A new folio, Drawn on Land, is here. It is concerned with the minimal, not only which crosses and clouds drawing but also has expressive content that is not explicit.
My show of recent photographs has been extended for one more month. There is still an opportunity to see my new work in what is a beautifully installed exhibition curated by William Tregoning and Laura Sherman.
A large show of my photographs is in planning and curation now. More details soon.
My studio is finished and the move-in has begun. Soon the equipment will come out of storage and last, the paintings will come in. Two years wandering and finally a home.
This experience has been a cautionary tale about the challenges to an artist’s life, the New York City real estate frenzy, the purge of the creatives as the city sanitizes its neighborhood and scrubs them clean of talent that isn’t short-term profitable, and most important above all else, the kindness of friends.
I have experienced graciousness from so many throughout this period. I will always remember these and the loving support offered.
My new studio is near completion. This is a shot of it in June before the work began. It’s a solid cement block building with the lower floor built into the bedrock. The ceiling has been raised to the roof to add height and the walls are covered in Homosote as per my usual requirement. In effect the entire box is a tack wall. Homosote is a humble building material but there is nothing better for notes, drawings, photos, anything that you need to put up to see. You just need pushpins or a staple gun.
Flame Stitch was acquired for a collection in Florence, Italy, this week. It will look out into the beautiful world of the Tuscan landscape.
About the Work
More than other genres of photography, still life generally gives photographers greater latitude in achieving their final vision through the arrangement of inanimate objects and composition of design elements. It can also allow for a slower and more thoughtful approach to the creation of a photograph. As I looked through the 1000-plus images submitted for this exhibition, I found myself not only compelled by the various choices of subject matter that each photographer visually documented, but also by the human presence implied in each of the works. Ultimately, it was a reminder of what most essentially and instinctively connects me to the language that is photography—it’s not just the photograph before me, but it’s the thought, the touch, and the presence of the creator behind it. In turn, it’s my hope that the viewers of this selection of works will be able to connect to the photographs in their own personal and sensory way—perhaps through the recollection of a moment, memory, feeling, or fleeting thought. Juror, Russell Joslin, March 20, 2015
My painting is in the article in today’s New York Times on the show Dogs & Cats: 21 Artists Unleashed and on the Prowl. Opening at the Mark Miller Gallery on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, Miller will donate a percentage of sales to the Humane Society and critters are invited to attend the opening. Nancy, her marvelous independence and personality has been my friend throughout life though I only started to consider her as subject matter in the last few years. In last year’s interview with Ira Goldberg in Linea we discuss its personal origin for me. Nancy has broad shoulders and can mean many things to her fans.
Happy to say that my work is included into this adventurous show curated by Nancy Grimes, NY artist and critic. The show runs from April 5th to May 3rd. I wish I could be there!