Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Open studio, now closed.

I decided to pull it all out for the open studio this past weekend.  Pulled it all out.  My thought was to bring out all the work that I have here in Beacon, save for the stuff that's too too embarrassing to show, and the stuff I know simply is nowhere near finished, and put it up for grabs at meager prices.  It's like gifting with a nominal kickback.  The process leading up to the open studio was great, and long, replete with moments of paralysis along the way.  The paralysis comes from my lack of being able to choose which task should next be done...and I end up jumping between two quixotically...
The benefit was that I photographed or re-photographed virtually every work I have in my possession here in the studio.  That process was fulfilling and productive.. Anyway, here are some picks, before and after the fact.  Incidentally, I opened my studio as part of the city-wide Beacon Open Studios that took place all weekend long here in town.  It was a good weekend.  Now what am I going to do?

 Some mighty fine goodies brought in by the Funky Baker.

The paint roller cover column I erected over the week.


 Marc Schreibman's photographs on the front of the house.

  Elia Gurna's installation on the porch.




 Trophy in the tree.  I'm thinking I might let this disintegrate up there through the Winter.


 A cupboard installation.

"Carrie Moyer Camou", a very recent work.

An incidental work created by me, inadvertantly, and claimed by Peter Iannarelli as his own creation.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My night out

 The throngs outside the Robert Miller Gallery.
I spent a couple of nights down in the city last week.  On Thursday night I went down to Chelsea and did a seven block sprint through a ton of openings.  It was all pretty much a blur.  I dug some of the work at the Mark Bradford/ Kara Walker show at Sikkema Jenkins.  It was very crowded so I didn't stick around to see the Walker video.  A few paintings in the exhibit Abstract Abstract at Foxy Productions have stayed with me.
I ventured up onto the highline for the first time.  I only walked it for a couple of blocks.  This being September 10, the pillar of light at ground zero was illuminated once again.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Only because she is too damn adorable

does she get her picture posted today.

My Doings this week

 Peter Acheson pulling out some work.
On Wednesdsay of this week I went up to have a studio visit with Peter Acheson in Ghent, NY.  I've posted several pics over at MAYKR.  Peter will be running down to Beacon to create a few interventions around our place for the Beacon Open Studios which will be taking place on the weekend of Sept 26 & 27.  More on will be forthcoming.
From Ghent, I stopped in to the office of Bailey Browne CPA & Assoc. in Poughkeepsie to install some security envelope collages I've been working on recently.  I put several up in the conference room.  The day before, I installed the newest kork project which is a collaboration between Brooklyn artists Bridget Mullen and Christopher Patch called Faces or Friendships.
Faces or Friendships on the kork project space.

In Ellenville, Torrent part deux

Week before last I installed the second of the Ellenville works.  Here's the statement I posted with the work:
The Ellenville Public Library's monthly book discussion for July was on Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  I read the book and partook in the discussion which was held on July 22.

This installation is based on the experience of reading the book and listening the reactions to it during the book discussion.

Water for Elephants traces a moment in the lives of folks living and working on an itinerant circus crew during the Great Depression.

What became clear to me during the discussion, was that the book unwittingly tapped into the trend in which financial analysts and commentators in the news have frequently compared the current economic and fiscal situation to the the crisis of the Great Depression. 
 These comparisons have abated somewhat since earlier in the year, but it illustrates the importance of memory and history in contextualizing our current state of being.  

This piece deals with those analogies of economic hardship, using a mixture of signals from the book and my own use of pattern and repetition which carries, for me, significance to familiar human activity and the flow and altering power of the passage of time. 

The topical backdrop of the book is further made current by the very nature of the 10x10x10 exhibit which specifically announces the economic reality of vacant storefronts around Ellenville, and one strategy - that of utilizing the currency of an art industry - to revitalize, reinvent, or simply enhance the economic and cultural landscape of a locale.

Like Ellenville, there are thousands of towns and cities that have set the table to entice fortune to drop in for dinner.
  In the novel, the circus is the institution that thrives on the sweat and sacrifice of the individuals who in turn are dependant on that institutional mechanism.  The disintergration of the circus in the novel is an apt metaphor for not only the recent financial collapse, but on a longer term, the fate of communities like Ellenville that have long hoped find a remedy that will fill its empty storefronts.
I had intended the work to utilize two tables that had been in the space everytime I'd visited since early May.  Since much of my painting recently has involved creating patterns, I was taken by the idea of creating a meandering checked tablecloth.  The tablecloth also seemed an apt image of thoughts of abundance and sustainance in a time when those concepts are of so much concern to many.   Of course, the day that I actually arrive with my tablecloth piece in hand, the tables are long gone.
In keeping with the spirit that guides the creation of my work, I improvised.  Using some large cable spools and air ducts lying around in the space to create new tables.  I initially felt this effect was more informal than I had hoped so I returned a week later with two tables.  
Now, I think a better solution that would be a hybrid of the two.  I prefer the substance that the presence of the spools offers, but the draping, particularly in relation to the cut out areas worked better with the actual tables.