My old friend Jonathan Evision, writer of the wonderful novel All About Lulu, hits some valuable marks on artistic movement and what makes one tick. Its good to be reminded from time to time on the basics. On placing the dots in whatever order you need them to be, and that taking task to what we face in our collective studio space, painting, writing, building, failing, failing again, but still sticking to it.
It's a quick shot to the arm...
Seeing in Manhattan is always an understatement, it's what happens the second you step out of a place like Penn Station and take in what is going on around you, vertically, horizontally, and physically. Every sensation takes on a heightened state of alert, and in my personal case, gets my batteries re-charged. Art, food, architecture, style; it really does begin and end here, this is New York City, the Sun and the Universe for you to take, or be swallowed into, sometimes all of this at once, for what feels like forever.
Douglas Witmer - Susan Scott - Joe Saunders - Harold Hollingsworth
Touch/Faith - Semantics Gallery - Cincinnati Ohio
curated by Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Just got back from Cincinnati on a whirlwind weekend of meeting the staff at the gallery that represents me in Cincinnati, Miller Gallery and being curated by Jeffrey Cortland Jones for a show titled Touch/Faith at Semantics Gallery. Weather and people were wonderful, the cities famous Skyline Chili was delicious, and the mini tour Jeffrey was kind enough to take me on really has me looking forward to a return to this wonderful city.
I began work on a piece that I had painted in 2004 that was returned from Circa Gallery last year with some other work as well. It has been fun, and loose, no worrying about any final result, just like picking up an old guitar and trying some new tracks on, seems natural. Added the stripes and the Gulf logo, and now letting it rest.
Everything, All At Once, Forever - 72" x 53" - Oil on Canvas - 2004-09
I received the call I'd been dreading since I had my show in Minneapolis in October, my dear friend, and art dealer for ten years, Wanda Flechsig had succumb to her fight with cancer. I sit here in my studio so many miles away, going through my memories with this wonderful woman. She approached me after seeing a show of mine at the now defunct Esther Claypool Gallery in 1999 and wanted to include me in a group show back in Minneapolis. From there on I was in for a honest, clear, and positive relationship that continues with Circa to this day. I've had three wonderful solo shows with Circa, and on every visit with Wanda and her amazing staff, I was always treated like a star, and felt so at ease, as if we had been friends all my life. Meeting people like this within the art world is a rare and very precious thing, which makes today even more heartbreaking, she was always my friend, above and beyond being my art dealer. When I left my job two years ago to pursue being an artist full time, Wanda was a solid source of strength and positive feedback and seemed to provide me with extra energy when I was feeling unsure. She will be missed in my life, and many other artists that she showed and befriended. Circa continues on with her handpicked staff who have been running the space since the new year, and they, like her are wonderful. My condolences go out to her immediate family, her friends, of which she had plenty of; in Minneapolis and around the country. To the other artists who she showed, and represented we are all looking up at the sky today and saying goodbye to an amazing and loving soul, love you Wanda!
Hood - Further Woodland.mp3
Some various works in progress, the one in the foreground and the other on the lovely stumps here in the studio are both 88" x 54". Work is going well and production is non stop, even with the lovely sun out teasing me. I thought on the music front I would share a podcast of my friend Stewart of Boyracer fame lining up some wonderful songs for your enjoyment...
TENPOLE TUDOR real fun (korova 7", 1980)
THE BUFF MEDWAYS i'm not going to your boring private view (no label 7", 2006)
NANCY SESAY & THE MELODAIRES c'est fab (it's war boys 7", 1980)
SARANDON searching for the now (little car 7", 2009)
BOGSHED fat lad exam failure (vinyl drip 12", 1988)
THE CRAMPS hot pearl snatch (live, vengeance records, 1988)
PRINCE BUSTER time longer than rope (prince buster 7", 1962)
MOUSEFOLK i don't love you anymore (demo tape, 1988)
PETTICOAT CRASH darling let's have another baby (zick zack, 1981)
KRISTIN MESS green & purple (555 recs, forthcoming in 2009)
THE GROOVE FARM baby blue marine (kvatch flexi, 1987)
THE NERVOUS REX 12345 crazy feeling (555 recs, 2008)
HUON that's not bad (555 recs, 2009)
My brother John came by yesterday to do some portraits of me in my studio, he's got some ideas brewing and it was fun to hang out with him and see him getting the thoughts for work along this line rolling. Here is a link to his site.
More artists are slated for portraiture, so keep at it John, it was great shooting and hanging out with you!
my - Oil on Canvas Panels - 13"x9" - 2002-03
- my is a painting I did for a show in Minneapolis in 2004 and was actually grateful to get it back after the show at Circa Gallery came down. It's now here in the office of my painting studio, and is a work that nudges me, in a good way to keep at it.
I've had it in every office I've made for myself, first at Microsoft when I was in charge of the storage and movement of the art collection there, and then back to CoHo loft when I had my studio on Capital Hill. Now it's here in my Ballard studio. Its a map for me somehow, that guides, and reminds me, to move...keep moving, keep working...
An article came out a few days ago in Loft Life Magazine featuring good friend and designer Andrew Flesher's loft in Minneapolis. In it, is highlighted a commissioned painting I did for him several years ago. Metropolitan Design Magazine featured the same photos, but it is still nice to recall and see the work again, and Andrew's home was a wonderful place. When I had my show in 2004 at Circa Gallery, he threw a little cocktail party for me on my arrival here at his home. He is a great host and wonderful designer, enjoy.
Acrylic on Canvas - 72"x60"
you're no longer there
but nothing leaves you
you've kept everything
and what's it to you since
but it's no longer me.
And what's it to you, says Bardo.
- Antonin Artaud
You see half the moon, its cresent, and one of the planets, maybe Saturn, maybe Jupiter, in the early night sky over Berlin, through the windows of a taxicab, near Potsdamer Platz.
You think: Beauty
No, this is not beauty, maybe not, maybe, this is the rest of it, maybe not, maybe, the rest of beauty, maybe not, maybe, what remains of beauty, maybe not, maybe, what is visible, certainly, uncertain.
Your arms would not be able to stretch as far as necessary
to form an adequate gesture for beauty (You know that, don't you?)
So, beauty remains in the impossibilities of the body
- Blixa Bargeld
Einstürzende Neubauten - Beauty.mp3