Showing posts with label painting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label painting. Show all posts

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Spaces We Inhabit part two

In my last post I talked about my preparation for the exhibit "Spaces We Inhabit" and the two sculptural installations I created for this show.  This post is a collection of images from the exhibition.  

"Spaces We Inhabit" at the Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago.

Me with my installation Spaces We Inhabit.  It consisted of 7 ceiling-hung columns, each 15' long.  The cubes themselves vary in size from 1.5"x1.5"x1.5" to 4.5"x4.5"x4.5".

Infinite Possibilities on the wall to the left.  The Power of Place and Make No Little Plans on pedestals.  On the wall - two paintings by Mary Zeran between two paintings by Emily Rutledge.

Moving Day on the wall to the left, Place on the pedestal, paintings by Emily Rutledge on the wall and a peek of my installation Spaces We Inhabit between the wall and column.

Emily Rutledge (left) and Mary Zeran.

The 7 columns of Spaces We Inhabit .

A detail shot of Spaces We Inhabit.

This side of the display walls are viewable from the street and include three paintings in the foreground by Emily Rutledge and a painting by Mary Zeran.  Two columns of Spaces We Inhabit are visible at the end.

Make No Little Plans on the pedestal and Infinite Possibilities on the wall in the background.

The artists of "Spaces We Inhabit" - myself, Mary Zeran and Emily Rutledge.

Four of my sculptures were displayed on pedestals.



     The Power of Place

Make No Little Plans

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A New Look!

The Accumulation of Small Moments 12"hx12"w  Encaustic, Fiber on Panel 
Do you ever find yourself in need of a change?  Maybe it's a change as small as a new haircut or maybe it takes the form of a new look to a room in your house.  Perhaps you don’t want a new look, but a new attitude.   Maybe what you seek is a new view of your life or your work? 
Whatever it may be, it's always something fun to do because it brings some "newness" into your life.  We all find comfort in the status quo but a little change; something new can be just what we need. 

Frozen Music    5.5”hx11”wx6.5”d    Encaustic, Fiber, Wire, Found Metal
For a while now I have wanted to change my website.  I wanted to keep the basic design simple and focus on showing my artwork in a straightforward way.  I also wanted to assimilate various social media platforms into my website in order to create a more complete web presence.  My final revisions included tying in this News Blog into my website in order to offer quick snapshots into what is going on in my life. 

I hope you like my “new and improved” website!

Thanks to Doug Boehm, my web designer, for taking all of my handwritten notes and turning them into my new website.
Indecision   (3 pieces)      8”hx18”wx7”d     Encaustic, Fiber, Wire, Foam           



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spring Exhibition News

Coming Together
encaustic, fiber, wire
I do not like the cold. I know that many people are eager for the start of winter. They are happy to embrace the snow and the cold and all things winter. Now don't get me wrong, I am not immune to the beauty of newly fallen snow and the wondrous vision of the world enveloped in a white veil during a snowstorm but I prefer to experience this while tucked away in my home without any need to head out into all of this splendor. Needless to say, I am one of the many people that are eager for the start of spring. I love spring. Nature comes to life, replacing the dull colorless landscape with polished green and lovely flecks of color. One of my favorite signs of spring includes the return of boats to our harbors. While sailing along Lake Michigan this early in the year would undoubtedly be chilly to say the least, this action speaks to the optimistic expectation of warmer days to come.  

It is with great expectation that I look toward the exhibitions that I will participate in over the next few months.

Within and Beyond
encaustic, hand-dyed fiber, wire

Eighth Annual Encaustic Invitational
Conrad Wilde Gallery
439 N. 6th Ave.   
Tucson, Arizona

I am happy that my sculptures will again be included in the Conrad Wilde Gallery’s Annual Encaustic Invitational.  This exhibition runs from March 2, 2013 – April 27, 2013.  There will be two artist’s receptions -   March 2 and April 6, 2013.   

Tendency of Thought
encaustic, fiber on panel

Two shows this spring are group exhibitions featuring members of FUSEDChicago.  FUSEDChicago is a group of Midwest artists that work in the encaustic medium.  These group shows are always outstanding, offering an engaging look at the incredible range of this medium.

Searching for The Infinite in the Finite
encaustic, fiber on panel
FUSEDChicago 3
Second Floor Gallery
Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago          

FUSEDChicago 3 is the third exhibition of paintings by members of this group at Chicago’s Fine Arts Building.  This historical building boasts the last remaining manually operated elevators in the city.  The show runs through February 28, 2013. Opening reception February 8, 6:00-8:00pm                                                                                                

Living Together-But-Separate Lives
encaustic, fiber, wire, twine

FUSEDChicago: A Group Encaustic Exhibition       
Wright Gallery of Art
College of Lake County
19351 W. Washingon Street
Grayslake, Illinois

This exhibition runs from March 1, 2013 – April 7, 2013 Opening reception March 1, 7:00-9:00pm                                                                                                                                                           
Make No Little Plans
encaustic, fiber on panel

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.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Process of Making a New Sculpture

I always find it to be wonderfully thought-provoking to learn the whats, the whys and the hows about a particular piece or about a body of work. Understanding an artist’s process can be incredibly fascinating and telling. I am a very process oriented artist and this is evident in many of my series including my encaustic Urban Windows series, my encaustic tile Tesserae series and most recently in my encaustic and fiber vessels and sculptures. Last month I began a new encaustic and fiber sculpture and I thought that it might be interesting to document the making of this new piece.

Window no. 34 (6.75"x6.75",encaustic)

Tesserae X (18"x18", encaustic tiles)

Since I made my first encaustic and fiber Vessel in 2011, each work was created in a purely intuitive manner. As my designs became larger and more complex I began to create models. Coming Together began as a drawing and from this drawing I made a paper model.

By creating this model I was able to determine that in order to get the result that I wanted I would need to begin with a shape that was 9 feet long! So equipped with this daunting information, I began by cutting out strips of cheesecloth. Once I made the decision as to the general color palette I wanted this piece to have I painted the many fiber strips with encaustic paint. I mix the colors for each strip separately ensuring an interesting and complex finished look.

The strips are then folded and woven and given a layer or two of clear encaustic medium all of which give the piece additional strength. At this point the work is given a wire armature which allows for support. Using pottery tools, the entire piece is hemmed and the shape of the sculpture is formed.

Coming Together (9”x12”x13”, encaustic, cheesecloth, wire)