Archive for the ‘New York’ Category

Presenting the Thousand Sketches – a work in progress

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

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.

Archon Arachnid

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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Archons are the baddies, viruses, mind parasites, beasts, devils. They are the ancient enemy of the earth. I am not sure what it all means really, but it made me think of the wonderful metal spider in the DIA N.Y. Beacon. Not sure of the artist or name of this sculpture but will add later.

Later: Wednesday, 2 January, 2008

Louise Bourgeois

Subway Crows

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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Completing one I began in New York. These are bronzsz just casually placed in the subway. I don’t know the artist, if someone does please let me know. Tiny sculptures are easy to stumble upon in the New York subways, wonderful!


Saturday, September 15th, 2007

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Walked under a bridge on my way to Brooklyn Bridge, not sure what it is called now, worked on this in New York but just finished it off here. Whatever finished is.

One file many expressions.

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

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Years ago, one of the explorations in psyberspace led to the insight that the end user (and that was still a strange word then) could do what they liked with your layout on the web or in an email. The creator used colour perhaps, but the user could set everything to B&W for example, or green and orange.

Is that participatory art?

Sort of. It came up very early here in a conversation about the diversity of these sketches. The user can unify! In a way that is what Michel Allen has done by selecting 14.


There is an A4 limited edition of 25 on Epson paper of this print. Now imagine in addition:

  • The image printed on 1.2 meter wide canvas
  • A meter square lightbox
  • Printed by Adgraphix onto 2,500 tiles
  • projected onto a screen
  • video in you tube
  • a postcard
  • a postage stamp
  • a book cover
  • a Button – (Josh, can you make one?)
  • T-shirt, mouse-pad, mug etc at café-press
  • Fridge magnet
  • Sticky labels

None of these things need to happen physically of course. They already have in our mind.


The notion is well established in contemporary art.

Look: at the Dia in Beacon:


New York

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

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Mt. Lyford

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

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I did the last two “plein air”, however in the second one I had the first image as one of the layers as a reference for the lines. In an aha moment I combined the two as layers and did some post production. I like the result.

This image is available printed in a limited edition. It is available exclusively on Felt, a New Zealand Art & Craft website.

image felt art for sale site

Train View

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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I put the view inside the picture.

Playfully … after Matisse

I like the idea. Not only windows but paintings, computers & TV. Some of my portraits show bits of TV, so that is a start.

Train to Beacon

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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Hudson River

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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I took the train to Beacon to see the Dia there. Great day. I enjoyed the view from the window and the hazy nothingness of the Hudson as we left New York. While on the train I painted this image in my mind. Exactly like this. What surprised me is that 20 min out of the city there is hardley a house to be seen and there is bush, not farmland.


Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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I got close enough on the Staten Island ferry to have a sense that I saw the statue, and this is from a photo I took. There will be a few more goes at this. I got some other good material to work from while I was in New York.

Roof 4

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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Roof 3

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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Roof 2

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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This is from the roof of the building that houses the Allen Gallery. Typical New York water tower. Several versions of the sketch follow.

Allen Gallery, Chelsea, New York.

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

While in New York I made an arrangement to have some of the Thousand Sketches prints for exclusive sale in a Chelsea, Manhattan Gallery!


It began when I stumbled into the gallery not far from where I was staying and saw some prints and originals by Zoe Mac on show. I liked them and I was impressed by the printing process she used, not unlike mine! It turned out it was her opening the next night and I was invited. From there it led to Michel Allen selecting 14 prints that she will handle from New York!

This is a good development for me & this project. It is the first of what I hope will be several galleries that choose to be the exclusive outlet for some of the prints.


I am pleased to make this announcement, I would have done it earlier but I wanted to have the link to the prints in place first.

New York Night Skyline

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

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When you look up there is no skyline, there is a sort of circle with buildings pointing to the centre.

Empire State

Monday, August 27th, 2007

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Not the last go I will have at the Empire State or the New York skyline. This little portal to the icon was just across the road from where I stayed.

Interesting name now I think of it. Empire State – were they neo-cons back then who wanted to dominate the world?

New York Diner

Monday, August 27th, 2007

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I think Edward Hopper had defined American diners. I certainly though of his one while I ate here late one night. I think it was called the Empire Café.

Night Life

Monday, August 27th, 2007

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I’m Home! Things are coming together.

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Night Life (from NY):

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Hardly night life I had, other than going to nice places at night for a meal.

I am back after a 24 hour flight.

On the plane I did a lot of reflecting about where to with the sketches. And it is interesting to post this one that I had already done. Read on.

One thing is that I now want to return to the local, that makes sense. I also want to work with the memories and the thousands of photos from San Francisco and New York. I’ll do both. So that is content.

From a process point of view here is the idea I had on the plane: Make the abstracts more figurative and the figurative more abstract. Bring it all together. Integrate.

And a little further than that too, I have drawn a hard line for myself: No real media till the project is done. Now as I come closer to the 1000 I am thinking real media more and more. Here is the move I am plotting: Explore a greater variety of paper. For example use pastel papers for the pastels. Perhaps use the background colours for the digital ones here and then explore printing with that layer removed on the appropriate medium.

Use the larger formats more, perhaps for canvas but also board and for A2 sheets of watercolor board etc.


The thought was there a matter of hours ago, and now posting this I see I was already, more unconsciously integrating various styles.

I have put this in the Abstract category and also in Cafes. I have not done that before.

And yes this is in the New York and the New Zealand category. It is process and Sketchblog. Things are coming together.


Sunday, August 26th, 2007

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Kee Krasner, art talk.

Friday, August 24th, 2007

First a sketch, then some art talk.

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This is from a self portrait. She looks young. I like Lee Krasner. She is of course well known and associated with Pollock, and I have a sense that they were together able to become as creative as they were. Relationships count. Unfortunately she is not as easy to spot around as Pollock. I hope I have bought out her strength in this sketch. I loved what I saw of her work at MoMA though. I have some shots I can add later.

I splashed out & bought a beautiful catalogue of a recent exhibition of her later work. I think it is about the best thing I bought on this trip. Found it in a secondhand book shop in Brooklyn.

More talk & Images follow.


Bryant Park 2

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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Bryant Park

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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I had inteded to go to the MoMA, on the free day, but the cue was too big for me, the place was to busy. I went to the NYPL the library instead. Wow, the center of the universe. A temple. Next to it is Bryant Park where I went when I got kicked out of the library at 6.00. Thunderstorm under one of these umbrellas. All went well & sketched and used the park’s wifi.

Guggenheim Entrance

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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The circles in the pavement caught my attention, about the best thing I saw there, as the museum was shut and the building was shrouded in renovation material. I’ll go back though.

Times Square

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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Times Square

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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Saturday, August 18th, 2007

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Leonard Bernstein:


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.

Central Park Green

Friday, August 17th, 2007

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I loved that park today.