summer ball rolling

The last few weeks have been busy. Printing work for a show in Japan. Discovering that I was going to a residency in Vermont…last minute…due to my teaching schedule and the other Ohio artist being unavailable to take advantage of an Ohio Arts Council funded residency at Vermont Studio Center. Packing the car for less than a month of residency here in northern Vermont.

It was a two day drive and now it’s two days into the residency. I did dive into work once I got here. Anthotype work. Now two are outside and a third will join them tomorrow morning.

In a previous life I was a monk sequestered in a solitary cell. Maybe I was a lonely groundhog. That’s my studio practice. Twelve hour days with breaks for meals and artist talks in between. A walk here. A talk there. Tonight’s lecture was by environmental artist Jackie Brookner who’s work is concerned with the misperception of water as an unlimited resource.

To get the mid-summer ball rolling, here’s a pic from tonight’s walk near Johnson Community College.



the nostalgia for seeing an ocean horizon

As a way of moving out of the back of the blue sky gallery, a decision was made to utilize the overhanging dry wall that diagonally bisected the space. I really can’t pinpoint when I decided sidewalk cracks were going to be part of the show, but I had hoped to begin installing it the week before “Your Turn” opened. The idea was to create a crack near the ceiling as a way to make use of more of the gallery. Bridgette Bogle and I didn’t have time to execute this by February 1st. The actual photographing of the cracks happened mid-January and the printing finally commenced a month later. Last weekend was a quick run to Columbus to pick up an additional roll of 100 feet of generic luster paper, the other having run out by the time I got through the first crack.

These “sidewalk cracks” were printed out 15.5″ x 67″. Some were connected to each other in pairs. One set formed a triptych. Bridgette created her own crack with pink ribbon which was marked in intervals with blue and green masking tape. This made each of the sections part of one larger piece we ended up calling “lost horizons”.

I haven’t had time to properly document this part of our collaboration but I am posting a cropped detail of an image from the closing.

The name comes from the James Hilton novel Lost Horizon (and the subsequent movies) but is meant to reference my nostalgia for seeing the ocean horizon from my childhood home in San Diego. The cracks become a horizon line high above the gallery floor which mimic the height of the ocean horizon viewed from a hill.

However…in the process of determining a print size for that massively long strip of gallery space, I printed out three smaller versions of the sidewalk cracks and stacked them on the same sheet of paper. There is something appealing about this scale and arrangement that exists independently of the gallery installation. There may be more of these.

no borders

Inkjet prints are something I try to avoid making. The printer is usually reserved for making negatives for alternative processes.

Not tonight.

Here is a work in progress which I am considering for the Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Annual Member Show. This year DVAC has chosen the theme of no borders.

There is so much visual similarity to the cosmological images I have been making with fruit and a strange resemblance to the animation in Bjork’s iPad App for her Biophilia album. I think I’ll rearrange a lyric or two into a title for this image: “fast as a fingernail”. Maybe I should sleep on it.