Thursday, February 4, 2010

Music as Muse at ASK

This past year my family and I moved to the Rondout area of Kingston, NY. As a Christmas Gift post the transition, my spouse, Hillary, gave me a membership to the Art Society of Kingston, which is located just down the block from us on Broadway.

This members show is my first participation with the organization. I submitted my piece Toward a History of Glam Rock (Iggy, Bowie, & Lou) for consideration in the upcoming Music as Muse show.

The piece is an extension on my exploration of W.B. Yeats' An Irish Airman Forsees His Death:

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above...
...A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.

My first exploration of the theme was done with white, black, and silver in 3 parts. I think it was the silver that directed me to consider glam rock as an avenue of influence as well. It was a step away from the machine to expression.

The Airman and the Performer both need to live in the present, balancing between the corporeal and the ephemeral in their pursuit of release.


hhp said...

It'll be great to see them up in the gallery at the opening (Feb. 6, 5-8p) and to share a glass of wine with you!

tsujnalrah said...

good luck, sorry I will be teaching my class in West Plm Beach on Saturday.

jason smith said...

Interesting that you describe how the airman and performer both need to balance the corporeal and ephemeral. It seems to me that the more solid and object-oriented your paintings get the more ephemeral they become. Instead of things- they are about about events, movements, and release. As usual, this work seems wonderfully poised between contradictions.

Owen said...

Thanks for your insight Jay (as always)

bambi.52 said...

I found a blog yesterday. I really like your minimalist painting.
Today we have here in Finland, 20 degrees below zero.
I hope you do not stop your blog.
You have a creative studio.
Creative moments!