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Month: February, 2012

Art in Aspen? Sure, why not?

We arrived in Aspen at dawn, fizzy and exhausted. Time for some holiday I think.

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Here’s the stroll to the Aspen Museum of Art. Apparently the John Denver memorial is nearby- we missed that but ran into a couple of 70 year old women on a pilgrimage.

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I posted all those pictures for you Diane. These provisional works used so many of your elements; curled paper, resin or other transparent fill, cast concrete base. The last one is the artist statement so you can look it up.

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Then I dropped in at 212 Gallery where the Director, Katie, had contacted me about my work a year ago but nothing ever came of it. I asked for her and introduced myself and the gallery worker knew who I was. A very nice surprise.

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Nap time. That’s Susan at my room at The St Regis.

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Denver Art Tour

Another amazing day looking at art with the fabulous Susan Donatucci, fellow artist,prof,friend.
First I visited the Denver Art Museum on my own.

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That’s a Claes Oldenburg broom and dustpan outside the museum.

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This was a delightful installation by Sandy Skolgund. The museum is doing a nice job of creating experiences without Disneying out.

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That top work is Robert Arneson’s Last of the Wolf Hunters
The Sunflower is by Keith Edmier. It’s about eight feet tall. These two were in a temporary exhibit called Earth and Fire which included some nice, meaty ceramics.

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George Condo gold paint over bronze (but I think it’s obvious the master was clay)

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Three Towers Gold and Green by Martha Daniels, about 6 feet high. Her work was around town so she has a nice relationship with Denver.

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Need I say? Annabeth Rosen.
The poets I am working with have a sense of mouth feel in words. I think the hand feel in sculpture is often best expressed in ceramic.

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So that’s Susan. She joined me next door at the new Clifford Still Museum which is very SeaDrift in surfaces and architecture.

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Sorry about the blur. Poor little IPod camera cannot fathom the vastness.

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Everyone needs a little coffeemug philosophy.

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Or perhaps tee shirt philosophy. Susan and I thought that this meant that you are either a winner or a loser (and I, Cliff, am a winner) but the guard knew the context and explained that Cliff was often both at the same time. As am I.

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Followed by Plus Gallery, which was great. Ivar gave us a real introduction to his program and Denver Galleries overview, as well as a reading list on an area of interest for me(art, galleries, museums and professional practices where God meets gold). Plus indeed.

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Followed by redline, a combination residency and exhibition space.

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This artist had a studio at Redline. The works are strips of vinyl draped over peg- by Derrick Velasquez. He was prepping his work to ship to a show in NY.

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This headdress is from an exhibit at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. All of the exhibits focused on 60s and 70s counter culture, much of it Bay Area. This costume piece was from the Cockettes dance troupe.

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Can’t have a counter culture scene without raising the specter of Bucky Fuller.

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Clifford Still inspired installation at David B Smith Gallery. Vinyl strips again.

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Metropolitan State College Art Center had an exhibit of neo figurative work that made me nuts, slick, smug, apocalyptic.

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A clean shot

It’s like a dress back from the cleaners. A crappy iphone shot of my work can get it out there but it isn’t the same as a decent full shot.
Here’s a good image of a work I finished last week. Last week’s phone shot let me offer a snapshot of the process but sometimes I can’t see my own work until I have a real picture, literally. I know the thing inch by inch but not in the big view. My 12×12 foot studio filled with the stuff of making does not allow for distance. I can’t take it all in.  Going outside and peering through the window can reframe it. But there’s nothing like a decent photograph to let you see a thing.

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