#32 added to the site
A piece from 1998-2001 has been added to the sculpture section of my site. I’ve been conscious of the fact that many people who look at my work do so through the Internet. I’ve learned how to document the work and I believe I’ve done a decent job. But obviously, looking at the work through screens with their limitations curtails the appreciation. Certain pieces will appear better than others as some aspects are easier to perceive than others on screen. It is completely impossible to convey the significance of certain others. But having said that, it is absolutely mind-blowing that we do more or less recognize visual languages across the globe while many of us don’t even speak the same language. Our governments might even consider your governments “enemies”, building nuclear weapons, badmouthing peoples based on their nationalities and so on. But we have the same language to build our friendship.
#32, enamel, oil, plaster, tar and wax, 38″ x 36″ x 1.75″, 1998-2001
Working with 7th graders
I’ve been working with 7th graders to put up a show. There is a fancy private school in my area with a
program that lets the kids pick artists, interview them, do studio visits, curate a show with them, make
a catalog, do the opening, and do everything else that’s involved in doing an official exhibition for the public.
OK, they are 7th graders so they get help from their teacher. Sue Heatley, besides working at the school,
is also a sculptor herself and she is experienced in working with art institutions. Please do not underestimate
the tremendous feat of giving a good educational experience to a few dozen 7th graders while organizing
a professional looking show! She’s done a great job.
I will have three pieces in the show. And Drew will also have 3 pieces. Let’s show up for the opening and make
the kids happy!
Here is the info about the show from the school:
The Ross School Gallery presents its annual student-curated exhibition,
highlighting the work of professional artists from the community. This year’s
theme is “Passion and Process.” Curated by Ross School seventh graders,
under the direction of art teacher Sue Heatley, the show will feature works
by Hiroyuki Hamada and Drew Shiflett. The students will host an Opening
Reception on Wednesday, May 25, from 4 to 6pm. The public is invited.
As in past years, the students took on various rolls to organize and present the
show: they visited the artists in their studios, selected work, designed the
installation, organized publicity, and wrote and produced a catalogue.
They also had the opportunity to work with each of the artists in their studios
and will showcase their creations alongside the artists in the show.
Mr. Hamada’s sculptures start with wood, foam and plaster, and they are
finished with textured and painted surfaces. Ms. Shiflett uses handmade papers,
pencil and ink, watercolor and conte crayon with, as she says, “a focus on line,
light, and texture” to create intricately detailed pieces that fall somewhere between
drawing, painting and sculpture. The work of both artists is the result of very
time-consuming and detailed processes.
“Passion and Process” will be on view at the Ross Gallery through June 15.
Last week for the NY show
Thank you to many of you who came to see the show. It will be up through Saturday January 8th.
The closing reception will be on Thursday January 6th 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
Coleman Burke Gallery New York
636 West 28th Street Ground Floor
Between 11th & 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Art Aspen 2010
Aureus Contemporary is taking #68, #51 and #32 to Art Aspen,
August 5-8. Here is the info from the Aureus site:
Join Aureus Contemporary at Aspen’s First Ever Fine Art Fair
for Important Post War and Contemporary Art. Never before has
there been an opportunity for art dealers and collectors to come
together and buy/sell fine art in this chic mountain community.
Limited in size to just 30 select galleries, this intimate,
world-class setting is a fun, manageable and rare art buying
experience. Aureus will be presenting new works by Sara Carter,
Karim Hamid, Hiroyuki Hamada and Yi-Hsin Tzeng.
Thursday, August 5, 5pm – 8pm (Opening Preview Party)
Friday, August 6, 12:30pm – 6pm
Saturday, August 7, 11am – 6pm
Sunday, August 8, 11am – 6pm
Aspen Ice Garden
233 West Hyman Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611-1752
Scope Basel 2010
Four pieces (#32, #39, #50 and #64) will be heading to Scope Basel Art Show
(June 15-19, Booth F22) with the Aureus Contemporary soon.
Alternate views, details, larger images of the pieces can be seen at the
main part of the site. At the site, just click on the bottom icons for each piece.