Monday, June 19, 2017

Poetics of Dreaming

Dreaming seems to be the poetics of thinking to my mind.  I'm creating an installation using objects, video and fabric here at Running with Scissors (RWS), the home base of my studio.  I signed up for it months in advance but am now realizing July wasn't really the best of months to put it up, as the work for it needs to take place the last two weeks of June, which is also #PortFringe time.  I'm going to install it 1st and 2nd of July, but since I'm away that next week, it won't open until July 17th and will only be up for 10 days.  Hours will be by appointment only (b/c of zoning laws here in East Bayside) with a closing reception on July 27th.

This is Portland's Theatre Fringe Festival that is attracting talent from all over the US to come perform for 2 or 3 shows.  The 1st year it started, I tried to put together a re-mount of the show that my theatre company (#BeyondtheProsceniumProductions) took to Edinburgh back in 1996 - Dancing with Desire: A Poetic Fandango with the Erotic and the Bawdy.  But I was unable to cast it.  Ironically, I was asked this year to act in a show, but the producer lost too many actors and had to bag it.

So instead, I'm doing theatre without actors - or installation art as others call it.  Here's a wiki about it.  It will include the use of fabric, objects and video and be installed in part of the front gallery at RWS.   What I'm really sad about today is that although I'm volunteering Wed night., because of other plans made and work that needs to get done and my general peace of mind, I'm gonna miss the fringe this year.

Here's a little sneak preview of one of the objects that will be in the installation.

Friday, June 9, 2017

What Happened to May?

Not unhappy it's come and gone as it was mostly rainy and cold as memory serves.  But we did have the highlight of my sister coming to visit with her partner Steve for a couple of days... and we got to see Mad Horse Theatre's production of Mr Burns: An Electric Play.  if there is a decent theatre company in your area doing this piece, go see it.

On the very first of June, we drove down to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod with the doggies so I could attend the International Encaustic Conference 11.  It was inspiring and I learned some cool things.  I also learned I really need to vent the fumes from the hot box one works on.  Unfortunately my studio here at Running with Scissors is not on an outside wall, so I'm not sure of what can be done.

And I learned a new way to mount my cell photos that I saturate with encaustic wax from the wonderful Sherrie Posternak.  

She uses RIVETS and then ties to a rod for a hanging tapestry sort of effect.  Brill way of dealing with it.  I will experiment with it hopefully without filling the air with too much toxic debris.  Wasn't that a Frank Zappa song?  No, it was Cosmic Debris.

One of the other things I've done since our return has been to create a very large digital, abstract painting.  Life's Mystery I

And this weekend my nephew Mark is coming for a visit before settling down to his PhD studies at Univ. of Virginia.  He's never had lobster, but says he will try it.  But tonight, it's brats on the grill.  Gotta go make that happen!  Until then, my dear reader.....