Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Art Basel & Beyond

Innovative, beautiful, cutting-edge, shocking, sophisticated, surprising, inspirational, amazing, exciting, and spectacular:  these are the words I use to describe the art in Miami during Art Basel week. There are concurrent shows both in Miami proper and Miami beach:  Art Basel, Scope Miami, Aqua Art Miami, Design Miami, Ink Miami, NADA Art Fair, Pulse, Project, Fridge Art Fair, X Contemporary, Art Miami, Context, Spectrum, Red Dot, Art Concept, Conception, Prizm, Pinta, and more. Traffic is crazy, people from all over the world are trying to find their way around, and we all have the same goal:  to see the art.

I exhibited a few of my own paintings with Steidel Fine Art at the Spectrum Art Show – the show was great! Coupled with Red Dot, Spectrum was very busy each day, and I had the pleasure of meeting artists from Israel, Dublin, Italy, Bogota, Japan, Canada, and Germany.

Art Basel
Art Basel, Art Concept, Art Miami, and Context Miami were the shows I attended (aside from seeing Spectrum and Red Dot). Each show had its own vibe (and price points). I saw some of my favorite galleries from the U.S. and Canada, and was introduced to others from around the world. There were many artists using Japanese mulberry paper as either sculptural material or a ground for painting and several artists used a torch applied near paper, with the image created by the smoke.
Context Miami
Colored Mulberry Paper Sculpture

If you’re an artist or art-lover and haven’t been to Miami during Art Basel, please consider going. It’s an incredible experience! And be sure to make dinner and lodging reservations well in advance. We stayed at a home booked through
Art Miami
airbnb.com 3 miles from Red Dot/Spectrum. There are free trolleys and buses between the shows, and of course Uber, Lyft, and traditional taxis.

At the end of each day my head was spinning:  as an artist myself I was stimulated by the range of work, new ways in which artists used materials, as well as the scale of some of the larger works. Suffice it to say, I cannot wait to get to my studio to paint!

The "park" inside Art Basel

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Getting My Groove Back

I'm back from an amazing vacation filled with inspiration, and the past week things have been progressing v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y in the studio. It's like I'm walking in place, instead of moving forward.

My typical experience is that I jump back in, with ideas pouring out faster than I can paint them. This time, not so much. It reminded me of my friend Nicholas Wilton, a painter and teacher in California, who always says:  "the more you do, the more you do" and "the less you do, the less you do". 

I've turned to journaling and yoga to ground myself. And also watched too many episodes of "Mr. Robot" over the weekend. Taking it easy, I suppose, in order to ease back into my studio practice. Sometimes you need time and space to get back into the groove.

Last week I did an underpainting (an initial layer of paint applied to a ground, which serves as a base for subsequent layers of paint) that was so different from my norm, that I simply stopped. I had no idea what to do with it. 

Yesterday it came:  the next step. And then the next and the next. Paint was flying and I lost track of time. I'm beginning to see the influence of my travels and it's not at all what I expected.

Last night at yoga our teacher explained that a doe and her fawn were repeatedly visiting her backyard, staying for unusually long periods of time. Our yoga teacher noticed that the mother deer had an intense focus, that was gentle, yet strong, without anxiety. 

As an artist I think that's the goal:  focusing without freaking out about things. And having the patience to wait for yourself to reveal what's next.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Walking Bravely

Home Studio May 2016 
(in the thick of it – commissions, shows, new works for galleries)

Hiking, gardening, exploring.

Sitting by the water.

Staring up at the clouds.

Cat on the water
Do you ever ask. . . . . .what could be?

I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately. Especially when I’m painting. How to push the work a bit further. . . . .trying new things. This is the time of my “summer break”– 2 months of exploration in and outside of the studio.

Robert Genn told us:  “When the faintest glimmer of an insight appears, the wise artist explores in that direction. To evolve, artists need to exploit their glimmers.”

This is the summer of exploring new insights - - the glimmers - - keep an eye out for new work from me in the coming weeks.
In-town Studio:  June 2016 (from-chaos-to-beauty)
“Art is, after all, only a trace — like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.” ~Robert Henri