Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane-proof art?

The owner of "Bending" happily reported to me today that my outdoor piece installed on her balcony in DC survived the 65mph winds we experienced last Saturday. "The ceramic pods didn't move at all." The neodynium magnets held fast.

Monday, August 8, 2011

"Savage Beauty"

Savage Beauty
Thrilling! What remarkable visions. Pictures don't do the work justice. I wish that my design-savvy mother had been there with me. She would have enthusiastically appreciated the pattern-matching, the innovative use of material (including clam shells or hair/beaded silk chiffon combo) and the idea of making the side silhouette perfect.

By the second room, I thought, McQueen is dressing goddesses. The clothes themselves seemed larger-than-life. And the use of mannequin hoods focused attention on the work. The mood music filled the rest of the remaining space.

My favorite dress: gold feather dress
in the gothic room.

My favorite show video: Chess Show from 2005

Waiting in line for four hours,
walking slowly through galleries I'd never been in before, I had great conversations with teachers, lawyers, Korean language-loving IT workers, art critics and pumpkin carvers. It was a fabulous moment in time.

Friday, August 5, 2011

"Tumbling" gets poetry press

"Tumbling" 48"H x 72"W, steel, vinegar, acrylic, ceramic


The stones
That sleep
In the stream's
Themselves in place
With dreams
Of eventual tumble
To ocean deep
Crumble by crumble.

At 2009 Artomatic, the poet, Brash, wrote a poem inspired by my work, "Tumbling." On August 4, a blog, Long Story Short, published the poem, "Stones that Sleep," on its Poetry Page. Congratulations and thanks to Brash!

Frieze Cast of Characters and Narrative

The Frieze Project
Cast of characters

The Muse - Gaga
The Wanderer - House
Wise Guardian and Divine Warrior - Superwoman
The Father - General Petraeus
The Wanderer’s Supporters - New Orleans Jazz Band

Narrative of the First Frieze Panel:
Image #1 - Mirror images of the empty cliff and the Bamiyan Buddha looming over the entire valley in Afghanistan begin the story of the Frieze. These represent the sense of destruction and loss that I feel when I’m in the presence of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Image #2 – Crinoid, in my vocabulary, represents durability and survivorship.

Image #3 – The Temple of Dendur in situ in 1875.

Image #4 – The temple of Dendur dismantled into some 640 blocks, in storage on Elephantine Island in the Nile River, waiting for the political game to play out between Washington and Cairo in the late 1960’s.