Here’s the cover of my latest catalog. The design is complete and it will be used as a companion piece for my upcoming show at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. For more information on that show see elsewhere on this website.
Creating a catalog or book is a great way to thresh out ideas for upcoming exhibitions or shows. The space of the book format allows one to play with different ideas and then translate those ideas to the gallery or exhibition space. After creating the catalog several ideas dropped out that are now incorporated in the upcoming show.
If you are interested in getting a copy of the catalog just let me know. They cost about $35 each since I make them in short runs. There is talk about doing a larger run which could bring the costs down.
A kaleidoscope – shattered bits of color moved and reflected to reveal a variety of endless patterns while held up to the light; a child’s toy. Derived from the Greek literally meaning to view beautiful forms.
While photographing in the Brooks Estate I was reunited with a style of photography I first discovered in Japan. What’s more interesting is that the weather conditions were the same: dark, rich timber soaked from recent rains and muted leaves of color. Photographing leaves using very shallow depth of field and manual focus sprung to life the use of a kaleidoscope and that feeling of a child excited in his own imagination. Except here I was able to fix the image permanently and to control the bits of color through movement and focus of the camera. As a child your creativity and imagination are always in flux, present one moment and gone the next, as an artist one works to capture the imagination and to hold it up for others to see.
Note: The creative word for me is a freeing word. One can decide based on importance to the subject or self whether to know a word or not. If it releases or explains creative action it is a “creative word”. To see my first mention of the term go to creative words blog post
Words. Sometimes one good word can set you off into a new line of creativity, or simply open up a whole new field of thought. For this reason I have a word book: a book of words that I find cool and creative, words I want to know.
Here are some words with their meanings and an invented sentence:
having the elegance and precision associated with inscriptions on monumental stone. His prose, although seemingly off the cuff, had a lapidary quality that proved unforgettable.
I love this word because only those words that have special meaning to a person or culture would ever get recorded on stone. It signifies longevity, a phrase or line of poetry that we want to remember over many lifetimes and generations.
2. habitue: a regular visitor of a place. While I travel I am an incessant cafe habitue.
This word is simple, however it captures a certain lifestyle for me. It makes me want to park myself in the nearest cafe with a cup of tea and a nice book.
3. sotto voce: under the breath – in a private manner ( in music: softly). In a manner of sotto voce he revealed his darkest secret.
Borrowed from the Italian it literally means “under the voice”. I think of old times, under the dark eaves of a mountain-top castle, planning intrigue.
As an artist, a good word can set you off in a new direction. One good word can lift the fog of thought and open up a large field of ideas and inspiration. If a word isn’t fun or interesting I don’t get caught up in it too much, but if the word has a special meaning or feel I make a point to write it down and give it some time.
Do you have any creative words?