Friday, July 31, 2009

We Come with the Beautiful Things

Last night I attended the opening for Expanding the Walls: Making Connections between Photography, History and Community, an annual, seven-month, photography-based program that uses the James VanDerZee (1886–1983) archive—housed at The Studio Museum in Harlem—as a springboard for conversation and art-making. (click here to learn more)
Twelve young artists, one of whom was my student, have created intense and beautiful work now on exhibit. Using James VanDerZee as a point of departure, each student has pursued their own creative inquiry in black and white photography.

Monday, July 27, 2009

some red tape

hand casting continues with daughter Mimi's lovely hands.

Monday, July 13, 2009

casting continues

It's the summer of casting hands. Weather has been incredibly cooperative as we sit in the garden with hands submerged in plaster. Here Bill Westheimer is sitting patiently talking about the 3-d digitally generated clear plexi hands spinning out of his studio.

Friday, July 10, 2009

casting call

Summer invites clay work in the garden studio. This season I'm casting 100 sets of hands in preparation for a late summer wood firing.
Pictured here is a fresh pressed stoneware cast of painter/photographer Anthony Cuneo's hands. If you can lend a hand or two, give me a ring and come on over for casting. The process takes an hour or two.
I'm in Montclair, NJ

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

summer restack

Friend and fellow townie, Sharon Gill, enjoys the conversations Stacked 101 generates in front of her house. And when the stack fell last winter, after many years of life, conversations turned to conjecture over what would become of the piece. Sharon’s neighbors now have something more to talk about as I have restacked the sculpture, in reverse, to give it a new view.