15 July 2008
pigmentary portraits + eye candy
it's hard to believe that i leave TOMORROW for the east coast. lisa congdon and i are going out install our show pigmentary portraits. i am excited to see how our work looks together. i really had a great time researching this show. and i discovered 2 things while making this work that i want to carry over into new pieces.
1. i like the idea of patchworking pieces. each of my pieces in the show has multiple components. some of which i overlapped and hang on pins so that they spatially are on different planes. since i'm using a semi-transparent vellum i'm really liking the effect.
2. i figured out this new way to work with thread and paper. again it's a spatial thing - but i started wrapping it around the corners and edges - it becomes this really interesting formal punch.
the short scoop on the show:
In our own ways we have researched and investigated the historical origins of Indigo and Cobalt blue, Indian and Ochre yellow, Verdigris and Malachite green, Vermilion and Alizarin red, Cadmium and Realgar orange, Tyrian and Mars Violet purple, Gofun Shirayuki white, and Ivory/Bone black.
Our hope was to create a portrait of each pigment - through which we could somehow reconnect with the alchemy of colors' past.
Firm believers in the idea that one's materials can only enhance and contextualize one's work, we are interested in exploring where these pigments come from and how to present their findings in a visually rich language.
OPENING FRIDAY : JULY 18 : 5-7PM
56 north main street
rochester, nh 03867
if you are around i hope you come by and say hello!!
after the show opens we are headed to maine for a few days of relaxing with some friends. i'm REALLY looking forward to this. i'm getting to meet some special folks.
i'll try and post some pics of the show/travels while we are away but i wanted to leave you with some eye candy/links.
diem's piece arrived. isn't it stunning? i didn't realize from photos, but she actually embroiders on a very thin silk and stretches that over the cup. it's really subtle. when you look straight on the illusion of the embroidery being on the ceramic surface is so lovely.....
andrew paynter sent out a summer newsletter with this photo of the band mattson 2. i LOVED this contact sheet so much.
and finally.... i've discovered this new to me blog of paper and things . monica astounds me everyday with her finds. she has a great eye.