Monday, December 13, 2010

musing in the studio

2010/11 towards studio practice resolutions
Agents of meditation and healing
Expressive power of the human body
Nature/organic vitality
Biotic quality
Metamorphosis and mutability
Change/transformation
Seeming contradictions of life/death growth/decay destruction/regeneration
Human and natural things – larger metaphors for cycles of life
Pieced marked fragmented bodies
Biological and culturally inscribed personas of identification

Traps

Book / loom / the odyssey - making and unmaking to save yourself - Penelope at her loom
Sewing things - trapping and pinning things down

As I push forward...I look back
new reflections/ new projects

Leading a life of empathy
Lots of figurative painters sculptors stress victimization in their work – I don’t
Transformative and regenerating power of life – plant-generating…doppelgangers
Lead to phantom limbs/lives
Mystery and discovery of childhood books, birds, tree’s rivers, cliffs, (bluffs Illinois)
Around the bend and hills of Exeter
My rhythm and solaces
Apportions in the woods.
A lot of my reflections are unconscious looking back at memories
As I have gotten older my work becomes less and less rational and even more emotional and empirical
I interested in the object ness of even 2d things. I want my experiences to be tangible – for the viewer and me
If I show work that I think is fantastic and it shows and explains certain things about struggle to others than its all good – but the second I make things for pleasure, its about ego, and this causes problems in my studio practice and exhibitions.
I think expression is fatal – crucial – self-rewarding
I’m figuring out the past by working today – traveling behind things
I equate problems or loss of control with fragmentation – hence collage, ripping, binding, sorting etc.


Evoking the presence and absence of the figure and emotions tied to it
Crevices, soft nests and gatherings
Branches, collections, bottling, long warm limbs of thermal underwear.
Blankets and pillows.
Roots – dirt and dust
Tomato plants in milk cartons
Zippers on clothing, construction panels. – Shelves and red poinsettias.

Not casually accepts definitions from outside my web.
Junk collecting and 3 legged dogs – scarecrows and collections of things
Tattered – the pluck of survivors – bandages and wrapping jury-rigged and judged.
Clothing layers and shells
I sing in the tenor range – my voice in artworks cracks and breaks more.
Non-rigid materials bending – trees moving – moved - wind rigid
Fossil unburied – ceramic brittle – moving cancer in throats and opening
The body likes a coffin.

Certain literary works – the love song of J. Alfred, - ballad of the sad café
I believe in reparations and mutability. I believe all the great questions aren’t easily answered.
Don’t avoid negativity – recognize it – Death has really taught me more than anything.
I don’t really privilege style or materials – except from memories, nostalgia I equate with trivia unless it’s distilled through me

I’m interested in what survival means – how did I survive? The whole one –legged dog
Its emotions not events that shudder the senses

And its pluck?

I like the fragility of paper resistance- folding, tearing. I find it in human interaction Screening, whispering, insisting…I love arranging chaos – I love being disoriented. temperamento...sanguineo...melancoico...colerico....flemetico
tree skeleton button collectors
la noche de mimal
ya no puede bebir sin tu amor
the river of the crying moon
dust and earth
tied and connected
counted and left
Sewing thin lines multiple piles and lain.discarded.refused.
cracked mirrors and webs ...espejo obscuro
the function of freedom is to free someone else(toni morrison?)
Does artwork free us from isolation or does the viewer?¿?
Can the truth of my experience be told with only my voice¿
How was I interested in the world when I was younger - tea ceremony and washing dishes at the golden temple.
The image of hands draws attention to the idea of desire
The dreaming mind
"When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it found"

You had me at
¨That is the mother that cries frozen cold tear for todos personas¨
Flowers = art = passing stories and lives = beauty
Guarding protecting – go looking – journey.breathe..Art looking at me.

