THE ARTIST LIFE – modern & ancient

A very special time in Santa Monica to celebrate my friend, Kesa Kivel, receiving a 2011 YWCA Focus Award for her work in the community. Before and after the event I explored art exhibits.

A visit to Santa Monica just about blew me away literally as I visited several art galleries. As a fiber artist, I noticed many art works that used the stitch in some ways. I saw a lot of photography, figurative painting, and cut paper.

Steven Hull has a creative installation at Rosamund Felsen Gallery. I found out that Steven also publishes collaborative books combining art, literature, and design. He works with Tami Demaree, Annie Buckley, and Jon Sueda. I purchased a book of short stories.

A few shows I also enjoyed: “we’re not here to waste time!” nena amstor, miyoshi barosh, and nava lubelski at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. “Year of the Dog” featuring Judy Pfaff at Greenfield Sacks Gallery. “Available Light” with Suki Kuss at tag Gallery. “Plexagraphs” by Michael Eastman at dnj Gallery.

A visit to see several art exhibits offers a good opportunity to notice how the art work is hung both technically and in the space. Seeing art sparks my own creativity. A small notebook gives me a place to capture my own ideas to think about later. For example, in thinking about how to include my own poetry in my art work:
1. As label
2. As border
3. Blended in
I can decide what I like or don’t like.

From contemporary art to ancient art in one day! I found a book where photographs of sacred places were on one page and collages of dried flowers on the facing page. I was fascinated with the combination of image with tangible elements of the earth. I have a studio filled with dried plants, moss, and branches. Possibilities!

I always enjoy seeing the ancient glass that looks so new. Today I seemed captivated by fragments. I saw a face painted on the linen that was used for mummy wrappings, a wood fragment with an image, and a fresco.


~ by fiberverse on April 9, 2011.

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