Friday, December 7, 2012

Something about Personal Solar Systems

Untitled, but something about Personal Solar Systems.

So I've finished my latest painting, and first painting since moving my life 45 minutes south three months ago. Pretty happy about this. Other good things have been happening too - I will be hanging my artwork in a public space this coming April at Planet Marshmallow, a pretty sweet coffee shop in Manchester NH. I would like to note that this is the first time I will be hanging a solo collection of my work in a public space since...2004. Seriously folks, this is a big deal for me. Good things, good things.

Also on that note - I applied to some artist residencies recently (by some I mean only one) and was accepted. Chalk Hill Residency in Healdsburg, California offers artist residencies for two weeks or longer. The time slot I was accepted for starts next November, so I have some time before I decide to accept it (time and money are factors in this). Despite this, I am suuuuper stoked I was accepted - it is some form of external validation that everyone needs every once in a while.

So folks, happy friday. And keep on keeping on, because chances are you're doing a good job.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Galaxies in Progress

Here's one of the paintings I've been working on lately. This is the base, I think I'm about halfway there. Interested to see where it will go from here.

In Progress!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Text Texture Piece - Beginning.

Working on a new piece where I am trying to highlight texture. Not sure where I will be heading from here, but the under layer took forever and looks pretty cool now that it's done. Here are a few images from it.


Here it is. 2' x 2'

Detail of the craziness written on here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Weighty

Today was the first day in weeks I've been able to sleep in, and took advantage of it.
Here's a painting I made in a sketchbook last week in the thick of things.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Floating Alone/Solo

I am in the process of moving to the big city! This is how I'm feeling at the moment and needed to post something on here to remind y'all that I'm still alive.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In A Crowd

This painting has been giving me a headache for weeks, but it is finally done. I miss the original version, I think I had called it Minty or Elephant, but now we've ended up at a place where I'm calling it In A Crowd. Here you go people, and happy hump day.



Friday, August 17, 2012

New Illustration

I think I will call it an illustration, though I have not been illustrating for years. Sat down for a painting session last night, and other than attacking a project I've been spending a month on, this is what resulted. I think it pretty much describes my emotional state as of late.




I am calling it "Of Two Minds." I find it to be an eloquent visual of how I've been handling the changes in my life lately. I thought I was good at moving, moving on, and change, but as I get older I realize I am way more of a nervous nelly than previously thought. As opposed to last month, I am now armed with a new, 'big girl' job that doesn't pay the bills, an hour commute and no free time on my hands. I'm getting good at the juggle though, and am interested to see where I will be a month and a year from now. Cheers, people! This life is a good one.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

All About Color


So there is this radio show that I've been introduced to that seriously rocks. The topics are always interesting, the personalities and production department all do a fantastic job, and a few months back they covered a topic near and dear to my heart. Though I am just getting around to posting about it, it still is definitely worth an hour of your ear's time. Five stars for the team at Radiolab and the stellar job they did on the topic of Color.

Check it out here.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

It's a Twofer

Starting a new one!  Thinking of really layering it up, then sanding the crap out of it. I'm liking the palette so far, totally stoked. Happy Saturday people!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Close UP

Totally stoked, starting to add detail to this massive artist's block! Here's a detail of it so far...


It is now going in the right direction. Very pleased.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Further Work in Progress

So the progress on "Elephant" has been particularly slow.  I believe I should have stopped when I had something good going at the beginning, but now I am at a crossroads.  I'm kind of thinking going with a graffiti motif and heavy dark ink lines...I will still stew about it for a few days I'm sure.  Here's hoping it comes out worthwhile at the end of all this - documenting the progress of a piece is pretty revealing for me and heightens my nerves.

So I hit it with my fancy new sander...

...and then brought more cyan colors back into it.  Scared to commit to content at this point.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Not-Perfectness Going On Here.

Further work on "Elephant."  As you can see I should not have touched the last painting I posted here.  Now progress is venturing into spotty pinks.



Not a fan.  Though this is a good representation of my mood today; I need to learn that on occasion it is better to leave well enough alone.  I am hoping I can resurrect the good in this, or at least take it to a new place altogether.  Listening to 311 and Parts & Labor...it is time for me to get out of the house.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mint Green is good.

New painting in progress.  Heck yeah!  For now I shall call it "Elephant."


Monday, June 11, 2012

Sketchbook Project Progress


The sketchbook project is coming along well!  I am hoping to make this sketch into an encaustic piece some time this summer.  Tried it in acrylic, but it wasn't quite the right feel.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Sketchbook Project



I am participating in a fun art collaborative called the Sketchbook Project.  The premise is you are provided a sketchbook, which you fill and mail back.  At that point your sketchbook is part of their traveling library, and you can also choose to have it digitized on their website.  Pretty sweet.  Here's the blurb from their site:

"It's like a road trip, but with sketchbooks.
Every book created for the project will embark on a 
cross-country road trip to visit state fairs, festivals 
 and as many Waffle Houses as your book's little stomach 
can handle."

