Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
oil on panel
20" x 16"
I saw some of my favorite paintings while walking through the permanent collection at the MOMA. Rothko, Agnes Martin, Lee Krasner; they're all so good. The paintings are made of color and light and create respite. On the edgier side there is DeKooning's Woman I, ferocious and so strong. I love Pollock's Gothic, especially his blue. Whatever is being expressed in an artwork, I respond mostly to art that is intense, like these. I want to see life squeezed into the canvas.
Homage to Painting came out of this museum experience (museums are NOT boring!). I had the impulse to lay flowers in front of the paintings, as I am so appreciative of the life lived, the achievement, the art that is passed on. The pictures are living testimonies to the artists who made them. The light and hope that emanates from them reminds me of the white paper of
Schindler's List that held the names of the people he was trying to save. The paintings save me.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
More gumballs! Well, they're not really gumballs, but they do make me think of the game of guessing how many jelly beans are in a jar. The dots are compressed toward the picture plane, accentuating the surface of the canvas. The edging on three sides sets them back a bit, setting up a dialogue between in vs. out, the world of circles as opposed to something else.
Dots of fall treetops are layered on the bottom like piles of leaves while the second fourth of the painting shows the darker structure of bare trees. The third fourth is made up of blue and white (falling snow or cool air?), while the upper fourth is an attempt at the many varieties of crystalline blue there are no paints for (sigh). The height of the canvas compared to width is important as the circles are like bubbles. They have a good enough length to travel and convey their effervescence. When looking at the actual painting (I'm not sure it works in the jpeg) one's eyes dilate, getting lost in the movement, stimulated by the bouncing color.
For all the special effects computers offer in pixelization and making things random, less mechanical, more naturalistic, a computer could not make this painting. I work intuitively, sometimes impulsively, and sometimes calculated. I think the location and color of the dots (or other design elements I use in other pictures) end up conveying my personal energy and the feeling I am expressing. A friend's parent in 1989, when I was in high school and deciding to go to art school to study painting laughed at my decision, saying that computers would make all the art of the future. It is like saying we would happily accept the superiority of the machines we create. Our souls could give up, obsolete.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
1989 – Dec. 1993 Massachusetts College of Art, BFA
"Expressing Christian Imagery"
"Feminist Icons: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints"
"Paintings in Response to Sept. 11th; The Stations of the Cross"
2003 St. Andrew's Lutheran Church; Easton, PA
"The Stations of the Cross"
2000 Printmaking Council of New Jersey, North Branch, NJ
Bowery Gallery; SoHo, New York City
1999 Villanova University, Villanova, PA
1999 Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters;
New Brunswick, NJ
Juror: Charles Cajori, artist, former Professor of Art at the NY Studio School
International Juried Show, Juror: John Begley, Director of the Hite Art Institute, Univ. of Louisville, KY
Curator: Sally Winslow, Director
"Life With Pocket Change and Other Pleasures" artists' books
Curator: Nancy Einreinhofer, Director
2002 "NorthEast Prints 2002", Juror: Ms. Judith Hecker, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2001 "NorthEast Prints 2001", Juror: Marilyn Symmes
Curator of Prints and Drawings, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY.
46th and 47th Annual National Print Exhibition
Juror: Lisa Mackie, Master Printer, Professor At Stony Brook and N.Y.U.
2003 Bowery Gallery: Group Show
2002 Artists and the Art of the Book, Traveling to the following locations: The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA; Artists' Image Resource Inc., Pittsburgh, PA; Contemporary Museum of Design and Art, San Jose, Costa Rica; Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH; Mexico City; Costa Rica, Chicago, University of Kyoto, Japan; University of Gloucestershire, England
Curator: Curlee Raven Holton, Experimental Printmaking Institute
2002 Bowery Gallery: Five Painters
2002 Lafayette College, Grossman Gallery:
Juror: Susan Cross
Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum, New York
2001 Boston University, 808 Gallery
The Boston Printmakers, North American Print Biennial; Juror: David Kiehl, Curator of Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art
2000 Mountain Art Show; Bernardsville, NJ
Juror: Eileen Foti, Printmaker, Professor at Rutgers University
2000 Mesa Arts Center; Mesa, AZ
Juror: John Armstrong, Master Printer
2000 Wayne Art Center; Wayne, PA; Juror: Barbara Grossman, Artist/Critic – NY Studio School, Chattaqua
2000 Makeready Press Gallery; Montclair, NJ
Juror: Sid Sachs, Gallery Director, University of the Arts
1999 Printmaking Council of New Jersey; North Branch, NJ
"Responding to Chinese Printmaking"
1999 Brookdale Community College; Lincroft, NJ Faculty Exhibition
1997 Washington Art Association; Washington Depot, CT
"Young Talent Juried Show"
1995 Gallery 37; Summit, NJ; Steamroller Gallery; Frenchtown, NJ
Purchase Award, Juror: Ms. Judith Hecker, Assistant Curator, Dept. of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2001 Harrisburg Art Association, 73rd Annual Juried Exhibition
Second Place, Juror: Susan Cross, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum, NY
2001 New Jersey Medical Society Alliance Art Exhibition, First Place
2000 Mountain Art Show, Award of Excellence
2000 www.artadvocate.com, Curator's Choice
1996 University of Pennsylvania, Sewall Sillman Color Prize
1995 University of Pennsylvania, Angelo Savelli Painting Prize
1993 & 1994 Liquitex Excellence in Art Student Grant Competition
2005 Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; Intermediate Painting; Beginning, Intermediate, & Life Drawing
Courses: Principles of Studio Art, Drawing I, II
Courses: Basic Design, Color Theory, Drawing I,
Art History: Renaissance through Contemporary
1997 Printmaking Council of New Jersey, North Branch, NJ
Silkscreen workshop for parents and children