Friday, August 14, 2015
Last Saturday, August 8, was the opening for Creative Cosmos at the Chandler Gallery in Randolph. The gallery had scheduled Artist Talks at 4:30, and it was really a very good thing to hear the four artists who presented (myself, Jim Robinson, Cami Davis, and Bhakti Ziek, in that order) talk about their work. I really think this is something that galleries should always do at (or before) receptions. I understand that in many places in Europe and elsewhere in the world, an Opening is literally that -- someone (often an academic or critic) speaks about the work in a space outside the gallery, and then the doors to the exhibit are opened and people are allowed in to experience the work for the first time. What do you think?
Here's my piece in context, followed by Bhakti Ziek's installation:
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Creative Cosmos is an exhibit of paintings, prints, weaving sculpture, and digital images that explores how artists respond to the universal cosmic order and are inspired by scientific discoveries. It opens June 20th and runs through Labor Day. The Vermont and New Hampshire artists exhibiting include Sabra Field, Paul Calter, Cameron Davis, Janet Van Fleet, Bhakti Ziek, Marcus Greene, and Jim Robinson.
There will be an Artists talk August 8th 4:30 pm, which I will participate in, and a reception following on August 8th 6-8:30 pm.
Posted by janetvanfleet at 8:02 AM
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Thanks to Anne Sarcka for letting me use a spare wall in her studio this afternoon to put together a hanging template for my installation Out There, which uses five pieces built on top of photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope and ten small oil-on-board pieces representing asteroids (or rocks). It will be going to the Chandler Gallery in Randolph for their next show, The Creative Cosmos.
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I have given two of my Cosmology pieces on long-term loan to Local 64 (a co-working space) in Montpelier, Vermont. They had their grand opening of the new space today from 5-7 PM. Here's Globular Clusters
and Dark Matter in their new spaces:
Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert, my good friend, also put two pieces up, and they look fabulous:
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Sunday, May 31, 2015
Somehow, I keep getting drawn back to disks. I think I'm almost finished with the series I'm calling The Black Death, made with oil-painted disks in loose grids. There are three strung up (ugh, what an image...) and four more waiting to be laced into grids. Each of the sections has at least one disk with the name of an unarmed victim of police shooting, written in black but rubbed almost to the point of erasure with white paint. There are also images of people in the community (these are not portraits of the dead), things happening in the community and its environment, including the sky, growing things, and other animals that live there. Here is a look at the three that are finished:
I blew up (again, an unfortunate phrase with multiple associations...) some of the paintings on disks (which are about 2.5 inches wide) to 9" wide, and made placards for a vigil that is happening in Barre every Wednesday from 12 noon - 1 PM. We used them for the first time last Wednesday, May 27. While I was standing there a guy came roaring by on a motorcycle and yelled "Yah, they're good for chopping cotton." Even in Vermont.
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Here's a look at The Closet, on exhibit now at The Front in Montpelier. I decided the figure needed something inside -- long silk underwear is how I think of it (though it's not actually silk, it does have that feel). Take it away for $950 (it will be great for the new gallery to have a sale!).
Posted by janetvanfleet at 9:40 AM
Thursday, May 21, 2015
This Saturday, May 23, I'll be participating in the Open Studio weekend, along with many of the other studio artists at SPA, 201 North Main Street in Barre, Vermont, 10 AM - 5 PM.
I've done a few more of the paintings over old paintings from the late 1990's:
I decided, at Liz Nelson's recommendation, NOT to include the elephant in the first one. She suggested maybe to pair it with a line of my teapots...
Now I have turned my attention to working on a large series of loose-grid pieces that look at inner cities, the police killings of unarmed black men, and other experiences of urban areas. This is one of the first sketches. I now have MANY portraits of African-American people that I will use in this work. It's pretty exciting. I will be working on this project during Open Studios.
If you're in the area, I'd love to see you come visit the studio on Saturday!
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