Sue, Carolyn and I drive out to Mary’s house. Mary not only prepares a great meal for us, she also shares her work, her studio, and her art books. I’m introduced to an artist I’d not heard of. Conversation is plentiful. We talk about all sorts of things, past and present. I learn something new about each of them, as well as discover something about myself. Too bad for you, I’m only sharing photos of our work here.
Everyone is asked to bring a small 2D drawing, photo, or reproduction of some sort. It’s to be representational of the larger work that will show at What Goes on and What Takes Place. The 2D object serves two purposes. They’re a way to reconnect, share progress and continue planning. And they act as jumping points to discuss another element of the exhibition. We’re considering each making a small print. They’ll be available individually or as a collective set of four, during the run of the exhibit. Right now, it appears the prints will be 6″ x 6″ images reproducing a portion of the large-scale artworks. It’s not written in stone, things can change.
Yesterday Mary and I enthusiastically discuss paper stock. If paper is not exciting to you, then my guess is it’s just another tedious choice…and well…too bad. There are interesting facts about paper worthy of a discussion.
Here are photos of what’s going on and some of what might take place.
Below, I hold a small-scale, mixed media drawing showing the head portion of a life-size self-portrait I’m finalizing for the exhibit.
Mary holds in her hands, a small cut out maquette of one wing. Yes, one wing. Again, this is only a small piece of a large digital sculpture. Or is it an installation? What will she call it? We’ll wait and see.
Carolyn cradles in her hands, a reproduction of an owl’s head, one of the 200 animal heads that will grace her large graphite on canvas.
And Sue evenly holds a very small, but very exciting reproduction of the 40″ x 40″ mixed media work on paper, she’s completing.
We enjoy the similarities and the differences in the small pieces, as a grouping. They allow us insight into the whole exhibit. The afternoon passes quickly. It works out for touching base, making a few decisions, and having fun. We leave with a parting gift from Mary. Better explained, she satisfies our lust…we want these little magnets she’s created. Mary generously gives them to us. She’ll have these available for purchase, at the exhibit.
This exhibition is supported with a mini-grant for marketing through the → Ted Decker Catalyst Fund.
To visit artist web sites, click on their photo above.