Saturday, November 24, 2012

IN MOTION at Discover Portsmouth

IN MOTION is on exhibit at Discover Portsmouth Center now through December 21st.  

Here are some installation pics of the exhibit.  
You can also see a 2 minute video of the exhibit here.  
Click here to read a recent article in the 
Portsmouth HeraldThe Wire 
and listen to an interview on NHPR.  

Also on view at Discover Portsmouth: THE POWER OF TEN

For this exhibit I invited 10 artists who have taken workshops with me at some point, to each create 10 works in encaustic, all 10"x10", totaling 100 works.

Artist include:  Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Rick Green, Cheslye Ventimiglia, Diane Bowie Zaitlin, Laura Dunn, Charyl Weissbach, Sarah Brayman, Scout K. Austin, Munira Naqui, Berri Kramer.  Come see what they did!

Discover Portsmouth is open Weds - Mon, 10am - 5pm  

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pigments in Provence & Paris

When our friends Jack and Marie-Christine invited Christos and me, along with our new friends Booie and Stewart, to join them in celebrating Jack's birthday in Provence this month we could not say YES fast enough!  Our trip was filled with the most fabulous Provencal meals, wine from local vineyards, intense light and daily explorations to quaint villages, markets, abbeys and chateaus in the Luberon.

Stewart, Christos, Kim, Booie, Marie-Christine and Jack at the farmers market in Cadenet

Farmers market in Cadenet

One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to Roussillon, a charming village in the region known for mining ochre pigments.  Evidence of the rich earth colors is everywhere from the architecture to the warm landscape. 

Village of Roussillon

View from Roussillon

Just outside of Roussilon center is the Conservatoire Des Ochres where visitors can see how the local ochre pigments are mined.  For an artist it's an inspiring, treasure trove of the most saturated earth colors. I could not resist and left with 9 jars of local ochre pigments.  My friends teased me that I was bringing home dirt but I've git big plans for that dirt!  

 Conservatoire Des Ochres et Pigments Appliques, Roussillon

Our trip was a delight to our gastronomical senses.  Marie-Christine, being the great foodie that she is, sought out the best restaurants the locals try to keep a secret.  Our taste buds were grateful!

Typical lunch at a bistro

A visit to a local cave des vins filled our spirit...

or perhaps the spirit filled us.    

By the end of the week we collectively decided that we could have all just stayed in Provence indefinitely, living together in out lovely villa forever.  Splitting up was only pacified by the thought that Christos and I had four days in Paris to look forward to.  

 Notre Dame in the distance, but look closer.  

We walked every day, rain and shine, all over Paris, visiting the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Île de la Cité, Latin Quarter, Pompidou, Louvre, Opera House, Montmarte and Sacre Coeur.  A fun discovery was this "installation" on the Pont de l'Archevêché where sweethearts affix a lock as a symbol of everlasting love.  

Love padlocks on the Pont de l'Archevêché

Even though I had spend a semester in Paris as a 20 year old, I saw the city with fresh eyes, trying hard to revive my rusty french language skills, most of which j'ai oublié (I forgot).

This was a real surprise...  On the Île de la Cité we chanced upon an art supply store.  

Charvin store on the Île de la Cité

With more pigments!

In retrospect, what I found most inspiring about our strolls through Paris were the window and store displays.  Whether it was pigments, cheese, produce, garments, bread or the way our dinners were so carefully presented, the Parisians really know how to create an aesthetic display par excellence.  

Lunch at a petit Creperie on the Île de la Cité

So what an I planning on doing with that dirt?!  For those of you unfamiliar with the medium of encaustic, pigment is added to a mixure of 200 degree beeswax and dammar (for hardening).  The pigment is what gives the molten wax paint it's color.  Now I have some luscious ochre pigments to mix into my encaustic wax to create work inspired by my trip to the Luberon in Provence and Paris.   

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What can you get for 5 bucks?!

A chance to win this!

