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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Stepping Outside of My Comfort Zone

As many of you know, I am a big fan of right angles.  


Windows no. 34



My Windows Series consisted of small squares carved into square panels and my Tesserae paintings were created with many square-shaped encaustic tiles. 


Tesserae II
Moving Day

I designed custom wood panel frames to house my mini encaustic and fiber cubes.



detail, Spaces We Inhabit




My mixed media cubes grew and were hung in columns from the ceiling.


Perhaps my cube obsession culminated into the installation Infinite Possibilities.  Each one of these unique cubes is installed in a grid formation on the wall, hopefully by someone OTHER than me!

Infinite Possibilities

 In fact, you can find the square shape in many of my vessels and woven encaustic and fiber 3-dimensional works!
Vessel 6



So when the opportunity arose to participate in an art exhibition that was titled The Dot Show I jumped at it!
Dots!  
They are not in any way, shape or form square!  
The lack of right angles in dots make this theme definitely out of my comfort zone! 

Not only will I create an art installation that focuses on this theme, I will work in collaboration with artist Amy Van Winkle.  Amy and I are both members of FUSEDChicago; Midwest artists who work with the encaustic medium.  We will share an exhibition window in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.  With a total of 7 windows, these showPODS, run by the Chicago Arts District, offer 
 an instant art experience 24/7.

Each one of these encaustic and fiber dots is only 1" in diameter and will be installed on the exhibition wall.  My initial plan of making 200 of these little guys has grown to a lofty design plan exceeding 500!  We shall see!



The Dot Show
May 13th through June 23rd, 2016 - the showPODs are along the 1800 blk of South Halsted St. in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

The opening reception is during the Chicago Art District's 2nd Friday Gallery Night on Friday May 13, 2016 from 6-10pm in showPOD7. I hope to see you there! 





Sunday, March 22, 2015

Art Exhibition Themes

Setting up an art exhibition quite often begins by choosing a theme.  A theme can serve to tie all of the included works together.  It usually explores a particular concept or idea.  



I am a member of the artists group FUSEDChicago.  For our first group show of the year, Textual Encounters at ARC Gallery in Chicago, we exhibited works that are inspired by the written word.  My textural reference was a quote from the artist Jasper Johns:  “One likes to think that one anticipates changes in the spaces we inhabit, and our ideas about space.”

For this exhibit I wanted to include some of the columns from my sculpture "Spaces We Inhabit".  These 15 feet high sculptures were designed to be hung from the ceiling, enabling visitors to walk among them but I was unable to do so in this space.  So I adapted and installed 7 of the columns with this wall hanger.
 

 
"Spaces We Inhabit", ARC Gallery

I have been in art exhibitions that use an art medium as a means to tie the work together.  Big Bad Wax at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, Florida was a juried exhibit of works by 36 nationally acclaimed artists that incorporated the medium of wax.

My sculpture "Place" hanging on the wall at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts

Some exhibitions are created through a collaborative effort.  University galleries work with an academic department to create an interesting and educational exhibit.

 
"Vessel 24", Koehnline Art Museum


Call and Response: From Artemisia to Frida at the Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, Illinois was created in collaboration with the Oakton Community College's Women's and Gender Studies Program.  This juried art exhibit included artwork by "prominent lacal and naitional women artists...that respond in ways that honor, critique or expand upon techniques and content of groundbreaking female "master" - past and present."  My encaustic and fiber vessel series paid homage to Dat So La Lee, a renowned American Indian basket weaver.

"Passages", Swope Art Museum

Many art organizations include an annual art exhibit in their exhibition calendar.   The Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana has had an annual juried exhibition for 70 years.  This annual event includes the work of artists from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio.


 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Winter Exhibition News


Place (detail)
 
I’m sending two of my newest sculptures to Florida this month.  I am especially pleased that both were accepted as it was the first time I had submitted either for an exhibition.  Place is the largest work I have created to date, measuring 6’7”, twice that if it is laid out from end to end.  I plan to pursue Place as a series that will be hung as a multi-piece installation.

Place 
6’7”hx8”wx4.5”d 

 encaustic, cheesecloth, cotton cord, foam  

Passages has been a work in progress.  I made the base last year and it sat off to the side in my studio waiting for inspiration.  Over time this base changed shape until I came upon the decidedly boat-like form it is today.  It then returned again to that “place of contemplation” off to the side in my studio until one day I spied the roll of copper wire I had in a container of wire and cords.  I really like the combination of metal with wax and fiber.  The small sections of copper wire impale the smooth waxed surface of the form bringing a menacing sense to this simple, still and serene form.  This certainly might be my love-hate relationship with water coming out.  Nothing would make me happier than to sit on the porch of a beach house looking and listening to the ocean all day but you would be hard pressed to get me in that same water.
Passages (detail)
Place and Passages are both included in "Big Bad Wax" at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, Florida.  This national juried encaustic exhibition was juried by Kim Bernard and Susan Loden.  This exhibition runs January 10 – March 2, 2014.  The opening reception is January 10, 2014, 6-8pm.
http://mountdoracenterforthearts.org/ 
 

       Passages
2”hx18”wx5”d     
encaustic, cheesecloth, copper wire

As many of you know, I am a member of FUSEDChicago, a group of Chicago area artists using the encaustic medium.   One of our missions is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through exhibitions of member work.   This is a group of extremely talented artists and so the many group exhibitions that have been held have been truly excellent events. 

http://www.fusedchicago.org/
 
               Make No Little Plans    
9”x9” cube
encaustic, cheesecloth on wood panels  

 
I am happy that Make No Little Plans is included in the next FUSEDChicago group exhibition, “Fused” held at the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  The show is curated by  Jessica Segal and will run from January 15 – February 8, 2014.  The opening reception is January 17, 2014.
 
http://www.unionstreetgallery.org/exhibits.htm


Holiday wishes to everyone and many thanks for your support!



 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Building a Strong Online Presence

                                        
On March 23rd and 24th, the Chicago Cultural Center hosted the 9th annual Creative Chicago Expo.  This event featured workshops, vendor information and resources for creatives in all disciplines.  I attended the workshops “Build a Strong Online Presence” given by Jennifer Rapp Peterson of Indiemade and “Maximizing the Potential of Your Website in Cyberspace” given by Brad Lichtenstein of Creative Capital.

Ms. Peterson’s advice begins with the need to define your goals. Why do you want to be online and what do you want to communicate?  She urged everyone to not only discover yourself, the who, what, where, how and why of your personality and the personality of your art, but to also identify your audience and speak to them directly by searching for what they want. 

Both workshops stressed the importance of participation in social media.  It is important to listen to the social conversation as well as sharing and engaging on social platforms.  Mr. Lichtenstein proposed creating a special page on Facebook to follow the stages of a unique project.

Both workshops also emphasized the importance of having a professional website as it is your online home.  Ms. Peterson identified well-designed navigation and page layouts, a site map and a blog as website must-haves.  Mr. Lichtenstein suggested posting process pictures of you making your art as this inside knowledge creates a stronger connection between the art buyer and the art.  Additionally he recommended including images of your art in client’s homes.

He also advised that we think about things and events narratively resulting in a story telling way of disseminating information about ourselves and our art.  He contends that people not only enjoy stories but remember them better, adding that this is the ideal way to design your “elevator speech”.

Indiemade and Creative Capital both have pages on Facebook.

Jennifer Rapp Peterson has included her notes from this workshop on the Indiemade site.


This post appeared on fusedchicago.org April 12, 2012.
http://www.fusedchicago.org/general/build-a-strong-online-presence/

Photograph: Doug Boehm  http://chicagovisitor.net/