This one's more my Dad's style!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I saw the Send Exhibit on Friday at the ICA and was quite moved to see Carlo Pittore's correspondance to his friend and fellow mail artist Bern Porter. It's all so Lo Tech and I love it for that. Just seeing someone's handwriting (and Carlo's was special) on real mail is a treat nowadays as both handwriting and real letters are becoming obsolete. There's an article in this week's Phoenix about the show. I very much enjoyed seeing my former professor Alex Kahn's work as well. He has made poetry of Spam, printed it in letterpress, and illustrated it with complex, witty and delicate etchings. Kahn's blending of Hi and Lo Tech is genius.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Twelve more terrific self-portraits from Edward Lucie-Smith's book, The Self Portrait: A Modern View.
From the inside jacket cover:
We do not see ourselves as others see us, even the mirror image lies. The self-portrait continues to be a richly productive source of inspiration for contemporoary artists...and continues one of the most enduring traditions of Western art.
Self Portrait Working, 1985
Double Self Portrait
Self Portrait, 1987
Self Portrait in Cushion Mirror
Self Portrait, 1978
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Blackwork Lovers will finally be installed next week in the Walker Terrace window here in Portland. Meanwhile I wanted to photograph the prints with frames for an exhibit application (June 30th is the deadline). My studio is way too small so this afternoon I lugged everything next door to the MECA classroom where I teach and tacked them up with their frames, which are all separate pieces. I had to sort of jury rig the whole operation - it was a real chore. But I think that I have some decent enough images to submit. Once the prints are installed in the window they will be up for 2 months, and it would have been impossible to photograph them satisfactorily through the glass. I may be painting the background in the window black, so the prints will look like they do in the top pic posted here. I decided not to add the top piece (with the angel). It seemed like too separate of a piece. So, here they are, ready for the window.
Blackwork Lovers, 2008
linoleum block prints with relief printed frames,
frames: painted recycled cardboard, clothesline rope, duct tape, glitter
installation 5' x 10'
print size, 3' x 3' each
print with frame size, 5' x 5' each
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I've changed the title of this series to Woman with Wounded Man, rather than Wounded Man with Woman. Just sounds better. I decided to use collaged photocopies with the linoleum block print. (Sorry about the poor quality of the 3rd pic - took these on the fly in the dark last night on my way out of the studio). I have added metallic silver and gold borders, and am working into the pieces with charcoal powder and turp. I plan to stitch into them with black thread, and to add some color using pastels and colored pencils. I might add a bit more collaged elements. I'm thinking of somehow adding a different flower to each piece. They are coming along. I'll post the finished products when completed!
I printed out the photographs of Elizabeth and Zach @ Kinko's yesterday then worked on their portrait in my studio. It's challenge for me to work this way. I'd much rather have the models sitting for me a second time. This was not possible because they had to fly back to Utah on Sunday. It is a good challenge, though. I can become too dependent on working from life. Now I have to rely on my memory, and I can make stronger editing and compositional choices when I am alone in my studio. I also get to use my imagination to play with the symbolism and the narrative. This is easier to do when I'm alone. When I'm with the people I am drawing, I am like a sponge, taking everything in. When I am alone I get to squeeze some of that back out! :^)
A little shop talk: I sprayed the drawing with workable fixative in order to add more layers of pastel. I had used Natural Turpeniod rather than plain Turpenoid to do my oil wash drawing at the start of the piece. I won't do this again - it is too oily, and is causing the paper surface to pull apart in some places. I had to go buy a couple of Schmeinke pastels to draw on these areas. Schmeinke's are ultra soft (and expensive - the Cadillac of pastels!)
Monday, June 23, 2008
Two of my cousin's children are getting married this summer and I am doing a couples portrait of each of them with their partner for their wedding gifts. This weekend I travelled down to the RI shore to start the first portrait. My cousin's daughter Elizabeth and her fiance, Zach, sat for about an hour and a half, enough time for me to get the groundwork done on their portrait. I will use these photos as references to complete the portrait in my studio. I plan to zoom in on Elizabeth's engagement ring, which Zach designed for her, and will also zoom in on Zach's necklace, which Elizabeth bought for him in New Zealand. I will also add the details of the fish design on Zach's shirt. I like the circle of two fish - it echos their intertwined hands...
Zach's necklace is a fishhook, and it symbolizes safe travel over water. I find this an apt wish for a couple that is about to embark upon the commitment of marriage!
Stay tuned for the finished portrait. I will be scheduling a sitting for my cousin's son and his fiance in August...