This abstract is made of poster pieces torn from sites around the city. They were painted and then collaged onto a watercolor support. Marks were added with colored pencils and pieces of string were also added for textural interest.
Monthly Archives: April 2013
I visited a city owned building on Leonard St. In Tribeca on April 25. On the 13th floor is a gallery space and several small rooms which are given to artists for a two month residency. The photos are of an interior window, a doorknob bouquet and the Escher-like view of the 13 flights of stairs. I thought the building was the highlight of the visit. Let’s see what everyone thinks.
He’s often at Union Square shaking powdered chalk out of plastic bags but his ever changing mandela-like patterns are wonderful to see evolve. The colors are always vibrant and seem especially appropriate now in early spring.
MM and I took in Claes Oldenburg’s exhibit at MOMA yesterday. It included his Mouse Museum with its related Ray Gun Wing (rather unimpressive) and extensive examples from his shows, The Street and The Store (VERY impressive). His work is very approachable and wonderfully evocative of our East Village neighborhood, where he lived in the 1960s, as it was “back in the day”. As there was no photography allowed in the exhibit, I had to fashion a soft sculpture installation from some mini versions in the gift shop. Just imagine them larger . . . much larger. Along the way we stopped to contemplate a striking El Anatsui sculpture, “Bleeding” and snap a quick pic of the removal of the “Inventing Abstraction” exhibit which, with all the work in crates, might be an ultimate form of abstraction. It was a really good museum day. Take it in if you get the chance.
I have been working on studies for larger abstract pieces. These two collages use a variety of my painted and handmade papers relying on muted colors and texture (which, unfortunately, is hard to see in the photos . . . but trust me, its there) for interest.
One day recently, while wandering aimlessly around Brooklyn looking for a coffee, a slice or something, I “found” this collage on the front of an, otherwise, rather nondescript watering hole. It was “The Stable” and was also, unfortunately, closed. I’m feeling like its unlikely I’ll ever see the collage or the inside of what looked to be a welcoming place.
I love Washington Square Park. On the way to dinner and an off Broadway show last evening with Rob we saw a pair of mimes (must have been as they wouldn’t speak) and their picnic with EVERYTHING yarnbombed. On the way back late in the evening there was a different couple doing show tunes, with dance, in the dry fountain. Both deserved a momentary stop.
A sample of my latest line of cards inspired by the flower-like forms found in marbled and itajime papers, some of which I made. By cutting petals from these papers I could assemble orchids. The background is a folded paper misted with water to create random lines. I think they are a fun thing to be doing as spring approaches. Do they strike you that way?
While searching the outside racks at The Strand I discovered a really nice small book (in French!) of shell illustrations. Although the test wasn’t much help, it brought back great memories of a shell collection I kept as a child. It also, when cut up, provided the basis for these works in collage which I love and will use as instruction and inspiration for a class I’m giving at Westbeth in Collage Fundamentals on April 20th. Perhaps you’d like to join me there.
Some of my itajime samples. Itajime is a Japanese paper folding and dying technique that I am teaching at The Ink Pad in New York City. Related to both origami and tie dying, it is an exciting but low tech method of paper decorating. Last night’s class had nine enthusiastic students who produced some excellent work while we all had a great time. I’m looking forward to the next class on April 15.