Monday, April 13, 2015

Alice Neel...

Someone I have been looking at a lot in this moment of "what the f*** is Alice Neel.
I was so lucky and delighted to see that David Zwirner was having a show of her drawings in NYC when I was there last month.  So I dragged my not feeling well 4 year old to the gallery and it was so worth it.

I love the directness of her drawing style, her viewers direct gaze and her admittance to the domestic world that she lived and worked in. As a very real woman who married multiple times, had a handful of children and never ever stopped making her art. I am inspired by her perseverance and her ability to gaze in a way that few were doing at the time.

Of course I like her pregnant women series (none in the show) very much but also really found the images she drew of children powerful. The show is up until the end of the week and so worth it. I am really loving drawing work right now it is so simple and direct and raw. 

My problem comes with the fact that it then needs to be behind glass, I wish I could figure out a less permanent way to resolve mine in the gallery. But I will take Alice's work however they give it to me.


I have so much to say and so much to share. The issue of life is that I do not have the time and energy to get to sharing it and saying it here. This winter has been such a weird one. Usually winter is when you can really get stuff done in the studio and sort of refresh but with the TERRIBLE weather and the unexpected solo show my winter was actually total chaos.

So at this point I am still just catching up and recovering. I am trying not to be too hard on myself about the fact that the weather, taxes, weird appts, and sickness has kept me from the studio as I was extremely prolific leading up to my show. But it is hard to give myself that space.  As an artist you always feel like you need to be in the studio to be doing anything. But instead I have been looking, reading, researching, questioning, talking, journaling, reviewing... really trying to figure out what is next for me. 

It has been a weird few months and I was frustrated with the end result of my show. I loved the work. I thought it looked great. But somehow it became too formal, less intimate and immediate then previous solo shows of mine, The frames though appropriate for the work pushed people back and away from the content.  The small space of the gallery behind a larger space and show changed the experience of the viewer in a way I have not dealt with before. All of these things are so important for me to know and think about as I moved forward in this new direction in my work and try to figure it out.

So since I have not been making much what I have been doing is updating my website. It is far from done but a new header pager and some new drawing galleries (more coming) new photo galleries and not yet but also coming new fiber works. So feel free to check it out as a work in progress.

I have been reading the book Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke. If you are an artist and have somehow missed this gem of a book like I did. Go get it now. Get a pen a big cup of tea and read.....

"For those who are near you are far away...and this shows that the space around you is begining to grow vast. And if what is near you is far away, then your vastness if already among the stars and is very great; be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind..."

I am also really looking forward to being at NYU again teaching as a visiting artist (more time NOT in the studio though and Squam in early June.)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

storied stitch.

Looks like a great show with lots of familiar faces...

The Storied Stitch  
 Azarian McCullough Art Gallery
March 31st through April 19th

Needlework has a rich history in America. From early native Americans to the first European colonists, needlework has been used both as a record and as a means of communication. Family history and traditions are remembered in needlecraft, embroidered details communicate messages of status, wealth, and beauty.

Modern needlework may utilize the same techniques, but the message has been broadened. The Storied Stitch provides a space for that message. Here we see traditional techniques in uncommon contexts, reminding us of our past while exploring current issues. We also see the stitch pushed beyond the familiar shape, stretching and sketching and living in a new form. What begins as an intimate craft results in work that reveals a narrative both personal and universal.

Megan Canning
Orly Cogan
Michelle Kingdom
Katrina Majkut
Tamar Stone

Welcome reception Wednesday April 8 from 4:30 to 6:30, with an artist talk beginning at 5:30.
Closing reception Sunday April 19 from 2:00 to 4:00, with an artist talk beginning at 3:00.

More info here.

Monday, March 30, 2015

abstracted interior.

I like this work by Marsha Cottrell.  Made using office printers and fine papers. They are so minimal but I can imagine in person very rich with flaw, tonality and having an essence of magic in the banal.

See more here.

See in person now here. The installation shots on the galleries website really add to your understanding of the work, scale and how they relate.

