Here are images of my last show at Deep Tanks, photographed by Kristopher Johnson (thanks Kris). This was the first time I conceived a show as a thematic whole. The disadvantage of this is that the viewer is steered towards one specific interpretation of the work, and therefore might be less inclined to seek his own relationship with it. But the great advantage is that the works react to each other more, so that the entire show becomes a collage, in which all parts fit. Since collage is my main method in making individual art works, it was an exiting experience for me to expand this approach to a show as a whole.
The theme of the show was the storm that struck the US eastcoast last october. As you know from earlier posts, I live nearby one of the most afflicted areas. I wanted to express the frightening power of the storm, but also its beauty, and the need for solidarity with its victims. The need to fight against a disastrous course caused by the destruction of our ecosystem for the sake of profit.
I recycled some older works but the majority is made between 11/2012 and 2/2013. Most of the found materials used for assemblage in these works, were collected from the very beaches that were so badly hit by the storm.
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Someone’s knocking on your door (2013) paper collage 12 by 15 inches
Hello, Mother Nature (2013) Mixed media and found objects on found canvas 40 by 30 inches.
Perfect Storm (2013) mixed media on found tablecloth on wood 55 by 44 inches.
Oh Sandy (2013) mixed media on found objects assemblage. 35 inches wide. This assemblage consists of, among other things, bones, part of a life jacket, fishbones and drift wood
Night of Horror (2012) mixed media on treated photograph 26 by 32 inches (frame incl)
The Churning (2012) mixed media on treated photograph 27 by 31 inches (frame incl)
Flood and fire (2013) mixed media on treated photograph with flame-treated frame 26 by 32 inches (frame incl)
Save me (2008) mixed media on found objects assemblage 12 by 8 inches
Midland Beach, November 2012 (2012) acrylic, oil and oxidized iron on found paper, 13 by 17 inches
Dance of the winds (2012) wax, pigments, oxidized iron and copper, salt, bark and found textile on cardboard 26 by 42 inches
Once you’ve known her, you can’t leave her (the lure of the shore) (2012) acrylic on collage of found material. 9 ½ by 8 inches
From Sea to Rising Sea (1998) iris print of collage 22 by 30 inches
The Return of Hunger (2013) acrylic on found objects assemblage 16 inches high
A silver lining (2013 mixed) media on found etching 8 by 11 inches
Framed (2013) found objects assemblage 7 by 6 inches
Speak, even if your voice trembles (2012) paper collage on plywood 28 by 28 inches.
Below a close up.