Last week I attended the Chicago Art EXPO for the first time. It was fantastic. I met Iowa artist and scholar Lee Emma Running and gathered wisdom and insight from art collector Browne Goodwin. I was also able to attend many gallery openings in town, including Document, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Devening Projects, Unum, and Goldfinch, among others. I got a chance to talk with some of the artists involved in The Mission, including briefly with Jean Alexander Frater. I was able to attend a lecture by Laura Owens at the School of the Art Institute and study the Javanese Batiks in the Art Institute collections. I intend to use them in future paintings. It was an amazing week.
I showed two works at the William Woods University in August in an exhibition called Light and Shadow in celebration of the total solar eclipse. The eclipse cut a swath directly across Missouri, including almost three minutes of totality from my own backyard. The corona during totality exhibited every color almost all at once – pinks, yellows, grey-blue, iridescence. I would like to preserve that vision in a painting some day.
I’m still working in Mount Erebus Workshop and have been using some colored Hahnnemhule papers over the past two months, including mango and sapphire blue. I’m developing two new shows for 2018-2019. I’ll post more details when plans are firm.