Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Phase 5 - be brave, every decision involves loss, update

Good News! Mini #39 will be on exhibition at the 
National Association of Women Artists' Gallery
in New York City from February 6 - 28th!
See the Press Release below:

Exhibit: Open Small Works Exhibition
Location: The N.A.W.A. Gallery, 80 Fifth Ave. Suite 1405, New York, NY 10011
Dates of Exhibit: February 6 -February 28 2013
Reception: February 13, 2013 5-7 PM

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 The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (N.A.W.A.) presents this year's Open Small Works Exhibition at the N.A.W.A. Gallery, in February. This group show is highly anticipated because it is opened to both N.A.W.A. members and non-members. Each year we get many entries from all over the U.S. The first prize for this exhibit is a solo or two person exhibition at the N.A.W.A. Gallery. The second prize is a free half year N.A.W.A. Membership. The featured original works selected by the jurors are in various disciplines, and created in 15 x 15" (or smaller) format. We know that this will be an exciting, vibrant exhibition, as always!
The first established women's fine art organization in the U.S., N.A.W.A. is documented and archived in numerous Art Institutions, museums and libraries throughout the country. Its mission has always been to promote and support the artistic talents of women.

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using this view for a painting - somehow

Home again from New York!  I saw so much art, I actually can't describe it all, but favorites included: The Picasso Black & White show at the Guggenheim, Munch drawings at Moma, return to the Quay Brother's one last time, a small exhibition at the Met on the influence of African art in mid-century New York, and the contemporary show PAINT at Betty Cunningham Gallery. It sort of feel like an art version of post-Thanksgiving stupor, where I've ingested so much art that I'm sleepy.   

minis in a box
I enjoyed being in New York, but I'm also happy to be reunited with my feline assistant and back in the studio. Cliche though it is, when I'm not making art, I'm thinking about making art, and one thing I thought about in New York was compartmentalizing. In some ways, it seems like maybe the minis were an attempt to compartmentalize in space, while Tempus Fugit is an attempt to compartmentalize time. 

In terms of facing loss that comes with a decision, I was realizing that with the tiny prints, I took a process that could have been economically viable and gradually turned it into something that's totally inefficient. While I enjoy making them and plan to continue, I also need to find a more viable model. So, I started wondering if there's a way I can compartmentalize inefficiency? Are there processes that use efficiently? I remembered that I was extremely efficient when editioning the etching below because I had very limited press time.

Raven etching from summer 2011
I started making these wooden tiles, drawing the same image over and over in ballpoint pen, then spray gessoing over them.  I'm thinking that by the time I get to the end, I'll be able to draw the image on a metal plate to etch very quickly (after practice, practice, practice). While this piece is incredibly inefficient, from it, I can create a metal plate to edition. I like this idea (though I still need to find etching materials and a press with etching baths, but those are concrete issues.)

I also had some time to think about this one. I decided the green was the right color, but in the wrong place. If it looks "mistier," it's because I sprayed white over the whole thing (twice). EEk! I definitely had to pause for a few moments of "this is either a very good, or very very bad idea," but in keeping with phase 5, I decided that if I ruined it beyond fixing, well, it wouldn't be the first time (or second, or third, or.... ;) )