Saturday, July 6, 2013

DISC COURSE Exhibit at the Vermont Supreme Court


There is an exhibit of my disc-based artwork at Vermont Supreme Court during the months of July and August, 2013. The show is entitled  DISC COURSE.  An opening reception, to which the public is invited, is on Thursday July 11 from 5-7 PM. The Supreme Court is located at 111 State Street in Montpelier, and is open weekdays from 8:00 - 4:30.


The pieces in DISC COURSE are selected from my Circular Statements body of work, begun in 2005, which employs buttons and other circular elements. In addition, all the work in this exhibit uses spray paint, at least in part. Spray paint creates a fabulous, smooth surface that I can either keep as-is or overpaint with oil paints that add additional textures.

Come to the opening reception on Thursday, July 11. Visitors will be offered small colored LED lights to shine on my works and experiment with the effects created by the colored shadows. That plus good things to eat and drink!


In addition to the large 8x6 foot Circular Statements piece, there are two never-before-seen new pieces called All and Everything (I and II) (see above). All and Everything is also the title of the magnum opus of G. I. Gurdjieff, a spiritual teacher and philosopher whose works my mother (who died two years ago) studied for many years. I used all the spray paint left in my studio, and everything I could lay my hands on to create images and designs on the faces of the disks.  Each of these pieces has two very visually busy sides - one with buttons and one without.

One wall in the back is completely covered with loose grids of disks from the Biodiversity work I took to Nagoya, Japan in 2010 and the later work based on letterforms and numbers:


course (kors), noun
1. the path over which something moves or extends; a series of items or events: the course of a body of work from the first in a series to the most recent. 
2. a program of instruction or education: the artist offered a course discussing the pieces in the     exhibition.

discourse (dis' kors), noun
verbal interchange of ideas: viewers are encouraged to engage in speculation and     conversation about the work exhibited.

The work in DISC COURSE is from my Circular Statements body of work, begun in 2005, which employs buttons and other circular elements. In addition, all the work in this exhibit uses spray paint, at least in part. I have provided short texts ("courses") describing each of the pieces.

2 comments:

Fran Bull said...

Such a wonderful and provocative array of things, a disc course indeed. The reference to your mother and to the work of Gurdjieff is incredibly ...Gurdjieffian, as I was reminded of Gurdjieff's philosophy in the midst of an experience just two days ago when in the midst of a powerful and totally illogical urge to change direction. If I do not get to Montpelier, at least I will have seen the installation via your blog here. Many thanks.

anna said...

Janet - the exhibit looks fabulous. What wonderful pictures. I hope everyone enjoyed the opening!