when the eyes blink it looks like a bunch of tiny hamburgers.
i never got to know steve when he was at herron. i was there one semester with him, but i was only teaching on fridays, when no one else was around. but, all of the students of his that i ended up having really thought he was an amazing teacher. i like his work. something about his mixing and the way he uses color reminds me of this guy, khalif kelly, http://www.thierrygoldberg.co/exhibitions/recess.html
who went one semester at IU when i was in my second year of grad school. then, he transferred to yale.
i hope steve likes it in vermont. i went there to interview for that same job and didn’t get it (obviously). it’s a really pretty campus. probably especially this time of year!
These seem entirely hang-up free. I still can’t believe the “blink/unblink” image actually exists. It’s like a great fleeting idea one gets when awaking, except you either forget it, or it just doesn’t translate in full-awake land.
well, not on topic,
but, i get to vote early tomorrow! NC seems to be one of those states that lets everyone vote way before election day. to avoid the chaos i guess.
i don’t make the rules.
i hope everyone keeps reminding their students to vote.
i agree with carla that the paintings seem sort of hang-up free in an off the cuff way. fresh and even nicely, darkly-comedic. but, the ideas composed within them seem to be very much about human hang-ups in general.
there is a weird tension between ‘i am’ vs. ‘i see’, object/subject or subject/object thing. and then, displacement.
but, they retain this real directness in intention that i find refreshing because it’s one of those things that i can never hold onto or always end up mucking-up through the process of making a painting.
i admire it.
i agree that i also admire that directness he gets to with these paintings. they’re smart, but not tangled up by it. for those that haven’t——–it’s really worth it to click on the unblink/blink image to see the image larger.
and not that i’m against talking voting here. i did some voter registration in my classes and have been showing that obama-mccain dance-off this week in class to the students just to get them thinking again. they were starting to seem burned out on election in general. i haven’t talked to sam, but i’m all for mwc officially endorsing barack. alert the nyt.
i’m glad to hear that other people talk about the election in class. i find myself going on jittery monologues nearly every day. at first i was really tentative, but then i realized that my students were really talking. i mean REALLY talking…in a fired up way. and it’s just so freakin’ awesome to have them be into something. yay for that.
i do try to be careful in class. i’m teaching here literally in between jesus camp (lee’s summit, mo, 35 miles away) and an air force base (whiteman where the stealth bombers fly from, 12 miles away). i wouldn’t want to shut someone out of the class because they don’t agree with my politics. it’s been a little tricky.
“but, they retain this real directness in intention that i find refreshing because it’s one of those things that i can never hold onto or always end up mucking-up through the process of making a painting.”
I hear you. I’m trying to maintain more awareness as I work, of a running “big picture” parallel to the paint stroking minutiae. My head trip then becomes something along the lines of: but is my “big picture” even part of this exploration or is it my desire to package it in a successful way? Then I remind myself that’s not the worse thing I could be doing. The worse thing is all the stupid second-guessing.
It’s great to see the process be so direct and it reminds me a bit of how I used to work. It’s interesting to see the innate hang-ups directly inspire the image-making as they do here.
Re: the election and the impending financial doom that will soon affect us all in an as yet to be determined fashion and magnitude, if nothing else this psychic double-whammy has put a weird slow-mo gestalt on everything. My business hasn’t stopped, just everyone, including myself, are very slow to return e-mails and set up appointments.
I can’t believe the number of Obama signs. And my own parents are uncertain who to vote for. These are folks who have never voted Dem.
jen and carla are hitting on some things that i’m really mulling over in my own work – my paintings have kind of trickled to a near-stop simply because i can’t find a good balance between the force toward depiction and the accumulation of facture – something budington seems to hit really nicely. i find that i feel much more successful in drawing and printmaking right now – somehow the mode of construction meets the image as a 2D reality more truly… anyone else struggling with this?
re: the election – obama is coming to MU-columbia on thursday and i’ll be there. it’s funny chris, i showed the dance off to my students as well. i think, though, that i talked up the election a lot more earlier in the semester and then sort of eased up. in a lot of ways missouri seems a lot more conducive to talking about any number of issues – political, social, philosophical. in the chicago area it always turned into a fight over ideologies, always – even among people who generally agreed on things. at least that’s what it was in my experience, and i’ve never looked for a confrontation on this stuff. just more combative in the city of big shoulders, i guess…
matt, i think i was feeling that same dissonance last year with painting. it’s in part why i decreased the size of the paintings so drastically. i needed to see the whole picture plane as a simultaneous event…the way it works in drawing. also, i felt like the paintings had been screaming about things for so long…the large format seemed off-putting and posed a dilemma to the search for intimacy; both for myself, and (i perceived) to the viewer as well.
lately i’ve moved back to a mid-size format (around 56″ square-ish) and i feel really happy in the paintings again – probably for the first time in several years. i’ve been drawing alot with charcoal in the paintings at several stages…whenever i feel stuck. and it feels different than drawing with the paint. it feels more like real, immediate, drawing.
i think i also have this tendency to get rid of things that feel as though are too ‘easy’ in the paintings; stuff that feels effortless or too simple or not worked for. and right now at least, i’m being more gentle and indulgent with that sort of thing. mostly, i feel as though i’m breaking down some residual baggage from grad-school and getting back to the joy of it all.
election stuff: i am very careful not to prosthelytize about the political leanings. i let the students carry the discussion. we’ve gotten into these round-robin discussions which i usually start by putting an issue on the table. and they run with it. and it has been very kind and respectful, generous in spirit…
it’s nice to just draw and banter with them. and it’s very insightful for me in terms of knowing them as real fleshed-out people, with opinions and thoughts and worries and all.
i think i was on a parallel track regarding some frustrations with my own work on the simplify/elaborate kick back on the piotrowski post. i know i have a tendency to micro-manage facture in pursuit of the big volume, at least when i’m not working from life. there’s definitely richness that gets lost. it’s been kind of on my mind quite a bit lately. in my own work. it’s been slightly troubling about the shows in the university’s gallery–the anne austin pearce and armin muhsam shows. they both seem like bodies of works that stop short of full potential because process doesn’t quite synchronize with concept. and it was the thing that kept me arguing against dismissing those ozeri’s—-he does get surface and image and idea into sync. it seems like his means are good but his ends just aren’t so worthwhile. still it seems unfair to dismiss someone who’s at least succeeding in some respect that i’m not at the moment.
i’m feeling ready for a new image at the top of the page, but i don’t want to feel like a blog-hog. the last 3 all have my name on them. i’m not sure, sam, if you’re just taking a break or what. what’s think?