My next show at Pirate Contemporary will feature a dozen of the works I created drawing from mounts at the University of Colorado Zoological Collections over the past year. One of my greatest pleasures is to sit in front of a complex subject and work for hours to produce a lively, unique drawing with a perfect, jewel-like finish in silverpoint. I don't consider myself either a naturalist or an illustrator; both disciplines are serious endeavors for trained specialists. Rather, I like to work in the spirit of an artist faced with a beautiful subject which demands close inspection and sensitivity to produce a work of art that does justice to the once-living specimen in front of me. And then I do it compulsively for months and months until I feel I have enough good work to show. Please join me for Sometimes I Draw Birds at Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis in Lakewood, May 20 - June 5 2022.
Northern Flicker, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 7 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches
Several of my recent works from the Study Room and Two-part Inventions series will be shown at the Loveland Museum of Art and Gallery in Loveland, Colorado starting in February. More info on the exhibition by clicking this link: Loveland Museum. A new exhibit space has been added to the facility which is perfect for small works like mine. Opens February 5th with an evening reception on February 11, and I’ll be giving a talk on March 11th. Register for the talk by clicking this link: Artist Talk.
Two-part Invention No. 20, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 x 13 inches
One of my Two-part Inventions was selected for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities triennial Art of the State exhibition, which opens January 20th and runs through March 27th. Jurors selected 149 artworks by 142 artists out of 2,067 submissions by 734 artists. A closing reception will be held on March 27th. More info by clicking this link: Arvada Center
Two-part Invention No. 18, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 12 x 13 inches
One of my Two-part Inventions will be shown at DFN Projects Gallery on the Upper East Side of New York City starting in November. More information on the exhibition, entitled Silver, will follow, but the checklist includes many well-known metalpoint artists whom I know well, including Koo Schadler, Sherry Camhy, Lori Field, Jeannine Cook, and Lauren Redding, as well as some I only know from afar such as Costa Vavagiakis, Ephraim Rubenstein, and Lea Cole Wright, and many others who are new to me whom I hope to meet one day.
Two-part Invention No. 6, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11 x 13 1/2 inches.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has selected several of the drawings in the Incantations series for an upcoming show of textual art called Word Play. Running September 16 through November 14, 2021, the show features over a dozen artists including Jade Hoyer, Joel Swanson, Paula Gasparini-Santos, Jim Johnson, Jeff Page, Paul Weiner, Scott Young, Sammy Lee, Trey Duvall, Don Fodness, Lares Feliciano, Masha Sha, Cherish Marquez, and Joe Norman. There will be a public reception on Thursday, September 16 from 6-9 p.m.
The works selected as my contribution are among the last drawings in the Incantations series; comprised of drawings of type-high blocks, each takes an existing block as its inspiration then invents several more “letterforms” to comprise a word with only vague connections to language. From reality comes abstraction, then words to describe the abstraction, then letters that mimic the sound of the word. Take away the recognizability of letters and the distant reality itself where all this started becomes lost, like the game of “telephone” we used to play as kids. And of course because it’s type, it’s all backwards to begin with.
The exhibition has been graciously reviewed in d'ART International magazine, which you can read here: Text In Art at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Colorado by D. Dominick Lombardi
Type Improvisation on n, 2017, silverpoint with highlight on prepared paper, 10 x 10 inches
Several of my zoological drawings will be featured in the Denver Art Museum’s Drop-in Drawing Program this month. From the press release: “Join Drop-In Drawing Instructor Anna Kaye on Tuesday, September 14th from 1-3PM. We will take a look at the Denver Art Museum's collection to examine how animals have inspired artists throughout history. Anna Kaye will demo a variety of animal forms with multiple mediums and notable artists from our community, Laura Ball, Caroline Douglas, Javier Flores, Tom Mazzullo, Johanna Mueller, and Mai Wyn Schantz, will be sharing their perspectives on animals with us. You are invited to create artwork using your choice of materials, methods, and subjects. We are excited to create art and explore animals with you!
To participate via Zoom: Join us live a few minutes before the program start time. This session is free and open to all who would like to join. Advance registration is not required to attend Drop-In Drawing. Click here to see Drop-In Drawing's facebook invite. We’re so excited to see what you create. Please share your final designs with us on Instagram using #DropInDrawingDAM and tag @DenverArtMuseum.”
Mountain Bluebird, female, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 7 x 6 7/8 inches
The Inventions series of silverpoint drawings were the focus of my recent exhibition at Pirate Contemporary in Denver. Running August 20 to September 5, 2021, the show featured thirteen Two-part Inventions from the series. The titles of these works refer to the inclusion of a 2-D diagram alongside the 3-D object in the drawing, making the two parts. The diagram informs and refers to the paper object, and gets "elevated" into the third dimension by being drawn in perspective. The whole subject then is reduced down to two dimensions when it becomes a silverpoint drawing. Many of these were inspired by Wenzel Jamnitzer's engravings from the 16th century.
Two-part Invention No. 15, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 1/2 x 12 inches.
Installation view of Two-part Inventions at Pirate Contemporary in Lakewood Colorado, August 20- September 5, 2021.
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