Emotional and Psychological pain- needles are used to repair damage and tears –
They aren’t aggressive- they bind.
I’m not so interested in fear – really interested in hope.
I’m not a zombie – I like life – I think considering the nature of human suffering/life super important.
I carry my feelings in my body – almost all of my work uses or references the body. Beds, urns, parts, milagros, ex-votos, limbs
The things I found mysterious as a child still absorb my interests – as I get older I’m interested in the things I’ve always been compelled by – birds, trees, faces, eyes, hands, (longevity of reflection as journey)



The one who mends what falls apart
Bones and sympathy
Secreta rafs
Horosopic old iron
Bottle and black teeth
Shads and fangs
Nasturtiums
Birds calling tree skeltons
Vampira diamantes
Black mirror
Button
Enorme distancia
La noche de mimal
Ya no puedo bebir sin tu amor
Chocolate seeds
Llegando a ti
Me voy
Its emotions not events that shudder the viewer
Truque de suenos
El destino
Trozos de una carta

Te pareces tanto a mi
You look a lot like me
We as strangers
And soujourners
Our days are shadows
And there is none abiding
Bodies thin skinned
Parcels leaking picks
Fall into graves
Kick up your dirt
Things we keep close to our bodies
Answer cancer
Shrug in my heart
Tiny flashing stars
Vessels on walls/limbs on walls

Monday, November 8, 2010

traps

book / loom / the odyssey - making and unmaking to save yourself - Penelope at her loom
sewing things - trapping and pinning things down

as I push forward...I look back

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Book arts Conference Alabama Center for the Book Tuscaloosa





Had a great time with all my peeps at the Alabama Center for the Book arts conference 2010 in held by Steve Miller and all the great folks at the MFA Book Arts Program in Tuscaloosa

Thursday, November 4, 2010

great time with Larry Lou Foster demo at UAB





Had a great time with Larry Louise Foster and Mary Ann Sampson last night - Larry gave a great demo to my class about box construction and applying paste papers and book cloth to boxes and many many different ways to hinge. She also talked about her paste papers and showed us a really cool gussett and we toured the book arts exhibition up at the UAB library.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

new reflections/ new projects

A lot of my reflections are unconscious looking back at memories
As I have gotten older my work becomes less and less rational and even more emotional and empirical
I interested in the objectness of even 2d things. I want my experiences to be tangible – for me and the viewer
If I show work that I think is fantastic and it shows and explains certain things about struggle to others than its all good – but the second I make things for pleasure, its about ego, and this causes problems in my studio practice and exhibitions.
I think expression is fatal – crucial – self-rewarding
I’m figuring out the past by working today – traveling behind things
I equate problems or loss of control with fragmentation – hence collage, ripping, binding, sorting etc.
Emotional and Psychological pain- needles are used to repair damage and tears –
They aren’t aggressive- they bind.

I’m not so interested in fear – really interested in hope.
I’m not a zombie – I like life – I think considering the nature of human suffering/life super important.

I carry my feelings in my body – almost all of my work uses or references the body. beds, urns, parts, milagros, ex-votos,limbs
The things I found mysterious as a child still absorb my interests – as I get older I’m interested in the things I’ve always been compelled by – birds, trees, faces, eyes, hands, (longevity of reflection as journey)
Certain literary works – the love song of J. Alfred, - ballad of the sad café
I believe in reparations and mutability. I believe all the great questions aren’t easily answered.
Don’t avoid negativity – recognize it – Death has really taught me more than anything.
I don’t really privilege style or materials – except from memories, nostalgia I equate with trivia unless its distilled through me

I’m interested in what survival means – how did I survive? The whole one –legged dog
And its pluck?

I like the fragility of paper resistance- folding, tearing. I find it in human interaction
Screaing, whispering, insisting…I love arranging chaos – I love being disoriented.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

tokyo show


so my show with D2 went pretty well and everything seems great - looking forward to seeing more pictures!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oaxaca >Mexico 2010 summer




the one who mends what falls apart
a horoscopic secret
bottles and shades of yellow nasturtiums
muddy black teeth
bird calls Xandu in San Augustin de las juntas
sympathy and old iron
temperamento...sanguineo...melancoico...colerico....flemetico
tree skeleton button collectors
la noche de mimal
ya no puede bebir sin tu amor
the river of the crying moon
dust and earth
tied and connected
counted and left
volver volver
path of thorns
carino llegando a ti
me voy
nos vemos
its emotions not events that shudder the senses
distill, improve, learn, grow

