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We at the gallery, Sae, Floyd, Vivian
and deborah have been drawing
together using copies of paintings by
the masters as our shared subject.
Picasso, Modigliani and Francis Bacon
are the originators of these works. We
challenge ourselves to complete a
drawing in approximately 5 minutes. It
is an extraordinary way to enter into
their work and to see how each of us
interprets the work in such different
ways, ways that make every drawing
Every year at this time I am asked to write a summary of all the exhibits that have happened in that year.
I try to remember just how each show has evolved from the previous one. I am reminded of the continuity leading to
this moment now. It is a challenge to return to the past but a good way to enter into the present.
How did this mysterious horse enter into the city
resembling the legendary Trojan horse
with the scaffolding of its making still in place
a painting of the Greeks before they hid inside merges with Sae's photo
a magical meeting of gestures
Today we finished putting up the photographic work in the Ascending Gallery all the way to the fourth floor.
We purchased a new extension ladder which allowed us to reach the ceiling (with some difficulty).
Ed helped with his long reach and between the three of us we got it done.
Sae's mobile is a permanent fixture in the stairwell. It seems to float and dance between the pieces.
All and all it is a magical space.
The photographs shown are by Simeon Posen
with the two middle framed pieces in the roof space by Elaine Ling and Pamela Williams
Today Sae'n'I' were re-hanging the collage gallery with new work.
Hammer, pins, transparencies are the tools we use.
These photos were taken during the process.
What is interesting is the way in which these images are composed.
The angles as they repeat and move seamlessly from one frame to the next.
Seen together they reveal something of the mysterious patterns of perception.
These two collages were done on two separate days.
The one in the foreground is by Sae Kimura
the ghostly figure in the background is by me, deborah harris.
We made the each of their surrounding space transparent and overlapped them,
making them appear to walk together.
They seem to describe something of our relationship.
Today the Reference Library was having a used book and magazine sale. The collage artist's dream is to scrounge through such a sale and find hidden gems. Eron and Sae met there and were shocked by the line-up circling the building. It is a strange phenomena, lining up for something that you want. The longer you wait the more you want the reward of waiting and the harder it is to leave the line, to quit, to give up on your wanting. Knowing when to quit is a useful lesson to learn in any situation. It is not always a failure to walk away. It can be that it allows us to proceed with something other.
Working on invitations is exciting and very satisfying, when they are finally complete.
But the process takes time and there is an exhausting search for perfection.
Fine tuning the colour, the type, the composition to represent the artist's work.
The most difficult is getting the placement right for double-sided printing.
That is a bit crazy making.