Friday, April 29, 2011

Visit to See Heather McReynolds

First Heather took me to Philip Taaffe at Gagosian, then to the Unilever Series, Ai Weiwei at the Tate Modern. The Taaffe paintings were impressive. In Heather's words, "Only he could pull off combining tie dye and Islamic Motifs, without resorting to kitsch".
Heather at entrance

I couldn't photograph the Taaffe work, but took some pictures of the sunflower seeds.

After that we had a bite to eat and hopped on a ferry to see the Susan Hiller exhibition at Tate Britian.
While waiting for the boat, we looked at some of the Tate's permanent painting collection, the Richter abstracts done with a squeegee, and an amazing Frank Auerbach painting. In a freebie newspaper I picked up later there was a brief article about Auerbach, saying that at age eighty he's still going strong. The article also mentioned that he rarely leaves his 14x14ft studio (is it possible that his studio is so small?) and in the past five years he's gone out to eat maybe twice....And I thought I was a hermit!

The Susan Hiller exhibit was worth the entire trip over and it was Heather's second time seeing it, so I'm glad she wanted to go back again.Hiller's Witness  reminded me vaguely of a Christian Boltanski installation, minus the bleakness and hopelessness.The brochure from the show states about Witness,"Each speaker in the installation transmits a voice telling a story. A wide variety of languages represent testimonies from all over the world of close encounters with UFOs or creatures from other spheres. The testimonies demonstrate an essential need for belief in the possibility of a further dimension, in something beyond the rational."
Witness is one of the most memorable and interesting works of art I've ever seen. Other pieces From the Freud Museum, and her recycled works from the 1970s were powerful and thought provoking.

 After Heather and I parted ways, I decided to go back to the hotel in Russell Square via Buckingham Palace. The turn out for the Royal Wedding was incredible and it was amazing to see people who'd been camped out on the pavement for over two days. So, it proved to be a fun and eventful visit to London.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Philip Taaffe at Gagosian Britannia St - West

Philip Taaffe at Gagosian Britannia St - West
If there's time, I might go and see this. Gagosian is an incredible space. The last exhibition I saw there was Picasso last year, and it was amazing.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Paladino's Horses in a Mountain of Salt and My New Paintings

View from the Train, acrylic on canvas, 90x110cm  

acrylic on canvas 90x110cm -This one I even actually like a little bit.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


90x210cm acrylic on canvas

I posted this yesterday, thinking it was finished, only to return to the studio and find it still needed work.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Work work work

I always like what's on the palette best.......

90x60cm acrylic on paper
90x60 acrylic on paper 

80x80cn acrylic on paper

80x80cm acrylic on paper

This started out being Kirkeby inspired, and ended up Lanyon-ish. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Re-worked from Friday!!

110x90cm oil on canvas Untitled

oil on canvas 90x110 cm  untitled

I don't know what got into me, but I ended up totally re-working this one. I think it is better now. It just seemed too easy the other way, a little cutesy. I am happy because I didn't resort to any of my old tricks and stayed non descriptive. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

More New Work

Heap, 90x110cm oil on canvas

Somewhere  80x80cm acrylic and crayon on paper

untitled 80x80cm acrylic and crayon on paper

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Painting

Sometimes the stuff lying around the studio is what's most interesting

Bottom of bowl used to mix paint
This started out acrylic, and ended up oil. I have been looking at how Varda Caivano resolves certain spatial problems by going over whole areas with larger forms. Also discovered  through my advisor Michael a St. Ives artist working in the 50s and 60s, Peter Lanyon, and like the drawing he uses to pull his paintings together. Sorry Heather, but a few of the paintings I was supposed to finish got messed up and I had to start from scratch!

Kirkeby Watercolors

Computer-manipulated Kirkeby watercolors made into a film sequence for the overture of Lars VonTrier's Dancer in the dark. Bjork belts out  My favorite Things and Deneuve walks around looking gorgeous.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Breaking the Waves - chapters (Per Kirkeby)

I am looking at this multi-faceted artist's paintings right now and stumbled upon this on YouTube. Lars VonTrier used some Kirkeby videos in his film Breaking the Waves. The images are dramatic and evocative, like Kirkeby's paintings.

Fully Awake - PREVIEW