Friday, March 27, 2015


happily found a crit group a few months back. It has been so great to have monthly dialogue about art. The intention is always to stay on track about work but inevitably goes into broader art territory, which are often the best moments of dialogue.  It really has just been a game changer.

In my first crit they really helped me see directions I could take my drawings with layering, going in and removing, line quality etc... This time since all my new work is at the gallery I took advantage and showed some unresolved work. The window piece which I have been struggling with resolving was the main topic of conversation. One suggestion that I loved and am going to pursue was that maybe it's less that the embroidery is not done and more that it is part of something. I.E a dyptich or tryptich. So I'm planning on exploring what those missing parts might be.

I'm also seriously thinking about using color pencils in a new drawing.  eek. Who am I?
In the studio all morning, so glad.

piles and pulled threads evaluate change.

There are way too many things to check up on when you are stopping in NYC for a few days and even though I looked up all the major museums to see what was up... I missed the Asia Society Museum.
I really need to get this space on my radar as a few years ago I remember going to see this fabulous show

The work currently on view Takahiro Iwasaki: In Focus appears to be a great piece. Inspired by a 1600 screen of floral imagery evoking the changing seasons Iwasaki takes found kimonos (representing the changing season) and rebuilds a landscape by piling the kimonos, towels, toothbrushes and clothing.  He pulls thread from the kimonos to create 3 dimensional imagery that evokes the changing landscape & economy of modern Japan.

You know how I love piles, thread, and luscious color so this work is just too lovely to me. My city trip was complete and busy but I do wish I had not missed this one.

Up until April 29th.  Also so much wonderful info on their website.
and the NY times review.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

my work...

Check out the write up Kingston Gallery's new Director Shana wrote about my work.  It has been a good week I went to NYC saw great things and great people, had crit group Tuesday and had great discussion that may have led me to be able to FINALLY figure out this unfinished window piece, my work is up for the rest of the week at Kingston so....GO SEE IT. I will be in the gallery today so perfect day to stop by.

Read the post on the blog here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

strings pressed.

I have always been a fan but really loving the new work of Julia Elsas.
I did monoprints a lifetime ago and always loved their quality especially how threads showed up these remind me of that work and make me super excited.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Toward Textiles

Wow the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is rocking the textiles right now. They have so many cool fiber shows going on. So if you are anywhere near Milwaukee go and see. I wish I could.

Through October 11, 2015

March 13–October 11, 2015
In recent years, fiber has eluded characterization as it infiltrated traditional art practices and expanded into installation and performance. However, fiber-based art has grown more mainstream, its material-based, multidisciplinary practice has risked being compromised, overlooked, or assimilated by the contemporary art world.

The exhibition Material Fix is an exploraton of fiber’s unique material specificity and the means by which a range of contemporary artists join fiber-based processes with current theoretical and aesthetic concerns. The artists in Material Fix insist on the materiality of their work, challenging the detached vision that is preoccupied with the “purity of ideas” in which appearances are often separate from real-life existence. The exhibition suggests that, in an age dominated by linear, cerebral, and linguistic analysis, it is more important than ever to reinforce awareness of humanity’s shared physical experience.

Included in the exhibition are works by Polly Apfelbaum (NY), Jen Bervin (NY), Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010), Sonya Clark (VA), Dave Cole (RI), Jim Drain (FL), Josh Faught (CA), Susie Ganch (VA), David R. Harper (WI), Jesse Harrod (PA), Elana Herzog (NY), Amy Honchell (IL), Yuni Kim Lang (MI), Christy Matson (CA), Cat Mazza (NY), John Paul Morabito (IL), Sheila Pepe (NY), Piper Shepard (MD), Alyson Shotz (NY), Deborah Valoma (CA), Katarina Weslien (ME), and Anne Wilson (IL).


 January 18–October 11, 2015

A series of six exhibitons presents an exploration of the expressive possibilities of fiber through the work of 27 contemporary artists, while engaging the viewer in broader considerations of the medium’s emotional meanings, its connections with ordinary experiences, and its capacity for critique and social commentary.

Including an Ann Hamilton piece. Go textiles!!!