Summer 2019 Recap

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. It was a busy time for me on the visual art front, which included two exhibitions, a month as a guest artist in painter Paul Pedulla’s studio, art rentals and sales, new projects, and taking/making a gaggle of new images.

A MONTH AT STUDIO 314 WITH PAINTER PAUL PEDULLA
Paul’s studio is located in the heart of SoWa (South of Washington), Boston’s burgeoning arts district and home to numerous galleries and studios. Paul’s paintings are wonderfully minimalist and calming, fueled in part by memory and part from imagination. I met him last February when I was exploring around SoWa and stumbled into his studio, where I bought a print for my wife as a 36th anniversary gift.  Here’s the print I purchased (Beach Trio). It’s the first piece of art I see in my house every morning and it starts things off just right. (To see his wonderful work, visit his site or follow him on Instagram.)

Paul reviewed my work and asked if I’d like to share his space as a guest artist for a month during the summer. I signed up for August, which was a great choice—we enjoyed a steady stream of traffic during Sunday open studios. It was terrific opportunity to be part of the studio art world and talk about my work with visitors. Sales did not disappoint, but more importantly, I gained a mentor and a friend!

“OFF THE CLOCK” Exhibition
Sponsored by Fort Point Arts Community, “Off the Clock” (August 1 – September 27, 2019) focuses on the theme of time and timelessness. Two of my pieces were accepted, Oscillation and Diffusion. You can read the full description in this post.

CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION SPECTRUM SHOW
As the name suggests, this members-only show was a wonderful riot of color. I was pleased that my entry, Surface Tension#1: Passion, sold to a gallery visitor. The piece was printed on high gloss metal. The image was taken during a number of passes through our local car wash. It took a few tries to get the images I wanted and to figure how to stabilize the tripod between the front seats. The color streaks are slow exposures of the whirling red/purple, white, and blue brushes. Side benefit: my car was exceptionally clean during the photo shoot period.

CORPORATE ART RENTALS
Through Cambridge Art Association’s excellent rental program (thanks go to program manager Maria Duffy), two of my large (48″ x 48″) abstract composites were placed at VMware, and two (40″ x 40″) were placed at Collier Financial (shown below).

SOLO SHOW AT HARDING HOUSE
The Cambridge Arts Council arranged for a one year solo show at Harding House, a lovely B&B just outside of Harvard Square. Hats off to Julie Barry, the Council’s Director of Community Arts.  The pieces include an eclectic variety of traditional framed photographs and composite photographs printed on metal—different moods for different rooms. Shown below: Cloud-Based Technology, Continental Divide (a composite of the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley and the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon in Iceland), Trash Day: Composting, and Matter & Energy.

ON DISPLAY AT REVOLUTIONARY CLINICS
Also through the Cambridge Arts Council, four of my works will be featured for one year at Revolutionary Clinics in Central Square. Another thanks to Julie B. at CAC!  Here are two of the four pieces on display. Now Boarding, a composite treatment of Grand Central Station in New York, captures the energy of people rushing to and from trains.  Metrovolution is a virtual city that I digitally built from images of a window screen embedded with ice and snow. An image of the New York skyline caps the image and represents the final stage in the evolution of the metropolis.

RETURN TO THE WORLD OF MACRO
In addition to my usual search for rain drops on spider webs during the summer, I was particularly fascinated by the fruit of the Kousa dogwood, which covered my porch and path throughout August. Each morning I’d find new compositions that changed throughout the day, all candidates for my macro lens. Below are two examples of making small worlds large (Nature’s Cudgel and Aloft).

The proliferation of spider web strands in July provided unusually rich opportunities for capturing natural elements seemingly floating in space, as in Natural Suspension, below.

In addition, I created a series called The Interplanetary. It’s actually a green lacewing suspended over my mailbox, caught in the strands of an eight-legged terrestrial creature’s web. In the image below, the Interplanetary is breaking through the Martian atmosphere; hopefully its heat shields are in place!

RETURN TO PRIOR IMAGES
In July, I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of Ken Wiesner, my friend and business partner in AuthorBytes. I flew in and out of Chicago, which reminded me of a previous trip I’d taken to the Windy City for a strategy meeting with Ken in 2016, the day that the Cubs won the World Series. I took numerous photos of the city amidst the throngs of people celebrating the victory. I very much liked the sign on the Civic Opera House, shown below (see the original Cubs post for more details).

Fast forward three and a half years to this summer. I started a massive reorganization/consolidation of my external hard drives and came across the 2016 photos of the sign and the city. Here are two composites:

I also rediscovered a series of New York’s skyline taken from the Amtrak train on the way back to Boston after visiting my son in 2017. Here are two very processed images taken through the very smudged windows. I applied a halftone pattern to create a whimsical look and feel. (The full moon and passing cloud are transplants from images that I took at Lake Powell during my Utah excursion this past spring. (See the original post, Monochrome Dreams for details.)

 

AND STAY TUNED FOR A TWIST…
At the end of the summer, Gallery Twist (Lexington, MA) selected a number of my pieces for inclusion in its September-October 2019 exhibition, “re/seeing Humdrum,” which focuses on the artistic interpretation of everyday objects. I’ll post images in September.

 

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