Abstract Thoughts

image via Art In Res (art by moi)

Artist-curator Mel Reese included my drawing let there be warmth, let there be light in this edition of Art In Res’ Weekly Curation, Abstract Thoughts. She writes,

“The beauty… is in the imperfection, the moments when we can spot the hand of the artist in the perpetual loop.”

This drawing is available for sale via Art In Res, which allows you to pay in monthly installments if desired. I will contribute 50% of my proceeds from the sale of this piece to Brooklyn Defender Services.

catalogue: Visual Thinking – International Juried Drawing Exhibition

Click the button below to view a PDF of the catalogue put together by the Thinking Through Drawing Research Network. This is my first time being included in an exhibition catalogue! See p. 43 for my drawing, Meditation XIX (the return of the repressed) – after Louise Bourgeois. As I wasn’t able to visit in-person, it’s been nice to be able to look through all of the drawings and get an idea of the exhibition as a whole.

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Meditation as Visual Thinking

This drawing is 19th in a series of textual meditations I’ve been making since 2014, and was selected to be part of the exhibition Visual Thinking at the Ronald L. Barr Gallery at Indiana University Southeast. Methodical and meditative, these drawings have proven a constant over the past five years, and I imagine will continue to be so in the years to come.

I first saw this phrase of Louise Bourgeois’ in an exhibition at MoMA which include, among many books, paintings, and sculptures spanning her career, the fabric book Ode à l’oubli. (Here‘s a photo of her piece in the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait.) Her prolific body of work fascinated me, and her mantra offers hope that I too might return to openness from areas of repression.

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pattern studies

For the next couple of months, a set of my recent drawings is on display at Herron in Indianapolis. (They will rotate partway through the semester, so if you’re in town you can stop by again near the end of the semester to see a different set!)

untitled studies, ink on paper, dimensions variable, 2016-2018
photo: Kelsey Blacklock

Patterns continue to intrigue me both as tools for learning and an analogue to spiritual practices. Whether written or drawn, the daily ritual of mark-making creates patterns which lay the groundwork for further intuitive exploration, and build a visual record of time spent.