Friday, January 22, 2010

Old Paintings

These are paintings that I had done during my final year at Rutgers in 1998. I finally photographed them last night - I had slides made of these long ago but they currently live in a registry in New Jersey. They are all untitled, small works, oil on canvas. I'm very attached to them. I like to look at them every now and again to see how my work has evolved. I think much of what I do is based on these - although recent work may look very different, the colors and intuitiveness carry on.  Actually, come to think of it, I've been watching a lot of The Outer Limits lately (science fiction series from the early 60's) and looking at these images suddenly reminded me of the show...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Our City Dreams

On Sunday I started to feel ill (seems it was an allergic reaction to wall paint!?!) so I stopped working and watched the latest dvd I had from Netflix: Our City Dreams, a documentary by Chiara Clemente. It features five artists - Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic and Nancy Spero - discussing their work as well as when, how and why they came to NYC. It was fascinating and inspiring to see the artists in their studios and hear them talk about what inspires them, their challenges and triumphs. Some highlights for me: Swoon installing her show while discussing the pros and cons of having her work become more widely accepted; Amer's parents sharing their pride on their daughter's success as an artist despite not really understanding her work; observing Smith's calm haste to finish her museum installation and still find time to get ready for the opening; watching Abramovic's footage of early performances; and sharing Spero's intimate 80th birthday celebration with her family. I very much enjoyed it and highly recommend it.