September 2019: Bushwick Open Studios
The above painting will be shown at Space 776 as part of the Bushwick Open Studios event, September 20-22. It’s part of my Circle of Fifths series of paintings, which was based on the musical phenomenon of the same name. You can find a bit more on the on series and images of all the paintings over at Quirkblog, if you are interested. If you’re really interested, there is a catalog for the series available for purchase, and a free e-book version.
Space 776 is at 229 Central Avenue, in our beloved Brucolino. Gallery hours are noon-9 p.m. on Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday.
Over the past year or so, I’ve been working on paintings on paper that incorporate drawing. New pieces are becoming denser and more saturated with color. I love working on paper because it retains the nuance of touch in a way canvas doesn’t, especially when drawing with pencil. In her essay Embodied Visions, author Siri Hustvedt talks about mirror neurons that trigger unconscious, empathetic responses in the brain and the body when we look at other people, or even view works of art. “When I think, my body thinks too,” she writes. There are fascinating studies happening in this realm of neuroscience now, revealing a level of richness and complexity that we are just learning about. For painting, the movement, tension, and flow recorded by brush and pencil are unique to the human touch and experience, and that seems like a fruitful place for artist and viewer to meet in this moment.