This collage was done after listening to the twenty-one musical portraits composed by Prokofiev while he was attending university.
Some of them are less than a minute in length and each is exquisitely complex and surprising. Please click on the link and enjoy.
Halloween began as the ancient festival of Samhain.
It was believed that at the end of summer and the beginning of winter (november 1)
the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead became very thin.
Disguises were worn to make oneself unrecognizable to the spirits,
negativity was released to make way for new energy to enter.
Two different artists,
two different days,
sharing an understanding.
An artist creates a visual language.
In the beginning it is unknown even by the artist but over time with repetition there is recognition and vocabulary expands.
But the language is not only visual it is also spatial, consisting of shapes and dimensions.
It communicates direction and movement, inward and outward.
Postures and gestures convey mood and complex subtle qualities.
When we give our attention to a piece of art we are learning a language,
one that touches the memory of our senses.
We may be surprised that we understand.
All of these dogs are waiting for their persons to get coffee at Sumac Espresso Cafe.
I was at a table drinking mine and drawing them.
Different dogs, different days, different postures,
same expressions. (with one or two exceptions)
Dogs have more variations than any other species
but it is always their nature to be loyal.
Drawings by debroah harris
What a gift to have a hawk land in our backyard. He stayed here on the fence for at least 30 minutes. Hawks have great overview, flying high and seeing far and wide. In many native traditions they ask us to rise above the details and expand our perspective heavenward to embrace the spiritual element. Today we have received that message.
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 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.
These three collages were made into transparencies and placed one on top of the other, held over a light and photographed. There placement was not random. There were elements, curves, angles and perspectives in each which corresponded so perfectly as to make one wonder how such a thing is possible, considering that each was made independent of the other.