The Haiku Project

In a previous blog, “S” Is For Suminagashi, I described suminagashi as follows:

“Suminagashi is a Japanese marbling technique using special pigment inks. These inks are gently tapped on the surface of water in a tray with fine brushes. The movement of the water and my intervention moves the inks around creating swirls and ripples. The inks are intense but they appear pale and indistinct floating on the water. The magic occurs when the paper is laid on the water and lifted off. The marbled pattern appears!”

Suminagashi literally means “ink-floating.”

I wrote about how I used the marbled paper I made as the basis for collage, recycling pieces of prints (mine) and found paper to create a design where line, shape, color and texture work in tandem with the ebb and flow of the marbling, moving with it and against it across the paper.

I  wanted to do a project using haiku poetry in my work. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry traditionally comprised of seventeen syllables in un-rhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables. Contemporary poets change that up a little using different numbers of syllables.. Haiku poems typically evoke an impression or feeling having to do with nature. Again, contemporary versions may stray from this strict definition and turn inward to express something more personal.

I took me a while to realize that combining a haiku with collage on suminagashi marbled paper was what I was looking for. And so, the Haiku Project was born. I reached out to you, my readers, requesting original haikus. You write the poem, I’ll use it in my art and credit you by using your first name in the title i.e. “Brad’s Haiku.” You responded, generously, sending me beautiful poems.

The collage is built in layers beginning with the marbled paper.

Brad’s Haiku

Next, I write the haiku using stencils with pencil and pastels in a pattern of movement that complements the flow of the marbling.

Dave’s Haiku

 

The cut paper collage elements are next. Here is a detail at that stage.

Dave’s Haiku-detail

Last, the cut out letters (from print scraps) are overlaid on the previously stenciled letters. Still with me? A completed collage looks like this.

Dave’s Haiku

Here are the words for “Brad’s Haiku”, cut from print scraps, which will be the final layer in the collage. Yes, it takes good eyes and steady hands to cut and glue them.

Brad’s Haiku

 

Here is “Brad’s Haiku” with stenciled letters and collage.

Brad’s Haiku

Here is the completed “Brad’s Haiku.”

Brad’s Haiku

And a detail.

Brad’s Haiku-detail

Here is the completed “Marla’s Haiku.”

Marla’s Haiku

My work table!

Work Table

Work Table

Here are the haiku poems in the collages.

“Dave’s Haiku”

winter vacancy

unnoticed till filled by a

red-winged blackbird trill

 

“Brad’s Haiku”

cold dark hotel room

in the middle of Charlotte

wishing I were home

 

“Marla’s Haiku”

darkness in daytime fire

spews round the blackened orb

shining sun returns

For me, it’s poetry in motion. Let me know what you think or feel and do send a haiku if you haven’t already.

To be continued.

 

 

Close Encounters

The difference between an “encounter” and a “close encounter” may be subtle. For me, a close encounter usually means either feeling like I’m part of the scene or being closer to the person, place or thing, maybe getting ready to chat with someone.

Pushkar Fair, India

Sometimes close, but just observing.

Pushkar Fair, India

India

Prom Night, Dallas

Sometimes really close, but no chatting!

India

Being close to or part of the action can be scary, like crossing a street in Hanoi.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Or it can take me by surprise and make me chuckle.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Norway

When the light is just right and I am close to something inside or outside there is a moment in time when something special happens.

Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

E. Grieg’s House, Norway

Daisnibba Mountain, Norway

Getting close makes me more aware of shapes, textures and colors.

Sedona, AZ

Breckenridge, CO

Norway

Marfa, TX

Gate, Eldorado Springs, CO

Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

Dallas, TX

Art, especially sculpture, can alter one’s perception the closer one gets. Size and scale change. Color perception changes.

Ivan Navarro

Buddha-Lin Yonggang

Juan Fontanive

Roni Horn

Infinity Mirror Room, Yayoi Kusama

I can be inside, close to a window, and get a sense of what’s outside.

Bergen, Norway

Or, I can move close to something outside that is striking in its own right.

Loen, Norway

Iceland

Sometimes there’s a barrier, so almost close is close enough.

Norway

Here are the Close Encounters photos you sent me.

Bruce Schlein

Daniel Feld-Banff

Diane deMoye

Marla Shainman – Martinique

Thank you for sharing. I hope you continue to look “closely.”