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Uno mas de Puebla



Large black birds in pantheon near cholula
deaf-blind caretaker and parents grave
empty coffe cans
san sebastian and flechas con mucho sangre y cosas de mi vida
more more more octagonal shapes - everywhere y los timbre tambien

you had me at
¨that is the mother that cries frozen cold tear for todos personas¨
flowers = art = passing stories and lives = beauty
maravilloso
paraiso
baby mummies 2 norte
further 2 norte - libros, papel basuras y mas (just above el parian head way out)
why do bikini brief wearing german tourists follow chris lawson and I?¿
Virrey =adan y roberto
mi culpa no importa
snake dick bird head butterflies y calaveras
sewing thin lines multiple piles and lain.discarded.refused.
cracked mirrors and webs ...espejo obscuro

cortar papeles con palabras obras de mi vida black with shadows
beds, arms, xxx cinemas, amate, white beans

Monday, May 10, 2010

puebla mexico 2010 mas mas mas


locura locura - mattress makers and rob zombie- locura
paper and fibers and cutting till my hands hurt
iron workers smirky friends
ferro
quilting and craziness adding threads, circulatory systems and encapsulation
i broke my digital camera today and had to take it apart
and reassemble it - no lens guard now. que buena
cuetzalan was great*picturesque* if you are a tourist
have only seen 3 tourists so far
days are flying!
still a vegan this trip
will end soon cause its puebla and its al pastor
dust lines laying

Monday, April 12, 2010

Flannery's house


can't stop thinking about the desk/armoire/spaces
in creative/sleep/windows/inward/outward

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

the moravian sisters of Herrnhut





www.moravianchurcharchives.org

lots of information here about the paste papers - really free/finger/ornament/goodness

Recollected books




wow - what a great book store in Jacksonville Alabama - thanks John!
bought some great old bird and anatomy books, old bill and letter boxes, and a fantastic old
scientific home method book with dore like illustrations!

Larry Lou Foster / Mary Ann Sampson paste paper

In Jacksonville Alabama this weekend making paste papers with Larry Lou Foster and Mary Ann Sampson - its been great hanging out with everyone and having time to make stuff - really into the idea of select spotting pulled papers - want to make some thicker paste to try and idea kind of like daubing with snow like globs? Really want to make some coral/vein like pulls of things - we are using a combination of wheat paste and pva which / drys a lot faster! Doing some screen and transfer stuff etc. I use paste papers mostly for case binding and some tapes and portfolios.....would like to do some chitsu covers and experiment with using some gelatin printing with paste paper techniques. I really like the historical tradition of paste papers - both as endpapers and covers.







Monday, January 18, 2010

Forstall Three Hard Cover Books Class


In this class students will explore the architectural possibilities of book forms. Students will use formats designed by Doug for connecting, weaving, folding and sewing forms. Students interested in establishing narratives should utilize appropriate papers / objects for book blocks and pages. The class will explore formal ideas of special design and narratives and will be provided with numerous possibilities for intriguing book structures. Niches and Windows / Drawers will be discussed. Adhesive, Sewn and Non-Adhesive bindings will be utilized. This is a construction class - we won’t be painting . . . much.

Call 205.870.0480 to register
Forstall is located in Birmingham Alabama at 402 Palisades Blvd.

Email doug at machinewithnoname@hotmail.com with questions or contact forstall!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

litho printing fabric, dying, draping







working on a constructing a sculptural piece for an upcoming performance (hopefully with Louisiana artist Renee Cheveallier - based on an altar in Mexico I saw couple years ago - it was a soledad shrine - there were lots of fabric, heart milagros, rags, and pencils - I'm going to attach old pencils like arrows piercing this costume, and have some black needles and thread coming out - all these images were paper lithographs printed on old Carraway Hospital pillowcases - its the mercy hospital in Birmingham - dyed with walnut hull dye, and some india inks - probably going to sew to a form and I'm not the best at constructing clothing

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Years Eve pix petting zoo etc!





For some reason this is the only pix I could find of my latest visit to Mary Ann Sampson studio - She and Randy Arnold threw a small secret Birthday Party for the book artist Amy LeePard and I was lucky enough to get to come and meet and greet. Randy showed us his newest bone folders (on etsy!) and we all had a great time talking book arts and making plans!

Randy told Amy they were going to a Petting Zoo!