What’s Underfoot or Looking Down Can Be Rewarding

I will be exhibiting photographs from my “Underfoot” series at Ilume Gallerie in Dallas from June 17 – July 16, 2016. The show features a variety of subject matter from a diverse group of photographers.

Here are several from that series which focus attention on what lies beneath our feet. The streets and sidewalks everywhere show human presence in their markings and signage. Many have an abstract quality to them. Some are explicit some are not. They are always colorful.

I’ve selected a few for this pre-show peek.

Underfoot Edwards, CO

Underfoot Edwards, CO

Underfoot Dallas, TX

Underfoot Dallas, TX

Underfoot NYC

Underfoot NYC

Underfoot Boulder, CO

Underfoot Boulder, CO

Underfoot Greenville, SC

Underfoot Greenville, SC

Underfoot NYC

Underfoot NYC

The Opening Reception is Friday June 17, 6-9pm

Ilume Gallerie

4123 Cedar Springs, Suite 107

Dallas, TX 75219

www.ilumegallerie.com

Hope to see you there!

 

Mills & More

I recently spent a long weekend in Greenville, SC with good friends Bruce and Alice Schlein. I was there to attend the opening of “Surfaces and Spaces: Photography of Cecelia Feld & Bruce Schlein”, our exhibit at the Pickens County Museum, about thirty miles from Greenville.

Bruce gave us a tour of the area between Greenville and Spartenburg which was once home to a large number of thriving textile mills, now mostly in various stages of decrepitude. The remains of these large buildings make interesting photographic subjects. Some of them are experiencing new life as condominium buildings.

Bradford Mills, for example, is undergoing renovation. The finished part is now the Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) with classrooms and exhibition spaces. It is a welcome addition to the Greenville Arts scene. The rest of the mill will be condos.

Beautiful old glass and window fittings in the GCCA make the space special.

Brandon Mills-Inside GCCA

Brandon Mills-Inside GCCA

 

GCCA

GCCA

Another mill, Glendale Mills in Spartenburg, occupied a large area on the water at Glendale Shoals. The remains of one of the buildings and foundations of others give one a sense of how large this complex was.

Glendale Mills

Glendale Mills

Glendale Shoals

Glendale Shoals

Glendale Shoals

Glendale Shoals

Glendale Mills

Glendale Mills

 

Glendale Mills

Glendale Mills

Glendale Mills

Glendale Mills

So much for the Mills. Now, for the “More.”

Here are a few more of Bruce’s graffiti laden walls. As I notice and photograph markings and notations on streets and sidewalks near and far, Bruce’s discerning eye lights on walls and spaces filled with all kinds of drawings and symbols. In his photos the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but look closely at the details.

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

 Bruce Schlein

Bruce Schlein

Here are a few more of my “Underfoot” photos from the exhibit. They are a bit more minimal than Bruce’s.

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld

I hope those of you who live in the area will see the show which is up until August 20. Spend some time with cool art on a hot summer day.

 

Pickens County Museum

307 Johnson St.

Pickens, SC 29671

(864) 898-5963

www.pickenscountymuseum.org

In Plain Sight

I am thrilled to be sharing the walls of the Pickens County Museum with my good friend of many years (notice I didn’t say “old friend”) Bruce Schlein. How a guy from New Jersey and a gal from New York came to spend most of their adult life in the south is a story for another day.

We are joining forces to present an exhibit called Surfaces and Spaces: Photography of Cecelia Feld and Bruce Schlein, which shows the interest we share in documenting particular aspects of our environment. Both of us like surfaces. I like city streets (horizontal planes). Bruce goes more for walls and fences (verticals). He also has an uncanny knack and a well-honed eye for finding hidden and often forgotten spaces.

Bruce’s photos of graffiti on walls explode with color and drama. His interiors are transformed by the quality of light hitting them.

Here are a few from Bruce that will be in the show.

Bruce graffiti 1Bruce graffiti 2Bruce graffiti 3Bruce graffiti 4

Bruce graffiti 5

People and places, near and far, are my subjects. My “Underfoot” series of photos came about when I started to notice how much of our environment had signage or other markings on streets and sidewalks. Every city in every country I’ve traveled to shows this kind of human presence.

Like these.

