“Layers of Time” opens today at Upstream Gallery, and will remain on view through July 25. Three of my pieces are part of the show, including the drawing pictured here. The exhibition title feels particularly apt, not just to my work, but to the way we’ve been moving through the past year and a half… (What is time?!)
Hastings-on-Hudson is a quick train ride or drive out of the city if you’re in New York and looking for an excursion up the Hudson Valley. I took advantage of my drive up to drop off the artwork by hiking at Blauvelt State Park that afternoon as well; it was refreshing to be surrounded by so much green! Upstream Gallery is an artist-run space; I met a couple of the members and they were very friendly and welcoming.
PaperWorks 2021: Layers of Time July 1–25, 2021 Hours: Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30-5:30pm Upstream Gallery 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Here are the details for three chances to see my work in group shows this month – one in-person in NYC, and two virtual.
Things to Fall In Love With was the earliest drawing of these three pieces, and the other two were created in 2020. You can see how the series of drawings has evolved to include more colors and layers, and even the painting seems cohesive with this body of work. Sometimes my painting and drawing processes feel almost too distinct, but here things seem to hold together.
Building on pieces like the ones below, I have been doing more experimenting lately with layering painting and drawing elements together. Acrylic paintings over colored pencil grounds, ordering new paint markers, as well as making some paintings on found patterned paper rather than a background that is hand rendered.
I was a little nervous about recording my studio tour for Bushwick Open Studios a couple weeks ago, but ended up really enjoying myself! Keeping the camera facing the artwork allowed me to simply focus on discussing what I was seeing, as if I was walking a friend through the studio. (In fact, I sort of was – friends and family were able to tune in virtually who do not live in NYC and wouldn’t have been able to attend an in-person event.)
This studio tour touches upon several key elements of my creative practice for the past year or so: intuitive composition, focus on repeated and overlapping patterns, and daily writing practice. This conversational way of moving through the studio felt helpful because it allowed me to point out connections between different processes as they arose: similar composition processes for paintings and drawings even though they look very different, looping line drawings which mirror cursive handwriting, etc.
The video tour, saved below, runs about eight minutes in length. I hope you enjoy!