My Drawings at Bennington Museum November 24 -December 28, 2017

I have been invited to create a work that responds to a Nicols Goddard early 19th century clock in the Bennington Museum Collection. This work will be exhibited in a group show titled "Time for the Holidays" and is for sale, a silent auction and fundraiser for the Museum. 

Bennington 15,30,45,60. Graphite on paper, each drawing 7.5" X 7.5", 2017

Bennington 15,30,45,60. Graphite on paper, each drawing 7.5" X 7.5", 2017

My artist's statement for the exhibit: 

For this set of drawings I hammered a gear similar in age and form to a component in the Nichols Goddard Clock. I placed the gear in the center of each square of paper (with graphite transfer paper in between) and struck the gear repeatedly. Each time I hit the gear with the hammer it moved. I used time as a parameter for the work; viewing these series in a clockwise direction from the upper right quadrant drawings were made in 15, 30, 45 and 60 second intervals. These time frames reference the markings on the face of the Nichols Goddard clock. While this work is silent and static as displayed, the process of making the drawings encompasses sound and movement, resonating with like qualities of the Goddard clock as it works to keep time.

Visiting artist at The Front Gallery, October 6- November 18, 2017

I am grateful to be invited to exhibit in my home town of Montpelier Vermont. thank you to the collective gallery members of "The Front" for inviting me to join you in October and November of 2017 as a visiting artist.

Entangle 14, Graphite, colored pencil and watercolor pencil on paper, 30" X 22.5", 2016

Entangle 14, Graphite, colored pencil and watercolor pencil on paper, 30" X 22.5", 2016

Metal Point and Graphite Opens at Cynthia Reeves

My exhibit opened at Cynthia Reeves with an artist's panel discussion. I am talking about my work in this exhibit joined by my talented fellow artists Anne Lindberg, Shona Macdonald and Gudrun Mertes- Frady . Exhibition closes January 28th- 
28 Main St, Walpole NH.

"Verve:Art and Energy" Opening at Kent Museum, Calais Vermont, Saturday Sept 12, 3-5 pm

Come join me and my family for this opening tomorrow at the Kent Museum, Kent Corners, Calais Vermont.  more info at http://www.kentscorner.org/art-at-the-kent.html

My prints and drawings are on display. I'm in great company with some wonderful visual artists: Ethan Bond-Watts, Galen Cheney, Marina Epstein, Brenda Garand, Paul Gruhler, John Haynes,  Maggie Neale, Mickey Meyers, Lucinda mason, Michelle Ratte, Ashley Anne Veselis. There will be Music, food, drink and good company. This is the way to spend an early fall afternoon.

 

I'm going to Ragdale artist's residency in October 2016!

Really pleased to receive news that I will be attending Radgdale Artist's Colony  , north of Chicago in Lake Forest illinois  , for 2 1/2 weeks in a bit over a year. I will be working on my drawings and animations. I hear the visual arts studios are wonderful. 

My Drawings and Prints at Kent Museum, Calais VT

Its wonderful to be part of this group show opening on Friday September 11 and up through october 4.

Please join me for the opening reception on Saturday, September 12, 3-5 pm

for more information about the artists and the poetry readings each sunday http://www.kentscorner.org/art-at-the-kent.html


"Over and Under" went beautifully

A bit over 140 people attended the performance of my installation "Over and Under" at the VCFA green. the wind was up and created challenges and beautiful moments for dancers Heather Bryce, Laura Gordon and Liz Leahy. many thanks to collaborating Choreogrphaer Heather and the dancers as well as Pat Markley who accompanied the peformance on guitar. I am absolutely looking forwar to Carlos Diaz's film on the project!

4th day of Rehearsals of "Over and Under"

The installation and choreography are coming along! Some interesting dicoveries…the dancers using the ribbon as  support-leaning back, leaning in…lots of tension…lots of force. The lines have become tighter, taughter in response. I noticed today a rythm that reminded me of the ticking of a clock, the notation of time…when two dancers moving in opposition, one towards the trunk, one away, hesitate for a moment…and then move to winding the next strut.

Please come to the one and only performance of this installation on Saturday June 20 ,5 pm. Vermont College of Fine Arts Green, Montpelier Vermont.free and open to the pubic. bring a blanket to sit on or a chair.Dancers include choreographer Heather Bryce, Liz Leahy and Laura Gordon.

 

 

laura Gordon, Liz Leahy and choreographer Heather Bryce rehearsing "Over and Under" at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Green, Montpelier , Vermont. They will be performing on June 20, 5pm at this site.

laura Gordon, Liz Leahy and choreographer Heather Bryce rehearsing "Over and Under" at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Green, Montpelier , Vermont. They will be performing on June 20, 5pm at this site.