1. Edwards,CO 0819392. Dallas,TX DSCN7382 copy a.9. Vail,CO IMG_3645

10. San Fran,CA IMG_2084

Many of the marks have an abstract quality to them. Colorful lines, shapes and squiggles are drawn or painted on neutral backgrounds. They make me stop. What do they say about who was here?

6. NYC IMG_09707. NYC IMG_3988 copy15. Dallas,TX IMG_1282 copy17. NYC IMG_399318. Dallas,TX 075359

 

 

The Opening Reception is Saturday, June 27, 1-4pm

Pickens Museum of Art & History

307 Johnson St.

Pickens, SC 29671

(864) 898-5963

The exhibit runs through August 20

Y’all come!

Sneak A Peek

I will be exhibiting collages and mixed media paintings as part of an exhibit featuring me, Alsison Jardine and Carol Ordemann at modartists gallery in Dallas.

modartists gallery (Dallas Design District), 2514 Converse, tel:214-728-9000

The exhibit opens on Saturday April 25 with a reception from 5-8pm.

My collages, assembled from collagraphs, monotypes, etchings and found paper, and mixed media acrylic paintings all deal with the nature of abstraction.

My work, whether in printmaking, painting or collage is about exploring relationships. Bits and pieces from my visual experiences bump against each other. There are references in my work to the textures, colors, lines and shapes of things in the real world. The layering or unfolding of shapes, punctuations or expanses of color or character of a line order the picture plane. The resulting abstract images often allude to natural forms.

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30x30", 2013

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30×30″, 2013

#1270 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30x30", 2013

#1270 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30×30″, 2013

#1271 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30x30", 2013

#1271 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30×30″, 2013

The relationship of visual components in my paintings and collages is similar to what happens in jazz. There are themes and variations, repetitive devices, tensions and releases, riffs, harmony and dissonance. Like a jazz piece, there is a lot of improvisation. At each step in painting or making a print I may ask myself, “what if…?”, or “why not…?”, or “how about…?”

#1280 Rational Exuberance 1, acrylic painting on paper with collage 22x30" 2013

#1280 Rational Exuberance 1, acrylic painting on paper with collage 22×30″ 2013

What if I limit my color palette, what if I work in a more minimal way or, on the other hand, what about excessive exuberance? Large or small? Paint or paper? Or both. Anything can spark an idea – something seen, heard, imagined. The results are often unexpected, and even though I may have some idea of the general direction, like jazz, there can be many twists and turns along the way.

#1282 Rational Exuberance 3, acrylic painting on paper with  collage 22x30" 2014

#1282 Rational Exuberance 3, acrylic painting on paper with collage 22×30″ 2014

 

#1283 Rational Exuberance 4, acrylic painting on paper with  collage, 30x22", 2014

#1283 Rational Exuberance 4, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 30×22″, 2014

Sometimes I assemble the collage on painted paper. The acrylic painting weaves its way in, out, and around the collage. Negative space and positive space play games with one another. There are all kinds of things to discover in this group of collages called “Rational Exuberance.” This is a case of “more is more.”

#1284 Rational Exuberance 5, acrylic painting on paper with  collage, 30x22", 2014

#1284 Rational Exuberance 5, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 30×22″, 2014

Each step, expected, or unexpected, is the impetus to continue the exploration or the journey in this painting or print or the next one. Serendipity is the hallmark of my work. I love the unpredictability of working with paint, paper, ink and plate.

 

The 12 Days of Christmas

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places. From the spring spectacle of a bazillion blooming tulips of Dallas Blooms, to the summer perennial beds bordered by annuals, through fall and the amazing Pumpkin Patch, there is something for everyone at any season. Winter tends to be less colorful, which means the lines and shapes of the huge trees can be better appreciated.

The spare landscape was enhanced this winter by the addition of twelve 25-foot Victorian gazebos depicting the 12 Days of Christmas. The original idea was suggested by Phyllis and Tom McCasland and executed by Dallas Opera production designer Tommy Bourgeous and Greg Blackburn (Dallas Stage Scenery). Two years later, here it is!

Nighttime was the perfect time to view the exhibit. The lights in the trees cast a soft glow along the paths of the garden as we wandered from #1 to #12. Music added to the charming scenes.

We got lucky, getting tickets for a night with balmy 60degree temperatures. You never know what December will bring in N.Texas.

Spectacular does not begin to describe the gazebos. The colors, the gem-like settings and the life-size costumed-figures, many with mechanical, moving parts, take your breath away.

