so... saturday night "newness" opened. i'm so thrilled to be in the company of heather smith jones and jen garrido . plus it's always a joy to work with susan and art stream studios . i made 10 new pieces for the show. looking back now - i think i've been really busy in the art department this year !
Newness, shiny, tangle, holding, reflection, needle, white
These were the “guidelines” in the making of these paintings.
Tangle / holding / newness :: I turned to my Japanese crochet books – because doilies are tangled and because you hold them. Plus if you make them you get a chance to create something new. I see diagrams in these crochet books as road maps – they are so clearly delineated. I love that you don’t need to read a language in order to understand them. If you understand the mark making then you can decipher them bit by bit.
Newness :: I chose to use the doilies that represented Winter and Spring in the books [they illustrate doilies for the 4 seasons]. Winter for the new year and Spring for new beginnings.
Reflection :: Using Duralar, I drew the diagrams for the doilies on one side and then methodically painted the dots and areas in on the other side. Depending on the results I use either side as the front. The act of painting these reflected the act of crocheting doilies. Stitch by stitch – dot by dot. In both actions there is an exploration of time, of ideas, via a physical activity. Each stitch and each dot is a marker of time – and the accumulation of these small gestures – the repetition of them begins to reflect on work ethic, work that never gets done, time spent…. How do very small gestures communicate and accumulate to generate a larger picture – or affect change in some way?
Shiny/ white :: In many of these paintings I used shiny pigment – silver, gold, and interference paint. I also sometimes used silken threads which are shinier than regular thread. I also used a color and mixed it with whites to create various tints. I also left a lot of white space….
Needle :: this was perhaps the easiest parameter to achieve. In almost all my work I incorporate some aspect of thread – embroidery or stitching – as well as the making of needle holes/marks. These works are no exception. To highlight certain areas, to mimic the act of crochet, and to illuminate the act of process I have embroidered over areas of these pieces. Pulling the work from 2D into 3D and reinforcing the notion of the original intent of the diagrams
you can see all the images from the show here in this pictobrowser [click out of your reader for the slideshow]. all the work is available in artstream's shop . [all the work is framed, by the way].
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last night i was lucky lucky lucky enough [thanks to victoria from sf girl by the bay for snagging tix] to see ira glass [from this american life ] interviewed by dave eggers .
he is just as smart and funny in person as he is on the radio. anyone who is that inspired and honest about what they do is simply put amazing. [oh the AESTHETICS of radio? yes yes. the AESTHETICS of anything? i'm so there. let's talk aesthetics all day shall we?]. plus he can quote buffy the vampire slayer [ah back when i could still watch TV]...
there is nothing like being able to see someone inspiring like that. it's just so motivating. i wanted to change the world. change how i make things, change what i photograph, change how i blog, change i interact with people - all for better aesthetics.... and a greater good too.
the above photo was from last night - and i posted it on habit . this month they have asked the contributors from 2010 to participate .... i've been trying to keep up the habit with some success see here .
p/s - did anyone make it to the aqua art fair in miami? i had some work in fouladi projects room.