|Miniature #46 - June 18 - 24, 2012, ? in, drawing and collage on paper|
Some good news - I've been awarded a residency at the Contemporary Artists Center! The timing couldn't be better (some of my multi-color-coded calendar planning and list-making coming to a good end :)) I'm looking forward to having some time and space to focus on completing the Power in Precision Project (minis), reflect, and get a jump start on the next long term project, which I'm thinking will be an art experiment in life-improvement through time/space management (no catchy title there yet).
My mission for the residency is site-specific. Lately, I've been questioning how to make paintings that engage viewers in a sincere way without being saccharine. I want to try adapting the studio environment to activate all my senses and see whether/how that affects the work. The studios at CAC are in a re-purposed neo-Gothic church, so there will be stained glass for visual engagement. I usually listen to music or the radio while I work, but for the residency, I'm going to aim for all non-verbal sonitory input (I'm thinking 'Music for Airports,' but I haven't totally decided yet, and, as a side note, I can use this opportunity to work on not starting sentences with "I heard on the radio..." at least for a little while). For smell (which will have to cover taste as well, since eating in the studio is a no-no), I've narrowed it down to one of these taste-related smells: cinnamon, clove, vanilla or peppermint. Touch will be a fluffy mat (which will be a nice change from the floor). The goal is to try to reach a sort of "flow-state" and see whether/how that comes through in the work (I know it sounds kind of weird when stated that way, but...)
|interacting with art in its natural habitat|