Heart to Heart

 

“S Is For Suminagashi

 

I have been working on a series on paper combining Suminagashi marbling and collage. Suminagashi is a Japanese marbling technique using special pigment inks. These inks are gently tapped on the surface of water in a tray with fine brushes. The movement of the water and my intervention moves the inks around creating swirls and ripples. The inks are intense but they appear pale and indistinct floating on the water. The magic occurs when the paper is laid on the water and lifted off. The marbled pattern appears!

I’ve often said I love the unpredictability of printmaking. Suminagashi marbling takes unpredictability to a whole new level.

The collage elements are applied to the dried marbled paper. Like all of my collages there is a combination of my recycled prints and found paper. The colors, shapes and design of the collage work in tandem with the marbling.

To give you an idea of the process from start to finish here is what the marbled paper looks like.

Suminagashi Suite 2 marbled paper

Little by little, collage elements are applied.

Suminagashi Suite 2 in progress

The finished piece!

Suminagashi Suite 2, marbled paper with collage 22×30″ 2017-18

Here is another sequence.

Suminagashi Suite 4 marbled paper

Suminagashi Suite 4 in progress

Suminagashi Suite 4, marbled paper with collage 22×30″ 2017-18

Here are several other finished collages.

Suminagashi Suite 3, marbled paper with collage 22×30″ 2017-18

Suminagashi Suite 5, marbled paper with collage 30×22″ 2017-18

Suminagashi Suite 7, marbled paper with collage 30×22″ 2017-18

To be continued!

Structures

Buildings. We live in them, store things in them, restore them, ignore them and abandon them.

The ancient world builders constructed huge complexes; so, too, today’s builders.

Ephesus, Turkey

 

One Arts Plaza, Dallas

There are simple country houses and extensive, unusual housing structures.

Ravenna, TX

Bruce Schlein Old Mill

Toftaholm-Edward Grieg’s Studio

Cappadocia, Turkey

There are buildings with elaborate facades.

Prague

Alwyn Court, NYC

There are buildings past their prime but still in use, others forgotten, abandoned.

Hill Country, TX

Round Top, TX

Prague

Glendale Mills, South Carolina

Texas

Houses of worship, like residences, come in all shapes, sizes and materials.

Lutheran Church, Reykjavik, Iceland

Church, Iceland

Loen, Norway

Stave Church, Norway

Details say a lot about a building. What is it made of? How “important” is it?

Greenville, SC

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland

Silo, Sherman, TX

Newport, OR

Museums have mostly similar purposes regardless of their design, but oh how they differ in size, shape and materials.

The Modern, Fort Worth,TX

Whitney Museum, NYC

Bridges, too. Made of stone, metal, wood or cement. All structures, all different.

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas, TX

Manhatten Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Portland, OR

Astoria, OR

And….a building with added pizazz just has to be included!

Thank you for sending your photos with STRUCTURES. Here they are! What variety!

Daniel Feld-Notre Dame

Moses Hoskins-Guggenheim Museum NYC

Rochelle Jaye-John S. Burd Ctr. for Performing Arts, Gainsville, GA

Philip Goodman

Stan Feld-Joel Shapiro

Bruce Schlein Old Mill

Marla Shaman

Robert Weitz-Guggenheim Bilbao

Next up – “Close Encounters.” What happens when you move closer to your subject? What changes? What do you see that’s different? Send me your best shots by April 3 ( no larger than 1MB).

How We Live – Eat, Play, Shop

Part 3: Shop

I admit it. I love to shop. That said I don’t always buy things. I am more apt to window shop. It’s a visual thing! Of course, depending on the day or mood, outdoor displays or intriguing windows will entice me and in I go. Who knows what treasures await me?

Display is everything. Inside or outside, it’s what grabs us.

Kansas

Alaska

Triana Market, Seville

Minturn, CO

Take a peek before you shop. There’s no charge for looking.

Boulder, CO

Boulder, CO

Budapest

Seville

Seville

Vail, CO

There are old things, new things and things on sale.

Julian, CA

Carbondale, CO

Honey Grove, TX

San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Minturn, Co

Beaver Creek, CO

There are stately emporiums of style or casual displays of local ware all over the world.

Ljubjliana, Slovenia

Budapest

India

Sagres, Portugal

Shopping can mean sensory overload. How DO you decide?

Boulder

The Quilted Purl, Georgetown, CO

The setting is often the start of a great shopping adventure.

