I am very pleased to say that one of my works was donated to a museum here in my home state, The Sheldon Art Museum. The museum people put together a fantastic show ‘Fifty Gifts for Fifty Years’ complete with a catalogue. At the reception, I was able to talk to some people I hadn’t seen in a long time. It was great fun. I went upstairs to the gallery to see the show. I was so excited to see my piece was hung next to a work by the performance artist, Orlan. This work I had never seen before. It is from her series American-Indian Self-hybridizations, 2005-2008. I’m most familiar with her shocking surgery performances, so this was an interesting piece to see. The image in this post is not the one what was in the exhibition.
American-Indian Self-hybridizations, photo
My friend Brett Reif is having a show of his latest series Bathworks. I totally love it! All the work is constructed out of common materials used in a bathroom. The forms are still fun and quirky in their abstractions. I really love the different textures. If you happen to be in New Orleans this month, you need to stop by the Du Mois Art Gallery. You won’t be disappointed!
Image: “Seal”, tile, drains, mixed media, 20″ x 20″ x 6″
I love the work of Amie Dicke. I’ve ventured a little bit into working with cut paper. That is some hard work! I think Amie’s work utilizes this technique in a pretty clever and engaging way.
Image: Ashes, 2005, cut out, ink on paper, approximately 100 x 140 inches
I have neglected my art posting! Please forgive me for that. I’m back and I cannot believe that it is already Labor Day. So, whose work is on my mind? The work of Ricky Swallow. I love objects. I love wood. How could I not love his work?! Swallow demonstrates a patient skill that I really admire. How he makes wood look like the fabric of a folded sneaker caught in some branches or the wrinkles in a sleeping bag demonstrates some outstanding craftsmanship.
Image: Private Dancer, laminated jelutong, 2002
Wanda’s painting Black As Pitch Hot As Hell: Girl #8 has been gifted to the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, NE. The dream of her work being in the permanent collection of a major art institution her home state has now been realized!