Summer has come to the Hudson Valley and my hometown of Saugerties is celebrating the arts with a crazy amount of enthusiasm. Take a scenic drive to Saugerties, the “top ten coolest small towns in the U.S.,” according to Budget Travel Guide — and see:
Sculptures on the sidewalks, paintings in the shop windows (Partition Street Wineshop is hosting one of my paintings — pictured below), a group show in the historic Dutch barn behind Kiersted House Historical Museum (my “Tudor” painting pictured below is included in the show), Saugerties Artists Tour (my studio is open to visitors August 11, 12), a kickoff to the Artists Tour at the magnificent Opus 40 Museum, plus, going into the fall, there’s “Saugerties is an Art Gallery” (a town-wide exhibition) and ShoutOut Saugerties in October… Yeah, Saugerties is very cool.
And I am deeply grateful for the honor of receiving a generous grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for my series “Silence of Nowhere.” The check arrived in July and the first thing I did was order 12 cans of spray varnish. Thank you, Barbara Deming (1917-1984) — a feminist, lesbian, poet, writer, and nonviolent activist in the civil rights, anti-war and women’s movements. In 1975, when she founded the Fund, she said, “In my life I’ve been helped as a writer to do my work. I think it’s fair that I try to help others.” (quoted from the Deming website)
I’ve been working a lot in ink, combined with acrylic and pastel — reworked old paintings, started lots of new ones — ……. and depicting a lot of men.
One recent work “Wolf of Wall Street”
and installation photo from “Truth Out: current controversies, historical injustices”– group show curated by Rosary Solimanto and Jean Tansey, Unframed Artists Gallery, New Paltz, NY
Installation view, “Truth Out”
“Wolf of Wall Street” acrylic, charcoal, pastel, 49 x 34 inches
Fall is slowly arriving in the Hudson Valley, and the splash of colors I see from the windows of my studio inspire me to add my own splash of colors. Slight differences between the old and new versions of paintings — old, meaning in my case a few months’ old, since I only started painting in January this year.
And also, two new paintings… Berlin Celebration (below) may need a few splashes of color — but for now I like the white-on-black and hint of red and yellow. This painting would not be possible without the inspiration of Gerhard Richter’s early amazing monochromes.
Berlin Celebration, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 26
And Street Art Berlin (below), hmmm…. this really is a slightly altered depiction of wall art I saw on my last trip to Berlin — a lot of famous artists have added their splashes to the buildings in Berlin, and this could be one by the infamous and wonderful Richard Prince (note the “U R So Porno Baby”), which would be perfect, considering he borrows from others as I am presumably borrowing from him in this painting. With all due respect. He follows me on Instagram. And he lives nearby. Howdy, neighbor. I should tag him. Oh, yes, I’ll do that.
Street Art Berlin, acrylic on canvas, 19 x 25
Theater Berlin (old version)
Theater Berlin, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 16
School Days, old version
School Days, acrylic on canvas, 22 1/2 x 30 1/2
Planet X, old version
Planet X, acrylic on canvas, 22 x 23
Perhaps because winter is coming, time to hunker down, I’ve been particularly keen on revisiting paintings, never quite content.
Some old versions, and new. Subtle changes, hmmm.
Red Coat, old version, acrylic on canvas
New version, “Red Coat,”
21 x 17, acrylic on canvas
Windswept, old version
Windswept, new version, 28 x 17, acrylic on canvas
I call the one painting “Superstore” because I bought a cheap canvas print from a superstore and painted over it. I’ll be doing a larger version of the central image. Meanwhile, the shiny black paint — fresh paint from today — may or may not go matte…
“Superstore,” 24 x 24, acrylic on canvas
“Bouquet,” (series) 20 x 27, acrylic on canvas