Ahead of the Curve– GC Myers
Just a reminder that this is the last week for my solo exhibit, Alchemy, which is hanging at the Kada Gallery in Erie until Monday, December 16th.
The show has been very well received and is one of which I am very proud, both in the content of the show and in the way it hangs together. Gallery owner Kathy DeAngelo has hung the show with her normal great thought so that each piece shows at its very best in this particular space and in relation to the work around it. This care in arranging the work gives the show the sense of continuity that I see running through the work in the studio which is what I hope others can see in the galleries.
So, if you’re in the Erie area this weekend, stop in at the Kada Gallery and take a stroll through the show. It may just be the thing to calm those holiday jitters…
Maestro — GC Myers
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An artist must paint not what he sees in nature, but what is there. To do so he must invent symbols, which, if properly used, make his work seem even more real than what is in front of him.
I am a big fan of the work of Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), a western New York painter who lived and painted in the Buffalo area for most of his life. His work was decidedly visionary in its scope, taking the environment that he knew around western New York and embellishing it with a life force and energy that he sensed beneath the surface. That’s what he was referring to in the quote above– taking what you see around you and not simply recording it but painting how it moves you emotionally. To me, his work is as emotionally charged in the same way as that of Van Gogh.
Creating symbols, as Burchfield refers to in the quote, have been a big part of my work. I have long emulated his use of creating a visual vocabulary that moved through a body of work. It becomes a sort of language of its own that people who take it in and understand it find easy to read and absorb as they move from picture to picture. Those who can’t read it find less in the images and feel less drawn into them. In an earlier post about Burchfield I wrote about an artist friend who just didn’t get Burchfield’s work in any sense. He just one of those people who couldn’t read the language clearly written in the work.
I also have been influenced by the way Burchfield would constantly go back to earlier work and use it as a new starting point, as though the added knowledge gained through the years would take this work in a new direction. I often do the same thing, constantly revisiting images and motifs from years ago looking for a thread or path to follow anew.
Even this post is a revisitation, going back and looking at an influence, trying to pull that original inspiration from it. With Charles Burchfield, that’s always an easy thing to accomplish.
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Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
This is a newer painting that went to the Principle Gallery recently. It’s a 12″ by 16″ painting on paper that I call The Long Way Home. Home, as a concept, plays a large part in my work as it is the destination for the life journey that is the basis for much of what I do. I don’t necessarily see home as a physical place but rather that interior space where we are comfortable with who and what we are. For me, our real journey in life is always internal.
Everything leads inward.
We often set out on treks through the external world trying to find a place, a physical location where we feel accepted and at home. But it never happens until we find that inner peace and acceptance in that inner realm that is always with us. Though we may have traveled a million miles, home is always within reach if we only stop and look inward. And I think that is what this piece is communicating. The title reflects on the search that always leads back to that internal place we often overlook in our zeal to find that place we call home.
Home is always with us.
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Mandela at Robben Island-Photo: Jurgen Schadeberg
Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.
Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95 in his native South Africa. His is a remarkable story of strength and perseverance, a man who fought in words and actions for the freedom of a people in a repressive society. He experienced the greatest depths and heights in his long and often arduous life, becoming one of the greatest sources of inspiration for our time.
His death is a great loss for all people everywhere. We have lost a source of tempered wisdom and the placid eyes of reconciliation and forgiveness. We have lost a knowing witness.
There is much to grieve in the death of Nelson Mandela but there much more to celebrate in the life of Nelson Mandela. And that is what we must do today– celebrate his life and the great inspirational gift he gave to us to carry forward.
It is a gift that must never be forgotten.
There is an interesting website at nelsonmadelaart.com that features lithographs of drawings from Mandela of Robben Island as well as iconic photos of him, such as the one above from Jurgen Schadeberg. There is a lot of wonderful info on this site, making it definitely worth a visit.
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There was a really nice review of my show, Alchemy, that is currently hanging at the Kada Gallery in Erie, PA. Appearing in the Erie Times-News, the review is written by Karen Rene Merkle, who has reviewed my last few shows in Erie and always puts real thought and insight into her words. Thank you, Ms. Merkle, for taking time and effort in examining my work. It is most appreciated.
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I had a quote on the last post with a quote from artist Jean Arp about man turning his back on silence. Instead of savoring the quiet, he runs from it, instead distracting himself with all manner of noise. Anything to keep him from facing the fears that the quiet represents to him.
It’s a theme that has been large in the background of my work. Early on, when I felt that I wanted to be a writer, I would find myself writing about large open spaces and the caverns of silence that rested in these places. I called it the Big Quiet. Of course, it’s a pretty limited subject and there is a certain redundancy in writing about silence and stillness. I mean, how can you use the noise of words to aptly describe the absence of noise?
So I gave up writing about it and went on with my life, always with an eye out for this Big Quiet. I don’t know that I was craving it or fearing it at most points. My life was pretty much filled with the noise of the world, all the snaps and pops of sound and distraction that creep into every living space. The sounds that I hoped would lessen my anxiety but instead fed it. I was like so many others who needed the security blanket of sound to protect them from what they might discover if they were forced to face the silence.
But painting gave me a path to finding this Big Quiet. It was wordless and calm, creating an inner space absent of the sounds of the world that I was and am still occupying. It became a destination, an oasis to turn to when the din of world became too loud, too overbearing. It eased my fears of looking inward and allowed me to savor the quiescence of the brief moments I actually myself there in those scenes of stillness and calm. It became real and necessary to me.
I don’t know where this going, this wordy noise I’m creating about the stillness I find now. I just felt that I should add a bit of context to my work, to give a an understanding of what I hope to take from it for myself. This moment came about from running across the image above, a piece from several years ago that is called, fittingly, Quiescence. It’s a piece that brings me quiet immediately and seeing it again made me again think of why I paint.
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Jean Arp- Torso of a Giant 1964
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation… tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.
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