One to Another

May 6, 2010

Pendant pairs of a different sort.

Filed under: 2-Precedents, 5-Related Topics, 6-On Exhibit — pendantportraits @ 9:24 pm

I am working with a group of students in PNTG 415 Painting Senior Seminar. As part of this course, the students mount a group exhibition of new work on a mutually-determined them. The group selected: (id) entity. As they discussed their work, I got an idea of my own, and they welcomed me to join the show as an exhibitor.

In years past, I’ve studied and worked with handwriting analysis on an amateur basis. For the work in this show, I prepared two pieces of archival paper with layers of coffee washes. The washes are more heavily applied within an oval template. Within one of the ovals, I asked the students to write, “identity.” In the other, more or less across from the first, I asked them to place their signature. The works will be presented together within one frame.

The oval window is a sign of the portrait – it stands for the concept of portraiture as icon (the oval is the shape of the face) and symbol (the oval is a convention within Western portraiture). The signature piece, in particular, strikes me as a group portrait. The scale of the signatures varies greatly, and each artist necessarily had to place their signature in relationship to all other signatures that were already made. Scale and placement are metaphors for how, as a group, everyone must work together.

Nani at Ex Libris Frame Shop will frame these. She had a left-behind frame (e. g., a steal) with burl veneer that she can cut down to size. I decided to float the drawings (writings) rather than use an overlay mat. The ovals that are created by the difference in the density of the washes are adequate.


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November 14, 2009

11/09 On Exhibit – deFINE ART 2009.

Filed under: --Don & Clare, 5-Related Topics, 6-On Exhibit — pendantportraits @ 5:02 pm

My portrait drawings of Don S. and Clare S. were juried into deFINE ART 2009.

November 3, 2009

10/09 On Exhibit – Nat’l Juried Exhibit

Filed under: --Joe & Hilary, 5-Related Topics, 6-On Exhibit — pendantportraits @ 5:21 pm

The companion portrait drawings of Joe and Hilary were selected for exhibition at the Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna State University in Pennsyvlania for a National Figurative Exhibition. I placed the paired works within one frame, using a mat with two oval windows.

The works were created with coffees washes on sketchbook paper, drawn with Conte and graphite. Each drawing took less than an hour. Although the works are not for sale, here’s what I paid to present the works in this exhibition.

$25      The submission fee for this juried exhibition was reasonable.

$75       Mat. No local frame shop was able to cut a customized oval, much less two ovals within one mat. It was necessary to have a local sign company cut ovals in a 8 mm polyvinylacrylate (PVC) mat with their CNC machine. I painted the PVC mat with acrylic paint (several layers, plus detailing around the oval windows).

$135      I selected a frame with subtle engraving on the 3/4″ profile face in a deep warm red from the Ex Libris Framing. The cost included plexiglas, assembly, finishing of the back, and completion within a quick turn around time. The price included an exhibition discount.

$107     Packing, insurance and shipping (roundtrip) were another cost.

The total cost to present these works to the public in this exhibition is $342.

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