Remembering ArtBasel/MiamiBeach

Thinking about art in Miami!

This is SO weird, but now that it’s been about three weeks, I can come up for air regarding Art Basel-Miami Beach.

This is not about Art Basel-Miami Beach really……….it’s more about the fact that I was cleaning out my big sack of stuff from Art Basel and remembered that I stuck a card in the big sack of an artist whose work I really liked. His name is hard to remember for me since I don’t know a lot of artists with names spelled like his (being that I’m an ordinary American-Southern artist) His name is Karim Ghidinelli. Now could you remember how to spell his name, I ask you if you didn’t know how?? http://karimghidinelli.com

This site really doesn’t show you what I saw of his work in Miami……at the ArtCenter/SouthFlorida complex.

My friend, Robin Walker, told us about his work when she and Nancy came across it the day before….so she took us back over to the art center after dinner on Friday night. I enjoyed visiting there as much or more than all the other places we went over the several days in Miami.

The work……..IT IS FABULOUS……….surface quality (I can’t do without it), mark-making with meaning, and wonderful craftsmanship/technique. We saw some work I don’t see on his website……work that was maybe 6 feet tall and in a couple of panels. It represented a portrait of someone he knew, only not an ordinary portrait. One that was composed of script or writing the subject of the portrait had written.

Karim organized all this script into a wonderfully executed/designed artwork. …..beautiful layers of paint, and/or metal inscribed with script and wax or whatever he used for the other layers. We talked to him about what he did with the work and I’ve forgotten (if I ever knew) everything he said about how he worked on those pieces………..they were exquisite. It’s impossible to really see what he does on the website. I don’t see the pieces I’m talking about either.

I haven’t done the work or the description of what he told us about the work justice. Sorry Karim………you know how it is when someone else describes what the artist means or does!

Opening Pandora’s Box

Unlocking Pandora’s box. That might be what I could call trying to find something in the studio. I mentioned earlier finding a painting from 2005………now I need to find a painting for a frame and plexiglas here in the studio. Knowing me, I did not order a good frame and plexiglas for no reason at all…….but it’s 19 x 25″…….hum, now where is that painting?

Then I had to uncover a lot more dust bunnies as I KNEW I had 16 x 16 plexiglas for the last three maple frames that size and I need them now for some collage pieces. Wouldn’t you know it was on the bottom of the pile of stuff under the table corner on an old rolling utility cart…………..BUT, now I have two extra ones and wonder why.

Oh……..and all the saved collage stuff I found (cough, cough). If I didn’t do collage/mixed media work, I might have more room around here.

Maybe there’s a message here………some real goody hiding out in all this stuff that will just MAKE my new painting project. I can hope so.. or give that excuse anyway for keeping all this stuff anyone else would have trashed long ago.

The downer is I got all my stuff out for putting the chopped 48 x 48″ frame together this morning and found a bad place in the corner so had to call the framer to return them so it will be after the new year before they send the new ones to replace these. I was hoping to make inroads on getting some of this stuff framed up so I could put it all away and start fresh.

Framing/matting,etc just doesn’t mix well with painting and collaging. I’ve been cutting all the outsides of my rag mat and backing boards for the past couple of years and then taking them downtown to the framer to cut the insides for a nominal fee. It sure beats ruining expensive rag mat like I’m prone to do since I don’t do enough mat cutting to get good at it.

Guess my break has lasted long enough…..lured away by email again. Need to get the outsides of those mats cut and stacked away.

Who knows what you might find cleaning the studio?

Who knows what you might find if you clean up around the studio a little? I was moving stuff around and trying to get ready to start working on a new series of paintings when I found a painting I made right after I came back from Santa Fe last year. Since I flew there in a small plane I was even more aware of the landscape with an aerial view/perspective and so that’s where the title of this painting came from.
Aerial View, acrylic on paper 30 x 22″. I see that I signed it in this vertical orientation but it would work turned any way you want I think.

One through twelve……..or is it fearless???

One through twelve………..or Fearless!

Well, this post could be called fearless…..I’m fearless when it comes to prepping my canvases or getting out the paint to lay out on the palette. Scared ^$#L(ESS when it comes to really doing much, although I’m good at faking it.

This one could be called both…………I’ve been mulling over in my mind for some time some work I might start when I have uninterrupted time. (Is there such a thing?). It’s really unusual to have a “plan” per se for me. And I have to say that the plan is still open to changes as always, in my mind.

I just went into the studio to prep the panels I ordered some time ago from Jerry’s/Ampersand.
They look wonderful…..just beautiful. Now to make something to complement the wonderful surface. My plan is not complete, but it is a negative/positive thought. So when I went to Miami…………guess what I saw there??? Negative/Positive. Now I know you don’t know what I’m talking about but in my mind I DO. That is the most important thing……..I KNOW. Now to DO IT.