June 5 – Aug 1, 2015
Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
This group of works and objects is a window into my studio over the past eighteen months.
t I opened a one-person exhibition at William Campbell Contemporary Art in November 2013 with a body of work that had been assembled over the previous twenty-four months; and, as I like to allow myself long periods of time in which I just let my mind/eyes go, December 2013 seemed like an appropriate time to “let go” and experiment.
This installation is a simple “recreation” of my studio walls. Works are generally hung in an arrangement which shows when they came into existence. Two older works (Order & Disorder --- Borrowed Parts” and Terrazzo/ Texas Falls) are included because the were living on the studio walls in December 2013.
It started with my intention to make another work which explored the collage border that appeared on Terrazzo/ Texas Falls. At the same time, I made a long paper chain in order to pile it up to photograph and reproduce selected “crops” of it. I imagined that these cropped shots might offer another interpretation(translation) of the waterfall in Terrazzo/ Texas Falls. From that point it became a stream of conscious “linkage” of one work to another, one experiment suggesting another version or suggesting a tangent of that version. Order and Disorder---Borrowed Parts became simply a handy “hanger” for the long paper chain I had made and wanted to preserve. But that arrangement, in itself, suggested keeping this combination of elements as an idea.
I am particularly aware of these influences that found their way into the work:
A group of drawing books garnered from the closing sale of Larry McMurtry’s bookshop in Archer City, Texas. These books contained:
An exhibition catalogue of Leonardo’s notebook drawings of moving water, clouds and fragments of script; and two books on Northern Renaissance drawing with many images of chiaroscuro drawing on toned papers, especially dark green and red.
A road trip north on Route 83 through land I had never seen --- the western mid-west to Mount Rushmore, the Badlands of South Dakota (and eastern Montana) to the Devils Tower and across Wyoming and the Santa Fe Trail along the Arkansas River in eastern Colorado.
My studio walls, where unexplored images and notes live, accompanied by units and fragments from older works that stare down at me from their random “storage” locations on the studio walls.
Some of the works in this installation may become a bridge to somewhere else and will get recycled. And some of these woks will surely end up with a title and will be shown in future venues. I may better figure this out after I first see the work outside the studio.