November 17, 2015

WHY I LIKE FOLK ART

There is something ultimately, decorative, feminine and complex about folk art. The shapes, stitch work, color, and overall feeling, whether it's a floral painted wall or lace from Alsace, France, reverberates with me.

Generally, there are no sharp edges. It is these rounded edges and motifs taken from natural elements that I like.

Additionally, there is a strong element of time. The time in which it takes to create a piece, is quite long. Which leads one to the idea that it was also a very interior type of work. This idea of decoration is familiar to my eyes. As if I recognize the shapes from another life.

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November 10, 2015

KUNDERA Quote

We can never know what to want, 
because, living only one life, 
we can neither compare it with our previous lives 
nor perfect it in our lives to come… 
We live everything as it comes, without warning.

-Milan Kundera, Czech/French writer 
from The Unbearable Lightness of Being

As an artist, I do believe we know what 
we want, it is the living of it for which
we are unprepared. We just have to figure it out.
That is the beauty of life.

October 28, 2015

MICROCOSMOS Exhibition - Gallery 621



I have two pieces in this show.
Come check it out if you are in the BAY AREA!
MICROCOSMOS Exhibition - Gallery 621
Benicia, CA - OCT 29 - NOV 29, 2015

Curated by Chester Arnold

October 27, 2015

WRITING ABOUT MY ART

I want to start a dialogue about my art so the viewer can gain more insight into what I do and how I do it.

In my work, I am trying to create a whimsical feeling with biomorphic shapes, color and value changes.

Whimsy is my necessity. Europe embraces whimsy easily through public sculpture, architecture and installation. This lighthearted feeling through imagery and art lifts one out of a serious mood. Whimsy creates a feeling of poetry in one's everyday life that seems missing in the USA.




August 30, 2015

Trump HAIR

The wind has bestowed a gift upon us all.

Thank you wind and Donald Trump.
(And @jerrysaltz for the tip.)


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July 21, 2015

David EDGAR - Plastic Artist

David Edgar is a North American sculptor who creates a variety of sculptures from consumer-based recycled materials.

The hanging lamps from his series "Plastiquarium", are called "Jellyfish Lamps", and are about 15 x 5 x 7in.

Edgar creates these whimsical creatures as an antidote to our stressful culture.

I relate to his colorful, playful, sea-oriented shapes.

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June 4, 2015

Ballpoint PEN Sketches

I am working on sketching in my sketchbook, and I just love it. I will have a series of these in my next show. (July 2016, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR).

April 20, 2015

JULIE ALPERT - Splat!

Julie ALPERT, a Seattle-based artist/painter, exhibits a partially collaborative show of work called SPLAT at the Archer Gallery inside Clark College (Vancouver, WA). I love the work for its use of color, whimsy, pattern and arrangement within the gallery.

The show is based around one image, essentially an icon or symbol of layers of colorful splattered paint as it drips down the canvas/paper. The splats are created in a variety of materials: paint, paper, pen, and incorporate pattern, another reoccurring theme in Alpert's work. The splats are organized often in a grid-like pattern, perhaps alluding to organized chaos. The idea of the splat itself could certanly be related to a feeling or action: angst, whimsy, fun or simply the act of irreverence (or all at once).
In terms of the show, half of it was a residency where she taught students and half was her own. (I have posted only her work.) I appreciated her working with students, giving them an opportunity to see the workings of a gallery while incorporating her Splat idea. 
My only gripe is that I want in on the fun too. (I want an interactive Splat corner where I get to experience splatting!)



 Image source: cynthia mosser







March 15, 2015

Hedonism

I realized I am a hedonist.
For example, I love great amounts of time where I can sit and daydream.

My work also has as an indulgent quality due to its curves and overflowing appearance. With that said, I decided to look into the idea further by reading the book Against the Grain or A Rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans.

The book is about an aristocrat who holes himself up in an isolated villa and surrounds himself with luxury and excess.
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