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In Progress

I've got several strains of work progressing these days. One of these is the Inkblot series. In the summer of 2006, I produced a number of inkblots of various sizes and found delightfully strange images emerging. The connection with the Rorschach test of the mid 20th century is only coincidental. I've done two large pieces already, and am in the process of working on a third. I bought a box of old frames from an antique store in Cohasset,MA this fall, and have decided to try creating a wall installation of my favorite inkblots. Not at all finished - definitely "in progress", but am liking the beginning stages. The shapes are suggestive, and everyone has an idea about what they see, so in that way it is very interactive.

St. Francis House artists

This past Tuesday, I started volunteering at the St. Francis House working with some of the folks there who are interested in finding out how they might sell or show their art. I met some remarkable folks who are struggling with extremely difficult circumstances, but have found a haven in St. Francis' art room. Under the guidance of Linda Dolph, expressive art therapist, they have begun a healing process through visual art. I was invited to talk to those interested about how they might sell their work, and where they might show it to the public.

I was honored to meet people in rough circumstances (homeless) who shared their work and their hopes for it. More than anything, I think they enjoyed having someone acknowledge their art. Whether it is possible that they could sell it at some point is an unknown, but my intention was to explain the process they would need to do to bring their work to the public.

St. Francis House is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, ecumenical daytime shelter, pri…

NYC visit - recharging batteries

This past Friday evening I saw the Kara Walker exhibition at the Whitney. It was packed with the most people of color I have ever seen at a museum show. Her theme is the history of black slavery, but it easily becomes universal by extrapolating to gender, age, and relationships. We can all relate to being a slave or a master at some point in life. In Chelsea, I visited CUE Art Foundation, and saw Phranc's exhibit of cardboard and paper replicas of shoes, clothing and other consumer stuff. Also saw a huge exhibition on masks, including antique and tribal examples as well as contemporary masks. Stux showed a young artist who works in pipe cleaners and very blotchy encaustic. One of my favorite shows was called "Ornament", riffing on Christmas kitsch. A big show of smallish works by many artists, priced to sell, very fun and funny. My absolute favorite of the day was at Tony Shafrazi, whose show, Four Friends, exhibited huge works by Keith Haring, Basquiat, Donald Baechler,…