Saturday, May 16, 2009

Storm King Art Center

Here are some photos from the Storm King Art Center, where Jack and I spent a beautiful rainy afternoon last week.  The clouds eventually gave way to sun as we were leaving the park; a very uplifting experience.   Someone asked me whether Maya Lin's Wavefield was worth the experience.  I think it is - if you're going to Storm King anyway, definitely take the time to walk through the grassy waves before climbing to higher ground to see them from above.  Since the grass is rather tall and had been wet that day, my enjoyment of the walk was a little marred as my sneakers got soaked through and through.  But overall yes, definitely worth experiencing.  The temporary exhibition, Maya Lin: Bodies of Water, on view inside the visitor's center, is also a must-see (up through November 15).      

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday I Saw...

This week I predict there will be less getting work done and more seeking out inspiration.  I spent the first half of today visiting friends and co-workers at the American Museum of Natural History, one of whom, Anibal Rodriguez, I needed to photograph as a model for a new painting.  (Anibal is portrayed alongside Jack in my painting, La Conversacion.)  I'd love to display some of my photos of him here but since I haven't yet decided which one to use for the painting, I'll momentarily keep them on file.  

The first photo above shows part of Anibal's windowsill in his office, which is located in the Anthropology Dept.  I didn't ask him how long he's had these objects arranged this way, whether they were placed happenstance or were a strategic effort in office decor, but I found this small, personal touch emblematic of the museum itself.     

The second and third photos are views from my apartment window.  There was a sun shower this evening that produced the clearest and most complete rainbow I think I've seen in years.  And I love the purple flowers that this tree produces, which resemble little bells or fairy hats.  I wish I could remember the name of this species of tree - I don't think it is a native species, but feel free to correct me on this.   

Friday, May 8, 2009

I find the story of Everett Ruess fascinating - an artist and writer longs to leave the confines of the city, ventures out into the desert wilderness and disappears, never to be seen again.  For decades people only had theories of what may have happened to him.  An article with the answer to the mystery was posted today on   

Monday, May 4, 2009

Writing a Statement

Top: Stilts (Trunk Series), 2009, pencil and acrylic on wood, 8 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Bottom: The Long Column (Trunk Series), 2009, pencil and acrylic on wood, 8 1/4 x 4 x 1 3/4 inches

I enjoyed drawing the trees in my Rabbit series so much that I wanted to create a body of work dedicated to trunks.  These two vertical diptychs are part of the new series.    

I'm trying to finish my artist statement and am finding it really difficult to accomplish.  I can't summarize without sounding too vague and can't go into detail without getting to weighty.  It's a difficult balance that intimidates.  I'm hoping procrastination will help.  Or perhaps a drink...