A Young Artist

This is the first abstract created by a very young artist.  His name is Brett Phillips.  He is 8 years old, has a very high IQ, loves science, math and art.  He’s working on another piece.  I can’t wait to see it. 

Abstract1 Brett Phillips

Detail:

Abstract1 Brett Phillips detail

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Universe

These images are the result of a preoocupation with space/time and the physical universe.  Upper left image is a rendition of subatomic particles after a collision.  Bending space is represented in lower right image.  The other two are experiments with liquid crystal.  The lower left image displays an otherwise hidden image as the ambient room temperature is lowered.  The upper right image will change when the temperature rises.

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untitled images; 12x12 acrylic on canvas

Below, “Gazing” in two states, warm and warmer:

Gazing

Gazing; 12x12 acrylic and liquid crystal on canvas

Gazing hot

Gazing hot;12x12 acrylic and liquid crystal on canvas

Mandala Moon Moves

“Oh, come sweet moon”….these new pieces by Marsha Mogowski are moon jewels touched with mysticism.  I love them!

 Although each can stand on it’s own, I like them together.  They evoke movement.  Together, they move like the moons of Jupiter.  Up close and individually, their jewel like qualities explode.

These images strangely bring to my mind a poem I had written in 1972…the poem was dictated…no, more like acted out for me in a dream.  A witch was standing in a pool of moonlit swamp reciting this “incantation”.  I woke from the dream and wrote it down:

Oh come sweet moon.
The wicked night has fallen deep
to cover us and kill us with dark…

…Light the fields a flourescent glow
and show..and show
the still night, the calm night, the twilight
the pain you have to give.

Where now? What to?
Give still, give few.
I want to see, but yet do not.
I am cool, and I am hot.
Yes I know, but I know not
where to go and what to….

Help, help, help!
Lend a stretching beam before I sink into the swamp.
I’m drowning, I’m dying.
I hate you, I love you.
But I need you.  And now I must go.  I am done.

That’s exactly it.

Represent Abstractly – When Is it finished?

I recently finished a piece commissioned by the James Rusnov- Nancy McCaffery team.  The challenge was to create an abstract image reminiscent of their home town, Cleveland, Ohio.   I chose to express the industrial feeling derived from the railroad tracks and iconic Huletts (massive ore-unloading devices).  To represent by-gone elements of the city, I used the gritty rust of the century old ore industry enhanced with a “Pollock-esque” technique to reflect the steel industry. It felt right to me. 

Working on this painting brought to the forefront the inevitable angst that cries out, “Is it finished?”  I would like to explore this sensation and invite others to share their own experience of determining when a piece is finished.  

 Click on the image to enlarge – see textures

Rusted Tracks 2009- mixed media on canvas - private collection McCaffry-Rusnov

Rusted Tracks 2009- mixed media on canvas - private collection McCaffery-Rusnov

Galleries

Two new galleries have been added:   Marsha Mogowski and Debra Pomeroy.

The Mogowski works displayed are mixed media on paper, for the most part.  They are richly textured earthtone abstracts.   Click on the images for a closer look.   You will feel as if you have been planted into the warmth of the earth. 

Enjoy.

Bill Miller Warms the Soul

I am delighted to have come across the work of Bill Miller.  Bill Miller creates images made from recycled linoleum and vinyl flooring cut into pieces and thoughtfully put together into rich, warm, folksy, provocative and emotional works of art.   

His subject matter ranges from John and Yoko’s “bed-in” to the Cleveland Zoo, a portrait of Abe Lincoln and bucolic landscapes.   One can feel a soul in these images, a personal connection, some how.   The worn but colorful mosaic of flooring pieces seem to hold a sort of presence, a “je ne sais quoi”. 

There is something more.  I cannot help but to be reminded of  Paul Cezanne paintings.  I’ve put a few together for comparison.  See for yourself:  

Miller's Sweenyburg Farm 2006 & Cezanne's Monte Sainte Victoire 1900

Miller's Sweenyburg Farm 2006 & Cezanne's Monte Sainte Victoire 1900

  

Another example:
Miller's Abraham Lincoln 2008 & Cezanne's Portrait du Pere de l'Artiste 1866

Miller's Abraham Lincoln 2008 & Cezanne's Portrait du Pere de l'Artiste 1866

Visit Bill Miller’s site for more amazing pieces:  http://www.billmillerart.com/exhibitions.html
I have always believed that objects hold some of the energy of the owner long after the object is no longer in the owner’s possession.  I wonder if some of the essence of Bill Miller’s work comes from those who tread the worn out linoleum.  It could be that your footsteps have been immortalized in one of his pieces.  We’ll never know for sure, but I think we can sense it.