I've been attacking it pretty readily.  You folks get a preview of some of the pages as they're completed.  And who knows, it may travel to somewhere close to you next year!



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Git 'er Done

Latest painting finished!  Wicked stoked, I've sat with it for weeks at this point.  It's nice when your brain lets you decide when a work is done.

Done.  Hazzah.  On to the next one.

Persuasion

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Website is up and running.

New website is up and running!  Same old address.  It is based off a template, 100% html tweaking and shadowbox add-in by me.  How awesome is that.  Please check it out, should work on all you kids' IPhones, IPads and IEE5s.

Check it:  www.bethpage.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Painting, New Website

Working up a sweet new website with my current artwork/fine art based.  Leaving the illustration base behind for now. 
Speaking of current, I have a new painting I'm working on, and am totally stoked about.  It's not quite finished, but I'm putting on here because I'm in love with it.  Thanks for looking, will be changing the website over in the next week or two hopefully with a link to this blog.  Exciting stuff!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Boston MFA This Past Monday

It seems that every time I go to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts there's an area where an exhibit is in transition.  Here you can see that the Gund Gallery in the basement is transitioning from whatever was hanging before (the last exhibit I saw down there was Chihuly) to the next big thing.  Still, I love these moments of somewhat glaring awkwardness and change.  It's like catching someone with their pants down.  Part of my favorite part of going to an art museum is to seek these out.

How pretty.


Huge room installation!

Here is another part of the museum that has artwork almost on the move.  Don't you want to know what's going on in there?



In all seriousness, the museum is great and has doubled in size over the past year or two.  I was quite taken with Rodin's sculpture of a crouching woman this visit, particularly how the hands are rendered. 


Auguste Rodin, Crouching Woman


I've always been of the opinion that the execution of faces and hands is a telling way to judge an artist's ability.  These ones were pretty good too, particularly the top one.



The museum visit was a success.  Since then I wasn't able to sit down and dink around with my art supplies myself until today.
Ending here with a quick piece for hump day.


Friday, March 9, 2012

New Project Idea

Finally finding some time to make some artwork.  I am only in the idea stage, but I would like to create kind of a Plexiglas-sculpture-painting.  Something big.  I am liking the layered look, but I think etching into the Plexiglas would be preferable.  Not quite sure how to do that, I will be looking into home safe acid etching over the next few days.  I built up a small facsimile this morning.  Pretty amped on it.



Monday, March 5, 2012

AWP 2012!

I have been slacking on posting here due to preparing for the AWP (Association of Writers and Publishers) in Chicago.  Now that it's over I may have more time to breathe.  It took place this past weekend and was a good time.  At our table Ivy (my sister and the Editor) and I had our journal, some homemade fudge, stickers and the mini notebooks.  We were barraged by hipsters, awkward closet poets, professors, players, you name it.  With 10,000 people there, it was kind of hectic and stressful with higher stakes than last year.  I even made a frikkin clipboard for this.  Talk about anal.




I was lucky enough to be traveling with Ivy, who is at this point the best person I have found to travel with yet.  And we stayed with old friends in Chicago who were great to see.  The conference was fun, but I am still happy to get back to my normal life. 

On another note, I did manage to squeeze in a visit to both the Art Institute of Chicago Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.  Stellar.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Works in Progress

Blue 

Detail of a painting I've been working and sitting with for a bit.  Looking forward to working with hands.

Commentary

Painting #2 I have been working on.  Definitely in progress, but I'm psyched about the direction.  Probably only halfway there on this one. Thanks for looking!


detail of above.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pregaming for AWP

As some of you may know, I am the art editor for Organs of Vision and Speech, a poetry and art journal created by my sister Ivy Page.  OVS is published biannually, so twice a year I sit cursing at InDesign for 10 hours while I compile and edit the latest issue.  I always throw at least one good typo in there for good measure and mild headache.  The plus side is that I get to pick which art makes it into the journal.  Pretty sweet.

Later this month we will be attending the 2012 Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference.  Last year was the first time we attended the AWP, we kind of threw a booth together quickly and enticed people with stickers and dum-dums.  It was held in DC and we were fortunate enough to share a booth with Martin Rock of Epiphany.

Ivy and Martin, 2011

So now we are preparing for 2012 in Chicago, which is coming pretty quick.  Apparently 9,500 people are going to be there this year, which ups the stakes on that piddly bowl of dum-dums seen above.  So we have been coming up with what to hand out as freebies to make our booth more enticing to passers-by.  What Ivy and I came up with are small notebooks.  What writer/artist doesn't want a free notebook?  Total DIY, these little guys are somewhat recycled, handmade, and will hold all your conference inspirations/bathroom stall haikus/hot poet phone numbers.  They are only 7-10 pages (several sewing machine needles were sacrificed in the making of these notebooks).  I think they're pretty savvy.  One fits in a pocket and hopefully will entice someone out there to buy an issue or two of ours.