Here they are!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

A Partridge In A Pear Tree

A Partridge In A Pear Tree

A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On the second day – Two Turtle Doves

Two Turtle Doves

Two Turtle Doves

On the third day – Three French Hens

Three French Hens

Three French Hens

On the fourth day – Four Calling Birds

Four Calling Birds

Four Calling Birds

On the fifth day –  Five Golden Rings

Five Golden Rings

Five Golden Rings

On the sixth day – Six Geese A-Laying

Six Geese A-Laying

Six Geese A-Laying

On the seventh day – Seven Swans A-Swimming

Seven Swans A-Swimming

Seven Swans A-Swimming

On the eighth day –  Eight Maids A-Milking

Eight Maids A-Milking

Eight Maids A-Milking

On the ninth day – Nine Ladies Dancing

Nine Ladies Dancing

Nine Ladies Dancing

On the tenth day – Ten Lords A-Leaping

Ten Lords A-Leaping

Ten Lords A-Leaping

On the eleventh day – Eleven Pipers Piping

Eleven Pipers Piping

Eleven Pipers Piping

On the twelfth day – Twelve Drummers Drumming

Twelve Drummers Drumming

Twelve Drummers Drumming

 

The exhibit will be up through January 4, 2015. I can’t promise snow, but I can promise you will enjoy this magical display.

Showtime at Ilume Gallerie

This body of work consists of collages on paper and mixed media acrylic paintings. I recycle parts of my monotype and collagraph original prints and photographs with found paper from various sources. The collages and paintings are non-objective; the emphasis is on the relationship of line, color, shape and texture.

Working in one medium, i.e. monotype prints, usually leads me down another path because I’m always asking myself “what if?” What if I limit my color palette, what if I work in a more minimal way or, on the other hand, how about excessive exuberance? Large or small? Paint or paper? Or both. Anything can spark an idea – something seen, heard, imagined. There are always new avenues to explore.

Looking down can be rewarding. My “Underfoot” series of photos started when I had my head down and noticed the interesting abstract pattern of street and sidewalk marks made by construction workers. We seldom pay attention to such marks but they resonated with me and I began to photograph them wherever I traveled.

Combining my prints (re-purposed etchings, monotypes, collagraphs) with found paper to create collages took my work in a different direction. Cutting up and adding the “Underfoot” photos seemed like a logical next step. Their abstract quality echoes that of the other elements in the collage.

Sometimes I assemble the collage on painted paper. The acrylic painting weaves its way in and around the collage. Negative space and positive space play games with one another. The group of collages in this exhibit called “Springtime Suite” is colorful and energetic and was inspired by a visit to the Dallas Arboretum when it was ablaze with color.

Here are the “Springtime Suite” collages in this exhibit.

#1259 Springtime Suite 1, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30"

#1259 Springtime Suite 1, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22×30″

 #1260 Springtime Suite 2, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30"

#1260 Springtime Suite 2, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22×30″

#1263 Springtime Suite 5, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 30x22"

#1263 Springtime Suite 5, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 30×22″

I love to travel and have a large collection of paper maps. Remember those? I decided to use them in my collages. Instead of cutting them up I photographed them, enlarged segments in the computer and printed them out. I cut them up and they became part of the collage series “Have Map Will Travel.”

Here are some in the exhibit.

#1272 Have Map Will Travel 4, collage, 30x22"

#1272 Have Map Will Travel 4, collage, 30×22″

#1273 Have Map Will Travel 5, collage, 30x22"

#1273 Have Map Will Travel 5, collage, 30×22″

 

The mixed media paintings are whirlwinds of line, color and texture.

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30x30"

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30×30″

 

#1270 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30x30"

#1270 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30×30″

#1271 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30x30"

#1271 Untitled mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 30×30″

 

 

The show runs through November 29 at Ilume Gallerie, Dallas, Texas.

Catch it if you can!

 

 

 

 

 

Opening In Dallas

On November 1, 2014 I will be meeting and greeting at the opening reception for my next exhibit. It’s at Ilume Gallerie on Cedar Springs near Oak Lawn in Dallas.

The exhibit consists of collages on acrylic painted paper from the “Springtime Suite” series and collages from the “Have Map Will Travel” series. I’ll also be exhibiting several mixed media acrylic paintings on panel. It’s a high-energy show with lots of color and movement in each piece – so get your groove on!

