I am incredibly honored and pleased to learn that my found object assemblage sculpture “Blindspot” has been awarded First Prize by juror Sean Harrington in the Fourth Annual Art of Darkness exhibition at the Heartspot Art Center and Gallery. A huge thanks to Mr. Harrington, and of course to Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon who has done an incredible job of putting this show together!
This month, I have been quite fortunate to have my work accepted into several juried exhibitions. The most recent venue has been the Warwick Center for the Arts, where juror Michael Rose accepted my found object assemblage sculpture “Regenerator” into the 34th Annual RI Open juried show.
In what has been a particularly difficult year, this week brought a positive development. This past month, I submitted my found object assemblage sculpture “Magistrate” to the South County Art Association’s annual Members show. This exhibition is one in which the work is eligible for prizes in various media, as awarded by an outside juror. This year, the juror for the show is Nancy Gaucher Thomas, who is well known as a highly esteemed artist and arts organizer.
Visiting the gallery, I was very honored to see that I had been awarded the Jim Visconti Award for best sculpture for my work. This award is particularly significant to me, as Jim was a friend and mentor to me back when I was a young high school art student.
There is a wonderful video available in which Ms. Gaucher Thomas talks about the show and the awards that she presented. You can see it here:
While this year, the COVID-19 situation means that the event will not be an in-person experience, it will still be held online!
My contribution this year for the Art Heist will be my found object assemblage character Klarp, together with a special display case.
In years past, My characters have found happy homes at this wonderful event, so if you might be interested in having Klarp for yourself, this is a great opportunity to register to be part of the Art Heist!
The past few months have been quite the challenge, on account of the whole COVID-19 crisis. It made the rest of the spring semester particularly difficult, and has been a period of having to make some significant adjustments.
One thing that has been changed is the entire arts community. Shows and events have been cancelled, rearranged, or retooled in theme. The majority of shows now have a primarily online presence, even when there is physical work in the gallery.
When lockdown went into effect, the South County Art Association put out a call to the membership to share an image of their work as part of the show ” Giving Art a Voice”, with the following description:
Art is a reflection of our society. As our world changes, so does the way we express it.
We asked our community how their art can communicate, inspire, and soothe during these unprecedented times. This is what they shared.
The piece that I put in was my sculpture “The High Priest”
As I wrote: “What I appreciate most about found object assemblage is the role of chance, and the power of unexpected juxtapositions and relationships. I let the pieces tell me what they want to become. Ultimately my sculptural “work” is a process of infinitely recombinant play.”
Indeed, I find that sculpting is one of the activities that I find more relaxing at this time. I’m indeed fortunate that I have the space and resources to pursue my work in this way>
On that note, the Art League Rhode Island asked their members to submit images of work created during this time as part of their show “The Trailing Quarter”.
This Past Wednesday, I traveled to the Vets in Providence for the opening reception of Art League Rhode Island‘s ‘One Zero One’ exhibition. This was a juried show based on the idea of the ambivalent relationship of the digital world to the analog world.
I had two of my pieces accepted by juror David DeMelim.
The first piece is my found object assemblage “Harbinger”
And the second piece in this show is my large format Vector Illustration “Hard Reboot”
This week, I was pleased to receive an award of Honorable Mention, for my found-object assemblage sculpture “Harbinger” in the South County Art Association’s Annual Members Show. Juried by artist Uli Brahmst, this exhibition is up through August 10th of 2019 https://www.southcountyart.org/
This past month, I was invited to attend a special interview session of “Art Matters”, a program hosted by a local public access channels. The host of Art Matters is Wayne Quackenbush, a good friend who is the proprietor of Annex Comics in Newport, and the president of the Portsmouth Art Guild. As Wayne was also putting my artwork on display in his shop windows, he asked if I might like to speak on his show about my work and process. I was quite honored to participate, and rather enjoyed the experience!