And So It Goes

#31 – Tuesday October 18th

Done. As of today, the paintings are at Perimeter. Prior to the exhibition, the paintings are photographed, framed, then returned to the gallery for installation. The exhibition opens on November 18th and will run through the end of the year.  The past couple of days have been hectic, putting the finishing touches on these two paintings, and prepping the canvasses for shipping, and now that the paintings are out of the studio, it’s a quiet feeling. Though a little odd, because these paintings have been a part of my daily life for well over a year, with a couple of canvasses having been in progress for the better part of three. But it’s not the end. I’ve a painting still in the studio that will or won’t make it to Chicago depending on how it develops, and the materials to stretch up another few canvasses. And so it goes on.

Speaking of going on, the details of the SRAM’s pART PROJECT auction and event have been announced. The on line auction begins November 20th and culminates with gala event, in Chicago, on November 30th, where the final moments of the auction will take place. All the auction proceeds will go to support World Bicycle Relief. For additional details, including auction updates, event info, viewing the artists pART sculptures and bios visit the SRAM pART PROJECT website. SRAM provided each artist a CD containing four images of their sculptures, originally taken for the project website.  To see the “official” four views of my SRAM pART sculpture, click on the image to the right.

This week, in celebration of my tenth exhibition at Perimeter, a painting from the 1997 show. This exhibition was reviewed by Arts and Antiques magazine.

Thanks for reading.

Charles

This Cornucopia Tuesday

#26 – Tuesday September 13th

In conjunction with the premier exhibition of the SRAM pART Project sculptures at InterBike (the main trade show for the bicycle industry), the project website has posted photos of all the sculptures. The SRAM pART Project website homepage, features the project overview, and a link to the artists. Clicking on the individual artist’s image, brings up a brief biography and a photo of their pART sculpture. In many of the bio’s there are links that allow for additional exploration of that specific artists work. After InterBike, the sculptures go to Chicago, home base of  SRAM, where in late October, SRAM will host an additional pART Project exhibition and after, all the works will be put up for  auction (including on-line auction participation). All the auction proceeds will go to support World Bicycle Relief. I’ll post the particulars as they become available.

I’m still working on the words to accompany the new paintings. It seems to take me almost as long to assemble these linguistic partners, as it does to bring a canvas to fruition. At one point I’d just scribble on the back of the paintings, but now my favorite landing strip for capturing my observations are three by five cards, they are easy to tote around, and easier to sort through, but transforming them into form, is a process as challenging and entertaining as the painting.

Speaking of new paintings, here are two of them . . . At this moment, I can’t verbally illuminate just where these canvasses are headed but I’m excited about the journey

Trundling around the radio dial, I caught a delightful interview with Marianne Faithfull. I’ve her CD “Strange Weather”, recorded some 25 years ago, and her languid, husky vocals, seemingly tinged with a world-weary sadness, always resonate when I’m in a certain mood. Her interview was so entertaining, I couldn’t resist checking out her new CD “Horses and High Heels” . Yes, still languid and husky, more late night than early morning and well worth a listen.

Thanks for reading.

Charles

When done is not – pART Project update

#25 – Tuesday September 6th

When done is not, the revised revision makes its debut. Before sending the new canvasses  to the gallery, I’m finalizing titles, playing with the words accompanying the paintings, and signing off. Seal of approval and the figurative boot out the door. However, every now and again, even after the flourish of signing and dating a painting, something catches my eye . . . a slightly out-of-place line, a discord where I once saw perfect harmony . . . and I can’t resist. Now I wish I could say, every adjusted outcome has been a total success, blue ribbon and all that, but . . . no. And as I walk out of the studio toward the sink to wash my hands of the remnants, I mumble . . . “it could have been  a nice painting”. After, I’ll strip the pigment laden fabric from this frame, toss it aside, and as I stretch new virgin canvas across the structure, a small smile crosses my lips . . . ” That was interesting, lets have another go”. I don’t mind when a painting heads south, for even after 30 plus years of throwing paint around, it lets me know I’m not as smart or clever as I think I am, and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but here the rule rather than the exception, when done is not and the revised revision shines.

The SRAM pART project for World Bicycle Relief is full on. The participating artists are an impressive group, and I’m excited to be counted in their number. The SRAM pART Project website has profiles of all the artists, including links to their websites, and photos of all the  pART project sculptures will be up on the site by the middle of September. All the pART sculptures will be auctioned off to support World Bicycle Relief. I’ll post the how & when as soon as I know the particulars.

What’s in play this week? I’m having a thing for resonance . . . Maya Beiser and her cello. Doesn’t hurt she does a lovely cover of Kashmir, and her playing makes my toes tingle . . .

Thanks for reading

Charles