Rehearsals for "Over and Under" have begun

I began working with Choreographer Heather Bryce and dancers Denise Townsend and Laura Gordon this morning at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. We will be on site each morning ths week (weather premitting) developing the movement sequence for my textile installation "Over and Under". Please Join us for the final performance on Saturday,  June 20, 5pm, on the green of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier Vermont (corner of west and east state streets) I am absolutely looking forward to the next week of exploration and seeing how this work develops.

Denise and Laura rehearsing "Over and Under"

Denise and Laura rehearsing "Over and Under"


Over and Under to be performed at Vermont College of Fine Arts Green Saturday June 20, 5pm

My next Installation/dance/weaving is being developed for a site on the Vermont College of Fine Arts Green. I am working with choreographer Heather Bryce, who will develop the movement sequence through which the work is constructed.

 

Rehearsals start Saturday june 13 on the green which is near the corner of West street and East state streets in Montpelier Vermont.

 

 

Invitation to performance

Invitation to performance

The Performance of "Motion-Line-Form" at Brattleboro Museum was beautiful!

I feel very fortunate to have worked with such talented collaborators Candice Salyers and Dahlia Nayar. It was truly a trascendent experience to watch them perform my textile installation. 

Their meditative state , slow, subtle movement, and focus shifted the audience's perception of time. The audience sat between the dance performance site and a busy road: on one side noise and fast moving cars on the other two women moving very very slowly  with incredible intention in bare feet. What a contrast. The dancer's managed to slow us all down despite the bustle of everyday life assering itself in the soundscape-trucks blaring country music, cars accelerating, a train pulling into town. I wish i could watch it all over again. Look at the video under "Motion-Line-Form" n teh body of my website…a 13 minute summary of what was an 1 1/2 long performance.



Rehearsals start for "Motion Line Form" this week

I set up the  ribbon struts last week in a high wind…some beautiful moments when the ribbon got away from me and sailed through the air (that will be another installation piece). Sam Kelley, exhibitions manager at the Brattleboro Museum,  helped me wrangle them back into place.  Today I'm completing the prep for starting rehearsals which means gathering the last of the materials, finishing up my rewinding devices for the ribbon and sewing various tool belts that the dancers can use to hold the ribbon. 

Tuesday morning I drive south and meet choreographers Candace Salyers and Dahlia Nayar on site at the museum to continue developing the movement sequence for the  installation. I'm excited to be working together on site after a big hiatus from the fall ( it had something to do with these long Vermont Winters!). Hoping its won't dare snow this week as far south as Brattleboro. (Performance is 4pm Saturday May 9)

Drawing the curves with ribbon on the ground and starting to place the struts along those curves.

Drawing the curves with ribbon on the ground and starting to place the struts along those curves.


Ribbon struts set and taught. ( colored ribbons will be woven by dancers as part of movement sequence)

Ribbon struts set and taught. ( colored ribbons will be woven by dancers as part of movement sequence)

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2nd Day at Yaddo

Settling into my three week residency having set up my work space. They have lent me a huge 20' X 30' studio with fantastic light. My bedroom and bath are in the same building along with a kitchen I can use. I'm in a brand new building so everything is elegant and clean and well heated. Who can ask for more? A good group of cohorts , a mix of writers  and visual artists. Dinner is held communally in the dining hall of the mansion…wood paneled walls, heavy mahogony chairs, it's all very  high victoriana.

 

Rehearsals for "Motion-Line-Form" have started for performance May 9, 2015 at Brattleboro Museum

 Working with Choreographer Candice Salyers over the weekend of September 20th, we began to explore how movement can support the construction and development of the installation "Motion-Line-Form". Choreographer Dahlia Nayar joined us on Saturday for an hour and will be continuing to work with us towards the performance of this piece on May 9th, 2015 at the Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro.

I arrived for the rehearsals with Photoshop renderings of possible forms and models. Based on our work together over the weekend the forms have shifted subtly…I am "lightening” the density of the weave on the left so that a sequence emerges moving from less dense to denser structures left to right. The dance will also move from left to right. We have been discussing ways to encourage the audience to change their point of view as the performance progresses. The work has a completely different character viewed from the "front' as compared to a side or angled view that layers the forms one upon another. We want to emphasize this shift.

We spent a good a mount of time discussing themes in the work and potential points of emphasis across disciplines. It was a really productive dialogue between Candice and Myself. Her questions helped me to articulate the goals of expressing the movement that exists within all forms….even static forms…at an atomic level. We spent time talking about the movement I've experienced as a builder and how "stable "buildings are the result of an intensive accretion of many many movements. The choreography of building is influenced by the sequence in which materials must be installed but also by the weight and dimensions of materials and the strategies for shifting materials into place.

Images below are of the form and some shots of the Choreographers testing out ideas for movement.