our critique group, exhibit6, on retreat in Saugatuck Michigan - November 2014. Here are a few images of some of my mark making adventures. This week was the first time I tried searching for some wax backgrounds that would look good with these marks. I had some luck but no photos yet.
studio space 2
The studio space was large enough for the 6 of us in the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
So, after much tooing and froing this piece was reinstalled. It is called The Secret Lives of Waves, subtitle: Tribute to Manganese. 30"h x 72"w
The subtitle because manganese will no longer be mined, I believe. Too bad. It's a beautiful blue. Every square in this piece that has color in it has a bit of manganese. The little stainless steel connectors are fabricated for me. The squares are 4" square, 1/4"d acrylic with encaustic painted on them.
Secret Lives . . . is installed in the conference room of a commercial space in downtown Ann Arbor.
I had a rather difficult day at my studio today. I was trying to follow the lead of Blue Night but using some different substrates. Blue Night is on Rives paper. Today I tried encaustic on .004 DuraLar and .007 DuraLar. I also tried another blue on Rives. None of these gave me the satisfaction of Blue Night.
I haven't figured out how to exhibit Blue Night yet. It is merely a piece of heavy paper with wax on it but I don't really want to frame it. I'd like to attach it to the wall somehow with invisible mounting. We'll see. I have time to figure it out as I don't plan on sending Blue Night out the door until the January show at WSG.
I'm looking forward with enthusiasm to an art retreat I'm going on with 5 art friends - my critique group. We'll spend our days at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts in their studio space. We'll stay at a friends house. It will be a good concentrated time of creativity and we'll make good food in the evening. We did this last year also.
On Monday I will rehang a piece I sold to Ameritrade in downtown Ann Arbor. I had made a modification at their request but now it's done and I'll be happy to say good bye . . . again. The piece is The Secret Lives of Waves, subtitled Tribute to Manganese. I'll post the installed photo of it next week.
I went to an interesting talk by Professor and jazz musician Mark Miller. It was sponsored by the Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies at the University of Michigan. It was about using meditation in jazz and how jazz can be meditation. It was inspiring for me even though I play no instruments. I'll use some of the ideas in my painting.
Question: Is this alive or is it dead?
Explore: Sense perceptions, emotions, thought, imagination
An affirmation of life with whatever is here, now
Prime directive: serve the painting
I heard and saw Ryoji Ikeda's performance of "Superpostition" at the Power Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan last night. I loved it! - especially the end of it which read rather as a finale in a fireworks show. The geometric, black and white visuals blasted the audience for a number of minutes as did the sound in a very physical way. I wore my earplugs for the whole event but that didn't stop me from hearing and feeling. Experience it if you get the chance. I will follow what this very talented Japanese artist is doing and hope to see more of his work.
I like wax and digits and paper and black and white and reduced color palettes and simplicity and mood and visual geometry and luminescence and translucency and visual space. I spend time in my studio in the woods near Ann Arbor, Michigan using these qualities to make things that I like to call art.