This small painting will be part of the exhibition of small and affordable artworks at Brooklyn Art Cluster from 20-26 October. All the work in the show is 20 in. x 20 in. or smaller, and all of it priced under $700. If you are out and about for the Gowanus Open Studios that weekend, please stop in. The gallery is at 200 6th St. #3E in Gowanus in Brooklyn, just off Third Avenue. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday noon-6 p.m. by appointment, and Friday and Saturday noon-6 p.m.
Also, as part of the Bushwick Open Studios, I’ll be showing the below piece at Space 776, a gallery in Bushwick. Space 776 is at 229 Central Avenue in Brooklyn, and open through Sunday, 30 September, from noon-6 p.m. Please have a look if you are on this annual grand tour of Bushwick art.
Kurage is Japanese for jellyfish, and translates literally to “water mother,” a magnificent image. I learned this while reading A Tale for the Time Being, a gem of a novel by Ruth Ozeki which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Ozeki is a Zen priest, who brings that sensibility to her writing. I serendipitously came across the book as I was working on a series of paintings and drawings, and then prints, which had medusa-like characteristics, and lifted the term. While developing the prints I found some beautiful handblocked, deckled paper from Twinrocker that mirrored the swerves in the print image, and it’s lovely stuff. The paper is unsized, so the inks seep in, making the color slightly understated and the color harmony more cohesive.