Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Balancing Act

I want to thank all the people who came out to Open Studios. We know that a lot of people are still out of work, so not many have discretionary funds for buying, or investing in art. Nevertheless, many people came out to see the work, to support us with their presence, their interest, and yes, some even with their money.
Since the Open Studios activities, I’ve found myself juggling a number of jobs and roles. This photo may not depict the full drama of the moment. It’s a picture of me achieving victory over a challenging exhibit at the new Exploratorium. What you cannot tell is that the round table holding the blocks is not a solidly supported platform; it is balanced on a small center point, like the point of a top. Also, some of those blocks are weighted with metal. So, I was pretty pleased that I managed to get all the blocks balanced on the platform in my second try. I’m happy to say, as we walked away it stayed like that until the next challenger arrived.

In the time since that day, I’ve reflected on the photo a number of times, as a symbol of my life. Life is like that platter of weights. We hope that our physical and mental health are the stable platform for the things we take on. For a week or more after the two-weekend Open Studio events, I had to pay attention to re-establishing that personal inner balance. I was exhausted. It’s usually hard for me to even recognize fatigue (let alone admit it), so when it’s obvious, it is really time to slow down. But I’m like you, I have a lot of different “balls in the air” all at once, and I have to keep juggling to keep everything in motion.

How’s the balance in your life this summer? Will you get vacation time? How will you use it? If you don’t have a lot of money for a getaway, will you get pulled into the demanding gravity of home improvement and maintenance? Well, I give you permission to play hookie from those things, then go play something else: golf, tennis, dominoes!
Go to the Exploratorium! Let your mind play, it will do you a world of good. Honest.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Exhibit

I probably don't have to explain that time got the better of me in working on new work and preparing for the event. Unfortunately, neither of the pieces I was working on were ready for exhibition. So I curated the exhibit to include older work and new work that was already completed by the time I began blogging about the EBOS 2013 process.
The work I'm showing at 401 26th St., Oakland, on Saturday and Sunday (June 7, 8, & 9, 2013) is an interesting glance at the evolution of my work with the human mark. They are textured abstract pieces on canvas that engage the viewer in a physical, spiritual, and intellectual way.
On Friday night we will have a First Friday evening event from 6-9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday we open at 11 a.m., close at 6 p.m. I am exhibiting with 19 other artists (jewelers, potters, graphic artists, a weaver, and other painters) so plan to stay a while and enjoy the live music, refreshments, and festive atmosphere.We are at: 401 26th St., Oakland, Ca., between Broadway and Telegraph, at the Uptown Body and Fender. We call ourselves The Uptown Twenty!

Did you ever stop to realize that every other art form charges admission to enjoy it? We cannot attend theater, film, concerts, or ballet without paying for a ticket. But visual artists make their work visible and available for free. So, don't forget your cash, checkbooks, and credit cards!  Come out in support of the visual arts! We'd love to see you!