cleaning up images and uploading them reminded me of the backlog of things i had wanted post/write. once the procrastination starts the next step is avoidance and then feeling overwhelmed in a “where do i start, those thoughts were so 3 weeks ago” feeling came. instead of beating myself up or putting it off further, i’ll begin before trip one: i was surprised to see that the caring place used an image of myself and my pal barb for their annual report. while doing good is payment in itself, it was really just awesome to see me and my friend on the cover.
On the flight home I got lucky with window seats, actually the planes were all small so the choice was window or aisle. On the way to the Windy City for my connecting flight home (which cancelled right before my eyes but there are worse places to be stranded than ohare, and i did make it home so no harm, no foul) looking out the window and perhaps having 2D design on the brain, I was reminded at how our landscape has some pretty terrific views. This one was of farmland and while snow covered you can still make out the borders of fields,roads and waterways. I am in love the juxtaposition of the hard and organic lines in the composition.
All in all the traveling has me thinking of my responses to questions and wondering whether they were answered proper. One that I don’t think I gave complete justice to (and in my defense I can only say I was sleep deprived and nervous) was the question was what is next in my work and research. The correct answer of course is a long one. Yes I have a direction and the next move is to write about the work from a music standpoint, which is a major influence in my work although i’m still trying to find my start point, this can often be the hardest part.
a few summers ago I went down a course to figure out why I was making the work I do, not just the canned answer or artist response/statement but more in depth. It led me to read and research quite a bit: Lyotard, Danto, Merleau-Ponti, back to Baldesarri ( because surprisingly i can always get answers there), Tratctatus (although while I can find answers there, I don’t know if they are the correct answers and i’m not ready to touch that with a hot poker in academic circles just yet) I had thought my next move would be to theater (for the drama, the interaction) but it wasn’t and the book i sought proved interesting but not helpful so sitting in the q. is alex ross’ the rest is noise and a file folder stuffed with notecards and ideas waiting to draft.
The other part of that question was where is my work going? well i’ve been thinking about doing more platteresque (read: flat wall work) and dealing with aesthetic choices – keep them as a platter, have them be individual pieces, et al… one of the goals here is to have the work read more lyrical movement wise and the option to incorporate multiples rather than coupling. So I’ve been working on those ideas (as well as working out the technical kinks that come with working with porcelain) Below are the successful fruits of this labor with working titles.