Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Inspiration! A visit to New York City Part 1

And you know, tea is just as good, if not better!!!

So here I am in the Big Apple.....on my way to the Whitney.
Every other year, the Whitney Art Museum, a marvelous art museum with long open views of the Hudson river, has a major show of up and coming (well maybe!) artists....

View to the south from the roof terrace of the Whitney Museum, NYC
View to the North

Stripes....steal the colors, steal the spacing...

I love modern quilts (well the best of them!)...their clean cut elegant simplicity......and above is a beautiful example...well it just happens to be a large painting...or rather a section of one...
notice how the artist has contrasted varying widths of stripes...and how satisfying that is.
Notice the bold yellow in the "focal" area...
see how the warmth of the yellow is enhanced by the color green adjacent to it.
Notice how the artist has skillfully alternated values...
There is much to see and learn in this painting which at first glass doesn't look very unusual.

Alvin Loving

But, you don't need to use every color in the rainbow to achieve a very bold dynamic look.  Notice how the stripes look positively quiet and calm next to the red painting above.  bold saturated color in a narrow range of values outlined with a cool grey blue....and the use of diagonals are the techniques this artist used to make this idea so strong.  and yes...this would work in a quilt!!!

Looking straight down to the lower terrace from the roof...the museum's artistic arrangement of picnic tables!!!  Great color scheme: yellow and orange made even bolder by being surround with soft pale neutrals....

Of course everyone was intrigued by the oppressed figure farting in defiance!!!
This was part of a roof installation by Nicole Eisenman......more figures from this installation in my next blog!!!

Meanwhile I'm going to be pondering how to incorporate such defiance into my next quilt!!!

and, if you have been, thanks for reading!!!
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Monday, June 3, 2019

Art Quilt show in a public gallery

Last week I took 9 quilts and about 20 watercolors over to the Regional public library and they were hung and arranged by Tatiana Veneruso, an art installation expert with Athens-Clarke County.
She and Van Burns spent over 4 hours hanging and arranging the work and it's a beautiful job.
The library was also kind enough to give me an opportunity to speak about my work and this was followed by a reception.

It's always interesting to see how somebody who has arranged and hung many shows decides to arranges your work.

I had planned the paintings on one wall, the quilts on the others, but it's kind of fun to see them hanging together.

The arrangements are very interesting and it's a beautiful long narrow light room...and any library patrons can wander in and curl up in the comfortable armchairs, read and enjoy the artwork.

 some pictures:

So tell me what you think about mixing the two mediums in one show.....also ...any stories about your own experiences with hanging in public spaces.   I have always preferred having a show in a space where many people visit, rather than in a specialized gallery where few go.

And, if you have been, thanks for reading!!!!  Elizabeth

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