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Artist’s residency & studio sale

August 31st, 2013|Art|1 Comment

Adams-Gimble in the Wabe2Gimble in the Wabe, 17 x 15 inches, collagraph print on paper, ©2009 Deidre Adams

 

This is a kind of good news/bad news situation, but I’m hoping to be able to make it an all good news thing.

First, I’m very excited about the good news: I’ve been accepted to do an artist’s residency at Vermont Studio Center in October. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend 4 weeks in total art-making immersion, surrounded by creative artists and writers, with no outside distractions, and be able to focus completely on my creative practice and expanding a new body of work.

The bad news: I didn’t get the fellowship I applied for. This means the cost of the residency itself is completely my responsibility. At first I didn’t think I would be able to do it, but I did manage to get a bit of scholarship & work study grant money. I still need to come up with the rest of the money for the residency itself (which is now on my credit card) as well as travel expenses.

As always, I’m a bit behind the curve. Had I not waited so long to figure out what to do, I would have researched Kickstarter and possibly been able to fund it that way. Just Google “Vermont Studio Center Kickstarter” to see how many people have been successful in doing this. I don’t think that’s feasible for me now because of the limited amount of time I have at this point, but if anyone out there has done one and has any advice, I’m all ears.

What I’ve decided to do instead is hold a studio sale to accomplish two things: Raise money for the residency and clear out some older work that isn’t part of my current practice. I hemmed and hawed about this for a long time, as there are many strategic aspects to consider when selling from your web site. Many of you will be familiar with the ongoing debate concerning whether it helps or hurts your chances of gallery sales, whether discounting your prices hurts your image, among other things. I’m not here to get into all of that, although please feel free to comment below with your opinions on the matter. At this point, I’m only including these older works in the sale.

There are two pages:

Textile works

Works on paper

 

I’ll be adding more items in the coming days. I hope you’ll take a look. Thank you!

August 31st, 2013|Art|1 Comment

Circles, lines, and lots of patience – The exquisite drawings of Lena Ohlén

August 11th, 2013|Art, Interesting Artists|1 Comment

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Untitled, 14.5 x 13.5 inches, ink & pencil on paper, ©2013 Lena Ohlén

 

Despite its obvious drawbacks, Facebook can be great for certain things, not least of which is discovering new artists. But it can also have some  unexpected benefits. Sometimes you can win a great piece of artwork by being the 100th “like” on an artist’s page, which is how I came to acquire this very cool drawing.

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Untitled (detail), ©Lena Ohlen

Lena Ohlén is a Swedish artist who creates drawings using only simple markings like tiny lines and circles, with pencil and pen. She achieves rich texture and pattern, plus a wide range of values and mesmerizing depth, with nothing more than these very basic markings. It must take a very long time to do, and I can imagine that to create an entire drawing is a thoroughly soul-cleansing experience.

Here are a couple more from her web site. I love this one with the straight lines. It looks as though the surface is an old wall, perhaps made of wooden shingles, slowly collapsing under its own weight. I get the feeling I could reach out and touch the rough surface and experience every ridge in the intense texture. It puts me in mind of some of the El Anatsui tapestries.

drawing by Lena Ohlen
Untitled, ink & pencil on paper, ©Lena Ohlén

 

Here’s my favorite, a color line drawing based on water. The blog is in Swedish, but thanks to the magic of Google Translate, you can get a decent approximation of what she says about her work.

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Untitled, colored ink & pencil on paper, ©2013 Lena Ohlén. (See the high-res here.)

 

See more of Lena Ohlén’s work:

Web site
Blog
Facebook

August 11th, 2013|Art, Interesting Artists|1 Comment