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.
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.
Arrhythmia was selected for the Works on Paper 2021 - National Juried Competition, at The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The show runs June 12th, 2021 - July 5th, 2021.
Arrhythmia, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches
My drawing Novel was selected for the 55th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show held at the Joseph A Cain Memorial Art Gallery at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. The show ran February 19 through May 8, 2021, with a reception on opening night.
Novel, 2018, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches
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