New Journal Post 4/18/12

Living in Jacksonville, some may thing that the cultural resources are limited (if not limiting). However, if you know where to go and if you know where to look Jacksonville offers some gems pertaining to the realm of art. There is definitely an uptick in the excitement garnered around the CoRK Arts District, for example. The Epoch Project, too, seems to be tickling the ears of creatives in Northeast Florida. Additionally, I feel that ArtWalk has become a staple to the cultural nourishment of our city. If you live in town and complain that there’s nothing to do my question to you would be where are you looking?”

As I develop as a painter there are two major resources available to me and I try to take advantage of them as much as possible. They are MOCA Jacksonville and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. While the permanent collections in these museums may nit be on the scale as say the Met in NYC, the MFA in Boston, or even the High in Atlanta they are the resources I have at my disposal. Over time I have found some gems as I’ve been able to visit them over and over again. I’d like to share two with you from the Cummer Museum.

Cafe L'Avenue by Richard Emil Miller

Cafe L’Avenue by Richard Emil Miller

This painting was created between 1906 and 1910 by the American Impressionist. The color and spacial relations are two of the most striking features for me. When you get up close to this image the sense of expression is evident in the sweeping impasto. Limbs are evinces and not realized. The mood set by this painting invites you, the viewer, to listen to the music being played. The figuration is superior to most of the other works that can be found in the Cummer. Everything fits!

Lamentation of Christ by Giacchino Assereto

The Lamentation by Giacchino Assereto

This is an Italian Baroque painting that continues to sweep me off of my feet. This could possibly be the most powerfully evocative painting in the Cummer Museum. The figures are rendered in dramatic Italian fashion. You, the viewer, are able to feel the dead weight of the very fleshy, grey, morose Christ. The wounds are the knind that you could put your fingers in! Space and shape hold the prominence within this composition and the chiaroscuro brings emphasis to the somber moment.

While I am thankful for the local museums that I can continually visit much of my research is done outside of my native context. In other words, they are a supplement to the hours and hours of research I do as I learn and cultivate my artistic craft. This last week I have watched several videos on various arts and payed much attention to how they perceive their craft. Here are the links for all those who might be interested. Enjoy.

Kerry James Marshall at Boston University

Dana Schutz on New Art TV

Ricky Allman

Michael Borremans in Conversation with Mario Rossi (there are three parts, this is the link to part 1)

I am edging closer to finishing this first painting. While there are still issues to be resolved I am finding the more saturated palette to be working nicely. I’m keeping the brushwork intentionally loose. Drawing is still evident and important (also evident with pentimenti). Overall the painting as a whole is coming together. More photos of the process will be uploaded in the next day or two.