Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"Specimen", a new exhibition








On February 11th from 6pm to 8pm is the opening reception for "Specimens", my new exhibition at Creative York on 10 N Beaver St. in downtown York, PA. This exhibition is located in the Project Space, while at the same time the main gallery will be hosting the "Creative York Teaching Artists" exhibition, which I also am included in. There is a palpable buzz around these two shows for a number of reasons including the fact that this marks the grand re-opening of Creative York (the former YorkArts). It will be the first time that the public will be able to see the newly renovated Creative York.
I hope to see you there!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Working on Pedestals


There are two weeks left until the set-up of my first exhibition of 2016. Today I'm finishing up my pedestals (pictured above) and all of the other loose-end tying, nit-picking, rearranging, decision-making, and second guessing that needs to happen before the event. This period of time in the creative process is probably my favorite. I love when things start to click together and feel really resolved. With that stated, I also can't wait to clear out my workspace, clean up, and have no other creative work to do but paintings.




Saturday, November 28, 2015

Creative York Award Trophies














































































If you are interested in learning a little about the process, materials, or concept (how the heck are these trophies?) scroll down two blog posts or click here: In Progress


Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Pink Crystal, Cloudy Day"



 -"Pink Crystal, Cloudy Day", acrylic, 5"x5".

5/100 Small Works Challenge.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Creative York Award Trophies in Progress

 
 I have the absolute delight and honor of creating the trophies for the 2015 Creative York Awards.

 
The recipients of the 2015 Creative York Awards use their creativity to positively shape the community – a community that is full of life and always evolving, and I want to give them a trophy that reflects those qualities.
 
Here are the building blocks for my sculptures. I sculpt recycled materials into intricate worlds that replicate the beauty I find in nature.








One of the finished trophies. Each will be nestled in its own glass dome. 

  
Here I have poured a clear glue over a painted surface to create a glassy water effect.

 
In this image you are looking at plaster, clay, glaze, river rocks, aquarium sand, foam and plenty of glue. This is a work-in-progress.

 
I want every trophy to act like a separate landscape. This is another work-in-progress shot.



See you October 23rd: Creative York Awards Event

Friday, September 4, 2015

Halo

 -"Halo", acrylic paint on wooden panel, 6"x6".


Part of my 100 Small Works Challenge. This is also a reworking of a previously posted painting that I was still dissatisfied with.
4/100

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Blue crystal, pink ground"

-"Yellow formation", graphite and yellow highlighter, 5"x5".
This piece is electric green/yellow in person. Both the scanner and camera had no idea what to do with this color.


 -"Large cloud, water source", graphite and acrylic paint, 5"x5".


 -"Blue crystal, pink ground", sharpie marker, colored pencil, chalk, charcoal, collage, 5"x5".


Working on 100 small works, 3/100 done, morale is high (so far).
It feels good just to be back to work.

Monday, August 31, 2015

100 Small Works Challenge

I was told by a friend this past year (a die hard potter, of course) that, "someday you will find a material to fall in love with, and then you'll want to work with it everyday". I could never paint everyday, nor sculpt with paper pulp daily, and I certainly could not stand to make pots all day everyday (hhhh!), but it is great that others want to do that.

The thing is, I fall in love with most materials/processes and delight in switching it up almost daily.
That's not wrong of me. There are too many great things to work with.

A former professor posed this question to us: would you rather be an artist like Piet Mondrian who worked with the same grid-based paintings for much of his career diving deeper and deeper into the idea of them, or like Louise Bourgeois who was always evolving and switching from one material to another to form a rich, eclectic body of work over her lifetime (both answers are correct).

That being said, I am challenging myself to create 100 small works using any material as an exercise...
ready, GO!