My thanks to Mike Sleadd, Scott McMahon, the faculty, staff and students of Columbia College in my home state of Missouri for an outstanding visit. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to interact with the community in conjunction with my solo exhibition there, especially the chance to conduct a public drawing demonstration over two days. Upon resolving the piece, I am donating it to the Sydney Larson Gallery and their collection. It will be a great honor for them to have one of my pieces as the facilitators of one of the country’s great annual juried exhibitions (and institutions), Paper in Particular. I am very grateful for being able to meet so many new people, and I wish them all the best moving forward.
Over the past year, I have been very fortunate to have participated in some really outstanding exhibitions. My sincere thanks to Phillip Michael Hook, Associate Professor at the University of South Dakota who curated SHADES: Contemporary Drawing last spring, which was probably one of the best shows I have ever been in, having as its theme participants who create drawings as an end product in addition to using it responsively in their process. I was fortunate to visit USD for the reception to meet some of the other artists in the exhibition and meet with students and faculty. I encourage everyone to check out Mike Sleadd, Chris Gantz and Alison Denyer. It was nothing short of an honor to have my work next to theirs in the show, and I continue to feel a sense of kinship with each of them.
Additionally, I was pleased to exhibit my work in a solo show at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY. I have shown there before, and I have always been extremely impressed with their facilities and strength of the staff. It’s the kind of place you want to work in.
Finally, I want to sincerely thank internationally recognized artist and figurative painter, Jerome Witkin, juror for the Texas National 2014 Exhibition at the Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX for selecting my work for the first place monetary award from among many other strong artists in the show and acquiring the piece above for his personal collection. This is one of the greatest honors of my career so far, and it means a great deal to have such a strong vote of confidence in the work I’m making.
This piece is for my son, Shepard, finished on Father’s Day. AUNIVERSAL PICTURE 15, charcoal and conte on prepared polyester, 85″ x 85″, 2014.
This will be the first in what I hope is a flurry of posts recapping a very productive start to 2014 for my work. I had been interested in doing some kind of promotional video to give viewers an idea of how my drawings come together from start to finish. I was lucky enough to find Brian Guice Media here in Laramie, Wyoming who had done some phenomenal time lapse videos of some of the artists doing mural work downtown. Brian was outstanding to work with throughout the process, and I am very pleased with the results of our work together. I also want to acknowledge Wesley Berg, who was a visiting artist I invited to UW in early 2014 and who I met a few years ago from a drawing show we did in Santa Fe. Wesley provided the song for the video from his musical project, Glacier Face, and it’s pretty great.
These are a few pieces I have been working on this winter including an annual self portrait, a text piece and a trash bag drawing I started as a public drawing demonstration in conjunction with “Definining Territories: Contemporary Drawing” exhibition at the Parkland Art Gallery in Champaign, IL in the fall. Now that it is finished, I will send the drawing back to the gallery to be auctioned to benefit the students of Parkland College.
I just completed a new piece fairly quickly before classes start. AUNIVERSAL PICTURE 12, charcoal on paper, 22″ x 30″, 2014. Up next: the 2014 Self Portrait. Then, I plan on starting my first 80″ x 80″ piece on linen which should take me the rest of the semester.
With the new year, I just finished the first of the roach drawings on the new substrate. AUNIVERSAL PICTURE 11, charcoal and conte on prepared linen, 43″ x 43″, 2014. I am looking forward to scaling way up for the next drawings.
I am very pleased to have been able to be a part of numerous exhibitions and related activities in 2013. I would like to thank Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, OH, the Parkland Art Gallery in Champaigne, IL and threesquared Gallery in Nashville, TN. It’s been a great year.
The latest of the drawings based on diaper sculptures. I am also looking forward to a solo exhibition at threesquared gallery in Nashville, TN with five of my most recent works. The opening is Saturday, November 2, and I’m really excited to be able to attend.