"Chakra Grid", encaustic, lead framed, 36"x36"

Some of you may know that I practice Ashtanga yoga.  And I'm quite fond of the studio I go to so, I created this piece to be raffled off on November 3rd.  100% of the ticket sales will go to the Green Lotus Teacher Training Scholarship Fund.  One ticket for 5 bucks, 5 tickets for 20 bucks.  What can you get for 5 bucks?  An order of mozzarella sticks at the local diner?!
Seriously...  The Chakra are believed to be centers of the body from which a person can collect energy.  Ashtanga yoga is a particular style of yoga where breath synchronized movement is key to the practice.  In keeping with this idea, I painted each circle with one exhale as I turned each square in my hand, then put the 49 squares with circles together in the way you see them.  49 chakra circles, 49 breaths with no room for re-doing.  

September Update

Well, summer officially over and I am 3/4 of the way through my grant year.  Perhaps it time too assess how things are going...

One of my grant proposals was to 'reduce' my teaching.  I have done that BUT there was one workshop I just could not bring myself to eliminate... my Maine Coast Encaustic Workshop Retreat.  Having organized this before receiving the grant, and having wanted to do this for years, it wasn't even a consideration not to go ahead.  The idea of coming to Maine to make art, learn, work, relax and be with like-minded creative types generated so much interest that my August retreat filled right away.

 Here's a pic of the August 2012 Maine Coast Encaustic Workshop Retreat participants

Since the August retreat filled so quickly I decided to offer a second week in September.  What I learned from this is just how much I actually like to teach.  Being given the option not to and having chosen to teach anyway made me realize how important teaching is in connecting me with others who enjoy learning, making art and cultivating a creative community.     

Here's a pic of my September 2012 Maine Coast Encaustic Workshop Retreat participants

What else is up?!  Currently, I have work in 4 exhibits...

"Heated Exchange" at the Upstairs Artspace Gallery in Tryon, NC through November 17th.  

"Heated Exchange" was curated by Reni Gower.  Artists include:  Kim Bernard, Kristy Deetz, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Glessner, Cheryl Goldsleger, Reni Gower, Heather Harvey, Jeff Hirst, Tim McDowell, Laura Moriarty and Jane Allen Nodine.

Wave Phenomena, encaustic, fiber, steel, diam range from 18"-54" 

Click here for an online catalogue 

This piece is in an exhibit at Plymouth State University on view until Sept 29th...  

Three Loops, encaustic, 24x24

I also have a piece in an exhibit in the "Converge" show Maine College of Art...  

Set in Motion, encaustic, 36"x48"

And a solo exhibit at the Tenacre School in Wellesley, MA through October 22nd, where I was invited to be a visiting artist.  

Spirometry, encaustic, 36"x36"

Click here to see how these spirographic paintings were created with a pendulum.  

What's next?!  

My exhibit "In Motion" is coming up at Discover Portsmouth in Portsmouth, NH and will run November 9th through December 21st, with an opening reception on the 9th from 6-8pm.  This show will run concurrently with an exhibit I'm curating "The Power of Ten" which will be on the second level at Discover Portsmouth.  Stay tuned!  


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Interview with Tim Gaudreau

Tim Gaudreau was the 2005 recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant.  

 Tim working on the Waterville Seeds Project

How would you describe your work?

My work is interdisciplinary, often community-based and collaborative using a variety of media from photography to installation with the express intent of engaging the public in social and environmental issues.

What was your grant proposal?

My grant proposal included several main features from the basic budget for equipment upgrades to funds to support new projects and travel related for research and peer networking.

Did you stick with your grant proposal or did you make adjustments to your plan?

While I didn’t stick with my proposal word for word, I did generally follow the plan that I mapped out.  There certainly was room to adjust as my work and process evolved, but I did accomplish what I set out to do.

What kind of impact did receiving the AAG have on you and your work?

