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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Exhibition News

I love Fall. I love the cooler temperatures and I love the changing colors & falling leaves and I really love the annual tradition of switching out my summer clothes for my winter clothes. The sight of a favorite comfy sweater almost makes me yearn for chilly Chicago winter days…almost. Not only does the weather change but the city changes. The beaches close, school resumes and in general, the number of visitors is vastly reduced. Now I love living in the city, but the sheer number of tourists that visit every summer can be overwhelming at times. There is a small pocket of time between summer and holiday shopping season where downtown Chicago feels more intimate. The sidewalks are just a little easier to navigate and the restaurants in our neighborhood are actually filled with neighbors. I am particularly happy to welcome Fall this year with a number of exciting exhibitions!

Tactile Encounters: The Influence and Appearance of Textures
I am pleased to have five 3D encaustic and fiber pieces in this show at the Kemper Gallery at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Artwork in this show exemplifies how meaning and depth, real or perceived, is brought to a work through the use of textures and layers. This show runs from October 1st through November 16, 2012.

Four of my 3D encaustic and fiber sculptures have been accepted into the show Encaustics at the Kavanagh Gallery, Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois. The show will run from October 19 through November 17, 2012.

The Buzz
For the second time, I am pleased that my art is included in a featured program during Chicago Artists Month. This year I am happy to be a part of The Buzz, an exhibit featuring artworks using the encaustic medium. The show will be in Gallery 303 at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago and runs throughout October.

Pattern in Painting
I am delighted to be included in this online juried show that showcases work that relies on pattern as a basis for communication.

You can also find my art at the Illinois Artisans Shop at the Illinois State Museum in the Thompson Center (100 W. Randolph) in Chicago.

Image Information: Top image: Living Together-But-Separate-Lives, (5"x8"x9", encaustic, cheescloth, wire, twine) Second Image: The Mane (7”x12”x8”, encaustic, hand-dyed cheesecloth, wire), Vessel 27 (11”x9.5”x6”, encaustic, cheesecloth), The Pillow (on wall) (9’x9”x4”, encaustic, hand-dyed cheesecloth, wire), Vessel 30 (3.5”x14”x14”, encaustic, cheesecloth, wire), Vessel 29 (8”x10”x10”, encaustic, cheesecloth) Third Image: Considering Mies (16"x16"x5", encaustic, cheecloth, wire) Bottom Image: Tendency of Thought (18"x18", encaustic, cheesecloth)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Challenges are a Good Thing

Tendency of Thought (18"x18", encaustic, cheesecloth)

A number of months ago I looked at a call that I wanted to apply to and saw that it specified “Only 2D” submissions. Now given that I have focused on 3D work over the last year or so, I thought this was a nice little challenge. Challenges are a good thing. They encourage us to experiment and they test our willingness to step out of our comfort zone. Sometimes these challenges emerge as mere questions; how can I hang this sculpture on the wall, how can I use this material differently, how can I convey this idea? A good number of these deliberations remain ‘on the back burner’, so to speak, waiting for that spark of inspiration. Sometimes that spark happens right away. I see something new that hints at an answer, or look at the problem in a whole new way. Sometimes it’s just that infamous 'happy accident'.

With this submission challenge, I knew that I wanted to incorporate both encaustic and cheesecloth, the two mediums I use in all of my 3D work, now the question was how.

In my last blog post I talked about the little encaustic and cheesecloth cubes that made up my piece Moving Day. Well, one day while I was making some of these little boxes, I decided to remove some of the sections of the painted cloth cube forms in an attempt to alter their shapes. While I worked, I absentmindedly placed the resulting small rectangular pieces onto a small board.

As the number of these small rectangular shapes increased, the beginnings of an image appeared- a decidedly accidental image! I loved the feeling of flow that came from the formal repetition and the resulting sense of rhythm in the pattern and texture. This needed further examination and so I set my cubes aside and began to paint large sections of cheesecloth and proceeded to cut them into MANY small rectangular shapes. Once again, as with my Tesserae Series, I found myself reformulating the harmonious whole into smaller elements, giving it new order. In my Tesserae series, I make encaustic tiles by creating many similar multi-layered encaustic paintings, systematically strip the painting from its wooden substrate into narrow ribbons and cut these ribbons into tiles which make up the final painting.

Tesserae VIII (18"x18", encaustic tiles)

Tesserae X detail (18"x18", encaustic tiles)

Does this mean that I have the secret desire to redesign my make, out of fragments, symbols of incompleteness, something that is complete and whole!?!

Tendency of Thought detail (18"x18", encaustic, cheesecloth)

Tendency of Thought, seen at the top of this post, is the result of this ‘happy accident”. It has been included in Hot Wax in the City at Morpho Gallery in Chicago and in Evans Encaustic online show Patterning in Painting. It will be included in the Chicago Artists Month exhibit The Buzz this October in Gallery 303 at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.

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 April 12, 2012.

Photograph: Doug Boehm