we make things. so far i've spent a life making very big and very small things in the world.
now i teach young designers how to make things, but the trick is that what i really am teaching them is how to make an experience. we have such an attachment to things and our experiences.

people also see things as valuable and collect them.  but that is also part of the action that is an experience. collecting is an experience. physical things are held, stored and numbered, as are immaterial things like our memories. so i think that things are not static and are always moving since the way we experience things in the world is through our perception. and this happens ultimately with our bodies interacting with objects and places in a situation.

the origin of the word thing is interesting: meeting or assembly which suggests an action between entities. things are experiences.

Origin: thing

before 900 ad; Middle English; Old English:  orig., meeting; seething 
Ă¾ing with the meaning "assembly"

we have them forever. or we have them for transient moments. they come and go.

we horde them. sometimes, they are not solid things but moments. we keep them growing safely in our memory. perhaps we make a place for a thing by making a painting, or a song or a structure that creates a situation for assembly.  sometimes i think we make things to contain our things.  and this is the infinitesimal beauty of making things.

many of my favorite things are places or very transitional meetings of things.

i like sudden things.

handwritten stories

the arrangements and spaces between things

the thickness and thinness of a day and material in light

unexpected collaborations: 
my daughter paints with william downs to make one watercolor.
i ride a swing one of my students made out of recycled bags hung from a balcony beam.

furiously drawn lines that cannot be erased 
and also reveal themselves after many layers of paint.
they float up through the final varnish with surprise.

foucault's pendulum at the Sorbonne reminds me 
how we are always moving so fast even when standing in place.
in Atlanta, the pink tag that once told me every day to keep going, even in distress, 
continues to tell me to go in peace.
(see the lower right corner of this photograph)


studies on paper

this fall i am going to work on paper paintings, experimenting and pushing ideas that have been floating around for a while without an outlet. when i start a new painting i never have a total idea, in fact i may just have a story,  word, a line or a small brush stroke.  a painting is immediate for me. it grows, halts, stalls, flows, is scraped away, carved, erased until it is done.  missteps are embraced as a place to be lost. 

i suspect these works may provide a small gesture for larger works in 2013. 
i plan on having a many of these pieces because my hands just cannot help it. 
i suspect they will continue to become their own series on paper that can stand alone as a body of work.

square 01, square 02, and square 03 are currently on exhibit at
One Twelve Gallery.  click here for the link to the opening.

9" x 9" studies on paper (for large paintings on canvas.) 
square 01
 square 01 - close up.

square 02
square 02 - close up.

square 03 
square 03 - close up.


spaces at one twelve gallery

"spaces" at one twelve gallery:  August 10th through October 21st, 2012. T-F 11am to 4pm

"at last broke silence", click here for details
four square studies on panels. click here for details of works.

oil, acrylic and graphite studies on paper for large canvases.

"tight as cloth", click here for details. 
"variation in air pressure", click here for details. 
"beggar", click here for details. 

 opening night: music by 9 string theory

about the artists: (thanks for terry for this clip)

"Spaces is an exhibition featuring abstract landscape paintings by four Atlanta artists."
  • Artist, writer and filmmaker Loretta Paraguassu has many talents, but painting is her professed true love. Paraguassu experiments with oils, watercolors and ink to create paintings that explore the human experience and the beauty of the world around us.
  • Artist and architect Helen Ferguson Crawford uses the medium of painting to weave narratives about the places and things she observes in her daily life. Crawford often writes stories and poems to accompany her abstract landscapes – sometimes the painting inspires the writing, and other times it’s the opposite. Though the pieces may share a mood and tone, they stand on their own as independent works of art.
  • Artist Eva Magill-Oliver has always turned to nature as a source of inspiration and equilibrium. Magill-Oliver recently returned home to the U.S. after living abroad in Paris, France for several years. In her recent landscape work, Magill-Oliver explores the upheaval of a transatlantic move: “when the routine of daily life can often seem unfamiliar in a very familiar environment.”
  • Many of artist Martha Stiles’ paintings portray life on the fruit farm where she grew up. Her works often have a dreamlike quality – abstract depictions of a childhood spent exploring orchards, vineyards, woods and fields on horseback. Says Stiles, “There is a story in the painting of my experience in those places.”