September 28, 2006

Long Skinny Boxes

Don't believe I've mentioned my long skinny boxes as yet. Most were prepared for a 2005 solo show which pulled out all the stops filling a very big exhibition room. My next show at this gallery, Feb, 2007, will be in the usual rotating exhibition space, which is smaller but still plenty big. Anyway, back to the skinny boxes (I've yet to define them, any clues appreciated) I'm back at it. Jake builds them for me and I'm in the mood to see how I might incorporate the bokusho technique with this support. Others in this series can be seen here.

Conventional works on the wall show white gel which hasn't dried yet... I like to use gel over the rice paper, but it doesn't signal the end of painting. It just helps me begin to visualize the finished work and determine what it still needs to be called finished.

8 comments:

Omega said...

These are wondrous shapes. Individual uprights can be so evocative: of strength like fence posts, or of spirituality like standing stones, or columns of ruins. They are beautiful. I can imagine that any you have with bokusho technique could be quite marvellous - perhaps more vigorously communicative than the squares.

KJ said...

Wow! I needed that, Omega! I'm often so full of doubts and these have not excaped my waffling.

Martha Marshall said...

I've always loved these, Karen. They have a wonderful presence. Glad you're planning more.

Annette said...

I need a Jake to build some of these ;-] I loved working with this shape in watercolor, but haven't thought about using it lately.

Hope you can come up with a great name for them. I love Omega's thought of 'standing stones', but these are more tactile than that implies. I saw some of these used by a guy from France -- he called them "baquettes!"

meno said...

The image that came to my mind, maybe because of the colors, was tall grasses in the fall.
Although the ones you've called Pylons look like a slice of the sea.

Anonymous said...

I instantly thought: "Core samples"...
and then when I saw that your show had been titled "Timelines" I had to laugh. Core samples being geologic timelines.

KJ said...

The title of one set, Steles, sort of answers the 'standing stone' idea. You guys have dropped a few hints for future titles, but I still don't know how to address them as a whole.

The word 'Time' has been part of the title of most of my shows for the last few years as my surfaces tend to reflect the essense of time (sez I.) I think I've used that quite enough and will venture away for the next one.

Gramercy Galleria said...

I have long favored strong verticals, but these made my heart jump! Omega expresses what these images evoke wonderfully.