Friday, February 28, 2014

Bubbling up: Lorrie Fredette @ Crotch

Although the forms are similar, the effect of the Crotch projects of Matt Stolle (January) and Lorrie Fredette (February) could not be more different.  Where Matt's black sphere appeared to come from without and insinuate itself in the crotch of this tree, Lorrie's bone colored balls allude to a source deep within the tree, bubbling forth from that source as if forced out by an internal pressure.
The work, simply titled Balls consists of dozens of small balls made of beeswax and tree resin placed in the crotch and tucked into a nearby knot hole in the tree.
 Is this how sap appears before the warming temps cause it to flow?
Like a kind of arboreal roe, Balls reveals the pre-Spring fecundity of the tree ready to burst forth once the hard Winter subsides, an presents a sense of all that might be stuffed within that gnarled coarse bark.

My habit this Winter has been to periodically trudge out to see to what degree the Crotch projects have been obscured by or released from the snow cradled by the tree's branches. 
Buried under heavy snow for the better part of two weeks, Balls reemerged last weekend, cutting thin translucent line in the dark hulk of this tree.

Lorrie Fredette lives and works in Saugerties, NY.

Do the World a Favor, Feb 28

Feb 28

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Changing of the guard at Crotch

Matt Stolle's Black Ball is just beginning to emerge from the span of snow that has raised the junction of Crotch with a webbed parabola since Wednesday's storm. 

Next on deck for Crotch is Lorrie Fredette who will be installing her work tomorrow - weather permitting.

If you tune in to the live stream on the homepage sometime after noon tomorrow, you will likely catch Lorrie populating the tree with here work.

Do the World a Favor, Feb 8

Feb 8

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Artma benefit art auction taking place Feb 8, in the Denver area

You may have thought, "Gee, 2014 is an even numbered year, and Artma must be just around the corner." If, indeed, you had that thought, then you were right on the money.  Artma, the biennial event and art auction to fund pediatric cancer research through the Morgan Adams Memorial Neuro-Oncology fund is happening on Saturday, February 8th, in Broomfield, CO. 

I'm very pleased to have contributed artwork for every Artma event since it's inception.  This year my contribution is a painting constituted of a grid of four smaller canvases.  This painting is part of the body of work that I've been creating as a response to my 2012 "residency" in Geneva, CH. 

If you're in the Denver area, I encourage you to visit the Artma site and find out more about the event and the artists participating.  Tickets are on sale now.

Trix of Memory, 2013, oil on canvas, 22"x28"

Do the World a Favor, Feb 2

Feb 2