I recently picked up these three drawings after the conclusion of “Darkest Before Dawn” at Ethan Cohen KuBe which was extended through the end of February. Really appreciated the pairing of these pieces with a loose gestural wall drawing that provided some warmth and high energy.
The drive to Beacon was all almost-green, everything on the verge of displaying springtime growth. The red flourishes on the wall below were part of a larger mural in the KuBe, which inhabits an old school building in Beacon, NY.
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!
Three of my meditation drawings which together reflect upon the phrase “open heart” are included in Darkest Before Dawn: Art in a Time of Uncertainty at Ethan Cohen KuBe, opening this Sunday.
Click here to schedule a visit either during the opening reception on November 1st, or throughout the duration of the exhibition. If you do visit, please let me know what you thought (comment below or send an email).
please note: admission is free; registration is required in order to ensure social distancing in the galleries
My drawing Meditation XXIII (open heart) is featured as the cover art for online literary journal Four Way Review’s summer 2020 issue! Two others are featured as part of the publication as well.
All three pieces share an all-over pattern composition and overlapping lines. For me, they serve as a reminder to see the communion in all things. I am not separate from or transcendent over other people, nor the natural world from which we all emerge. We are all beautifully/terrifyingly interdependent.