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saaABMB15 andres bedoya

For an artist whose work appears incredibly minimal or extremely intricate (or both?), but either way, puts a LOT of work into their work - like fingers to the bone, "the no-hands award" goes to Andres Bedoya.  

andres bedoya, mixed media on taro gomi doodle book, december 22, 2015Ho

andres bedoya, mixed media on taro gomi doodle book, december 22, 2015Ho

Hope your mitts are on the mend.  Great showing at Gonzalez y Gonzalez at Untitled Art Fair.

andres bedoya, title unknown, metal unknown, but every turn + link made by the artist, 2014 or 2015.

andres bedoya, title unknown, metal unknown, but every turn + link made by the artist, 2014 or 2015.



sandoz art awards

Old program - giving out awards - new name: Sandoz Art Awards.  Like the Swiss Art Awards, I have 11 awards (or more) to bestow.  While I don't offer winners 25,000 CHF and an artist residency in Mexico (!), the gallery, person or piece of art does have a portrait or drawing made in homage to the achievement.

artist  denise duong  photographed by katherine sandoz, oklahoma city, june 2015

artist denise duong photographed by katherine sandoz, oklahoma city, june 2015



naughty or nice?

This year, for those deserving, I'm recommending paintings - always.  I'm also suggesting works on paper as they are often a very unique and unusual offering of the artist's process and presentation.  They travel light, safely and cheaply.  Last, cost of this work tends to come in slightly lower than those on more substantial substrates.  

I have a number of smaller works on paper available on SANDOZIA.  You may consider some mid to large scale works through the Spalding Nix Fine Art shop on 1st dibs. I also have some very large works (8 feet plus) at the studio. If you wish to inquire about these, please call or email me.

For the naughty set: coal. It's a traditional and classic way to communicate the required message.  For 2015, artist made stockings in paper, fabric or upcycled materials are de rigueur. Maybe you are just the artist?

(color fields) water's edge, 8' x 12', water-based media on paper, 2015

(color fields) water's edge, 8' x 12', water-based media on paper, 2015




making a cactus garden

Seeing cacti everywhere. And making a series of squares featuring cactus with remnants from the 612x912 artist residency at SixTwelve in Oklahoma City. I saw a ton of cactus there. One ton!

On the subject, that seems to be the theme for this summer, here's a great quote from dancer Katherine Dunham:

A creative person has to create. It doesn’t really matter what you create. If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could, in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on.

That's it, people! Something has got to go on!

driftwood + trees painting

Now available through Spalding Nix Fine Art, "driftwood + trees" measures 38" x 48" and is based on the Cumberland Island landscape.  Its colors follow the palette of a recent Savannah historic district town home design and build completed by author, creative director Libbie Summers.

driftwood + trees, 38" x 48", water-based media on panel, 2015

driftwood + trees, 38" x 48", water-based media on panel, 2015




612 x 912

Starting tomorrow, SixTwelve of Oklahoma City hosts me as an instructor, artist-in-residence and consultant on programming and facilities and operations development for their artist residency program.

The community center offers camps focussing on creativity and sustainability. The center's residency exchange program brings one artist from Oklahoma City to Savannah and one from Savannah to Oklahoma.  I'm thrilled and honored to participate.

with artist  Denise Duong  of OKC, photo by Amy Young

with artist Denise Duong of OKC, photo by Amy Young

During the first "Art Walk" week, I will instruct in color theory, formalism and creating works using repurposed fibers-based materials. Campers exhibit their pieces Friday, June 5th.

The second week, "Garden Camp", community members of any age are invited to workshop with me while I create fibers works featuring Oklahoma flora to be displayed at the end of camp week vernissage on June 12.

SixTwelve's onion beds, source: @612Okc

SixTwelve's onion beds, source: @612Okc

During these sessions, I will discuss contemporary arts and arts business issues, developing course content and anything else that the group wishes to discuss.  If anyone wishes to studio assist/intern this week, please contact me using this site. If you wish to join as a "student", there are two or three sessions each day: 9-12, 1-3 and 4-6 (except for Friday, June 12).  Please contact me or SixTwelve if you have questions.

 

seven years

I've posted 2,055 times over these seven years starting on November 1st, 2006. That's crazy - like life.  It's been a full gallop of ups and downs - haha (haha as George Saunders would write).  Thank goodness for the full entertainment and engagement of looking at world, thinking about it and, of course, making stuff.  I'm so content to work and live on this little farm for another seven. No seventh inning stretch. No itch.

The writer (artist) should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention. - Flannery O'Connor

Much gratitude to those that inspire, teach, lead, challenge and spur me on a daily basis (with some of you working it on a minute to minute basis).