The highlight of yesterday (Monday) was completing this opus of a drawing! There is a point in a drawing (or painting) when you look over every portion of it and realize there is nothing more that needs to be added or removed and that every part of it has a kind of life, even areas where it just whispers to you.
Yesterday Kal and Michael got up on tall ladders and installed all the infrastructure for the sculpture pieces, including the cables from which everything hangs, and steel grids for one installation. That meant we could just about start right in on putting that work up when we arrived this morning (Tuesday).
Talking with Mandy Salter, the AGM's new director|curator, when she stopped in for a look yesterday, she shared something I found interesting: she said that so much of the work that gets shown in a gallery arrives made and just needs to be installed; by contrast she really enjoyed seeing the process of my drawing being made over the past few days.
I remarked that while drawing this large has been really challenging, it's also been so satisfying that I think I'll have to send out more proposals that involve large, on-site drawing.
Show opens this Thursday July 2!
Reception: 6 to 8pm
Runs through September 13 at the
Art Gallery of Mississauga
TEASER: Here I am fine-tuning around the eye. Yes, I've veiled part of this photo with a blur at least until the show has opened. With a drawing of this size it goes without saying that a photo like this can't convey the content very well, it gives more of an overall impression anyway. More to come!
Day one of installing my 'Chains Unlinked' exhibition at the Art Gallery of Mississauga was made up of: gathering materials, tools and equipment, a little shopping and finally arriving at the gallery to get the grid drawn (helped by the amiable Brian) and get poly tarp taped to the walls and floor.
I ended the day by sketching in the figure which I haven't shown here but hope to put together a little video of that plus today's work in the next day or two.
Onward! By the way, any and all words of encouragement are very welcome!
Work in progress for my upcoming 'Chains Unlinked' solo show at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (July 2 through Sept 13, 2015).
The process of unlinking the strands that make up chain link revealed beautiful patterns. The red cable ties in the fourth photo show them bundled and ready to go for powder coating. Can't wait to see the finished results!
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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