kurre.art #248

The Eye Lounge intermittent weekend pop-up exhibitions highlight works-in-progress by the collective’s members. In this past weekend’s exhibition, Convergence, I had the opportunity to show my take on the idea. I don’t think of my creative process as having beginnings or ends; it’s a continuing process of folding every facet of my life into the work I make. A process informed by the things I care deeply about, by being curious, and animated by a passion for the natural world.


Entropic Landscapes – These three b&w inkjet prints were taped to the wall above where I paint, their images structural talismans. During the development of the paintings, they get splattered, paint wiped on them, taped over or torn off and basically destroyed. I like their haphazard quality; they feel like how nature works. For this exhibition, I call them entropic landscapes; as the paintings they inform come to fruition, these sheets fall into disorder.


Fragment #191 – A beautiful mature 20-foot tree. This was a tree I cared for. I read the book and rigorously followed the schedule of watering and fertilizing. For years it produced the most deliciously sweet red fruit. Until it didn’t. As it fell into a slow, relentless decline, I did everything I could, then there was nothing more to do. Afterward, I’d move the fragment around my garden, a component in ad hoc sculptural compositions, sun-bleached, striated where the bark had fallen away, its sinuous gesture a testament to the past.


Fragment #263 – It sprouted in the yard next to the brick wall, unplanted, blown-in. For over ten years It survived my free-form topiary experiments, becoming a home to generations of birds, lizards, and insects, providing shade, silently cleaning the air, and to my eye, an aesthetic grace. Eventually it eclipsed its chance setting, and I cut it down.


Two sided pages from one of my journals. Inter connectivity. Old game scores, pine fascicles, lattice of stitches and graphite. Relic tied, markings in another kind of language. Ghost and from memory drawn. One thing leads to another.


Thanks for reading!

Charles

kurre.art news #247

august 13th

This weekend I’m showing with Eye Lounge artists Gina DeGideo, and Megan Driving Hawk. The theme; works in progress. For my part, I’ve included a collection of pieces on paper, excerpts from one of my journals, and objects. It’s exciting to present work integral to my creative endeavors but rarely seen outside the studio. Please come by for a visit.

I’ll be at the gallery this Sunday, August 15th from 11 AM until 3 PM. I look forward to seeing everyone!

Thanks for reading

Charles

kurre.art #246

july 13th

Steady as it goes is my watchword for the summer. A routine of quiet observations and incremental marks.

Circumstance abacus (#139), acrylic, dry pigment,and graphite on canvas, 30″ x 30″, 2021

On the horizon, I’ve work in two exhibitions. Opening this Saturday, July 17th, XSCAPE  at FOUND:RE Contemporary. Then opening Friday, August 13th, Convergence, a three artist exhibition at Eye Lounge.

Forest of Eternal Desire (Up above, down below). Acrylic, dry pigment on canvas, 22″ x 18″, 2020.

XSCAPE: Landscape, Cityscapes, Mindscapes features work by 64 Arizona artists exploring various landscape motifs, both realistic and imagined. The show covers the entire ground floor of the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, allowing social distancing while viewing the exhibition at ones’ leisure. The opening is this Saturday, July 17th, from 6 – 10 PM and continues through November. I’ll be at the opening and look forward to seeing folks there! 

FOUND:RE Contemporary
1100 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

In mid-August at Eye Lounge, a weekend pop-up from Friday, August 13th through Sunday, the 15th. I’m showing with Eye Lounge artists Gina DeGideo, and Megan Driving Hawk. The exhibition will highlight new and works in progress. Opening Friday, August 13th, continuing through Sunday, August 15th. I’ll be in the gallery Saturday, August 14th, 1 – 5 PM. Stop by!

Thanks for reading!

Charles