So first and foremost, the thing I am most excited about is an upcoming artist talk that Jaclyn Sanders and I are conspiring to do this Wednesday, 8/31, at 7pm EST over on Instagram.
Another cool going on that I have to tell you all about is one of the current exhibits at the Nasher Museum. Titled Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948 – 1960, it’s a great example of really good programming. The story we get is one of a young Roy attempting to find his voice by synthesizing Modernism and the idea of an avant-garde. There’s so much to process and think on- our definitions of Modernism and what it was like to investigate that epoch as lived experience; to digest European ideas about the relationship of archetype and myth to form and use that energy to transmute the stories Americans tell themselves about who we are (and what are those stories…). And his later brushstrokes were not the only time he explored abstraction (see below).
As far as paintings go, I stretched a couple, and started a sixth piece that may or may not plug in to the series of small paintings I’ve been doing. In addition to trying a smaller, horizontal format that’s also closer to a square, I’ll be using canvas with layers of sanded gesso to try to get the weave-less texture of Muslin that I enjoy about the other pieces.
Jean Gray and I have decided that even though irl events are back doesn’t mean virtual meet-ups that others can join aren’t still fun and useful. I’m so excited about the opportunity to learn more about her process and intent. I hope you’ll join us as we Instagram live our conversation with each other this coming Monday!
Hey Raleigh Folks, if like pizza, beer and Art you should put a pin in your calendar for next Friday, June 24, 6-8 pm and plan to come by 620 W South St for the official opening reception of Experiments in Form!
Curated by Charlotte Russell and on view at Hartwell in Raleigh, Experiments in Form features artworks by five Triangle-based artists, Sterling Bowen, Abie Harris, Mar Hester, Pete Sack, and Natalia Torres del Valle. (Charlotte says about the show)- Through their own unique process and materials, each artist experiments with spontaneity vs. control, interconnectedness, and the process of making. Below is a pic Charlotte caught of me installing an original composition made just for this show.
Going to do Studio Snacks with the BASEMENT crew on Tuesday 3/1 at 8pm- (Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4235727521 ). Studio Snacks is a series of 30-min virtual studio visits for North Carolina-based artists. Visits can be held privately with the BASEMENT curatorial team or be open to the public; they can be spaces to informally critique, share work with community members, and/or receive feedback privately.
I’ve also done live conversations on Instagram. I post them as reels afterwards. I’ve done one with Cindy Morefield, Barb Cherry and Reuven Wallack, and am looking forward to doing one soon with my friends Barbara Anne Thomas, who has work in a show at Blue Spiral in Asheville and is represented by ArtSuite, as well as Elisabeth Efron who has a great show at Anchorlight of some amazing photo-based encaustic work. If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to this blog to get bi-monthly updates on when events like these happen.
Super excited to have the chance to do another Instagram artist talk with my friend Barb Cherry (if you missed my last one check it out).
Barb is a figurative painter who like me is a based in the Triangle. We’ve probably been in a dozen critiques together over the last few years so I’m assuming this one will go deep since we already have a good report. Tune in!
One of the artists who frequents my crit circle is Reuven Wallack. Recently he asked me if I’d like to try doing an artist conversation, and I said yes- I think juxtaposing a figurative artist with an abstractionist will be fun!
So if you’re not already following me on IG please do and definitely tune in Wednesday evening!
Hey followers (all 240 of you, how lucky am I?)! I’m excited to add a new blog category to make it easier for you all to get updates on what I’m actually doing (I’ve been using the blog/post functionality in WordPress almost exclusively for posting about other artists). When I make updates to any portfolio pages on work in progress or when I complete new work, I’ll use this updates category to share with you. I hope it increases your interest in this blog.
I’m really excited about my first announcement, too! Just this last week, I was asked by Goldenbelt Arts in Durham to hang a show that will be up through the end of this year, which is also my first opportunity to show the cubes in public. I hope you can all make it out to Dimensions sometime soon!