Monday, August 29, 2016

New Work / New Home



Fence Trade in Color #1, 2 and 3, which are three of the four pieces in my commission, have been hung in a Massachusetts home! Each piece is 20" x 40" mixed media on wood panels. New furniture will be placed below the art at a later date.






Fence Trade in Color #4, the forth 20" x 40" panel in the series (above), will hang in another location. Pictures of that at a later date.

Monday, August 8, 2016

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 August 2016


Introducing 12 x 12 x 12 August 2016. 

Experimenting with colorful monoprinted fabric again, I decided to also use acrylic markers. Unfortunately, the purple marker leaked at the upper left corner, and again down that side, when I was trying to make dots inside the red squares. I decided to make lemonade out of lemons, because I had to, since I have a personal rule that when creating this monthly series that I can not throw anything out once I've started.

At the bottom is an acrylic skin of a photo from last fall of a neighbor's lawn with leaves. In the center is an acrylic skin with colorful thread scraps, suggesting a plant growing on the lawn. I made a number of these thread scrap skins a few years ago but didn't use them. This was a good opportunity to try it out. I'm not sure if I like it or not. I need to think about it some more.

This is my tenth year working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series. It gives me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Some of the pieces over the months and years have been really good, and others not so much.

Last autumn I took hundreds of photos of leaves or pine needles to use in the 2016 12 x 12 x 12 series. Part of the challenge is to figure out different ways to incorporate them each month.

Friday, August 5, 2016

New Home: Tallis and Fence #4


Tallis and Fence #4 has a new home in California. Thank you to the collector!

The Tallis and Fence series is created with acrylic "skins" created from photos of my grandfather's tallis that are collaged on monoprinted textures of construction fences on stitched and painted fabric that is mounted on 8" x 6" x 1" cradled board. 

I created this series when I was the Artist-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA for a month in 2014. I worked on site for four weeks at the Kniznick Gallery, where I created a series of Jewish wedding canopies, or chuppot, to be displayed in the gallery during the exhibition. I created the Tallis and Fence series at the same time, because the tallis is commonly used as a chauppah at weddings.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Save the Date: Open Studios



Save the date! I'll be participating in the ArtSpace Maynard Open Studios on Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2016 from 12-5pm. More information coming soon.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 July 2016


I've been working on a very colorful and large commission. In order to experiment with color, and also show the client how the front and back sides of monoprinted and painting fabric can look completely different, I made a sample as I was also painting the fabric for the commission. I also stitched the sample fabric with black thread, to show how that would look.

The result from the sample is 12 x 12 x 12 July 2016. 

The right side of this piece is the front side of the fabric, and the left is the back. Notice it almost looks batiked on the left side? That's the different layers of fabric paint resisting additional layers.

The small circles on the right and left sides are thin pieces of acrylic skins of photos of a neighbor's lawn with leaves last fall. The large black circles were handstamped with rubber erasers. 


This is my tenth year working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series. It gives me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Some of the pieces over the months and years have been really good, and others not so much. The only rules I have are that I have make something in the given month, and I can't throw the work out, even if it's unsuccessful.

Last autumn I took hundreds of photos of leaves or pine needles to use in the 2016 12 x 12 x 12 series. Part of the challenge is to figure out different ways to incorporate them each month. I almost decided to not use the acrylic skins of photos this month, but then realized the circles would be a good addition to the design.

Monday, July 18, 2016

You're Invited: Electric Boxes Dedication


Please join us on the Natick Common, during Natick ArtWalk on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6pm, for the official dedication of the two electric boxes I painted, Electric Fences, and as well as the box Jason Cheeseman-Meyer painted.

The celebration, which is open to the public, will take place at the corner of Routes 135 and 27, in Natick, Massachusetts.

I'd like to thank the 
Natick Center Cultural District and Christ Lutheran Church in Natick for the opportunity to be one of Natick's two first public artists! Thank you also to friend and carpenter, Al Walker, for his suggestion and help repairing, cleaning, priming, and painting the cement bases black! I REALLY appreciate it!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Work: Electric Fences


Here are new pictures of Electric Fences, my Public Art painting of two electrical boxes on the Natick Common, at the corner of Routes 135 and 27, in Natick, MA. I worked on them for a number of weeks in April and May 2016.

Electric Fences combines painting of two fence patterns with drawing and handstamping, as an enhancement of two electric boxes on the Natick Common, in Natick, MA.