Here’s the info:  Illume Gallerie

4123 Cedar Springs, suite 107 (next to Dish restaurant)

Dallas, TX 75219

214-507-7369

Opening Reception – Saturday November 1, 2014 7-10pm

Check out one of the paintings in the exhibit.

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24x24", 2013

#1269 Untitled, mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24×24″, 2013

 

 

 

Arkansas Has Art

Nestled in the Ozarks, in the northeast corner of Arkansas, is Bentonville which I’m sure you know is where Sam Walton started Walmart all those many years ago. Bentonville’s latest claim to fame is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded and funded by Sam Walton’s daughter, Alice with a major endowment by the Walton Family Foundation. Fall- a good time to take a drive to Arkansas.

The museum, designed by Moshe Safdie, is set in a natural ravine surrounded by mature native trees, stone walls and creeks. The multi building museum straddles two ponds whose water flow comes from Town Branch Creek and Crystal Spring. Water is an integral part of the design. The materials, concrete, glass, wood and steel complement each other nicely. The natural and man-made are well integrated.

Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges

The museum’s restaurant, Eleven, has better than average food. The stunner is a curved wood ceiling that echoes the exterior metal roof.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 

Crystal Bridges-Reflections

Crystal Bridges-Reflections

 

Crystal Bridges-Roof

Crystal Bridges-Roof

Restaurant Eleven

Restaurant Eleven

The art collection, from the Colonial era to contemporary art is quite good. There are some well-known American artists, some not so well known (by me). I thought the contemporary art was quite good. Ms. Walton probably needed more mega-millions to buy enough top quality art to fill the museum.

The more than 100 acres surrounding the museum are an added treat with walking paths/trails that loop around and connect with each other for several miles.

Crystal Bridges trail

Crystal Bridges trail 

Large-scale sculpture is placed at intervals along the trails. Some like the Mark di Suvero can also be seen from one of the inside galleries, giving one a different perspective.

Mark di Suvero "Lowell's Ocean" 2005-2008 steel

Mark di Suvero “Lowell’s Ocean” 2005-2008 steel  

This welded and polished sculpture “Yield” by Roxy Paine is at one of the entrances. There is a similar piece (same series) at the Ft. Worth Modern. Here it is on a bright fall day.

Roxy Paine "Yield" 2011 stainless steel

Roxy Paine “Yield” 2011 stainless steel

Some art sneaks up on you like Robert Tannen’s “Grains of Sand.” He has placed fifteen boulders of native limestone and sandstone with aluminum numbers and ART on them along the trails. Finding all fifteen was a challenge we were not up for. We did find this one.

Robert Tannen "Grains of Sand" 2011 native stone and cast aluminum

Robert Tannen “Grains of Sand” 2011 native stone and cast aluminum

A short walk from the museum, near the town square, is another recent addition to Bentonville, the 21c. Museum Hotel. As it’s name implies, it is a combination of a contemporary (comfortable and spacious) hotel and museum. The museum has 21st century art with intriguing site specific and rotating temporary exhibits. The inside/outside areas with a lot of square feet are open to the public 24/7. You do need your room key to access the art on the upper floors. Here are a few pieces from “Outside/In: Site-specific art at 21c. Museum Hotel, Bentonville.

Chris Doyle "Unfolded" 2010-2013 wallpaper

Chris Doyle “Unfolded” 2010-2013 wallpaper

 

Serkan Ozkaya "A Sudden Gust of Wind Bentonville" 2013 metallic sheets, monofilament

Serkan Ozkaya “A Sudden Gust of Wind Bentonville” 2013 metallic sheets, monofilament 

The temporary exhibit during our stay was “Transporting Transformation: Cuba, In and Out.” The artists in this multi media exhibit deal with political, social and economic issues surrounding their identity and experiences.

At the hotel’s entrance, on the plaza, sits this 1950’s Plymouth. It’s thought provoking, to say the least. What were those people looking for?

DSC_7555

Inside is a video lounge (this hotel has everything). Currently showing is Sandra Ramos’ 3D animations.

Sandra Ramos 3D annimation

Sandra Ramos 3D animation

Carlos Garaicoa’s “El Mapo del Viajero ll”, a wall installation of pushpins and strips of paper with quotations from travel writings, draws you in to read the tiny writing. Or, you can stand back and appreciate the patterns on the wall.

