On the Easel Feb. 10, 2013

Picasso said he became an artist because he wanted to have his own collection of paintings.  That sounds apocryphal but if he didn’t say it, he should have. I’ve been working on these pieces these two days.  Working on a painting about being on The Betty Jane and fishing is especially apt on a cold…

Julie Friedman at Busta Gallery

In her show, Perennial Shift, at the William Busta Gallery, Julie Friedman exhibits a print maker’s love of process.  Initially, the pieces (a useful generic term) reminded me of the silhouettes you can have made at Coney Island or Cedar Point.  Like those silhouettes, these are cut-outs; most are black on white.  On closer inspection, they are the product of a labor-intensive, and…

In the Studio 1.27.13

Lake Erie finally froze this week.   When the Lake freezes, a giant marker highlights ‘winter’ and shouts WINTER.  Often, after many storms, the snow and ice are thrown into huge mountains that reach amazing height and transform the Lake into a silent, alien world. I took this shot from the studio window at first light. …

Book Thief

We were poor when I was a kid.  My father changed jobs frequently, and we moved around a lot.  Early on, my younger brother and I were far down the wrong road.  By the time I was in second grade, I was experimenting with cigarettes and acting the thug. In the summer before third grade,…

David Hickey’s Air Guitar

Do you like to read?  Me, I’ve always been a voracious reader.  Like other autodidacts, I let my interests take me where it will–I read what I damn well please.  Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of art theory  (Foucault, Panofsky, Derrida, Johnson) and criticism, which brings me to Hickey.  I recently finished two of…

Carl Gaertner

Yesterday was a lucky day–I discovered an artist new to me: Carl Gaertner (1898-1952).  Gaertner’s reputation is almost entirely local  to Cleveland, as  Robert Smith‘s is confined to Dayton. Gaertner was born in Cleveland and lived in and around there until his death.  He taught for many years at the Cleveland Institute of Art.  The Bonfoey Gallery…

Love Everything About It

I love everything about art making.   This has always been the case for me, but when I was young I was more impatient.  I also had an elevated view about the role of artistes.  As a consequence, I was sometimes careless with my equipment.  Brushes could remain brush-down in turpentine for days–horror!–until I got around…

Thomas Frontini at the William Busta Gallery

Yes, the Frontini show really is at the Busta Gallery.  Frontini is not listed online among their stable, but I was there–I saw the show with my own eyes.  Apparently Busta has given up on its online persona; their Flash-encrusted Web material is haphazard and their blog hasn’t been updated since 2011. Anyway, according to the…