Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Food for Thought"

I will have eight paintings in Food for Thought at the  The Arts Center of Greenwood, SC
The exhibit runs from  July 7- Aug. 31. The exhibit reception is July 28, 5:30- 7:30.
The Casualties of Green Curry   oil on canvas   4' x 3'

Friday, May 12, 2017

Upcoming Summer Exhibits

Summer Exhibits

No 130 Classic Coral Creme Glitter   oil on panel, 24" x 24"
  I've got a couple of painting exhibits going on this summer, both opening in June. The first is a solo exhibit: "Gastronomic Drama" at the  Quinlan Arts Center, Gainesville, GA 
(June 8-Aug. 12).

Hot, Smeared and Melted  oil on canvas 36” x 48” 
The second is a group exhibit at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC:
  Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South
June 10 – September 17, 2017
"Feast Your Eyes will explore our culinary heritage as nourishment and beyond: a form of cultural, political and artistic expression; an enduring source of comfort; sometimes an object of obsession; perhaps a symbol of class, race or gender…and always a cause for celebration. Food and beverage icons, peculiar and particular to the South, will be examined with works in an expansive variety of two and three-dimensional media, including paintings in oil and watercolor; works in pastel; printmaking; photography; sculptures in ceramics, metal, wood and mixed media; textile and fiber arts, and functional art such as handcrafted dining furniture and serving ware. These objects will invite viewers to explore the confluence of the three distinct foodways (Native American, African and European) which have converged over time and place to form our unique cuisine, originally one of survival, now exalted for its honesty, comfort and generosity.
Feast Your Eyes will bring together painters and sculptors of startling realism; artists working larger than life and those working much smaller; some who are exploring the politics, psychology and humor in the food of the South; others who work with unexpected materials, and those who seek to help us “gather at the table” in an artful way. You’re sure to enjoy every course of this mouth-watering, provocative and evocative exhibition.
Participating lending institutions include The Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, SC), The Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC), The Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA), The Red Piano Gallery (Hilton Head, SC) and The South Carolina State Museum (Columbia, SC)."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Upcoming Spring Exhibits

Upcoming Exhibits This Spring

Contemporary Patterns

People # 67 charcoal and pastel pencil on plywood  72" x 24"
I'll be having a solo exhibit of paintings and plywood drawings at Robert N. Moore Jr. Gallery , O’More College of Design, Franklin, TN for the month of March. It is being curated by my Nashville Gallery, The Arts Company.     Opening reception is First Friday March.
Saint Anne Says Not Now graphite, cut Italian rag paper, acrylic orbs, rhinestones, metal, ceramic, and hand built wooden altar   18" x 12"
I've got one of my Misappropriated Mythology Alter series pieces this year in the "36th International Print and Drawing Exhibition" , Bradley University, Peoria, IL  March 11- April 17
Bad Girl Games   silverpoint, graphite and watercolor on cut gouache toned paper, cut glass in resin in hand built altar frame   20” x 13”

If Susanna Had a Bad Ass Friend
silverpoint and graphite on cut gouache toned paper, cut paper, stones, resin, hand-built altar frame   21” x 23”
I've got two of my Misappropriated Mythology Alter series pieces going to the
28th National Drawing & Print Exhibition”, Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of   Maryland University, Baltimore, MD  March 27 through April 28, 2017  
People # 60,63,64,65,58   charcoal and pastel pencil on wood  72" x 82" x 24"
I've got a plywood drawing installation going to this year''s ArtFields 2017, Lake City, SC, April 21- 29. My exhibit venue is the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center on 235 East Main Street.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

"Demographically Speaking" at Lexington Art League's Louden House

Demographically Speaking  

Lexington, KY
Jan. 27-Feb 19

"Lexington Art League is excited to announce the return of our ever-popular figure show with this exclusive evening of art, music, and dancing. The Fourth Friday for Demographically Speaking, a Figurative Exhibition will provide a look at the exhibition curated by Daniel Pfalzgraf, Chief Curator of the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. Posing the question, 'whose stories are being told in the art world?' the new dimension and unique perspective Pfalzgraf brings to the traditional figure or nude show aims to provoke audiences to consider the diversity of our city, our region, and our country through stories of identity told through art."

People # 55, 56, 57  charcoal and pastel pencil on plywood
I had three plywood installations of three plywood drawings each in the exhibit. Pfalzgraf, who was present and whom I got to speak with, wanted to see what an entire room of them would look like. They were appropriately housed in the room where the reception drinks table was placed. They did their virtual reality thing while remaining sober. 
People # 49, 50, 60 (L) and People # 55, 56, 57 (R)  charcoal and pastel pencil on plywood. People #38, 39, 40 is on opposite wall
Having a major Arts non-profit housed in a place as fantastic as the renovated Victorian mansion known as Louden House is a coup for any city. The entire ornate interior has been made sculptural and simplified by a solid coat of white paint. Their exhibits take over every stately room and hallway. I had been to previous exhibits, and really wanted to see my work impacted by those surroundings. Their upper floor is leased studio spaces.
Christopher Troutman's Kagoshima Overpass, ink and charcoal on watercolor paper dominated the main gallery
 Though this was a national exhibit, most of the artists were regional, and I always get exited when I find I'm exhibiting with people I know or have exhibited with before. I had exhibited previously with Yvonne Petkus, a professor at Western Kentucky University, at The Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN in an exhibit curated by Terri Jordan. Petkus had two paintings in the exhibit. (below, left) The ink drawing over the mantel is of a body-less pair of dropped pants by Hayward Wilkerson.
Randy Simmons, professor at the Paducah School of Art and Design has curated my work into three past exhibits in two separate venues in Paducah, and I was in Drawing Discourse with him at UNC/Asheville in 2016. He does largely reductive charcoal drawings, and his Pool Series: Alex was also in the same gallery room as my work (below).

The staff at LAL came up with the excellent idea of having three hours of nude life-drawing during the reception, led by three volunteering exhibiting artists. I couldn't resist- and led the final hour. Kind of-total absorption had already kicked in. Best figurative exhibit reception idea ever. If people weren't drawing, they were watching people draw.
After, someone asked me if I had ever seen this done at a an opening before- and I hadn't...BUT I remembered later that at Carnagie Mellon University's symposium, Draw 2014, they had this event called "Drawing with Nicole Eisenman" (she won the Carnegie International that year) where they had nude models placed all over the Carnegie Museum after hours, and artists went to pose locations to sketch while Eisenman and her young daughter wandered around and enjoyed the process. It was an awesome night, and also the best idea ever.