Wednesday, July 23, 2008

where i've been

When someone says they don’t have time for something, I think often it means exactly that…but in my case lately it’s not so much literal as it is a matter of focus.

In any given day there are many hours, you’d think an hour could be set aside, in fragments if need be, to write a blog entry…

unless, like me, you are shaping your days to circumvent a tendency towards ADD and channel it instead into the studio. I have a show in August and the pieces are due at the gallery tomorrow.

This means that for the last 2 months I have been writing statements, taking hundreds of digital photos, hunting down obscure and tiny objects of exactly the right size, and tools that will do exactly what I need them to do. (I discovered “Mod Podge” which is like an acrylic medium married to Elmer’s glue, for instance, and I’m in love with it…. )

I have 3 years worth of work that I need to finish and resolve and shape into a coherent whole; it’s kind of like directing a play. And this takes a lot of unfocused focus.

During “normal life” I work slowly but almost constantly and 80% of the time on a subconscious level. When it comes time to make mind into matter, I need to show up in a very specific way. So either I’m in the studio or I’m riding my bike, (talking about or thinking about bikes) or I’m with the animals.

We have been doing our Library work, and going to class and to the park. And some of the work, the signature piece of the show, is about Maudie’s pedigree. It’s on the card. Here:

SO that’s why this room, The 4th Dog, room has been so dark. Thanks for staying tuned.

If you’re in Portland, the show opens on August 5.

PDX Contemporary Art
925 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209
503 222 0063

1 comment:

  1. Love your dogs! The collie is so pretty but papillons are the best!! Great to see yours get to use their brains too. We have the big dog/little dog scenario here too. Papillon/vizsla at the moment but yorkie/GSD in the past.