Sunday, August 7, 2011

Untitled BookBoxObject

































This piece was made under the tutelage of Kumi Korf, in her class "How to Bind Five Eggs" at the Women's Studio Workshop. Her work in traditional Japanese papermaking, bookmaking and architecture still stuns me. She even studied Japanese papermaking with Timothy Barrett. After teaching the basic form of this unfolding box, and we ran with it.

The bookboards are covered in oilstick monotypes and pages from an old massive dictionary I have from Peter's family that came in sections and is held together with wingnuts. I spend a lot of time in the A's as an autobiographical construct. There are also bits of various artpapers and some small encaustic pieces. And a bulletshell fastener. And ruined carparts. And a typewriter ball dipped in blue paint. Various found objects. The box opens and is without a top so you can look down into the piece. It's almost like a tiny Dadaist stage for unfolding strategies. Maybe that would be a good title.

Untitled BookBoxObject - collage, found objects, encaustic, and oil on bookbinder's board, 5" x 5" x 8 3/4", (late 1990s or early 2000s)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

After Usuyuki (small works on paper), 2008 - 2009







The two pieces above were the first After Usuyuki pieces I made, one being used at the cover for my second book of poetry.

After Usuyuki (2) - oil, pencil, and encaustic monotype on black drawing paper, 9" x 12", 2008



After Usuyuki (2 - but only 1 photo) - oil, pencil, and encaustic monotype on black Stonehenge paper, 11 1/2" x 15", 2008. The other piece this size was a gift to my friend and collaborator Scott Helmes.










After Usuyuki (4) - oil, pencil, ink, charcoal, chalk pastel, and encaustic monotype on Fabriano Rosapina paper, 10" x 14", 2008









After Usuyuki (4) - oil, pencil, ink, charcoal, and encaustic monotype on Rives lightweight paper, 10" x 13", 2008






(detail of above image)





After Usuyuki (4) - oil, pencil, ink, charcoal, and encaustic monotype on Stonehenge grey paper, 11 1/2" x 15", 2009









After Usuyuki (4) - oil, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel and encaustic monotype on Rives de lin paper, 11 1/2" x 15", 2009





After Usuyuki (2) - oil, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel and encaustic monotype on kitakata paper, 17" x 20 1/2", 2009

"Usuyuki" translates in Japanese to a very poetic "thin fall of snow." It's also the title of some pieces by Jasper Johns that use a particular "crosshatch" pattern (appropriated from a detail in a bedspread in an Edvard Munch painting). I couldn't apprehend the pattern, so I set out to repeat it in this work until I could, and then I kept going. In some ways, these pieces were a re-working/re-writing of I-Formation.