Please check out the Joe Fig show at MassArt. This amazing artist creates scale models that are exact reproductions of well- known contemporary artist studios, based on interviews and photos done with the artists. Make the time to see this! It's well worth the trip:
shown: model of Inka Essenhigh's studio
Inside the Painter's Studio offers a unique glimpse into contemporary artistic practice. After interviewing each artist and documenting their studios, Joe Fig beautifully renders their workspaces in miniature. His astonishingly detailed sculptures, which are exhibited alongside paintings, drawings, and prints by the artists, transport the viewer into the mind and space of the creative individual. The works by Fig and both emerging and established painters, coupled with frank interviews, detail the intricacies of studio life.
Featuring: Gregory Amenoff, Ross Bleckner, Chuck Close, Will Cotton, Inka Essenhigh, Eric Fischl, Barnaby Furnas, April Gornik, Jane Hammond, Ryan McGinness, Julie Mehretu, Malcolm Morley, Steve Mumford, Philip Pearlstein, Matthew Ritchie, Alexis Rockman, Dana Schutz, James Siena,Joan Snyder, Billy Sullivan
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Here you can see the detail developing- I go from general to specific, big to small...in working on tyvek, the pieces become like giant drawings or watercolors and they proceed very fast, like the paintings are ahead of me and I'm racing to keep up.
The tentative working title for this is "A Private World On The Sea Of Ice"- it's a direct reference to the CD Friedrich painting "Sea Of Ice" as well as being about my time in Maine. When I'm there, the peninsula where my family lives becomes a very private world where nothing else really matters. It's one of those places you go to that, while you're there, you lose yourself.
My work deals mainly with the figure and the landscape and that New England tradition/realtionship. In referencing the Friedrich piece, I want the viewer to question the new relationship to nature: no longer is it primarily adversarial and about survival- it's recreational (danger at a distance) Where the Friedrich painting is about the destructive beauty and power of the wild and our smallness in it, in my private world I still can walk through that wildness without life and death danger.
How do we experience nature when it no longer threatens us?
Saturday, January 08, 2011
The first figure (Dave)
Blocking in more values, colors...
Next to the first panel, each one is approx. 5x9'.