Dots1 7x7" Graphite on paper
Dots2 Landscape 7x7" Graphite on paper
Dots3 7x7" Graphite on paper
Dots4 7x7" Graphite with red pastel highlights on paper
It arrives with this offering of a couple drawings that were inspired by an image in a dream. First came the title, which alas, I couldn't quite remember when I woke up, other than it was two words and both began with "P". Below is my representation of the image I clearly saw: six inverted triangles on a rust orange background, Triangles 2, below. The bottom image, Triangles 1, is a preliminary sketch I liked... Their meaning is unclear. Sometimes things just want to come through! You know how images percolate thru your psyche... A couple days ago I was looking at a David Hockney painting of a southern california suburban lawn-scape with the sprinklers going, looking like little white V-shaped fans balancing against the greens. I'm not sure if that was the genesis? There is a certain erotic charge to them as well. It was nice getting reacquainted with my pencils. The process on these was much more vigorous and tactile than the more etheric, painted Veil series I've been doing of late.
Triangles 2 8x12" Graphite and colored pencil on paper Available
Triangles 1 10x14" Graphite on paper Available
"Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards."
-- Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s vision for Over The River was conceived in 1992 and included 5.9 miles (9.5 kilometers) of silvery, luminous fabric panels to be suspended clear of and high above the water in eight distinct areas along a 42-mile (67.6 kilometer) stretch of the Arkansas River between Cañon City and Salida in south-central Colorado.
In August 1992, 1993 and 1994, in search of a site for the project, Christo and Jeanne-Claude and their team traveled 14,000 miles (22,530 kilometers) in the Rocky Mountains in the United States. On those trips, the team prospected eighty-nine rivers, in seven states, and six possible locations were found. After visiting the six sites again in the summer of 1996, the Arkansas River in Colorado was selected.
Christo received all federal, state and local permits necessary to realize Over The River in 2011, when the US Department of the Interior announced its Record of Decision. This federal action was the final step of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is usually reserved for major infrastructures such as bridges, highways, dams and airports. The EIS for Over The River, the first ever completed for a work of art, began in the spring of 2009 and was prepared by the Bureau of Land Management, Royal Gorge Field Office, resulting in a 1,686 page comprehensive analysis.
In 2012, a local group opposed to this temporary work of art filed lawsuits against Colorado State Parks in State Court and against the United States Federal Government, Bureau of Land Management, in U.S. Federal Court. In January 2017, after pursuing Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado for 20 years and going through five years of legal arguments, Christo decided to no longer wait on the outcome and devote all of his energy, time and resources into the realization of The Mastaba, Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
For more info: http://christojeanneclaude.net/projects/over-the-river
"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -- Albert Schweitzer
"Above all, art should be fun.
My fan mail is enormous.
Everyone is under six."
-- Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Alexander is in the house! This summer, several of his mobiles and stabiles grace the buildings and landscape of Denver's Botanic Gardens, (thru September 24th.) Its great to see his work again after I saw the exhibit, Calder and Abstraction: from Avant-garde to Iconic at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2014. We forget he was an American in Paris in the '30s and knew Picasso and Chagall. And later his works were a favorite of architects Mies Van de Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. It is the first outdoor exhibit of his work in a decade. Untitled, from 1976 is shown above in the left side of the panel. And shown at right is Incandescent, one of Teresa Booth Brown's wonderful mixed media abstract photo collages on display at the DBG's indoor Gates Garden Court Gallery. I was fortunate to previously view her show at Michael Warren Contemporary on Santa Fe. Her exhibit at DBG is up thru August 6th. To mix the glories of art and nature, the Denver Botanic Gardens, is the place to be!
For more info: https://www.botanicgardens.org/art-exhibits/current-upcoming
"It is very well to copy what one sees; it's much better to draw what one has retained in one's memory. It is a transformation in which imagination collaborates
with memory." -- Edgar Degas
Dancers in Blue by Edgar Degas, 1890. To see more of his work click: www.edgar-degas.org/
On Thursday, former graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's 'Untitled' became the highest priced painting, by an American artist, ever sold at auction. (One of his works also set the record last year.) It was purchased at Sotheby's in New York by Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa. The artwork was created in 1982 when Basquiat was only 22 years old. He died of a heroin overdose in 1988. Jonathan Jones from the British newspaper The Guardian states: "It is a painting that bleeds history. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) portrays a black skull scarred with red rivulets, pitted with angry eyes, gnashing its teeth, against a blue graffiti wall on which someone has been doing their sums. Perhaps the street mathematician was calculating how many Africans died on slave ships in the 18th century, or how many people lived in slavery in America, or how many young black men have been killed by police guns in the last few years."
Happy Buddha Day! This is the time around the world when the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and liberation from the body into Universal Oneness is celebrated. Typically the energy during a full moon is very strong and energizes what is being held in our mental and emotional consciousness, good or bad. Hence busy police and emergency rooms during these times! But the Taurian full moon is said to be the most powerful of all. So today, while the added vivacity is further animating our desires, it is best to keep our attention on our best intentions and affirm that positive vision we have for ourselves and the world.
Above is my painting: Veil Circle, a 12x12 acrylic on canvas sheet, which is available.