Carlos Garaicoa "El Mapa del Viajero II" pushpins, strips of paper

Carlos Garaicoa “El Mapa del Viajero II” pushpins, strips of paper

Perhaps the wildest piece, made of found objects (blown glass, crystals and wigs), is “Perfect From Now On” by Amelia Biewald. Lit up at night, the shadows caught my attention.

Amelia Biewald "Perfect From Now On" 2010 13 chandeliers, blown glass, crystals, wigs

Amelia Biewald “Perfect From Now On” 2010 13 chandeliers, blown glass, crystals, wigs

Amelia Biewald "Perfect From Now On"

Amelia Biewald “Perfect From Now On” 

The “Green (color and recycled material) Penguin Flock”, the hotel’s mascots, show up in unexpected places. A whimsical touch, me thinks.

IMG_4176 21c.Museum Hotel

We came for the Crystal Bridges Museum. The 21c. Museum Hotel was a delightful surprise. Serendipity!

On Exhibit In Denver

I thought I’d give those of you who cannot get to Denver to see my current exhibit at Artwork Network a little tour of the show. I’ll mention several pieces in the exhibit.

On exhibit are collages combining my monotypes, collagraphs, photographs, and found paper. The collages are non-objective; the emphasis is on the relationship of line, color, shape and texture.

Here are a few.

#1235 Untitled photo + collage 30x22 2010

 

#1236 Untitled, photo + collage 17x24 2010

My photographs generally feature people and places close to home or far away. I celebrate people and the world in which they live, trying to capture that special moment which made me pause to take a second look.

Looking down can often be rewarding. My “Underfoot” series of photos started when I had my head down and noticed the interesting abstract pattern of street and sidewalk marks made by construction workers. We seldom pay attention to such marks but they resonated with me and I began to photograph them wherever I traveled.

I am always open to new ways to express myself as an artist. Combining my prints (re-purposed etchings, monotypes, collagraphs) with found paper to create collages took my work in a different direction. Cutting up and adding the “Underfoot” photos seemed like a logical next step. Their abstract quality echoes that of the other elements in the collage.

#1239 Untitled, photo + collage, 41.5 x 29.5 2010

 

#1241 Untitled, photo+collage 22x30, 2011

Sometimes I assemble the collage on painted paper. The acrylic painting weaves its way in and around the collage. Negative space and positive space play games with one another. The group of collages called “Springtime Suite” is very energetic with directional movement tightly controlled across or up and down. Inspiration came from a visit to the Dallas Arboretum when it was ablaze with color. 

(#1259) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 22×30, 2012

(#1260) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 22×30, 2012

(#1265) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 30×22, 2012

I love to travel and have a large collection of paper maps. Remember those? Why not use them in my collages? Instead of cutting up the actual maps I photographed them, enlarged segments in the computer and printed them out. I cut them up and they became part of the collage series “Have Map Will Travel.”

(#1267) Have Map Will Travel 2, collage, 22×30, 2013

(#1272) Have Map Will Travel 4, collage, 30×22, 2012

(#1273) Have Map Will Travel 5, collage, 30×22, 2012

Who knows what new elements will work their way into my collages? Or what new series the collages will lead to. Stay tuned!

P.S. The exhibit runs through November 29.

 

Another Opening of Another Show

On November 1, 2013 I’ll be hanging out at Artwork Network Gallery in Denver, CO for the opening reception of my next exhibit. The reception is from 5-9pm. It’s Gallery Walk night in the Santa Fe Arts District, so the streets will be jumping. Artwork Network Gallery is right in the middle of the action.

I’ll be exhibiting collages. Some combine my photographs of street markings from my Underfoot series with repurposed collagraph, monotype or etching prints, some are collages over acrylic painted paper, and some combine Underfoot photos, prints and maps which have been photographed and digitally printed. Remember maps? I have a collection of them.

Here’s the info: Artwork Network Gallery

878 Santa Fe Dr., Denver CO 80204, 303-388-7420

Opening Reception: Friday November 1, 2013  5-9pm

Join me and other artists in the area for a night of mingling among the art. I’d love to meet you.

A sneak peek at one of the pieces in the exhibit.

#1260 Springtime Suite 2, acrylic painting on paper with collage, 22x30", 2012

See another piece in the exhibit on my website’s Home Page – www.studio7310.com