VOX POPULI: Objects of Desire...

“I just happen to like ordinary things. When I paint them,

I don’t try to make them extraordinary.

I just try to paint them ordinary-ordinary.”

Andy Warhol

Blame it on Andy Warhol.

Images of ordinary domestic objects, toys, and food are ripe with associations that we easily connect with.

During the later 1970s, I took this photo in the kitchen of my apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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I began taking lots of photos of small still life shots of ordinary things and have continued to enjoy seeing the mundane framed as special. Often one single item is best, in the tradition of vintage flash cards…

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I have collected my own personal archive of Objects of Desire. These are just a few

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Can’t you smell the waxiness?

I admire the work of two local painters who make complex and varied work, but each as also produced a series of small paintings featuring one single item that fall into this category of Objects of Desire, domestic objects or toys—Candace Masters and Sara Zak.

Another local artist draws and paints Objects of Desire, such as your favorite metal Monopoly game markers (mine is the Thimble) or favorite toy figures. A.J. Fries has recently made a small painting a day for a year—all appealing everyday items, such as cupcake, jelly donut, rubber duck, butter lamb, paper bag, and 360 other things.

All will be on view January 5th (6-9pm) at 515 Main Street in Buffalo. Find out more here.

November Show at Artspace Buffalo Gallery

HARVEST: Recent Paintings by George Grace, Pat Pendleton, and J. Tim Raymond…

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Most of this work done in the past year has been shown in the Gallery or Blog, but seeing it all together on one wall adds so much to the viewing of one at a time…

PATTERNED SERIES - Fall 2018 (each painting on paper is 12 x 12 inches)

PATTERNED SERIES - Fall 2018 (each painting on paper is 12 x 12 inches)

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WINDOWS SERIES - Fall 2017 (each painting on paper is 15 x 15 inches)

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WINTER SERIES - Winter 2018 (each painting on wood is 8 x 10 or 5 x 8 inches)

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Patterned Four

I have utilized art challenges in the last couple years, as they are a motivator to do something different.  A site called saetastudio.com hosts “30 in 30” twice a year. This is a collection of studies on twelve-inch square paper with patterned collage elements to start me off with the acrylic paint...GO!

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Patterned Three

I have utilized art challenges in the last couple years, as they are a motivator to do something different.  A site called saetastudio.com hosts “30 in 30” twice a year. This is a collection of studies on twelve-inch square paper with patterned collage elements to start me off with the acrylic paint...GO!

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Patterned Two

I have utilized art challenges in the last couple years, as they are a motivator to do something different.  A site called saetastudio.com hosts “30 in 30” two times a year. This is a collection of studies on twelve-inch square paper with patterned collage elements to start me off with the acrylic paint...GO!

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Patterned One

I have utilized art challenges in the last couple years, as they are a motivator to do something different. A site called saetastudio.com hosts “30 in 30” two times a year. I am a little late arriving to this one. I will use twelve-inch square paper with patterned collage elements to start me off with the acrylic paint...GO!

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100 Day Project - Kusama, Sontag, Salle

I have been noticing the 100dayproject hashtag on Instagram and I have discovered that there is a history to this approach to creativity, but one group effort to rally folks around it recently began last week--so I am not too late. These structured challenges seem to help me move ahead.

While I am working on a series of paintings on the wheel image that has come up for me repeatedly, I will post these paintings on my gallery page when completed. I also have a writing project of short memoir pieces that could use more attention. Still, I want to define this 100 day project as something else, something simple and straightforward--something do-able.

So this is it... 

For several years I kept notebooks with notes and quotes from books I was reading. I am not doing this so much lately, but these notebooks contain a treasure of wonderful quotes to ponder.  I will create small digital collages to feature these words as a way to share some of this material with others.

Here are the first three...

 

 

 

 

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