive the scale is, with the front doors and the guy walking toward them. The images are HUGE (as Bernie Sanders said)!

And here's what it looks like at the other entrance at the end of the mall, with (L-R) Steven P. Goodman's Beach Study, Arthur Schaller's Blue Ship and White Object, Maggie Neale's Red, Rosalind Daniels' Spring Rain, Mark Lorah's Gate, Kathy Stark's Nano's Melons, and Elizabeth Nelson's Grass.

As I said, you can see the images both inside and outside. Here's Wendy James' Underpass from the outside

and the inside (where, of course, things are reversed -- in this case turning the car into a (British? Australian?) vehicle with the steering wheel on the other side! You can see that there are some fake mullions that are seen from the inside that create a grid.

These are ten of the 16 images. I'll post more later.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Birthday Enchilada Cake

It's The Front's first birthday, and we're celebrating tonight with birthday cake, sparklers, art, and conversation! I made a savory cake with corn tortillas, red chili sauce, and "frosted" with sour cream and cilantro. Yum!

Photo taken by my friend Pat Taylor, who is visiting.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Browns' Burden installed at The Front in Montpelier

Come to the opening reception for the new show at The Front during Montpelier Art Walk on May  6, 4-8 PM! We'll be having a birthday celebration at the gallery, with cake, party hats, sparklers, and lots of interesting new work.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Window Installation for "Encountering Yellow" at Studio Place Arts

The new show at SPA is called Encountering Yellow, and I've made an installation in the front window (and over the front door) using a bunch of lampshades I found while dumpster diving in New Orleans when we were there in January and February. They have a gorgeous yellow color inside (from years of people in motels smoking next to them, someone suggested...).

Here's a photo that James Secor took of the installation after he came down off the ladder (and it was also he who suggested some of them should go outside as well as inside):

I took this one with my phone after Sue finished taking the old signage off the window; I'll get more images later.

This is a fun show, and SPA's annual BASH (Big Arty SPA Happening) will be on May 13 -- so plan to come and party with us!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Militarization of Our Police

So this is the image I said I'd post.

Here we have exactly the same vehicles, army green on the left, and police black on the right. Somehow the black vehicles are more sinister -- maybe because we know that WE are the ones who might be the objects of their actions, not "those people" somewhere else in the world...

And again, the brand name "Rescue  Team" is like the "Peacekeepers" from the last post. Who is being rescued here?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

War Games

What do you think of when you think of Peace? Apparently the makers of war toys have appropriated the word Peacekeeper to market the old familiar war toys -- soldiers, tanks, guns, and other weapons.

I happened upon these because I was looking for Army vehicles for a project I'm doing. I prefer to have old, well-used toy vehicles (some of which I got from my grandson), but I have also used some new ones (more about which in a future post).

I'm working on a piece that combines my interest in the destruction of animals and their habitat, war, and the series of pull toys I called Rolling Boil. This piece is still in progress, as I'm not sure whether (and how) to connect the animals carrying war vehicles to the cart of people behind.

Monday, March 28, 2016

More Stairs

I'm continuing to work with the black and white photographs of stairs that I took in New Orleans. I have printed them out in black and white, placed objects on those photos, then photographed and printed those second-generation photographs. I've run into some technical snags, but they still seem quite appealing to me. Here are a few of the most recent ones:

I've used a clay head I originally made for my Dante's Inferno installation back in 1996. I've also been interested in text cubes and African carved animals.

Today I started working seriously on my large barrister's case cabinet.