Hi everyone. Finally able to get into my blog again from Safari. Last year I was locked out and kept having to switch between servers. This makes life a lot easier. Also on the mends from my broken foot. More on that another time. Needless to say I’m not a big fan of the JC police. They didn’t handle this very well. But more on that another time. Going to a meeting this week where the community will meet with the precinct captain. We’ll see how that goes….
Above is a still from my new animation: Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction. It consists of 6 poems by Nicelle Davis and Music by Marc Yu. We are currently working on a premiere venue so more on that later. It was funded by The Faculty Development Fund at Pratt. So far I am still on budget so that’s good. Working on the catalog and then an exhibition coming in February. That’s if all goes well. Stay tuned for more….
Now that I have a bit less to do I’ll try to stay up on my blogging.
Again, stay tuned…life is always filled with annoyances and surprises. I’ll be kvetching about those as well.
I broke my foot. Needless to say it is one hell of a cluster fuck. Just about everything is on hold for a while. This past week was basically getting all the paperwork in order, doctors visits and it’s not over. Still more phone calls and paperwork to deal with. Surgery is scheduled for Friday the 22nd. Hoping for a speedy recovery but they tell me 3 months off the foot. I’ll be counting down the days. So to pass the time I’ll be Netflixing and continuing the extinction series on a small scale. Here is a 12″X12″ I did the other day:
Hopefully I will be able to continue the larger scale work but in the meantime, this will do.
So, stay tuned for more foot adventures. Quite the experience.
Above: Poisonous Red frog in progress.
Lot’s of new stuff happening.
I will be in a group show, Wherefore Art? at the West New York Gallery in Jersey City:
Village West Gallery
331 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
The show runs from February 25-May 5, 2019. There are currently two early receptions planned for the show: JC Fridays reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 – 5-9pm. Opening reception – Thursday, March 7, 2019 – 6-9pm.
Here is an interesting article I read about artist Arthur J. Williams. Talk about entering through the gift shop, so to speak. If you are a painter, the Dana Schutz show over at Petzel Gallery in Chelsea is worth seeing.
That’s it for now. Still grappling with the world situation, but don’t have the time to complain, which is I suppose a good thing. Anyway, stay tuned! Lot’s coming down the pike….
Black Coy 2019
New group show happening in February:
As you know I’ve been a bit lax about blogging. Come the end of the residency, I will hopefully get back on track. Not that I don’t have much to say, just have to budget my time. Since school is starting, I’ve been inundated with revisiting and rewriting syllabi which as you know, can be very time consuming.
On an up note, the residency (ESKFF at MANA Contemporary) is going great. I’m producing a new series titled: Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction. I committed to producing 8-10 paintings on paper that embrace the topic of extinction (hence the title.) My plan after the residency will be to create an animation of the work that will illustrate the poetry of Nicelle Davis. That’s the plan and hopefully once it’s done, I will be entering the animation into the festival circuit. Sounds a bit ambitious but this topic is extremely important. Nicelle and I have metaphorically linked this topic to the disappearance of our culture and political climate. Powerful indeed but we as artists have the responsibility to record our times and tell the story.
Lullaby of Karpland the process book is now available.
Stay tuned more to come…..
Above: Black Rhino unfinished. Mixed Media on paper 40″X26″
The next few months I will be creating a body of work that focuses on extinction. I’ll be turning it into a video poem (animation) after the residency is over. I’ve already created a few pieces on the topic. New show in May so stay tuned….