Presenting the Thousand Sketches – a work in progress

I wrote in the last post that Thousand Sketches was a completed project. Sort of. The 1000 are done. However they are not all printed! Printing is a form of presentation, and…

presentation is the art

 

I am thinking about the warm-up to a presentation. Naming. Description. Artist statement. I am really thinking art! Creating the aura is art. How to be fully present with these sketches, how to honour them, help them be seen for what they are, no more or less.

I want Henry to come along and make a link! Links are a form of art. Curating is an art. Criticism is art.

I was thinking when I looked at this one how easy is for one sketch in a 1000 to get lost. But I like it! How to present it?

There is plenty to work on:

    this blog

  • thumbnails don’t work properly
  • add “simple Viewer”
  • selections
  • folios

The categories are fine, but I’d like to do more of what I have done with Earth Crosses, select the best in a series and build on them.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

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Leonard Bernstein:

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

New York, New York — it’s a hell of a town.

We’ve got one day here, and not another minute,
To see the famous sights,
We’ll find the romance and danger waiting in it,
Beneath the Broadway lights.
But we’ve hair on our chests,
So what we like the best are the nights.
Sights, Lights, Nights.

New York, New York —
A hell of a town,
The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down.
The People ride in a hole in the ground.
New York, New York —
It’s a hell of a town.

Red City

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#0568 Red City
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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

I love to doodle & try things – this looks a bit computery and it is. I think I used about five programs in my fiddling, but it did not take that long for all that.

I have some San Francisco skylines in mind and so this is a warm-up .

Victorian

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#561 Victorian
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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

I am loving all the Victorian wooden Buildings, just like the ones we lived next to in Chester Street in Christchurch!

I will keep sketching till I find a style I like & then do more …

Bridge Cathedral

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#560 Bridge Cathedral
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A limited edition of 25 prints on A3+ 329 x 483 mm ( 13 x 19
inches) Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper 308 g/m2
Image size 205 x 310 mm (8 x 12 inches)

Posting this up a few days after sketching. My Sketching phase has begun. Have had a great few days with Brainstormers and will have sketches of that gathering coming up too. It is so good to be here with Josh & Amy.

I am in San Francisco РMission district at a caf̩ called Ritual Roasters, sketches coming up.

Chalice

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Neil Dawson’s sculpture in the Christchurch square. Had an idea that as I have the Sydney icons and the Wellington one, what about Christchurch? But it is not in that class for me. Not that I don’t like it. I look out my bathroom and there is a mature lancewood, and it creates a silhouette just like sections of the Chalice. It is also somewhat balanced with the tower of the Cathedral, and you’d think that being a person who descends in to alchemical depths that a chalice would suit me more than a spire. But not really in this place.

I’d like to see the square grey and flat with just the cathedral. I’d force the banks to have only human friendly shops facing the square – high incentives for foot traffic friendly places, big tax sticks for glass walls & anything that does not generate foot traffic. More cafes, pubs, galleries, tee shirt shops (we have those already).

So the chalice to me is an art display, not an iconic feature, and so it needs to find a better home. A square is not a gallery, though some works might go in a square, to build the squareness of it not to compete with it. Neil Dawson’s hanging staircase in the Arts Centre seems to enhance and not compete with the courtyard.

Beehive

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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival mat paper.

It loomed like a space ship over me in the dusk. This is in the middle of a city, but the trees and the building filled the scene. This is the government head office in Wellington known as the Beehive.

Opera House & travel notes

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A hot hazy day with little colour on the harbour or in the sky but the sails of the Opera house stood out. I love this building. I watched it being built in the ’60s, a real ’50s building, everything had fins & looked ‘futuristic’. On my last night in Sydney, before I moved to New Zealand, group of us hopped over the fence one moonlit night & climbed to the top of the main sail, A night to remember.

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Alas, sketched three days ago! Too busy living life to sketch. I am getting further behind, but have plenty of inspiration. We had a good day on the beaches yesterday & today we are with a friend in the Blue Mountains. Stopped in Lane Cove national park on the way. lots of photos of bush, birds & lizards.

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