Tag Archives: installation

smiling at september

1 Sep

Figured I should face a new month and the beginning of a new season with some unbridled optimism. My pen pal and artist friend Sarah ensures that I am never short on a supply of her “Half Full” hand painted tags. I share their positive advice by mysteriously leaving them in random secret spots around town. My hope is that these beauties will catch someone off guard, and will instantly brighten their day. Here are some snaps of a few of the happy advice tags I left around this town recently: IMG_5847 IMG_5855 IMG_5850 IMG_5838 IMG_5840(to see a few more happy “half full” posts, click here).

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framed feathers, found fiction and familiar faces

17 Jul

As requested I am sharing some gallery shots of my current exhibition on display in Invermere, BC at Pynelogs Gallery, that I’ve titled framed feathers, found fiction and familiar faces. This solo collection of work is displayed with 5 other artists solo works. There have been 6 sales so far and those that don’t sell after two weeks will have a proud place in my Tour of the Arts booth, Blackstar Gallery or my etsy shop after that. The first portion of the show I’ll share first is the large scale installation framed feathers, which I have been blogging about for a few months.This work speaks to the notion of collecting, both figuratively and physically. The frames represent the physical entity of collecting, as they were found and collected from thrift and charity shops around British Columbia and Alberta. The feather images represent a figurative notion of collecting, much like memories or experiences with species that are added to a birder’s life collection. This installation plays with the juxtaposition of old and new / found and created. It is mounted on a custom-made pine board, with a milled frame, and a min-wax stain coat which my father lovingly helped me build. I am really happy with how the collection has come together as a whole, and was thrilled to have created a pleasing composition after having played around with the position of the frames for hours… it is definitely the highlighted portion of my collection, in the show. Four of these little feathered beauties are going home with some wonderful nature lovers to help decorate their nests. My six etchings, the familiar faces portion of my show, are hung in a room with some figurative sculptural mixed media. The photos were a bit tough to take, as the glass loves to reflect everything. So I got up close for photos (you can see me standing there taking them) but I hope you can view the prints well enough to get a sense of them. Detail shots of them will show up on my blog eventually as I will be editioning these plates during my stay. This series is the first suite of etchings that I’ve produced since Graduation in May 2010, so it felt good to get back to my intaglio printmaking roots. They are all portraits: a closer look at an individual animal’s feelings and temperament, with a focus on their gorgeous details and textures. The third and final component of my show was my altered book work, found fiction. It was hung in a small section of the gallery, short of the barn owl piece which was placed closer to framed feathers. These books explore a variety of ideas but as always with my altered bookwork, I allow the forgotten printed volume to be the initial source of inspiration; the found poems dictate the imagery which covers or masks the unselected words. Most pieces use a mix of medias including drawing, painting, collage and photography. The first book featured here is one of the books that has sold. Titled Childhood Friend, it is the longest, most personal found poem I have ever written: “since I got here / I have this very upbeat have-a-nice-day thing going on / the water as sincere as a very real moment / I was energized by some places more than others / Here we grow up with the country like a friend /in time it turned into a tiny part of me / I knew it had never done anything to shake my trust” The polaroids were both taken here in the Columbia Valley of British Columbia, Canada.This next mixed media book is titled His True Identity and the poem reads “the animal known as the fox / has a good heart.” The fox is one of my favourite animals and is far too often referred to as a sly crook, so I felt the need to set the record straight.This book with the graphite owl drawing is titled Dozing and Dreaming and was inspired by one of my uncle’s many animal photographs he sends me, this one in particular is of a saw-whet owl sleeping: “a heart that was deep in thought / as he sat and rested.” Another book that played with polaroids is titled Shoreline to Wine and features collage and a polaroid taken on the coast of the Napa Valley on my way to a wine tour “far down the coast / yards away.”The next book is the other that has sold so far and was inspired by my best friend Nick’s Mom Bev, who collectes bones, rocks, nests, and other natural trinkets to arrange lovingly in her greenhouse. I have many inspiring photos from that space, but in particular she has two found skulls that both hang on the wall and hold nests on top of their heads. When I came across some of these words, the ideas fit together naturally.  “Bold white stranger held a home by his head .
This piece I think is heavily influenced by my parents (who are both architects). I have always appreciated ornate decoration and beautiful buildings, so this poem and imagery came quite naturally:  “a European object / with a beautiful past.” It features the film side of a polaroid transfer, mixed media drawings and a ribbon that hangs much like a bookmark keeping place of the page.One other altered book is in the show, but I documented it and shared it with you earlier on the post flying to another nest. I wish you could just come view the entire exhibition with me in real life, but I hopefully you enjoyed this virtual sneak peek. Comments and feedback about my new work are very much welcomed & encouraged. Thanks for reading.

a fleet of feathers

1 Jul

My installation piece framed feathers, for my upcoming solo show in just two weeks, is really coming together. Some smaller pieces still need to be completed, but I recently finished the largest piece for the collection, a fleet of feathers: a 16 x 20 canvas covered in all sorts of colorful feathers… I started with the background and created it by washing a deep grey watercolour across the entire canvas. Then, I added coarse salt onto it as it dried to get those wonderful airy, raindrop looking spots all over it. I then spent hours tirelessly painting and drawing feathers onto some rice paper I love. The backside I painted with a white acrylic, while the front side was drawn with all sorts of colored and metallic markers. When finished drawing, I cut out each feather by hand to get them all ready for the big collaging process ahead of me.I laid out all the feathers on the watercolored canvas and began experimenting with the composition – I knew I wanted it to have a bit of that scientific feeling (like when specimen are mounted on a board such as feathers, insects, butterflies, etc.) yet also was adamant that they be laid out organically enough to keep the piece from becoming rigid and static. I ended up drawing three more feathers to fill out some space, and I am quite thrilled with the composition of these 21 colourful objects. The feathers were applied to the canvas with a collage paste. Once dry and secure the entire piece was sprayed with a semi gloss to seal, protect and smooth the piece out. I am actually quite pleased with this new addition to the group! To be honest, I haven’t worked on a creation this big for quite sometime now; it always takes longer than you expect, but is that much more rewarding when it comes together in the end.I love the found frame that inspired this piece. It is one of the least tattered and slightly less kitschy than the others. I feel it does a real nice job complimenting this newly completed feather themed creation. What do you think?