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Archive for May 28th, 2010

There are hours and sometimes days in a row when you become hermetic and grubby in your concentration on your work.  You allow yourself to stew in ink, smelly solvent, graphite dust and possibly eraser noodles. Your work space turns into heaps of uncategorized paper, rags, tormented tubes and mugs with brown rims on the inside.  Your fingernails are dirty, your hair has gotten clumpy.  Such days are numbered, however, because your imagination does run dry eventually and it demands either a good night’s sleep or it directs you to take a long hot bath and then leave the house in search of conversation.  Conversation does not necessarily mean blabbering.  For the visual artist, more often than not, conversation means looking at what others have been doing.  Looking at art works in a gallery or a museum is, in my definition, a conversation:  the objects on the walls and the floor talk to you and elicit a response from you.  If you go back to the same gallery a few days later, the conversation with  these objects will have a different tone. Endlessly fascinating.  Here’s a place to go for such an endlessly fascinating conversation:  the 20th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial. Forty-seven Chicago area artists were chosen from over 500 entries.  The jurors this year were John Himmelfarb, artist, and Julie Rodrigues Widholm, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.  The show is up til June 27.  www.evanstonartcenter.org Above, a piece by Judith Roston Freilich that particularly engaged me today when I saw the show for the second time.  In recommending this exhibit, I’m not plugging my own work.  I didn’t get in this year.  Being chosen to participate two years ago was wonderful, but the art conversation, like all conversations, is subjective.  Jurors work very hard at making their selections.  It can be an agonizing and sleep-depriving assignment,  I know that from having been a juror myself.

But speaking of conversation and, therefore, community, I want to mention the benefit we held in April at the Evanston Art Center.  Teachers and artists in our community donated pieces for auction. My painting, at right, with me reflected in it, shows the craquelure in the upper left corner of Vermeer’s View of Delft, part of an ongoing series in my ongoing involvement with Vermeer’s work. It sold. The buyer is an artist herself, I found out later.

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