Redstone, Co

Minturn, Co

Asilah, Morocco

San Francisco

I am drawn to food halls and farmers’ markets for their ambiance as well as the discovery of some special food item or ingredient. Sometimes the people are more interesting than the food.

Budapest

Farmer’s Market, Boulder

Farmer’s Market, Dallas

And, at the end of a tiring shopping day, whether I’ve gone “window shopping” or maxed out my credit card, there’s always that special rest stop just down the road for re-fueling and thinking about tomorrow.

Alaska

Thanks to everyone who sent their “SHOP” photos. Here they are. From around the globe!

Robert Weitz-Mallin, Buenos Aires

Robert Weitz-GUM Moscow

Bruce Schlein-Mall

Bruce Schlein-Mall

Daniel Feld-Galleries Lafayette

Moses Hoskins-Cairo

Moses Hoskins-Mumbai

Stan Feld-Julian, CA

Stan Feld-Julian, CA

Next time – let’s look at STRUCTURES and focus on the “built” or man made, the architecture of a place or culture. What do these spaces say about us? Look at interiors or exteriors, patterns, textures and colors.

Send me your best shots (identify what or where, if possible) by February 6, 2018 as attachments, no larger than 1 MG.  

STOP, LOOK, SHOOT!

How We Live – Eat, Play, Shop

Part 2: PLAY

Who plays? What kind of play? With whom? Where? What is played?

The word PLAY can call to mind any or all of the above. Here’s a little of my own exploration of the word.

Amusement parks entice with games of chance, rides and fun houses for young and old.

San Francisco, CA

State Fair of Texas, Dallas

State Fair of Texas

Adult play in casinos.

Choctaw Casino, OK

All together now! Group play experience. Did they all drink the Cool-Aid?

James Turrell, Guggenheim Museum, NY

Playing music – solo or group. On the street, at a market, near water, in a plaza or train station. We share the musicians’ enthusiasm as we pause to listen.

Barcelona, Spain

Before The Game, Boulder, CO

On The Bridge, Prague

San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Greetings from Nova Scotia

New York City

Music at the Met, NY

Lunchtime Serenade Chelsea, NY

Leader of the Band, Zagreb, Croatia

Portland, OR

Here’s playing with some serious concentration.

Concentrating on the Game, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Concentrating on the Game, Turkey

Here’s more work than play for one, more play for the other (waiting).

Rodeo Cowgirl, CO

Rodeo Gal, Colorado

There’s quiet play and taking a break from play.

Oregon Coast

Georgetown, CO

Kids! They know how to PLAY. Anytime, anywhere. Big kids, too!

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway

Richard Serra, Ft. Worth Modern

On The Roof At The Met, NY

Jane’s Carousel, NYC

Kids and Carousel, Zagreb, Croatia

What Do You See? Beaver Creek, CO

Aspen, CO

Thank you for sending your PLAY photos. Here they are!

Bruce Schlein

Barbara Moses – Israeli Soldiers Dancing

Ginger Mynat

Marla Shaman

Next time – How We Live Part 3: SHOP. In all its manifestations.

Send me your best shots as attachments, no larger than 1MB by December 27, 2017. Stop, look, shoot!

 

In Case You Missed It

The exhibit “Contemporary Collage” opened at the Lincoln Center Art Gallery in Fort Collins, CO on November 10th and included six of my collages.

For this exhibit I selected a group of collages from the series “Have Map Will Travel.” They deal with the kinds of relationships all my work addresses, color, shape, line and texture. I construct the collages on paper using my recycled prints (monotypes, collagraphs, etchings), photos (mine) and found paper.

In this ongoing series I add sections of maps, which I have photographed (I can’t bear to cut up old maps) and printed. The map shapes may or may not denote places where I have traveled. They help lead the eye in and around the collage.

Here are my collages and the gallery information.

Have Map Will Travel 2, collage, 22×30″

Have Map Will Travel 3, collage 22×30″

Have Map Will Travel 4, collage 30×22″

Have Map Will Travel 5, collage 30×22″

Have Map Will Travel 8, collage 24×20″

Have Map Will Travel 9, collage 24×20″

Contemporary Collage

November 10, 2017 – January 9, 2018

Reception: November 10 from 6-8 PM

Gallery hours: Tues – Sat, 12 – 6 PM

Lctix.com/exhibitions

Giustina Renzoni, (970) 416-2737

If you live near Fort Collins I hope you stop by to see the show which ends on January 9, 2018. Viewing art is always in season!

