Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Oh Christmas Thing 2014

Christmas Thing 2014, twigs, plastic ornaments

This year's Christmas Thing is small, measuring just over 12" tall, yet it carries a rugged elegance on those delicate legs.

Xmas dinner

This year's Christmas dinner is likely to be a little Chinese takeout, but last year, I apparently made a fortifying meal of beans and wieners using Stan Gregory's recipe - it's my standard now.  

Do the World a Favor, Dec 24

Dec 24

Monday, December 22, 2014


The October 11 opening of my exhibit HARBOR at Matteawan Gallery took place one year to the weekend after I executed a series of painted moves that ended up resulting in the base layers on which the Harbor compositions would be built. 

This act of painting done on Columbus Day weekend in 2013 was the final "processing" of Advent 2011, the last project to appear on the board of kork.  For Advent 2011 I sent postcard images of a 2001 painting, THA to 30 artists and asked them to manipulate the image in the photograph and mail it as a postcard back to the office of Deborah Bailey Browne CPA in Poughkeepsie, where it became an advent calendar marking the end of 2011 and the end of kork as an artspace - and some for some, possibly the end of the world with the apocryphal apocalypse of 2012 then looming on the horizon. 

The collected Advent 2011 postcards.

I took all of these manipulated postcards as suggestions for how to improve or destroy the painting in question.  The logical final step was to enact these suggestions on the actual painting and see what I came up with.
The video below is a time lapse capture of me going through the motions over the course of three days in October 2013.

After taking the painting through all of the iterations, I cut it up into smaller pieces to be used at a later date.  As it turns out, most of the body of this old painting has reemerged in the collective body of of the Harbor paintings which, as a group consist of 15 paintings.

After having chosen HARBOR as the name of the exhibit and the paintings, thinking of the significances of the word, I came to recognize these new paintings tangibly harbor the physical and intellectual efforts of all the participating artists, forming a receptive bed for a new layer of information and making the whole concept worth that much more to me.

Those participating artists are:

Angela Beloian, James Westwater, Sharon L Butler, Marc Wilhite, Lorrie Fredette, Thomas Huber, Peter Iannarelli, Elia Gurna, Angelika Rinnhofer, Alastair Dewell, Michael Asbill, Bruce Gluck, Kathleen Anderson, Matthew Slaats, Chad Smith, Mark DeLura, Peter Acheson, Jean Brennan, Steve Rossi, Mark Creegan, Mathew Hereford, Deirdre SwordsSusan Walsh, Catherine Welshman, Kirsten Kucer, Christopher Stackhouse, Matthew S Kinney, Greg Slick, Sara Mussen and Karlos Carcamo.

Do the World a Favor, Dec 22

Dec 22

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving snow

A Fresh layer of snow on our front lawn is an enticing blank sheet on which to make a mark.  Early Thanksgiving morning I went out to execute a little playtime I had been planning for the occasion of such a suitably timed snowfall.  That our first snow of the season corresponded with the space provided by a holiday made it all the better to get out early.

Groundcover: rug, 8.27.14

I've been saving these paint roller covers for several years, using them to make a small series of works I call Groundcover.  This is the first time I've actually covered the ground with them.  I've been saving them with the intent that I may have enough to create a wall or ceiling covering work one day.  But collecting them has been slow and that ultimate piece looking ever more elusive.  The column I made for the Salon des REfUSE exhibit at the Garrison Art Center utilized all but a couple of the roller covers I have, so I thought it fitting to make that the final Groundcover work....But then I remembered snow season was approaching and I might could make use of my collection as raw material for a little winter play before divesting myself of them.

Groundcover: rug, phase 2

That I've made a habit of going out to make "art" in the snow for the past three years hadn't occured to me until I began looking at the photos I took. 

In 2012, the snow made it possible to quickly transform a sketchbook image into installation with "Dominos."

Dominos (linked moments), Dec 2012, painted drywall, snow, grass

The snow also becomes the vehicle for the transformation and extension of the work through it's melting and re-dusting of the ground.  The pressure of change on matter made visible rather quickly by the quick changing nature of snow.

Early on Christmas morning in 2013, I took advantage of another fresh bed of snow, documenting a performance that was inspired by watching workers "draw" by sweeping snow from the parking lot of the building I was staying in on my 2012 trip to Geneva.

Do the World a Favor, Nov 29

Nov 29

Friday, November 28, 2014

A note to the Mega Rich... wares will be in room 121 of the Aqua Hotel in South Beach.  All forms of payment accepted.

Karlyn Benson of Matteawan Gallery is taking her show on the road to Miami for the week of art fairs surrounding Art Basel Miami and with her she is taking some of my work along with the work of Björn Meyer-Ebrecht, Greg Slick, Krista Svalbonas, August Ventimiglia, and Susan Walsh.

Matteawan Gallery will set up shop at Aqua Art Miami, in room 121 of the Aqua 1530 Collins Ave in Miami Beach.

This morning NPR Morning Edition aired a segment on the role of the mega rich and the auction and fair circuits have in influencing the art world. 

Do the World a Favor, Nov 28

Nov 28