Friday, November 14, 2008

Collage, 5" x 8-1/2"

Collage, 5-1/4" x 8-1/4"

Collage, 3-1/2" x 6-1/2"

Collage, 3-1/2" x 6-1/2"


  1. Ditto of course on all thecompliments over at anaba.
    With these pink rows of circles (to put it schematically), how is it constructed? What is put on what? Is there transparency involved?
    Also, it's about six per cent more Byzantine than the national standards call for. Fill out requisition form Z-19 for a special variance if you want to use an even number of rows, except on Tuesdays. Can you tell I'm bored at work?

  2. Ditto, of course? Um, I'm afraid you need to come up with Colaizzi-unique compliments or I may have to consider instigating comment approval . . .

    Is there transparency involved? Hm. Trade secret, sorry.

    Ha. I don't think I could keep that up very long, the trade secret thing, as much as I'd like to. But we're only talking about materials here, right? Not conceptual intentions or anything as crude as that. So, yes, there is a layer of translucent material on top of a boring image of circles painted on paper.

    And I think 6% is within the margin of error . . .

  3. Oh, also, I forgot this was why I came here in the first place -- why do you say to photograph them obliquely?

  4. oof, you caught me slacking off, trying to piggy back on others. I really like these, their handmadeness and regularity, and the one at the top of this post is wonderfully gratuituos, which is a term I took from the critic Barry Schwabsky in the intro to Vitamin P. All those pieces of pink layered on each other and the little puff balls. It's deadly serious, but not self-important.
    I do like the transparency, it's mysterious, which makes me think about all the ways in which content can exist in abstraction.

    Why oblique? I dunno. not a great idea in retrospect, but hung on a white wall would look good, maybe with linen tape or velcro, but velcro is a nightmare to get off the wall. A guy told me Ruth Root uses velcro.

  5. Aw, I was completely joking about dittoing and piggybacking. I'm all for it. I get irritated actually with sites (forums mostly, I guess?) that ask people not to just say "I agree." What if you just want to agree?

    But I got you to say more!

    Wonderfully gratuitous. What's better than that?

  6. Ruth Root hangs her paintings with velcro? I have wondered how could one hang something like these without mounting them. But velcro? I happen to have just spent part of an afternoon (or what used to be afternoon before the time change) trying to remove velcro from underneath a kitchen cabinet. I discovered that there may not be enough elbow grease in the world to completely remove velcro.

  7. The darkness has me a little freaked out too. In the morning I'm usually running late and then it's dark, so when to refill the bird feeders?

  8. Ah, the birds. I'm at my mom's right now and the bird bath is solid ice. Must break it up.

    But at least you're not one of those people who is on, say, a "later" schedule, and experiences a very short daylight day . . . .

    Should I read VitaminP?

  9. it's ok as surveys go. It's more a book you look at than read (but of course)
    a pretty thoughtful intro that reviews the history of abstract painting's ambitions and what became of them, but towards the end it gets a little cheerleadery.

    funny, it's a little dated, seeing as how it's from way back in 2002.
    so yes, it's worth the time with grain of salt.

  10. 2002. That's where I left off. Well, not that I knew who was hot then any more than I do now, but, yeah.