Sunday morning on a holiday weekend but no holiday here in the studio yet. No, not for another week or so as I get ready for my Home+Land show that opens in just under two weeks, on July 17 at the West End Gallery. It’s been crazy busy the last couple of weeks but I am seeing the results coming clearer now and I think it has a real pop to it, one that has me getting excited to see the work hanging in the gallery.
There’s just something about seeing the work spaced on the gallery wall and not propped up in various positions around the studio that makes me see it as something apart from myself, something in and of itself. It’s a bittersweet but exciting moment for me when I see a painting that has taken on personal meaning for me in the studio, like the one shown above, Heartshare, on the wall of the gallery.
It really lays claim to its own identity at that point and my time with it is close to an end. It has become what it is and takes on the characteristics of the viewer, perhaps symbolizing things that I never saw or imagined in it myself. That’s the mystery and beauty of this thing called art– sometimes one thing takes on many different meanings for different people. There are no absolutes.
Well, it is Sunday morning and time for a little music so I thought I’d carry through on the theme of the painting at the top. Here’s a song called Some Kinda Love from the Velvet Underground. Formed by Lou Reed and John Cale, the Velvets were one of the most influential bands of the mid-60’s. A good rhythm to start your Sunday. Have a great day.
FYI: The painting at the top, Heartshare, is 16″ by 20″ on canvas and is part of a series of paintings I’ve done over the last several years based on the myth of Baucis and Philemon.