This is it, the last two days of my exhibition at Wave Hill and at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. I will be at Wave Hill on Sunday from noon to 4, please stop by to say “hello.” After that I am packing up and headed out west for my next project. I have to say, it has been a grant experience!
Yesterday I finished the installation of Nomadic Geography, my “interdisciplinary arts project that visually translates the visceral experience of trekking remote landscapes into linoleum block prints, drawings, and room-size installations.” That is my official one sentence description. I will be doing a talk on November 16 at 1:30, but you are welcome to visit the Garden and Cultural Center any day of the week, exception Monday. Post your one sentence description here, or better yet, tweet it!
Wow, two out of three days complete as I, along with my highly motivated, brilliant and faithful helpers, work on my Wave Hill Exhibition install. I have been waiting all year from this and now it is in high wear and looking amazing. Check it out so far, it opens October 18, 2018 with a talk/reception November 16. Here are two of the four walls in progress.
My lean-to ink drawing is on it’s way to completion. This will be going into my exhibition at Wave Hill in October. It is big, about 8 feet long and I hope to have it done in the next couple of days. On Friday I shipped all 19 drawings (the of which are already sold!) to the framer. I have the best framing in the world, Rabbet Art Gallery in New Brunswick, NJ. Dot, always takes great care of my artwork. I went to a few framers in Santa Fe, but I decided to keep loyal to Rabbet. I am completely confident that they will frame it and have it waiting for me at the Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs when I get there on October 2.
I had the chance to hike and run last weekend. A friend and I went to Chicoma Mountain, highest peak in the Jemez Mountains, no trail and a 26 mile forest road to drive in on made it a great adventure. The highlight of the day was seeing an Elk. Funny thing is, the prior week an Elk was my spirit animal. The day before the hike I went on a run along the Rio Grande Gorge from Pillar to the Taos Bridge, stopped 3 miles short of the bridge. I ended with 16 miles, but it was a rough run. It should have been easy but with all the direct sunlight it was just too hot for me.
Today everything is bright and beautiful here in Abiquiu, NM, three more weeks and I start my drive east for all these shows. Until then, you will find me in my studio.
I am working on my show for Wave Hill . Right now I am in production and testing phase. I printed and cut out, with the help of my friend Clare, about 100, 24″ x 36″ pages of printed leaves. The leaves are based on of the many ivy covered walls at Wave Hill.
Today we continued to cut leaves. I have printed them on brown contractors papers, Japanese kozo that was pre-printed on the back side, and Rives black so there will be a variety of color textures. This is about 1/3 of the leaves.
This 8′ x 8′ covered is being protected by the bear. I don’t know if he will be included, I just like thin there now. I suspect I have enough cut outs to cover a 10′ x 12′ area. This is be installed in one corner of the gallery. I am working on a 10′ x 12′ ink drawing of a mountain for a long wall. The base of the drawing will be covered with loads of cut out plant silhouette, I will post photos as it develops. I can’t tell you how great it has been to have a whole year to develop this work.
Lastly, here is Conrad in the weed infested “yard” next to the Abiquiu, NM studio, looking very glamorous in the afternoon sun. This area was a parking lot that I let grow wild and with so much rain this summer it is quite spectacular.