Thinking about NYC; W Biennial, Armory, ADAA, and Artsy

Goodness, this past week there was a plethora of amazing shows in NYC. I wish I were there to see the works in person. I dug into the Times for inspiration and direction. They often have the best reviews, although Artsy is also doing a terrific job explaining shows and talking to the curators and artists, etc. I’m getting a bit addicted to Artsy, I confess. I can just click on there and pull up something to look at and read about in the contemporary artworld. I still love Sharon Butler’s Two Coats of Paint website, but Artsy seems to have a larger staff and their proverbial ‘finger on the pulse’ of the contemporary artworld. I will add some links to some very good, thought-provoking articles. I don’t have time to comment now. More later! Gosh, these could all be separate posts..if I had the time. The New York Times, Art & Design: “On the Piers, Armory Show Evokes Cut and Paste,” by Ken Johnson (March 6, 2014) “In Blue-Chip Precincts, A Shout-Out for the Undersung,” by Karen Rosenberg (March 6, 2014) Another great article, slightly different topic: “Study Finds a Gender Gap at the Top Museums,” by Hilarie Sheets (March 7, 2014) In The New Yorker: “HER: The Radically prescient self-portraits of Maria Lassnig, at MoMA PS1,” by Andrea K. Scott, (March 10, 2014) At MoMA: Gauguin ! Artsy: Whitney Biennial, talking to the 3 curators, each one with a single floor. This is the last year the Biennial will be hosted in the Breuer building. I had not idea the Whitney is moving to the meat packing...

Preparing layered grounds

Hello again. Today I continued my preparations of the new series of works on HK maps, newspapers, and other paraphernalia. A couple of things come to mind. – I’m using standard white gesso which is covering well and drying quickly, however, there is not much transparency. It’s turning out to be a more opaque look. All I have left are the various surfaces. – building up and breaking down: I’m also sanding down the works after each layer of gesso. Rather than use a pre-stretched canvas straight from the shop, I like the idea of building up the surface with consecutive layers. i like the idea of memory and time that is somehow compressed in the surface. if i’m only going to add a piece of torn newspaper and then paint a rather detailed fish from the market over the top, can i possibly add some interest with a layered ground, even in white? – layering = passing of time = memories, how do i say this without sounding trite or just silly? – it has come to my attention recently that within the series of fish on various painted ¬†backgrounds ¬†(French newspaper, maps from Japan and Canada, and sometimes just blank canvas), the one that works the ‘best’ seems to be the very first fish I did, the herring on the torn bit of French newspaper from 1993. the text is also interesting as it says “faire outlier,” which means to ‘made to forget.’ – what is it about the particular painting that makes it that much stronger than the others? a couple of friends have suggested that...

Welcome everyone

Dear friends, Welcome to my new website with WordPress. As some of you may know, I started a blog with Blogger called Morning Stairs back at the end of February 2013. It’s been a great journey. Rather than transfer that blog over to the new website, I think I would rather just begin anew over here. Things look more professional in WordPress. I hope you enjoy the ride. Perhaps I can migrate some of those posts over here? Or maybe that’s too time consuming? We shall see. With Morning stairs at Blogger, I received nearly 12,500 views in 13 months, but only three comments. I guess people were looking but perhaps too shy to comment. And yes, I’m aware that as of this writing, the 9 images of fish and portraits which are currently featured on my website take a rather long time to load, about 12-20 seconds. I know this delay will deter a lot of potential viewers. I am trying to fix the issues. Please be patient with me. I am building this website by myself with the help of online tutorials and videos with You Tube, WordPress, and Host Gator, among other. I just got some terrific tips from Kit Latham, and amazing web designer in Massachusetts. Thank you, Kit! I have other friends to thank as well for their support thus far. Liz Riviere has been instrumental in getting the blog off the ground and she helped me with some of the initial formatting. She encouraged me to create a more ‘professional’ artist website for several years. So here we go. Thanks for reading....