If you're wondering where I've been since I posted that picture of me drowning in a sea of work, this post will clear the waters. I've been running a conference, painting and delivering work for exhibition throughout the Northeast. I'll be posting sporadically until September, when I plan to pick up the pace and resume blogging more regularly. In the meantime, here's what I've been up to.
At the Cape Cod Museum of Art: Foreground, my painting, Rummu, 2011, encaustic on panel, 32 x 32 inches (with work by Howard Hersh, center, and Lynda Ray)
Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis to see Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic. The CCMoA is the first regional museum to focus on painting, prints and sculpture in pigmented wax--and the first anywhere dedicated to a thematic exploration of the medium. Curated by Michael Giaquinto, the museum's curator of exhibitions, Swept Away features 52 works by 31 artists from around the country. This exhibition is timed to coincide with the Seventh International Encaustic Conference, which took place May 31-June 2 in Provincetown.
If you can't make it to the Cape (and may I say that it's truly beautiful this time of year, when the weather is warm but the vacationing hordes and their cars have not yet arrived), then take a look at the catalog. It's fully perusable online, but so gorgeous you just may want to buy it. There are essays by curator Giaquinto and me, with at least one full-color image by each artist.
If you're in the Boston area, I invite you to visit the Laconia Gallery in Boston's gallery-filled South End. The Elephant in the Room, curated by Linda Cordner and James Hull, features the work of 17 contemporary artists from around the country with a selection of small to mid-size paintings, prints and works on paper. The elephant? Wax. "The artists chosen challenge the very definition of traditional encaustic painting by cutting, collaging, layering, using photographic imagery and ingeniously reinterpreting the medium itself," write Cordner and Hull in a handsome catalog that accompanies the exhibition. The exhibition is up through June 30.
At Laconia Gallery: My painting, Diamond Life 20, 2012, encaustic on panel, 22,5 x 22.5 inches (with work by Milisa Galazzi and Linda Ray)
Now we're on the road to Manhattan. Let your first stop be in Larchmont at Kenise Barnes Fine Art. Recently expanded into a beautiful, larger space a few doors down from its original location on Palmer Avenue, the gallery is featuring A Whiter Shade of Pale. I'm one of six artists--along with Mary Ellen Bartley, Charles Clary, Lori Field, Lorraine Glessner and Lalani Nan--whose work here engages a quietly chromatic palette. I missed the opening but will get there this week. The gallery is around the corner from the Larchmont stop on Metro North, and the show is up through July 20. I'm going to post pictures later this week to tempt you to take the trip.
At Kenise Barnes Fine Art: my Diamond Life 24, 2013, encaustic on panel, 22.5 x 22.5 inches
And finally, if you're in Manhattan, the Summer Show at DM Contemporary opens this Friday, June 14, from 6:00--8:00. Gallery owner/director Doris Mukabaa Marksohn has selected gallery artists and guests for a one-work-per-artist show. I get to hang with my peeps Steven Baris, Jackie Battenfield, Richard Bottwin, David Headley, Karen Schiff, Louise P. Sloane and others. It's a private viewing. If you wish to attend, email info@dmcontemporary to ask to be put on the guest list. See you there? The show is up through September 20.
At DM Contemporary: Work from a new series of oil on hand-colored paper, Swipe 2, 2013, on Arches 300-lb hotpress, 30 x 22 inches