The grant had enormous impact on me – it boosted my confidence in a way that translated into increased encouragement to pursue the work that I was striving for.  The value of the time to engage in one’s work cannot be overestimated!  The grant enabled the time, attention and funds to allow my work to develop, if not flourish.  For example, one of the projects that the grant helped to fund became a significant work for me.  With the momentum of that work, as I followed my travel, research, networking agenda, I met the right people at the right time that directly led to several significant shows in California.

 Debut of the Zero Waste Recycle Station bins

How has your work developed in the years since receiving the AAG?

I’d say that as a result of the grant and the direction of my proposal, my work has developed to be even more interactive and community-based.

Do you continue to apply for other grants and have you received any? 

Yes, I have been quite fortunate to have received several grants since the AAG, including from the NH State Council on the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. 

  18.9 Tons: A Year of Considered Consumption

 What are you working on now?  

Currently, I’m experimenting with recycling discarded beer and wine bottles as a material for some installation ideas. This work is a little break from my more major, long-term project, My Carbon Footprint: 365 days of tracking my CO2 emissions, which is quite research and data driven.

Images of 18.9 Tons: A Year of Considered Consumption

Do you have any exhibits/projects coming up?

I have work currently in a traveling exhibition in China through the rest of the year. Turn Here at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia, PA just came down.  And, my carbon footprint project, 18.9 Tons: A Year of Considered Consumption, debuted in Boson a few months ago. I not sure what’s next!

To learn more about Tim's work go here and here

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

2012 Recipient Named

News Flash!  The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation recently announced that digital media artist Bear Kirkpatrick of Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Artist Advancement Grant. Joining Mr. Kirkpatrick as finalists this year are Lauren Gillette, a mixed media artist from York, Maine and painter Rose Umerlik of Kittery, Maine.  Congrats Bear!  Read more here

Interview with Lynn Szymanski

This months interview is with 2009 AAG recipient Lynn Szymanski of Rollinsford, N.H. 

How would you describe your work?

I make sculpture mostly in wood. I am trained as a furniture maker and utilize the techniques and processes from furniture making in my sculpture. My work is becoming increasingly organic both in form and in process. While in art school, I studied the life and work of Eva Hesse, who still today is a strong influence. Like a lot of young female artists who are influenced by her, I was attracted to the way she expressed so much vulnerability in her work which is something you can’t do in furniture.

What was your grant proposal?

My grant had two components. I wanted to do a new body of work based on traditional Japanese shop signs. I had never done a series of pieces based on one idea before, so that was a big step for me as an artist. Second, I wanted to be able to set up a space to work at home.

Did you stick with your grant proposal or did you make adjustments to your plan?

I had thought about this idea for a long time and was very specific about the concept and the resources needed to execute it, so I did exactly what I said I was going to do.

What kind of impact did receiving the AAG have on you and your work?

Number one it gave me some validation and from that greater confidence to keep plugging away every day. At the time I received this grant, I had reached a stage in life where the sacrifices required to continue my practice were getting too great and the rewards fewer and fewer. It also made me realize that moving forward, I am ready to go deeper into subject areas I already know rather than always exploring new areas.

How has your work developed in the years since receiving the AAG?

My project was successful in that it helped me to make the transition from furniture to sculpture. However, I still identify myself as a furniture maker and probably always will. I admire the sensibilities of furniture makers such as their daily pursuit of quality, attention to detail and generosity of knowledge. That said, I have also let go of a lot of the perfectionism that furniture makers strive for and instead have focused on highlighting imperfections. There are a lot more 
victories that way!

What are you working on now?  

I am still working on the shop signs and building some furniture for my house.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stuff Moves Extended, Dancers Move Within and I Swing

My exhibit Stuff Moves, at The Engine in Biddeford, ME opened June 15th.  I'm delight to share that the exhibit has been extended through August 18th.  All the more time to visit and be a mover and a shaker.  
Here are some pics of the opening reception...

Viewers are still while Bardo State is in motion

Bardo State49 cement balls, 49 springs

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Bardo State is the interim between death and rebirth, lasting 49 days. It is also considered a meditational state or dream stage. I invite the viewer to stand back and observe the performance where multiples come together in choreographed reiterations resulting in moving sculpture.

