"Shadowland" (2022 No.4) has been juried into the 72nd A-ONE Exhibition at Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, Connecticut. The juror is Sharon Butler. Sharon's bio is given below.
Juror, 72nd A-ONE Exhibition, Silvermine Art Galleries, New Canaan, CT, Sept. 3 - Oct. 21, 2022
Painter, Art Writer, Founder of "Two Coats of Paint"
Butlers paintings, explore the tension between the digital and handmade. Solo painting exhibitions in 2016, 2018, and 2021 at Theodore Gallery were written about in Hyperallergic, artcritical, The New Criterion, The James Kalm Report, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine. Sharon has served as a lecturer and/or Visiting Artist/Critic at many notable art programs and organizations, including Brown University, Cornell University, Vermont Studio Center, Penn State, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hoffberger School of Painting (MICA), School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Design. She currently teaches in the MFA programs at the New York Academy of Art and the University of Connecticut.
It ain't easy being me. Imagine tis true for all of us. These drawings went from playfulness to earnestness, back to playfulness again. These are my struggle to be free; to play freely.
I find this drawing uncomfortable. It sits here OK. It takes up space. It is filled with marks. So what!?
Full of dust and doubt I walked into the studio. I wanted to escape. I nearly fell asleep. I did sleep... for a little. I awoke, realized I wanted playfulness. I needed to playfully place pencil to paper, wander in openness, allow myself to step back, watch, respond to marks, make more marks. I like these drawings. They are more me. Hallelujah!
I don't like this one. My last two weeks have been filled with my house's infrastructure problems. I put a lot of energy into necessary domicile fixes. I got tired. This drawing looks tired; nothing special. As promised, in all cases (good, bad, or ugly), I show you my formal artistic output. (Informal is my sketchbook, which I rarely share.)
Biomorphism, and humor, are alive and well within me/without me. Dig it!
I am home. Home is where the heart is. My heart is in my art. This drawing, my recent paintings, are me. I am a fish in the water of my birth. Like a Salmon, I have come home to procreate.
I am becoming the artist I am meant to me. This drawing does a lot of that. If I get it you get it, which is my big hope. Read my recently published "Artist Statement" to understand better: Mehrbach Artist Statement.
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