Friday, December 23, 2016

Black Lives Matter

I've curated a small exhibit at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center in Montpelier, VT entitled Black Lives Matter. There will be a reception on Friday, January 13 where artists will speak about their work, followed by a panel discussion. I hope you will come if you are in the area.

I'm also involved in an organization called Reading to End Racism, which will be reading to children at Union Elementary School. If that's something you'd like to participate in, we're having a training on January 17 at 5:30 in Plainfield. Let me know if you'd like to come.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Six New Pieces!

Here is a look at six new pieces, photographed by Randolph photographer Jack Rowell. These pieces are built on long, shallow wooden boxes that were used to ship stained-glass-maker Chris Jeffrey's lead channeling. They are different sizes, rough, sometimes a bit torqued. I've sanded down the worst of the weathered, splintery surfaces and either finished them with beeswax, oil, or stain.

The overall title of this series is The Long Haul. I am seeking venues where I can exhibit the whole group of six suspended from the ceiling at different heights and angles.

The following piece was shown at The Front in Montpelier, suspended from the ceiling, an homage to my late friend Marge Trautz.

Next is one I call Chaos, created post-election, filled with cooking and eating implements, clay letters, and wood-and-metal human figures:

Next, a numerically-sequenced piece, associated with a quote from a poem entitled "No Title Required"  by Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996:
I'm no longer sure that what's important is more important than what's not important.
 The piece has 17 compartments (the number of syllables in a Haiku), with bits of everyday stuff. It was photographed without the glass covering that protects the items in the box.

The next three pieces rise up out of their boxes.

I love this simple piece of a wagon loaded with logs that makes its way back and forth along the tracks, moved by cranks on either end, over ballast of puffed and toasted clay.

 This Long Haul piece begins with a straw man and ends with a death rolodex.

 Finally, a piece that was reworked using figures, a few of which were exhibited at Studio Place Arts a year ago, and then appeared in greater numbers in an installation at The Front.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

New Work Being Photographed

I have six new pieces built on shallow boxes that once held lead channel for stained glass. Jack Rowell, a friend and excellent photographer, has shot all six, and I'll soon have all the images, some of which I will post here.

Today, he sent me a sequence of images of this piece that has a kinetic element so I could make a GIF. More coming later.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Anniversary

One of my Loose Grids pieces featuring numbers was recently acquired for a 40th Wedding Anniversary. Here it is, installed in the collectors' dining room.

I made a few extra pieces featuring numbers that were special for them (the wife of the couple is, among other things, a mathematician, so numbers have a definite significance for her!). What a wonderful way for them to celebrate their anniversary! I hope they will enjoy it for many years to come.