I explore lines quite a bit. And circles and crosses, more coming up. A line is a lot. It makes a break between this & that. Boundaries. Gaps, barriers. I like lines. I am safe with a good line. The Thousand Sketches is a line and a circle, it is a boundary around this project, makes me work hard, but I know it will stop.
Lines, I have fiddled with this one, made it gray, this felt very blue. And widened the gap! Will post results later.
I just read an interview in The Christchurch art gallery Bulleting 150 Julian Dashper whose exhibition in Christchurch I saw. Here he talks about circles:
l notice that circles recur often in your work, not only with your records but also in your repeated use of drum sets and the (0) paintings. What is the significance of circles for you?
I first started working with circles circa (smile out loud) 1992. Another older artist had suggested to me that a circle was really the hardest shape to work with as it totally dictated itself. It’s difficult to paint a budgie inside a circle and for it still to look good, I guess. I just immediately thought,â€˜Gosh a painting that makes itself’, and rushed our and bought a compass. Circles also echo ideas in nature For me, and you canâ€™t get more perfect than that (nature, I mean). Actually, the thing is, Peter, every artist has to start somewhere and I figure a circle is as good a place as a railway station.
#0795 Mark Rothko
I deleted a lot but this one made it here. I don’t mind that the subject is an actor. I like it! There is another link in the chain of abstraction. The person, the script, the director, the actor, thefilm, the screen, and now all this processing… it is like a compost heap.
More about Rothko.
#0794 Mark Rothko 1
One of the highlights of my gallery experiences was to see a Rothko in the San Francisco MoMA. He does something, one thing, fully. He was moved by his own work and wanted others to feel moved. He doed that. Seeing art live is different from seeing prints. or images on the screen. There is a lot of movement in the colour.
More about Rothko, his work, and more about my sketch follows:
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#0730 Richard Diebenkorn
A sketch from a photo in the book I am reading: The Art of Richard Diebenkorn. Great book. Reviews on Amazon say a lot, and say good things about this book.
I was struck by the Diebenkorn paintings in San Francisco – at the SFMoMA and at the De Young. I sneaked a picture. I will go on to say more about this artist & the Bay Area Figurative school. His work and a Matisse follow:
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#0719 Train View
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.
First a sketch, then some art talk.
#0696 Lee Krasner
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.
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Blogging on the Progressive Grounds in Bernal Heights. Lovely place.
Met with Eric Maisel here to talk over creativity coaching and such matters. I got some good tips for walks in New York. Art links:
Walter Benjamin “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” – On Josh’s recommendation.
John Molyneux with a post on Tracey Emin. Following on from a discussion about the YBA.
Emily Prince And More from Emily. We stayed with Emily in Alta.
The Creativity Coaching Association. Eric Maisel pointed me in that direction.
Loved this artist at DeYoung
Just looked like it explored well the life drawing I have been doing. And found an old edition hardcover one of this across the road in the Red Hill Bookshop.
Which I was recommended at the San Francisco drawing group, and browsed art Emily & Shawn’s.
Been sketching here too.
We biked out to the beach through the park, had breakfast. I put up the rest of the sketches from yesterday’s drawing group. Then I did a few fast still life sketches (next post?) Walked through the panhandle then up he hill to Haight, then along past Ashbury till I found this cafÃ©: Rocking Java I like it. Yelp.
And here is a sketch from the chairs in front of me. One of the eight still lifes I did today.
Art on the wall is interesting – GiclÃ©es by John Mavroudis
This is one on the wall here:
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#0582 Pablo Picasso
Re-did the last one – I like this bolder version.
I began to make a post about my visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, but lost it half way through for some reason. But just one artist will do for now. Philip Guston.
Amy introduced me to him. I am intrigued by the man, his place in the abstract expressionist world. When I walked up the stairs at the museum today there was a Guston, much more impressive than the web stuff!
The one I really liked, and the first painting that really drew me today was one called The Tormentors:
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