Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Adam Trowbridge: snstncntnr

Adam Trowbridge is a Chattanooga-based artist who has recently been spending a lot of time in Chicago. You can see his excellent work and the way he views the world by clicking here.

Adam Trowbridge On Words(connected)

Words (connected):Selection Strategy: "Wantingicity" & Chance Forces (Negation of Negation), Temporary Weightlessness

I select (trap) flailing, falling, failing forces at the edge of cognition. Theoretically, it is an intense questioning of intersubjectivity: shared cognition, or any collective basis for meaning, purpose and communication. The intention is to create a potential for new sensation and incommunicable shared experience: a raw mix of naked exterority and sensations occurring outside of a cognitive existence.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Joanne Mattera: Silk Road

From her solo show, “Pure Color,” at the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta in 2006. The paintings are from her ongoing series Silk Road, begun in 2006. Each painting in this installation is encaustic on panel, 12 x 12 inches.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Joanne Mattera On Arrangement

Like many artists, I think a lot about arrangement—the composition of elements within one painting, the installation of paintings on a wall—even though I typically adopt a simple format: squares or stripes, arranged in a grid as blocks or stacks of color. But of course “simple arrangement” (simple, another good word for your list) is never quite that.

Take the blocks of color. How big are they? Are they part of a larger composition on one panel? Are they individual panels arranged to hang singly or to be arranged into a larger whole? How is the color achieved in these blocks? Will I build up the surface with translucent layers to create a color that your retina perceives as the final hue, even though it is composed of many hues? Or will I scrape back some of the topmost opaque layers to reveal something of the hues underneath? Will I limn the edges to define the square as an object in space? Will that edge spark your eye to jump to the next painting in the arrangement?

And what of this arrangement? I typically work in series, so I like to show a selection of paintings in a way that lets you in on my visual thinking. Do I run a “zip” of paintings along the wall, so that A relates to B, B to C, and so on down the line? Or do I create a grid in which your eye can move back and forth, up and down? And, when I’m thinking grid, do I make a small grid or a larger grid? Because the larger it is, the more you focus on the installation rather than on the individual paintings within it—and there’s a whole little world in each of those paintings that I’d like you to explore. At the same time, I love that you can travel around the arrangement on a journey of your own choosing, alighting visually on one block of color and remaining there for a long time or just fleetingly before you move on.

My thoughts about arrangement have more questions than answers. But it is those questions that keep me endlessly engaged. And, of course, I hope some of that rubs off on you.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Artists On Words Has Kicked Off!

The Collaborative Project "Artists On Words" has kicked off. See Joanne Mattera's words and work above. More will follow. The submissions have been great and I very much appreciate the artists taking the time to participate.
To get things started I sent an invitation letter through email(see below). What's been interesting so far is the way different people have responded to the project, perhaps in some sense, reflecting an individual's relationship with written language and how they communicate. Some people are intuitive and spontaneous and others are more contemplative and deliberate. Some have responded quickly and others have taken more time.
Over the next few weeks I will post the responses in no particular order.

Dear Artists,

As you may know I have kept a blog called “Color Chunks” since 2006. If you have seen the blog, you know what it is about. It’s been fun, but I’ve decided I want to change the direction a bit. That’s where you come in.

As an Artist, and working as such, sometimes these words pop into my head and really seem to “capture” a particular facet of my work. They sometimes never turn into a “proper” artist’s statement but continue to bounce around in my head, remaining as a fragment. Or perhaps a word that I hadn’t thought of before springs upon me unexpectedly, makes sense at the time, but somehow gets lost. Have you had similar experiences? The following is an attempt to capture those fragments.

Below you’ll see a list of words in no particular order. Read over the list. If a word jumps out at you, if you feel there is a word that might relate somehow with the art you do, please write a few sentences on it(maybe a paragraph or two—more?), send it to me with a jpg of your work and I’ll post it on “Color Chunks”. The headings will read something like--- “Ron Buffington On Selection”, “Chris Ashley On Chance” etc. along with your work and whatever you choose to write.

I plan to post your writing without any editing, although I reserve the right to, okay? You can change the form of the words—“Saturation” can be “Saturated”, “Series” can be “Serial”. The list is a mix, with some words being kind of obvious in the artist’s lexicon—“Repetition” for example. Some are less obvious in connotation and more whimsical, like “Sponges”.

The more people participate the better it gets. I’m more interested in observing how things shape themselves, rather than achieving some kind of coherence from the top down.

The List of Words

The End

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Sail Forth!

"The blue color of the sky has been defeated by the Suprematist system, has been been broken through, and entered white, as the true real conception of infinity...Sail forth! The white, chasm, infinity is before us."