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MASS MoCA

Today I took a road trip south and checked out the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Mass.  It was a stellar trip and a great day for a drive out of town.


The museum is located in a defunct factory complex that used to be the home of Sprague Electric.  The gallery is housed in several buildings connected by elevated ramps and currently has seven exhibitions within the building.  Though it is well renovated, warm and authentic, something about it reminds me of the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.


I believe MASS MoCA did all they could to keep the original walls and ceilings of the factory, which I felt wildly contrasted or influenced several parts of their exhibition space.  Actually there were instances where the walls were more intriguing than the works, but I am aware that is purely personal preference.  Some photos to humor me here...


 
But overall there was a weird sort of claustrophobic air in parts of some of the galleries.  As you can see here, walls are almost stacked upon each other.  
Sol LeWitt exhibition, lower level

This particular exhibit I'd say is the focal point of MASS MoCA: an exhibit of work by Sol LeWitt that takes up 27,000 square feet of space and will be on display for 25 years.

I have to say though I am not a huge fan of the end product of his work, LeWitt's intent was not the finished product but rather the idea and implementation behind it.  He was predominantly a conceptual artist.  According to MASS MoCA, he "challenged the way the contemporary art world considers art by rejecting the notion of art as a unique and precious object...championing conceptual art and valuing ideas over material form" (project description podcast, MASS MoCA).  Apparently he considered the idea to be the artwork and the implementation of that idea purely mechanical execution.  A vast amount of pieces attributed to Sol LeWitt were created, or 'performed,' by other artists, draftsmen and students. 


Wall Drawing 289  Sol LeWitt
More from the project description podcast; "...Instructions for the drawings are conceived by LeWitt while other artists physically execute the work, much like the way musicians perform the work of a composer."

This relates strongly to the Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture exhibition that was on the top floor.  Shown in this separate gallery are works based on internet memes by several international artists.  The one I was quite taken with was the video essay Versions by Oliver Laric (2010).  This video visually compares pieces of sculpture, film, etc. that are different versions of each other (altered copies) while playing audio that is a discussion/dissection of the phenomenon of replication.  Near the end of the film the subject of music and performance crops up that I think dovetails interestingly with MASS MoCA's LeWitt podcast.  "A sculpture cannot merely be copied but always only staged or performed.  It begins to function like a piece of music whose score is not identical to the piece,  the score being not audible, but silent.  For the music to resound it has to be performed." (Laric, 2010)

In this context, the composer is an artist of ideas, such as LeWitt.  Though in music, I could argue that generally speaking, the quality of the performance trumps the score when considering what the audience values most.

There were two other exhibits worth mentioning that were enjoyable to visit.  One was Sub Mirage Lignum, works of Nari Ward.  Shown are two incredibly large sculptures, one which must have been built on site called Nu Colossus that looks like the innards of a digesting whale made of woven wood.  Pretty neat stuff.  If you click on that link you'll see a slide show of that work, as well as the piece Mango Tourists.  Here may have been another environment where I was feeling implications to the Holocaust museum due to the vintage factory walls.  It is amazing what impact the environment can have on an art piece.

The last exhibit was called The Workers.  My favorite piece was a video (there were a lot of videos on exhibit throughout the museum, somewhere around 8 pieces?) by Jaime Pitarch called Dust to Dust (2005).  This video opens with a person sweeping in an abandoned industrial space and exiting the scene, and ended 25 minutes later when all the dust had settled.  Cool stuff.  Maybe more on this later.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Artwork in Public!

As of today my artwork is hanging in public, I am very excited.  I had to write my first artist's statement in approximately ten years.  It is as follows...

Yellow

"This artwork stems from the idea that people are social creatures and have a constant impact on each other.  Our influence on each other I believe is dependent on how a person is received, understood and judged.  These thoughts become even more complex when considering the context and social pressures from others.  Sometimes the effects an individual has may or may not be direct, intended, or even known.  The artwork is meant to express the period of time a person takes to consider the impact another has on his/herself, as well as our intrinsic connectedness as people."


Encaustic


I went on to describe the process, all inspired by the encaustic workshop I took this past summer.  "In this grouping you will see one painting made of encaustic (wax on wood), and four paintings that were somewhat reactionary to that.  I would like to do more work in encaustic but the process requires ample ventilation, something I don’t have access to in the winter months.  As a result the other four paintings were made in an effort to achieve the same layered effect.  The materials used were acrylic, ink, charcoal and acetate on illustration board or wood.  The benefit to these materials has been a brighter palette, something hard to accomplish in wax."


Fading


In Thoughts


Ebb and Flow of Envy
Thanks for looking.  I'm very happy with this attempt at making four new paintings in two weeks.  What a great way to start the new year.