Subcircle performers

On Saturday, July 14 at 3pm and 8pm, the dancers from Subcircle will be performing at The Engine.  At some point they will be moving within Bardo State. Get your tickets here

Back to the reception...

Corey Daniels using using his hands to 'talk' about motion.  Which reminds me, I should be studying physics!

Pam and Dale in front of Wave Phenomena

Wave Phenomena was inspired by images of sound vibrations in the book Cymatics by Hans Jenny. Jenny, a Swiss scientist, meticulously recorded sound vibrations at various frequencies made visible through the use of powders, pastes and liquids. With a particular interest in the natural phenomena of the movement of sound made visible, I have attempted to capture this vibrational matrix of sound patterns in motion as an installation of floating discs. 

Kids twisting Dance of Shive

Dance of Shive (not Shiva) was named after Dr. John Shive who developed the Shive wave machine. This kinetic sculptural installation consists of 146 red bouncy balls stretched between two columns that when displaced causes a wave to propagate across the span. You can make your own using duct tape, shish kebab skewers and marsh mellows. 

and getting dizzy in front of Tertuim Quid

This grouping of three disks, spinning at low rpm, creates the illusion of three dimensionality and was inspired by Duchamp’s Rotoreliefs.

  Me yakety yakking about Pendulum 9

The inspiration for the Pendulum Series occurred while viewing the sand pendulum at the Boston Museum of Science which, when swung, drizzles sand in a geometric pattern. It occurred to me that if sand were replaced by molten encaustic wax, a permanent geometric pattern would adhere itself to a panel lying flat. Ultimately, the mark is determined by the length of the cable, the mount of wax I place in the pendulum and the manner in which I push, swing and propel the pendulum.

And since the show has been extended, there will be another Friday Artwalk on July 27th.  Rumor has it that I'll be swinging from the ceiling (pendulum style) from 5-8.  Come and give me a push!

Tune in shortly for the next post:  an interview with Barbara Rita Jenny and all-things-physics.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Stuff is Movin' at The Engine

265 Main Street • Downtown Biddeford, Maine
Hours: Tues through Fri 12pm to 6pm • Sat 10am-2pm
Closed Mon and Sun • Call for appointment 229-3560

Kim Bernard's "Tertuim Quid" 2012. Photo of Kim Bernard below by Tammy Byron.


KB_portrait_by_Tammy_Byron_largeEngine is pleased to bring artist Kim Bernard's "Stuff Moves" solo show to Biddeford. The work in this highly interactive installation is comprised of kinetic sculptures constructed of wax, steel, and springs. Ms. Bernard says:
“My present projects investigate the intersection where the hard and fast science of physics collides with sublime spirituality, playfulness and a pinch of humor. This quest for the magical moment where awe is directed at subjects more powerful than the objects and the ‘aha moment’ happens in the hands rather than the grey matter. These recent kinetic works invite the viewer to engage the sculptures’ motion, as an extension one’s own energy, and break the no-touch rule of art.” 
Kim Bernard shows her sculpture, installations and encaustic works nationally and has been featured in many exhibits, some of which include the Art Complex Museum, Saco Museum, Currier Museum of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Montserrat College of Art, UNH Museum of Art, Merrimack College and Phillips Exeter Academy and the 2011 Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art.  Her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe and Art News and is featured in the recent publication 100 Artists of New England. Bernard is the recipient of the 2011 Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant. She received her BFA from Parsons in 1987, her MFA from Mass Art in 2010 and currently teaches at the Maine College of Art and Plymouth State University. Bernard gives presentations, lectures and offers workshops nationally as a visiting artist but makes her home and work in Maine.Visit Kim Bernard's web site here.

Please help us welcome Kim to Biddeford. S
he will give an artist's talk at 6:30pm on opening night and continuous artist talks on June 29 during Biddeford's ArtWalk. "Stuff Moves" will be on display until July 21.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May Update

Just a little context...  if you're wondering why I am doing this blog-thing, which I often ask myself, you can find out in the "My Intentions" post from January.  

