I can't wait to show you my newest artwork! On First Friday, September 7th, I'll be revealing a series of drawings at the Wolverine Farm Event Room. Grab a beer and join us upstairs for an evening of fun conversation and enticing artwork. Plus, at the Farm, live music is always a possibility. Just saying'.
It always starts at the beginning. This series began when I was teaching Mandala Drawing classes. In my own mandala explorations, I began drawing in this simplistic, repetitive, meditative way, and I thought, what if I could JUST draw this way for an entire drawing? What would it feel like to limit myself to this one constant expression? Could I maintain this composure without giving in to the whim of wild lines?
And so I continued like this for quite some time, and it was exquisite. I found the drawings to be grounded in a way my artwork rarely feels. They are like distillations of much more complex things, like nature, or sound. They could be cross sections or waveforms. They speak. I get still around them.
Recently I was talking with a friend about the nature of my studio practice. Actually, of my studios practice - as in, I have two studios - one at home and one at 3Square. The work I do in each place differs because I have each space supplied with different materials. At 3Square I paint. At home I do more technical, clean work.
When I paint, I tend to experiment and play and explore. I push those boundaries into uncomfortable places a lot, in an effort to get comfortable with new ideas, and to improve my technique.
When I do more technical, clean work, I often put on my designer hat and plan ahead. Not that explorations don't happen - they do! But the experience is more about setting constraints and working out solutions within those boundaries.
Which means my work gets pushed in two directions: one outward, one inward, simultaneously, or at least within hours or days of one another. It's a tug-of-war I have often thought I have to resolve, to commit to one direction in my studio practice.
But, it turns out, I don't have to decide after all. I can do both! And not just because I have two studios. I can do both, because, I can do both.
The show at Wolverine Farm will have two XXL large tiled drawings on paper. One is as still and simple as I could go. The second, well, I wanted it to be wild... but I could only go a certain distance towards wild within the same constraints of form and media. They represent two directions, the yin and yang of expression. I want to know what you think when you see them!
September 7-30, 2018
Reception September 7, 6-9 PM
316 Willow Street, Fort Collins
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