I’m excited to officially announce my solo exhibition ‘where art & nature meet’ at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Grants Pass Oregon. I will be showcasing 6 large installations of ceramic sculpture alongside photos of my outdoor installations. If you’re in the area, I hope that you can join me in person for the April First Friday opening!
April 6 – May 25 2018
First Friday April 6th & May 4th 5-9pm
Grants Pass Museum of Art
229 SW G Street | Grants Pass OR 97526
This is the only Dirt post for the week, and that’s not because there is nothing to share! It’s because small upgrades have been happening on my website all week long, some will be visible changes and some are background changes but now it’s ready to share with you!
So if it’s been a while since you’ve been on my site, please take your time perusing my Installations, In the Field Installations in nature with videos of many of the installs or dive back into my Archived work for a blast from the past. It’s been fun even for me to revisit a lot of these pages that I hadn’t pulled up in quite some time.
Also! If you happen to find any glitches in my site, like layout issues or images not loading properly, please let me know so I can work out the kinks. Thanks and enjoy!
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Since many of you will not see the exhibit in person, I wanted to share a few of my plans for my upcoming solo show at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Oregon this April. I also think it’s fun to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make an idea come to fruition. It’s been a lot of planning to get to this point, but I think I’ve got it fairly organized and ready to go. The title of the show is ‘where art & nature meet’ and I’ll be showcasing 6 large installations from my Rock Candy, Relic, Hive, Bone, Lichen and Umbel Series. The installations will be shown alongside photos of the work as it was installed in nature. For this show, I wanted to highlight the works as they look in their ‘natural habitat’ while also creating engaging installations in the gallery setting.
Above is a selection of photos of the Rock Candy Series Installation in progress. Nearly 200 rocks were made and glazed, they have holes in the backside so that they can hang on the wall. Then I created a paper template and laid out the rocks to create a Rock Candy Ribbon that will wrap around 3 walls of the gallery, a total of about 18′. In the third photo above, you see blank areas in the paper template, this is where the 12″ x 12″ photos printed on metal of the Rock Candy Series as they were installed in a rock crack at Joshua Tree will hang interspersed with the actual rocks.
Fingers crossed it looks as good as I think it will!!
I want to leave some of these installations as surprises but I will share one more from the Umbel Series. I have 60 out of the original 230 of the Umbel flowers left and I wanted to recreate a path of them in the gallery as I had done for the Art at the Arboretum exhibit. The museum wasn’t keen on the idea of drilling holes in their floors to put the Umbel stems into the floor (surprise surprise!). So, I had square metal bases cut and welded onto 60 of the metal rods- this photo is them piled up in the back of my Subaru hatchback! Now I can position them on the gallery floor to create my path with no holes required – win!win! There will be three large photos printed on metal that will hang on a wall towards the end of the path showing what the installation looked like when it was installed at the UCSC Arboretum.
Ok, that’s all the teasers for now… let me know what you think!
As a working artist, I wear many, many hats. One of them is making art- that’s my favorite hat but this week I haven’t been wearing that hat very much. Not because I don’t want to or because I’m not inspired to make things, but because as a working artist, there’s just a lot more to the job.
I’ve been preparing for a solo show at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Grants Pass Oregon which opens the beginning of April. It’s a really big deal to get a solo show, and it’s an even bigger deal to get a solo show in a museum. There is so much planning that goes into making a successful show. There is the theme of the show you want to present, the space you need to fill, the coordination of it all, the three million other tiny details that really, really matter- oh! and you need to have the work, lots of it.
Want to know how I get my sh*t together and keep it together while I go through this process? In a single word, lists. I have lots and lots of lists. Some of my lists are your standard to-do items, but some take the form of sketches with arrows, notes and question marks. Other times my lists are inventory numbers, file names and contracts but almost all are hardcopy, actual papers that I can hold and flip through to see my thoughts. Having this pile of papers may seem disorganized but for me its a way to track my process as I tackle a project like putting together a solo show. It’s a way of making sure I’ve considered the options, even if I’ve decided to dismiss them. At the end of the day, I can take a look at my lists, see what I’ve accomplished, see what needs to be done and (most of the time) I can go to sleep knowing that I’ve got my sh*t together.
Today, the studio is very cold and the idea of working with wet clay is less than appealing so instead I’m wearing my blog writer hat while cooped up in my office with the heater buzzing working on crossing things off the lists. Also, I know many of you won’t get to see this show in person, so I’ll be posting details about my installation plans, the progress of putting up the show as it happens and I’ll share images of it finished with you -promise- it’s on the list!
I’ve posted all of the photos from my recent photoshoot of the Relic Series up on the website in the In the Field portfolio! Please check them out and let me know what you think! Click here to view…
We’ve been spending a lot of weekends camping in an area of Los Padres National Forest commonly called ‘The Indians’. I was really attracted to the rock formations here; some are eroded Swiss cheese-like caves and some are smooth sloping monstrous boulders covered in sprawling radial lichen formations but what also got my attention is the numerous mortar holes all over the rocks from native tribes who ground acorns in them. I loved coming across these deep circles ground into the rock, usually a 3 or 4 holes together and I imagined seeing women gathered on the rocks grinding their acorns. There’s something that connects the past to the present so directly when you can touch a space where someone else’s hands have worked. While working in the studio, these ideas kept stewing around and these are the results.
This past weekend, I brought about 40 pieces from this new series out to a large rock outcropping in this area of the forest for an In the Field photoshoot of them. I had an idea of what I wanted to compose, but I wasn’t sure if it would work with the curvature of the rock and the strength of the wind, especially since I’d only tested this composition on a flat table in my studio but luckily with a little patience it did work!
Conceptually, I’m still figuring out what these pieces are about and as I was building them, I was struggling to name them for that same reason. Aesthetically, their textures and shape tell me they definitely belong in this natural space. The symbology of circles are about wholeness, cyclical rhythms, and these shapes are ingrained in every fiber of our being. There is also a tension in this installation where each piece is balanced on the next but a security is found in that balance too. I realize that these are not complete thoughts but a work in progress as I get to know these new pieces.
I’ve decided to name this new series the Relic Series, which deviates from most of my series titles, but Relic seems right. Their concept will formulate into comprehensible sentences eventually and I’ll share my thoughts with you when that happens, but I hope in the meantime, you enjoy the installation images of the pieces. I’d love to hear what you think about this new series and stay tuned for more photos to come soon!
Just a few reminders of things going on at the studio…
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Take Aways: Art-to-Go! is up at the Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery in Watsonville until March 4th! Be sure to pick up some affordable art from your favorite local artists!
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