Since my last post....

So, truth be known, when I added a monthly visit to NYC to my grant proposal, it was a last minute, this sounds like fun, afterthought.  I never realized that it would become such a large item on my monthly to-do list.  I've found that, as exciting and stimulating as NYC is, it takes a lot of planning and preparation to get there, and a lot of research and strategy to see the best exhibits.  I actually think I'm seeing more of NYC that when I lived there (during my art school days) and probably taking in more exhibits that the average New Yorker.  These visits have certainly pacified any romantic ideas I've had of moving there, at least for the time being.    

In lieu if NYC, April presented itself with an invitation to teach as a visiting artist in Chicago, so I added on a 3 extra days to get my art fix.  Not only did my students post a blog about a talk I gave, but they gave me some great recommendations of what to see which included...

Frank Gehry's Pritzker bandshell

Day 1 -  The Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute (Fab!), along with being totally wowed by the architecture!  My foggy memory of my course in "History of Modern Architecture" got a workout and I rode 'the Loop' just to take it all in. Dinner with Greek hubby Christos, at the Parthenon in Greek Town, made the day complete.      

Christos and Magdalena Abakanowicz's Agora

Day 2 - Breakfast at The Yoke, a visit to Magdalena Abakanowicz's Agora, followed by a gallery marathon in the West Loop and River North districts.  In the spirit of having a complete Chicago experience, this vegetarian even ate an authentic Chicago hot dog!

Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate

Day 3 - The Cultural Center, a second hit at both the Art Institute, a visit to Frank Gehry's Pritzker bandshell, a collision of sculpture, architecture and landscape with the Chicago skyline as it's backdrop and Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate.

Hyde students making molds

The plane barely landed and I had to hit the ground running with a day of teaching as a visiting artist at the Hyde School in Bath, Maine.  The students (I love them all!) used clay to create negative molds. Next, they poured plaster into the cavity to create a positive form, hence turning a negative into a positive. To further the challenge the students were encouraged to sculpt a personal symbol that stood for something in their life that is negative, but they are working to make positive. Example: Procrastination (negative), into Time Management (positive) = A Clock (symbol)

For May, back to NYC...

For May, I returned to the big apple.  Here are some great shows to see if you're in NYC and worth looking at online if you're not...

Exhibits Just Past...

Executive Director Wayne Atherholt with my work at the Morean Arts Center

My kinetic work was part of a exhibit Wax: Medium Meets Message show at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The exhibit ended on May 28th but lives in internet infinity in these online reviews...

Quantum Revival at Momentum X

My work was also on view at Momentum X at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, ME.  This is the exhibit annually features work of the AAG Grant Recipient along with that of the  finalists.  This exhibit ended on May 27th, but you can still see and read all about it here...

Exhibits Up Now...

 Switchback, encaustic, 24x36 at Bowersock Gallery

My newest works will be on exhibit at Distinctly Encaustic, Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown  from Friday, June 1st with a reception from 7 to 9pm, through June 19th.  And I currently have some new work at Arden Gallery in Boston, MA.

Traces of Motion II, encaustic, 24x24 at Arden Gallery

  Stuff Moves, the is moving to Maine! 

Tertuim Quid, click here to see them in motion

The Engine is a creative art center and in Biddeford, ME with an ambitious mission to propel the creative community.  This large, high ceiling, wide open gallery space poses a unique opportunity for me to exhibit, not only Stuff Movesmy recent body of kinetic sculptural work,  but my large kinetic installation Bardo State along with Wave Phenomena.  It will be a first to see all this work together.  

See Bardo State in motion here. 

Wave Phenomena

Hope you can come!!! 

  Stuff Moves
The Engine, Biddeford, Maine

June 15th - July 21
Reception June 15th, 5-7
Artist Talk, June 15th at 6:30
Biddeford Art Walk, June 29 5-8 (non stop art walk talk, yikes!)