Thursday, May 25, 2017

New York Adventures

Going to the Met on Fifth Avenue always has unusual and surprising exhibits. 
The Rei Kawakubo, Comme Des Garcons show was a total surprise 
as I have not always been a fan of her designs. 
This show titled Art of the In-Between was indeed 
so full of so many wonderful uses of fabric and more, 
I am so glad to have seen it.

 Absence/Presence, 2 dimensions, 
Autumn/winter and Spring/summer 1997
 High above our heads were these Clustered Beauties.
 Details from 1983, 1998, 2009, 2010 and some from 2013
I wanted to list all of the titles and dates
and there was so much more material to read.
 Ballerina Motorbikes from the 4 seasons, 2005
 I wanted this one because I liked the back.
 Abstract/ Excellence, Spring/summer, 2004.
This was a group of skirts and I never could 
find out what the tops were made of.
 Good Taste/Bad Taste, Autumn/winter, 2008-9
 Broken Bride, 2005-6
 Broken Bride, Autumn/winter, the other side of the exhibit.
 18th Century Punk and  Delinquent, 2010
 I was fascinated with the manipulation of 
the bands of fabric on the model on the left.
 Life/Loss, Ceremony of Separation, Autumn/winter, 2015-16
 Object/Subject, Body Meets Dress, 1997
(details)  Dress Meets Body, Spring/summer, 1997
 East/West, Cubism, 2007
 Lost Empire, Inside decoration, 2010-11
 Child/Adult, Not Making Clothing, 2014
with a self fabric stuffed bear.
 Male/Female, The Infinity of Tailoring, 2013-14
 Not Making Clothes, Spring/summer 2014
With sculptural head pieces designed by Julien d'Ys
 Beautiful/Grotesque, Monster, 2014-15.
I was fascinated with the heavy lacy leggings 
but we were looking at sweaters with holes.

 War/Peace, Blood and Roses, 2015
 Details, above, of so many unusual manipulated fabrics.
There was so much more to see and 
I did go back to look at it twice, feeling that I still hadn't seen all of it.
The all white sets were remarkable 
with high and low views of the sculpture and fashion
and so much more to absorb. But, the Met had several other 
exhibits I wanted to see so this is all for today.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A change of style ?

Wanting to make a change in my work, 
if not style, then in the method of working with fabric and thread.
 Looking at my sketch books I had always made quick realistic
sketches of flowers, before embroidering them.
These cone flowers were in a pot as I drew them.
 Looking at all sides of some zinnias on this page.
But I wanted to change........
 I started putting down ideas for non-realistic flowers in a sketch book.
 Starting with bright colors and fabrics I began creating these stylized flowers.
 Since I have always loved the Dutch and Flemish still-lifes 
I planned to create my own non-realistic version of a classic.
Several insects had to be included.
 And branches with leaves. Leaves are sewn through 
the center vein so may stand out from the dark background.
 I broke with my non-realistic idea when it came to the vase 
and embroidered an image of a vase that I own.
I did not add shadows, though, so it is flat.
 The vase needed to sit on something besides a table 
so, I stacked some books and worked out fictitious titles for them.
 My still-life needed a plate and a bowl to add 
some balance to the whole composition.
The result is titled Satirical Stillness.
It is approximately 44 by 54 inches.
The falling leaves can be changed in positions.
I doubt my friends will think I succeeded in creating 
a non-realistic image, but I was trying. 
Probably this idea will not become a series.

Friday, March 31, 2017

From drawings to a stained glass window

Late last year a friend, Shirley Derrick, called me as she had remembered 
that I had drawn hands of many and various people for a large art work.
I kept a sketch book with many hands, drawn with colored pencils, in it. 
She was designing a window for a remembrance 
of her late husband, Lonny. 
It would be then translated into a stained glass window 
that would be the centerpiece in an entry alcove of
the Bethesda United Methodist Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

 Shirley looked through my sketch book and found two hands that she liked.
 I must admit that these were rather crude drawings of my husband, 
Clark's hands, but would be the forms that could be created in stained glass.
I remember drawing them with the palms up.
She decided that to fit the theme the hands  would be rotated.
She took the two drawings to the stained glass artisans .
 And, this is the result. The quotation at the bottom says, 
"We Are God's Hands"
The room is quite light but I was using my phone 
to get the image and was pleased to see the sun shining through.
The window is about 5 feet high. 
I was pleased to feel that a tiny bit of my work was
used to create this beautiful stained glass window
in memory of Lonny Derrick. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Walk on the National Mall

Two days before the 2017 Inauguration I took a walk on the Mall 
to see the preparations that were begun and are necessary.
As I came out of the Smithsonian Stop of the Metro, 
the first things I saw were the thousands of portable potties.
 They seems to increase all the time as does the kind fencing. 
Walking toward the castle building there were layers of black fences.
 Outside the Freer Museum so much technical paraphernalia was 
behind its own fence, kind of blocking the entrance.
You see this kind of technical apparatus everywhere.
  In front of the Castle Building and looking across the Mall at the 
Natural History Museum you see a field of white.
I knew it was not snow as it has not snowed recently.
So walking over to, what used to be grass, I had to check it out.
 It appears like miles of white tiles. 
They were spongy to walk on (2 to 3 inches thick) and 
much easier than the muddy gravelly walk. 
 Walking on to the Hirschhorn Museum and looking 
in to the Sculpture Garden, everything looked familiar.
 So I turned around and went into the Hirschhorn. 
I had intended to do this for a month now, 
to see the drawings on all of the inside ring of the 
second floor by Linn Meyers,
titled: Our View From Here.
 Going up to the 3rd floor to the window overlooking the Mall
I took this picture, above, looking back toward the Washington Monument.
It was cut it off by the curve of the window.
Then looking the other direction toward the Capitol 
you have a distant view of the National Gallery of Art
with the Capitol hidden by a glass panel.
 Outside the Hirschhorn is Yayoi Kusama's Pumpkin sculpture.
The outer ring of the second floor is now being reorganized 
for the coming exhibition of her Polka Dot art. 
Yahoo Kusama will fill every room with her Infinity Mirrors
and colorful dots when this exhibition opens in February.
 Crossing 7th Street NW I ran into a couple of signs 
that must be everywhere.
Another sign, that got to my thumb in the way, 
as I was debating crossing this line.
 But no problem as I walked on over the spongy tiles and 
down the middle of them to 4th Street, NW toward the Capitol.
Actually I loved walking on this surface and could go everywhere on it. 
 You can see fences to walk between, 
but no one was stopping me from going anyplace, yet.
 Loud speakers and huge screens are up in many places 
for viewers to see what is going on at the Capitol steps.
 From there I cut over to the East Wing.....more portable potties everywhere.

Across the street from the East Wing, surrounding the glass pyramids 
of the National Gallery was more black fencing.
 I do not understand why it is in some places but there is a lot of it. 
 It has always fascinated me the number of white tents 
on top of the buildings along Pennsylvania Blvd, NW.
Many of them are actually for protection of the parade, not just media.
The all glass building is the Newseum and 
the white one with the Maple Leaf flag is the Canadian Embassy. 
I took this picture while standing beside the glass pyramids at the NGA.
I chose to go home on the bus that goes along Pennsylvania Blvd, 
which would be the parade route and saw many of 
these platforms that look like cages. 
There were also several spots with stadium seating being erected.
 Going back to art, at the NGA, is this sculpture called 
a Greek Slave by Hiram Power.
She has chains around her hands.
And at the Hirschhorn, Big Man by Ron Mueck.
Just something to think about.