Upcoming show in Chicago

I am pleased to announce that four of my paintings will be included in the show, ReModernist this August at Las Manos Gallery (http://www.lasmanosgallery.com), Chicago, IL. The opening is Friday, August 6. I will be in Chicago for the gallery’s “Coffee with the Artists” event on Sunday, August 22.  

The two paintings below will be appearing in the show.

Las Manos Gallery is located at 5330 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640

Work featured on I-Towns Cover

On Sunday, June 27 my 2009 painting, Late Winter was featured as the cover art for the i-towns section of the Hartford Courant.

Both the painting and a short bio can be found here:

http://www.courant.com/community/cover-art/hc-itowns-cover0627-ec,0,6962035.photo

 

Painting as "sum of its destructions"

I've been working on this painting for a couple weeks now, before that, it was completely different painting. This one has been a bit of struggle, layer after layer of paint have gone down but nothing has worked to my satisfaction. When it finally arrived at a state that I liked, I channeled Picasso and destroyed it, arriving at photo #1 (top left).

That was a good start but not quite what I wanted. Lately I have been working with the idea of an "empty" center to a painting, containing that center but at the same time, letting it expand, ooze, out of that center. #1 wasn't contained enough. After that it oscillated between contained too much, not enough... you get the picture.

At any rate, I always find it interesting to see different states of a painting, getting a window into the artist's working process. I think it is finished (admittedly I have thought that before). Bottom left is the final image. It is finally managing that balance I seek between interior and exterior, structure and awkwardness, push and pull.

 

The "Why"

I thought I would post some of the images that I've been working from the most lately, or as I said in the title, "the why." These are the things that are stuck in my head at the moment. They form the basis of what I am doing.

Getting ready for Art for AIDS benefit, Artspace, Hartford, CT.

I'm donating these two paintings for the Art for AIDS benefit to take place at Hartford's Artspace Gallery on Saturday, June 19 at 7pm.
For only $50 guests will enjoy open bar (top shelf wine bar, tequila & Hint mixers), yummy food by Salute Restaurant, a live DJ, dancing, coffee bar, dessert, a raffle, an art show and an art grab where EVERYONE goes home with an original 12 x 12 original canvas.  

Guests will literally pick their canvas choice off the wall to take home; the identity of the artist will remain unknown until the moment of selection.  You might take home a piece of art from a well known, famous artist... The canvases are all wonderful!

Raffle items include: 2 ten class cards for West Hartford Yoga, Costa del Sol gift certificate,  Miya's Sushi certificate, local dance classes, a case of Barefoot wine, and a 3 class card for Fuller movement.

Each of the canvases were created by working artists who understand and appreciate the importance of our mission to strive to ensure quality housing and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Connecticut and to promote effective HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention education. I'm so thankful to the contributing artists and hope you'll join me at this fabulous event! DONT WAIT TO SEE THE AFTER-PICTURES AND BE SORRY YOU MISSED IT!!!

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