Matthew F Fisher- The Ear, 2018; ￼￼￼Antonio Fantuzzi da Trento- The Virgin, Christ Child and St. John; two of my graphite drawings; Procession of the Ram
If you live in Los Angeles or will be in the area this weekend, I highly suggest that you head to Matthew F Fisher’s opening reception at Ochi Projects on Friday, January 11. The show runs through February 16.
I am looking forward to Vanderbilt’s Then and Now: Five Centuries of Woodcuts at the Fine Arts Gallery. It opens on January 10 and runs through March 1.
This past week has been my first extended effort at imposing a strict schedule upon myself. It is not one of military precision, but it chops my life into 3-hour blocks of time from the moment I rise until I go to sleep. Maybe that is military precision? It is probably not normal, but people think it is funny that I make scale models of galleries when I have exhibitions, so what is one more oddball log on the fire. One day I will be the old man in the neighborhood whose doorbell children ring and run away while laughing. I do not wish time away, but I am looking forward to that.
I have three visual art projects and three different writing projects. Fingers crossed, they will all be carried to completion.
The visual projects are at least related. One is that I am drawing again. The graphite and sandpaper are back. I am using two drawings from my last Philadelphia as a point of re-entry.
I have started a series of small paintings that I hope to build up simultaneously. Some are marked to be crucifixions and others are rooted in Veronica’s veil imagery. Making a decision like that in 2019 is telling yourself not to worry about speed or output. No one wants a crucifixion or veil in 2019.
The third visual project is a 20x7’ piece based on a piece that I used to dust at the Philadelphia Museum of Art- Feast of the Wine (Procession of the Ram) by the Master of the Processions. The Philadelphia piece is described as “a warning against the dangers of being led by one’s senses.” It will initially be built up in areas collaged with scraps of paper, canvas and wood that have been in my studio for years. All of these materials either needs to be used or tossed.
The writing projects are seemingly unrelated, but they all live in one brain so there has to be some sort of cross pollination. This site is one project. I am also outlining what I affectionately refer to as “the novel that will never be written”. Thirdly, I am keeping a collection of journal entries related to two things: bouts of nostalgia and moments of spiritual elevation.
News story for the week:
Lyric for the week:
“Genius only comes to a chosen few and we are no exception/Raised on television”-
Quote for the week:
“He must increase, but I must decrease”- John 3:30