This blog contains the process I go through when making art. I enjoy working with a variety of materials and methods and this blog includes all kinds of mistakes, re-dos and experiments–kind of an online sketchbook.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 20, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Screening: Thursday, December 10, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Exhibition on View: November 20 – December 19, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Alexis Arnold, Erik Beltran, Liat Berdugo and Phoebe Osborne, Lizzy Brooks and Radka Pulliam, Ethan Caflisch, Tom Comitta, Nicole Czapinski, Johannes Donato, Claire Elliott, Sarah Farahat, José Figueroa, Nin Filip, Mary Fitzgerald, Rebecca Foster, Diane Foug, Jon Gourley, Kristie Hansen, Jenny Harp, Alexander Hernandez, Terry Hoff, Junyan Hou, Heejin Jang, Sara Kerr, Sophie Lourdes Knight, Peter Max Lawrence, Wei Li, Em Meine, Neila Mezynski, Mary Mocas, Cait Molloy, Michelle L. Morby, Barbara Morris, Cara Seaira O’Brien, Juan Pablo Pacheco, Hadley Radt, Sofie Ramos, Mike Rothfeld, Tyler Scheidt, Matt Shapiro, Isabelle Smeall, Milan Subedi, Paul Taylor, Miranda Texidor, Trav, Isaac Vazquez Avila, John Vogler, D.W., Emma Webster, William Wiebe
Southern Exposure is pleased to announce Crank, the organization’s Annual Entry-Fee-Free Juried Exhibition and Screening of new works by Northern California artists. This annual event is the premier showcase of contemporary artwork by promising local talent. With a different open-ended theme each year, artists are encouraged to pursue a broad range of artistic expression across media.
The juried exhibition and screening features Northern California artists living north of King City and south of Red Bluff. Jurors Lorelei Stewart and Gabriela Monroy select the works by blind process, choosing pieces across media that exemplify Southern Exposure’s commitment to supporting new, innovative, risk-taking contemporary visual art practices.
Sunday, Nov 2nd, 11-6pm
1890 Bryant St, Studio #211, San Francisco, CA
These photos are not great, but wanted to show the work up in the gallery until October 30. Better photos coming soon.
Red, powder-coated steel wire, vellum, 60 x 48 inches
Blue, powder-coated steel wire, vellum, 60 x 48 x 12 inches
Yellow, powder-coated steel wire, vellum, 70 x 54 x 24 inches
Pillar to Post, pencil, color pencil, oil sticks on paper, 22 x 30 inches
Conduit, pencil on paper, 22 x 30 inches
Torque, pencil on paper, 22 x 30 inches
Core Capacity, pencil on paper, 38 x 50 inches
Heat Exchange, pencil on paper, 38 x 50 inches
Ductworks, pencil on paper, 38 x 50 inches
V8, pencil on paper, 38 x 50 inches
I made this out of steel wire and epoxy resin and was not pleased w the result–too much, too intense. I knew more work had to be done when my daughter said that if I painted it yellow it would be a nice rendition of Sponge Bob. And maybe I should add a couple of tiny arms too–real funny.
So I set about chopping it up, reconfiguring smaller sections into individual works and although I am not near finished, I’m on a much better path. I will post again when they are finished and painted. (See below)
I’m about halfway done. Trying to vary overall size and density of wire pieces. This is tedious work, but I am enjoying watching it come together.
As I work I am trying to remain open to different compositions
Want to create a curtain of these…
These are two pieces of the same polycarbonate weave. The application of the paint gives them a very different look. Trying to think about what to do next with these.
These are two elements of a new wire piece I am working on. They will be linked with several others to create a curtain.
I have decided to narrow the scope of my work for the near future to four basic materials.
polycarbonate, rubber, wire and paper. Here is a photo of a piece done in each. These are starting points.
This is a larger piece of the polycarbonate weave. Staples are visible in columns. I will paint just a little so that form is more defined. I am happy with the use of materials. Polycarbonate is a strong, light material used in all sorts of products from your eyeglasses to bulletproof “glass.” I will let this sit, then paint, maybe a light gradation from color to clear.
This is 15 mil polycarbonate sheet stapled with a spritz of spray paint. Without the paint the polycarbonate is completely clear and hard to see. With just a little paint you are able to see what’s going on in there. This will be the basis for some larger pieces.
I have been experimenting a lot w new materials lately and have a nice pile of failed pieces to show for it. This morning I was trying to make some abstract cut outs in sheet rubber. When I tacked up the work to take a look, I recognized my frustration staring back at me.
This piece is made of those pink rings found in home canning jars. They are woven together w steel wire and push- pinned to the wall. The piece vibrates when plucked, like a guitar string.
This piece is two toned. One side is black and the other side is white w black overspray
Most of these (except the blue one) are just primed and not yet painted. I’ve shown a front and side shot of each one. There are five all together. Had a great time making these. They all originated from a central spine of wire and are about 12-14″ in height.
I made these spires out of polycarbonate and staples and started putting them into groups (photo 1). The pieces look best when they are overlapping and close together, showing the small natural differences in their form. The problem is that they are a little lightweight. If a strong breeze blows through the room, you are going to have some bowling pin action going on. To solve the problem, instead of using a base, I started experimenting with an interior weights. The weight provides a strong and low center of gravity and also, because it is hung with fishing line, will sway and maintain balance if the piece is hit from the side (photos 2-4).
Close up of the lead fishing weight–functional.
Close up of the chandelier crystal–fancy.
You can hardly see it, mostly reflection. Something interesting about a large presence going unnoticed.