A new print with my tireless companion, the Walking Man
I’ve been mostly absent from the blog this summer, focused on making new experimental work. This weekend I am going to Port Townsend for the Artist Trust Edge Program. (Thank you Artist Trust!) It is galvanizing to know that I will be spending a full week with other artists in various disciplines, with one focus, absent from my inbox, outbox and the nonstop noise of the news cycle that sits at my fingertips everytime I sit at the computer. The news DOES fuel my work in many ways, but how many disasters can a person absorb? How many quakes, hurricanes, droughts, civil wars, and general geopolitical tragedy???
It will be good be out of the city and nearer the mountains, and to sense Canada near by. This week I saw Herzog’s movie Cave of Forgotten Dreams and I have been dreaming every night since in charcoal and firelight. This year I have been absorbed in technology and photography, and it creates a huge pause to see that movie. I have memorized the horses’ faces, and the overlapping profiles of the cave lions. France seems very old, and Canada and the North seems somehow connected to an older time.
I am working on a series of images using abraded surfaces and found textures that show time’s passage. This one features the much beloved traffic cone, beseiged.
My work is included this month in the National Juried Printmaking and Photography Exhibition at Artspace Gallery. The show was curated by Richard Waller, Executive Director, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, Virginia. Out of 567 images submitted 56 were selected. The physical show will be up from March 26 to April 18, 2010 and a gallery of the work can be seen online at the Artspace Picasa Gallery.
A year ago I started a visual journal about wayfinding and my favorite of all street icons, the walking man. He has come back to haunt me along with other signs and symbols of the street like the Traffic Circle, for which I have created several much-needed re-designs.