Here’s a sample of recent work from the cutting room floor so to speak…
What are YOU working on these days, dear readers?
Recently, I visited the SF Museum of Modern Art to see the William Kentridge show, Five Themes before it closed. I discovered his work at the Carnegie International show in 1999 when his piece, Stereoscope caught my attention; I’ve been a fan ever since. The show beautifully represented the breadth of Mr. Kentridge’s work. I could’ve spent a weekend just in that exhibit alone:
Upon further exploration, this piece by Mario Merz caught my eye too:
The Lens of Rotterdam
What was so great about this piece wasn’t just its scale, but its elegant simplicity— glass plates clamped to a minimal steel frame, sheltering or focusing over rough hewn stones.
After a few weeks of creative stagnation, exploring the museum was just the spark I needed to shift my brain back into focus. After a wander among the exhibits, even the textures of the walls excited me:
The effect in the last two photos above was achieved by painting the pattern with varying levels of gloss and matte finish. A cool effect to remember once I’ve found a home to purchse…
I was in a bookshop today and tripped over the new book about the 1000 journals project. With an almost magnetic draw, it caught my attention and found its way home with me. I was tickled to be reminded of the project – years ago I had the good fortune to trip over one of the journals (and the site) and added my own piece to the puzzle. I was living in Northern Europe at the time, and sent it off to Berlin when the time came.
Several weeks later, I was contacted to participate in the documentary about the project (apparently my story about journal #311 and its extended sojourn in my studio and my friend’s 18th century attic was interesting) but ultimately my lifelong shyness won out, and I declined. I suppose I’m a little curious what it would’ve been like to be associated as one of the faces behind this project, but not enough to regret my decision to maintain relative anonymity and personal privacy.
Here’s where I endorse the book – buy it – since you’ll have better luck finding the book in your local lefty bookshop, than one of the elusive 1000 journals….
And if a visual synopsis of a thousand journals-worth of collective art still leaves you unsatisfied, try signing up for the next chapter of the project – 1001 journals