How We Live-Eat, Play, Shop

Life. I decided to explore three aspects of How We Live that consume so much of our time.

Here is Part 1: EAT

Where do we eat? We eat outdoors, in the summer in the mountains, where music and rodeos abound.

Avon, CO

Beaver Creek, CO rodeo

At a sidewalk cafe with friends (the four legged ones, too).

Calafate, Argintina

Austin, TX

Sometimes, alone.

Astoria, OR

Inside, outside.

Punta Arenas, Chile

Minturn, CO

Eagle, CO

Minturn, CO

If the outside is this good, the food must be, too. We hope!

Portland, OR

Newport, OR

Here’s the important part. What do we eat? Grab and go?

Oklahoma

Budapest

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Minturn Market, CO

Vail, CO

Sometimes it’s buried and slow cooked, then revealed bit by bit.

Chiloe, Chile

Often, it’s of the “Life is short, eat dessert first” variety.

Aspen, CO

Libations, too!

Steamboat, Springs, CO

Here are YOUR photos for EAT. Thanks for participating. It’s enlightening to see what catches your eye.

Moses Hoskins – NYC

Bruce Schlein – NYC

Marla Shaman – Dubai

Robert Weitz – Buenos Aires

Stan Feld – Alaska

Next up: How We Live Part 2: PLAY.

Send me your best shots as email attachments no larger than 1MB by November 16, 2017. Color, black/white, altered, camera, phone. Anything goes!

Le’s be PLAYful!

 

 

Come To The Bath House

I will have several collages in an exhibit called “The Essential Nature” at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. It opens with a reception on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 7-9PM. The Bath House Cultural Center is at White Rock Lake, a delightful place to be on a balmy late summer evening.

The collages are from the “Have Map Will Travel” series. They combine pieces of my etchings, monotype and collagraph prints (recycled) and all kinds of found paper. Maps are there, too. The emphasis is on spatial, shape and color relationships. The story is your story.

Here is a sneak preview of the collages. Come see the real thing. I hope you can join me and a terrific group of artists showing a variety of work at the end of summer, almost fall.

Have Map Will Travel 8, collage, 24×20, 2015

Have Map Will Travel 9, collage, 24×20, 2015

Exhibit Information

The Essential Nature
The Bath House Cultural Center
521 E. Lawther Dr.
Dallas, TX 75218

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 2, 2017  7-9PM
Exhibit runs through September 30

Art-Fashion-Technology

I recently saw a fabulous exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” is magical. This young Dutch designer marries art and science to exquisite effect. Her work made me look long and hard and think a lot about what fashion is all about, what the possibilities are.

Ms. Van Heren is inspired by art, architecture, science and technology. She describes each collection in terms of its influences. Is this “wearable art?” Maybe. The creations cover or encase the body and in fact, are presented in runway fashion shows, although I can’t imagine anyone walking in the shoes shown in the exhibit. A video shows they can! She utilizes traditional handwork (still) but also incorporates materials made with a 3-D printer, materials not associated with garment construction. The results are “other-worldly” and mesmerizing. There is a notable absence of color, which places greater emphasis on structure.

Sometimes she collaborates with other artists such as the architect Daniel Widrig and Jolan van der Wiel (shoes).

The Refinery Smoke collection (2008) utilized thin gauge woven metal to create a giant pouf.

Refinery Smoke collection

The Crystallization collection (2010) incorporated 3-D materials for the first time.

Crystallization collection

Crystallization collection

The Escapism collection (2011) combined handwork and 3-D printing, creating a lace-like garment without needle and thread.

Escapism collection

The Capriole collection (2011) has acrylic sheets wrapping around the body or prominent spikes.

 

Capriole collection

 

Capriole collection

The Chemical Crows collection (2008) was made entirely by hand, including fan-like shapes from umbrella ribs.

Chemical Crows collection

Chemical Crows collection

The Radiation Invasion collection (2009) looked to science and its relation to the body for inspiration.

Radiation Invasion collection

The Synethesia collection (2010) took science as its starting point.

Synethesia collection

The Magnetic Motion collection (2014) was made in collaboration with Philip Beesley and combined 3-D printing with handwork.

Here are the shoes!

 

The exhibit will continue on to Cincinnati, Phoenix and Toronto. Run, do not walk, to this exhibit!