Saturday, December 4, 2010

THE ART OF OBSERVATION-THE OBSERVATION OF ART-ANSELM KIEFER IN NEW YORK

"There is a special border, the border between art and life that often shifts deceptively. Yet, without this border, there is no art. In the process of being produced, art borrows material from life, and the traces of life still shine through the completed work of art. But, at the same time, the distance from life is the essence, the substance of art. And, yet, life has still left its traces. The more scarred the work of art is by the battles waged on the borders between art and life, the more interesting it becomes."
--Anselm Kiefer
I dare to try and blend some pages that I have done in a book, with the brilliance of some of the work by Anselm Kiefer, that I saw a few days ago at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, titled, Next Year in Jerusalem. My critique is simple. I was in awe. It was inspiring in so many ways. Installation, sculpture, painting, photography. It was theatrical, interactive and drawing on every emotion.
While taking the time to observe as much detail as possible, I became immersed in watching how other people were observing each piece. They became as much a part of the work as what I was seeing inside the huge glass cases.
Around the corner from Gagosian you will find a building full of galleries. On one floor is the Sears Peyton Gallery. There you will find the work of painter Robert Schmid.  The top photo is a detail. he works in oils, combining images from a variety of photos and the result is magical.
I shared this wonderful day with some friends. Elizabeth (who happens to be the wife of Robert Schmid), Isabel and Seth.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

ABUNDANT TREASURES-THE RUSSIAN ICON MUSEUM

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."  ~Thornton Wilder 



I am thankful to have many treasures in my life. Thanksgiving was spent with my dear family. With plenty of food on our table and many things to laugh about, we enjoyed a beautiful day together.-------- "Black Friday" proved to be a successful one for our business. Being an independent retailer, selling electronics, in what has been a very difficult time eonomically, I would say that yesterdays showing means we must be going in the right direction. I am very hopeful.---------------- The weekend before Thanksgiving, I was honored to be included in a group of extraordinary women, brought together by Lynne Perrella, to spend time together in Massachusetts at the Museum of Russian Icons. We toured this magnificent museum near Worchester and then spent 4 days creating together in response to what we saw.





Our group came together beautifully.
......like a colorful , well used box of oil pastels.
Our tour guide, was well versed in the complete history of this collection, the largest outside of Moscow.
The work is particularly of interest to me because of their use of metals, usually silver and gold, to frame and embellish each piece and the colors used are similar to what I like to use in my pieces.
We shared our own work.
We created new work.
We shared techniques.
.......and proceeded to try them out with creative exuberance.
I have been working on a project for the last few weeks and this experience gave me an inspirational boost that could not have been duplicated.
The last evening, we discussed and admired each others work.
Thank you Lynne and....Anne BagbyShirley Ende-Saxe,  Ginna Brooks,  Leslie Aja,  Ellen Kochansky,  Barbara Block , Bonnie Benson and Inese Kaufman.

Monday, November 8, 2010

AN ABRIDGED ARTFUL LIFE

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.

Thought I'd take you back to some of the things I've been doing these last few months.  An abridged version of my life. Just returned from a trip to San Fransisco and the wine country of Sonoma and Napa.
Visited with friends in Maine in September. The dock, the water, the grasses. Texture and color extravaganza.
Oyster festival in Damariscotta Maine. Imagine , if you like oysters, eating as many as you can swallow.

Earlier in September, I had the most wonderful time in Charlotte Vermont with the most amazing group of women. I fell in love with the roots we found on the banks of lake Champlain. I wire wrapped them and added them to some of my pieces.So organic. So goddess like.

This woman IS mother nature. She creates with unbridled passion with everything around her and she was our hostess in Vermont. This is her studio.
We created books together and she led us in creative writing exercises. I was the first to volunteer to read mine outloud. My english teacher would be.....let's just say, surprised.
We read our work and shared our books. These two........the ever WISE , Judy. ....and the very clever Bonnie, somepinkflowers, were a joy to share those days of art, meditation , music, writing and food.....did I say wine?
.......and right there with us sharing in the joy was Mary. Thank you Mary.
Earlier in September I spent the weekend in New York with the love of my life riding in a carriage through Central Park and seeing two amazing shows......Memphis and......
.......American Idiot. Two very different musical genres, but both outstanding.
Earlier in the summer I spent a weekend at the beach with another group of women I adore. Our artistic venue was to do an Exquisite Corpse exercise. Above are some of the pages laid out and below are some details.
......and here we are, from left, Jerri, me, Kathryn and Joy.
....and even further back in the summer, another trip to New York to meet up with Judy and Leslie at the MAD Museum...now my favorite in NYC, along with the Rubin, of course.
And this is what I am currently trying to achieve in my very busy life. Working full time and desperately wanting to be in my studio. Any tips????