The other day I decided to think outside the box, and so I went to the store and bought a box. My idea is to make an exhibition box that will contain about 50 Long Series paintings and the materials for the creation of Long Series paintings. The box is essentially a mail art project, but it is also something I can easily travel with.
The box will contain instructions for the display of the artwork, and for the process for setting up a workstation so that people may participate in the creation of artwork. There will also be biographical, project, and news-media information included in the box.
Over the years I’ve shown in many different types spaces, and I’ve always been attracted to alternative approaches when it comes to presenting my work. I see this work in a small space with the paintings on the wall in a grid. A desk and chair would be in front of the wall, and the desk would contain sheets of 12×12 inch paper with art materials so that viewers of the work might join in and make marks that eventually when returned to me would become part of finished paintings.
Ideally I would like to work with a curator or the staff of an interesting alternative art gallery. I would welcome suggestions of curators or galleries that you think might be interested in an interactive exhibition.
This is another experimental Long Series painting. What I was trying to do was limit the amount of surface area I covered with paint, and also keep my varieties of marks to a minimum. What better way to do this than with a grid of dots? The paper that I used was a painting that has cycled through my work pile many times. I like the humble, almost abused quality of this sheet, and the beauty for me is in the wrinkles, folds, and holes. I’m actually very fond of this simple painting.
I gave my 5 year old daughter my camera and asked her to take some photographs of me working. I think this is an interesting photograph, and I like the fact that it shows the studio from her perspective.