Leah Oates interviews artist William Crump about his work and process.
Crump comments: “The first thing I do when approaching these paintings, is to try and leave all distraction outside of the studio. It’s about keeping my focus and discipline. There are times when I want to dive in head first, but that can lead to not seeing your work with a critical eye. I spend a lot of time arranging and rearranging the materials I work with until something new happens. Experimenting with new materials has been key for me lately. Cut glass or wrapped linen. The older I get, the more time I spend with my work, I realize I’m not as interested in what the viewer thinks. I remember reading about Albert Oehlen wanting to be taken seriously as the decade changed and his work shifted. That struck a chord with me. If anything is brought into the studio with me it’s just that, ‘Take your work seriously, think about the long road.’ This approach has been more rewarding and has led to a broader exploration in my practice. I just keep trying to push myself, and my ideas into a new place.”
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My residual retreat memories juggled with my annual birthday collage creates pages in contrast.It was the final day at the retreat when one of my participants began feeling ill. We were blessed to have a retired nurse within our lil’ family group and t…
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Path to the Sky Encaustic and Mixed Media Roxanne Evans Stout and Seth Apter We’ve had such a cold, snowy week here in my little town in Oregon. Skies have been a dark purple gray and filled with fast moving clouds and flocks of wild geese. It’s been a little too cold to work much outside in my gardens and this is for the best because this has been the busiest two months I’ve had for a long time. Ever in the art world at least.
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Sometimes all you need is a trip to the ocean. Even if it rains the whole time you are there and the wind shakes your little motel room so that you think it might blow away. Sometimes all you need is a trip to the ocean. The ocean can restore so many things. Your love of nature, your connection to the world, that light that you have to share. Last weekend I taught two workshops…
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William Eckhardt Kohler reviews the exhibition Matt Bollinger: Bed on the Floor at Zürcher Studio, New York, on view through April 28, 2013.
Kohler writes that the works in the show (which include an installation and collage works) address “the theme of despair and loss… a slow moving katabasis; the dystopic descent of bottoming out, depression and loss of social standing. Robert Bly, in his book Iron John, calls this the ‘Road of Ashes.’ In mythology katabasis refers to the heroic descent into the Underworld. [Bollinger's] images however are firmly placed within familiar this-worldy narratives and contexts of cheap beer, homelessness chain link fences and empty lots full of rubbish.”
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Michael Spens writes about the exhibition Schwitters In Britain at Tate Britain, London, on view through May 12, 2013.
Spens notes that “the remarkable thing about Kurt Schwitters at the period of major setbacks was his stoicism, which seemed never to fail… Concepts of dislocation however became prevalent in his work… In the core of Kurt Schwitters’ life lay a humanist ethos, expressed in the series of Merzbau, as much as in the sculptures, and as in the minutiae of the collages: reflections on the unpredictability of urban life as much as in the incidental portraits and landscapes and always graced with humility. To revisit the Hutte in Norway is to be reminded of the elemental content in Schwitters’ creativity, of the spirituality of his relation to landscape. The Lake District replicated this environment.”
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When I first got to Leslie’s house it was time for art. We spread out fabric and pieces of nature all over her kitchen. And outside in the driveway there were pots of boiling water. I finally got to experiment with eco-dying!…
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I am home after a very special workshop at Little Bird Creations in NYC that I taught with Seth Apter and Elizabeth Wix last weekend. There was definately magic in the air and just watching our students create their beautiful books was magic enough for me to last a long, long time. This workshop was called, “The Need to Tell Stories” and that is just what happend. Stories in words. Stories in art. Stories in…
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In between my art time and my workshops I have been dreaming… looking towards the future…loving every moment of my days and nights but still dreaming. Bit by bit I am embracing who I was meant to be. This chance I have had this year has brought me so much joy. A chance to “be” an artist and a chance to teach art again. A chance to take walks, to read and even to take…
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“The Thread That Weaves” on line workshop is up and running and I want to share with you some of my students amazing work! Joanna June Katherine Kimberly Janine Niki Patti …………… One of my very favorite things about this workshop is how every artist approaches their book differently. I love the experimentation and freeness from each creative artist and the way in their books they share a piece of their souls. The process of…
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