Friday, May 01, 2009

end of a long week

We spent yesterday doing errands and and came home with a thick stack of forms that have to be filled out and returned to their respective locations. We have our weekend cut out for us! We had to go to Newark to take care of some business so we parked at the museum and after all the business errands we treated ourselves to an hour or so of ART!! There is a wonderful exhibit called: Unbounded:New Art for a New Century. My favorite section was called Mixed Messages -- if you read the description, you'll understand why. The exhibit included work by Martin Puryear (at left) a woodblock print by Willie Cole, and paintings by Wosene Worke Kosrof, whose work captivated me enough to buy a book. There was much more, too - including a couple of quilts; one of which I thought was a poor choice because it was a pretty ordinary string quilt made by someone who used to own a fabric store. The quilt included a lot of African fabrics - which does not make it art. But the decorative arts curator at the museum happens to like traditional quilts. Last night I was up fairly late putting the facing onto this now-stitched piece which still does not have a name I am happy with -- although some of you have given me an interesting perspective of what you see. Would like to hear from the rest of you who were too reticent to say.I also started attaching a facing to another piece that has been sitting here for months, so I feel that I am making progress. Sleeves are another matter. Speaking of quilts, I have to remember to send out X-Post Facto, which will be in an exhibit at the Columbus, OH Cultural Arts Center from May 18-June 20. If you are in the area, go see the exhibit, which promises to be top-notch. I wish I could be there but I have another commitment. In the meantime, it must have rained last night because my postage stamp garden in the front of the house is looking pretty lush this morning. Signs of hope. After I post, it's back to filling out forms, going to the supermarket, and visiting my mother. Will there be time today for art?

15 comments:

Sherryl said...

When I looked at this piece it reminded me of the woods in back of your house. It really pulls you in. How about "Lost in the Woods"> Pretty mundane for a title but descriptive.

Anonymous said...

When I look at this , I see a "Spring Thaw" taking place. Snow melting adn the earth coming thru.

Denise Aumick said...

I see disintegrating fences.

Rayna said...

Yes, Sherryl, the woods behind my house seem to create themselves in my work these days. There's no question about their influence - albeit subconscious.

Eva said...

I hope your hay fever is better! -- Good idea to spend time with art, we also appreciate that. The website of the Newark Museum did not really satisfy me, but these artists make me curious.

Beverly said...

I see a couple different things- rows of aspen trees comes to mind, but so does icicles. And I keep coming back to the idea of bars- that keep us in, or keep others out?

Helen Conway said...

Don't be insulted by this but I see a street drain cover in the rain at twilight with a street lampo shining on it

Connie Rose said...

Both of those pieces are dynamite, Rayna. And I especially love the one with the discharged fabrics!

Sue Erdreich said...

Hi Rayna,

Mu husband took my daughter to the Martin Puryear exhibit at the MOMA and she loved it! Never too young to appreciate art.

I see in your piece a winter forest reflected in a frozen lake.

Eva said...

J said: "broken freezer's grid"

Judy said...

Those two pieces are yummy Rayna! While viewing one of my QA dvds the other day, I saw YOU!!!! ;-) Your voice didn't sound like you: I wonder if you had a cold when they taped that segment? Loved your screen printing.
We are having a good bit of rain as well, and my gardens are looking lush...even the weeds don't look too badly right now! LOL
xo

Jeanette said...

This piece brings to mind a "tamed" version of the screen printed aspen trees you that you were not happy with during your class in CO. So a title that comes to my mind is a title that includes "Aspens" and "Shadows". So...perhaps the piece is subconsciously influenced by the woods behind your house, OR by the time spent in another place at another time?

Jeanette said...

Re: Wosene Worke Korof. Some of his work was exhibited at UCLA's Fowler Museum, and featured in the alumni magazine a couple of years ago. I knew nothing about him but loved the photograph in the magazine so much that I cut it out and still have it in my stash of favorites. The colors and energy are inspiring. I had heard nothsing else about him until your blog. Thanks for sending the site with additional information. No wonder you bought his book. What a find!

Eva said...

... forgot to mention that by the second print J felt reminded of Rauschenberg.

Lisa, Procrastinator Extraordinaire said...

I see black and white people all mixed in together: Integration

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