April is a month of exhibits for me. My solo show “Ephemeral and Enduring” at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center features my cloudscapes and landscapes. One of my cloudscapes — Cantata for Eventide — was accepted as part of the Indiana Artists Annual Exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
The dreaded artist statement
All of this exhibiting requires not only artwork, but also words. For the solo show, I needed to write an artist statement to explain why in the world I made these massive linocuts. As a rule, I find artist statements an exercise in hyperbole where the reader feels inadequate to even be viewing the artwork.
Five of fifteen cloudscapes and landscapes create a peaceful, contemplative exhibit at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.
One of my New Year’s resolutions for my blog is to highlight artists that I enjoy — especially printmakers. February provides me with the opportunity to introduce you to James Hubbard, who will have an exhibit at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in February in Bloomington Indiana. For those of you in Bloomington, you can meet James on Friday, February 7th from 5pm until 8pm.
|James Hubbard, Mountain Contours Through Pines. Linoleum Print, 12 x 18in, 2013.
This December I have had the privilege of exhibiting my work at the IVY Tech John Waldron Arts Center’s main gallery in Bloomington, Indiana. I displayed my work according to the organizing principle of pattern. One area was for spirals, another for branching, and another for cells. Everyone has their own reasoning about why the natural world develops with such beauty, complexity and interrelatedness. No matter whether the explanation is spiritual or scientific – either way, the world is “wonderfully made”.
I do not have traditional artist credentials, so I am always on the lookout for my own milestones. I’ve been creating art seriously for nine years, but doing so with the typical demands of children and family. So my latest milestone crept up on me.
I just hung a show at the IVY Tech John Waldron Arts Center’s main gallery. A total of 28 pieces grace the walls. As I was arranging the work, I could hear the painting class across the hallway. I remembered that I too started there, with a watercolor class in the fall of 2002. I would drop off my son at preschool, rush over and learn to paint some very lumpy oranges, and then rush back for pick-up, lunch and naps. If you had told me then that I would have a show in the gallery across the hall, I would not have believed you. I get misty just thinking about it. (more…)
I haven’t posted new prints for a while, because I have been working on four at once. I am scheduled to have a show in the main gallery of the IVY Tech John Waldron Arts Center in December. After a recent visit I realized that there is a great deal of wall space! The more layers of ink that I use on each print, the longer that print takes to dry. So I’m alternating between four.
While this is very productive, I’m not finding this process has the same level of experimentation that I enjoy. So I’ve been looking for other areas of inspiration — and I’ve found them.