Thursday, May 22, 2014

Soon, Italy

As I finally finished this painting that has been dogging me since mid-Spring, I can shut the studio down and prepare for a month in Italy--Florence mostly, but also Rome and Siena.  It is such good timing, as I feel as though the work is need of new forms, new shapes, new configurations.  So I will draw and draw and draw, and collage and collage and collage, and look and look and look--taking in the newness of a foreign place with much relish! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stuffed painting

This painting has become overly packed over the course of the week.  I am waffling between keeping the painting intact and letting it be (and not looking at for awhile as I really feel like I cannot see this one), or cutting it into all its many shapes and using these cut-out-parts as the basis for a new painting....a bigger one where I can spread them apart, give them air, and better see what I have in front of me.  I really like the idea of making a new painting with the remnants of this one.

These three photographs are the sections I like.  But they do get buried in the cross-purposes of the overall image.  Ugh. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Right now in the studio

I have a number of studio goals this summer--one being a re-opening of THIS space, which for a few years was a helpful record of painting ideas.   And then I had a baby.

But somehow that baby is nearly two, and I think I am finally regaining my equilibrium on a lot of levels.

So to re-begin, I'm posting some pictures of the studio today.  

Some of the things I am looking at include the Byzantine mosaics at Santa Prassede in Rome--which I saw last summer--and the mosaics in Ravenna (which I hope to visit next summer....).  The notion of building an image piece by piece, shape by shape--one shape pushed up next to another--is a potent visual and conceptual idea for me.  Underlying the idea is the possibility that such building relationships could, in theory, continue on forever...bit by bit, piece by piece, slowly, slowly.  Simple relationships that become complex by virtue of infinite accumulation are the base off of which I jump these days.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Lauren Luloff

Working these days has been a flurry of collaging--whenever I can, whenever the baby is asleep, while students are working contentedly.  I supplement the flurry with images that I love--and post them here so as to collect.  Here are some recent Lauren Luloff paintings that fuel the push for me.  Love these--their informality, their delight in the specificity of fragments, their "world dipped in paint" quality.  If the most important, most delightful moments of the world were dipped in paint and gathered together, this is what we would see.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia

These are simply remarkable. 

Joshua Abelow

These are:
deftly made
odd in terms of color choice
materially appealing
cognizant of painting's past,
but not singularly
dense in their succintness