Monday, March 9, 2015

In the Air

Something's In the Air; acrylic and charcoal on paper; 36 x 43"; 2015
  The work in Fisherman's Woman has been growing and changing as of late. The series of 18 x 18 inch paintings petered out at the end of last year with a run of unresolved compositions. It was then that I decided to allow the format of the paintings to expand. The imagery and marks were rough and tactile, somewhat naive, and I felt that a larger size would better accommodate them.

  Six paintings later and the space in the work has radically changed. As often happens to me, I had allowed the work to become too literal - too illustrative. Large expanses were filled with paintings of boats that were ever so clearly articulated with every detail nailed down. The paintings were so specific that they were being denied a larger meaning or more open-ended reading.

  Enter the last three large scale paintings where I have allowed my mind to wander without much of a plan trying desperately to "find" the painting rather than "make" it. It sounds zen, but I'm not sure it is, if I'm trying so hard. It is working. And I am creating a space in the work that feels expansive. I am finding color relationships that surprise me. And I am returning to imagery only when it finds its way in. It's all very exciting.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Earth, Wind & Fire: upcoming exhibition

I Was a Milk Cloud Floating; 12 x 11", charcoal and mica powder on paper
 This April I will be participating in a group exhibition at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. Earth, Wind & Fire is a collection of distinctive and imaginative imagery around the theme. Juried by Carl Belz, Director Emeritus at the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, MA, the exhibition will be on view from April 10 through May 24. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 10 from 6 -8 pm.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

1 2 inspire U


 I recently participated in an interview project from artist, Julie Kesti. Called "1 2 inspire U" each interview asks artists about their creative habits, processes, and tips. I was excited to take part and to get to learn a little about Kesti's own adventures through her blog.

You can read the entire interview here.

 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Driven to Abstraction opens this Thursday


  Join me this Thursday for the opening reception of Driven to Abstraction, a group show at the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA. Three pieces from my newest series, Fisherman's Woman, will be on display alongside works from other artists across the country.
  Driven to Abstraction features 52 unique 2D and 3D abstract works by 43 artists, calling attention to the range of techniques and media used by artists who work outside the figurative realm. Pieces by resident artists from The Umbrella and selected artists from as far as Chicago will be on display from January 7 to February 23. Dana Salvo, owner of Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA and a nationally recognized photographer, served as the show’s juror.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wreckage

Wreckage; 18 x 18"; acrylic and gold leaf on paper mounted on panel
  There are now 20 paintings in the series entitled "Fisherman's Woman". The use of paint is fresher, heavier, and more playful in this series than in previous pieces. I haven't been afraid to revisit compositions and alter them entirely if they aren't quite "working out". I will be uploading photos as I take them to a portfolio in the nav bar at the right. Check back in!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fisherman's Woman

From the series, Fisherman's Woman; Acrylic on paper; 18 x 18"

  I more often find myself posting new work on my Twitter feed, @ClaudineMetrick. With my smartphone I can snap a picture while I'm working in my studio and with a few simple keystrokes it is uploaded. It's so easy. But the images aren't always the highest quality and this series is developing into something significant so I thought I would spend the afternoon shooting good images.
  I have posted this one. I'm not sure of the title of  this particular piece yet. The name "Dreamboat" is floating through my head, but I honestly think that name is better suited to another piece in the group. This image happened rather quickly today and I think there were some threads of the Squeak Carnwath exhibition I recently saw at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her marks and surfaces, and somewhat inscrutable meanings allowed me to be more free in the studio today. Because really, who's watching?...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Biomorphic: Installation Views




  The Claypool-Young Gallery recently posted some images from the opening of Biomorphic at Morehead State University.  I have included the best shots of my work below.  While the space is rather large, I do like the juxtaposition of my  paintings with the fanciful sculptures.  To view the rest of the exhibit visit the gallery's Facebook page.