I’m excited to be opening this ekphrastic show – painters responding to poets and poets responding to painters – at Zip 37 Gallery in six short days. The entire project had its origin in this blog, sort of, about a year ago. I was participating in Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 challenge after losing my studio made me wonder if I would ever want to paint again. Ken Smith was at that time writing a poem a day and posting those poems on Facebook. Ken wrote a piercing short poem titled Clown College Failure in response to one of my little 30 in 30s and I started a large canvas in response to his poem, “An Old Man’s Story.” Do you remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ads? Saying it was just like that is silly, but tonight I feel silly and I’m going to embrace that.
As the date for my show neared, I approached Ken to see if he would be interested in participating in a larger ekphrastic project, including works from some local painters I admire (Gina Smith Caswell, Rebecca Cuming, Joan Fullerton, Lance Green and Mark Penner Howell) as well as a few of my own. Not only was he up for it, he enlisted two Indianan poet friends, David Dodd Lee and Ross Taylor, to participate as well.
Each painting will hang along side its corresponding poem. I could not be more excited for this show. I haven’t seen most of the poetry yet, and one of the paintings will be a surprise to me as well. I love having something to look forward to in these dark times.
I look forward to seeing YOU if you can make it to Zip 37 between February 10 and February 26. The opening reception is Friday, February 10, 5 – 10 and there will be mini-receptions On the following 2 Fridays, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. Zip is open Thursdays 5- 8, Fridays 5 – 10, Saturdays and Sundays noon – 6.
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Tagged David Dodd Lee, ekphrastic, Fall in Love, Gina Smith Caswell, Jeff Buckley, Joan Fullerton, Joyful Circumstance, Katie Hoffman, Ken Smith, Mark Penner Howell, New Year's Prayer, Rebecca Cuming, Ross Taylor, valentines art, Zip 37 Gallery
I was ahead and now I’m playing catch-up. Funny how quickly that can happen. Day 7’s painting is “On Deaf Ears,” 5″ x 5, oil on stretched canvas.
It is available here.
The song below is the best song, in my opinion, from XTC’s brilliant mid-eighties album Skylarking. I think it has held up very well over the years.
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Tagged #30 paintings in 30 days, 30 in 30, Dear God, Katie Hoffman, On Deaf Ears, Prayer, Skylarking, XTC
Oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″.
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Tagged Katie Hoffman, Lisa Hannigan, Little Bird, Mahogany Session, Minor Third Little Bird
Oil on wood, 12″ x 12″/
30″ x 24″, oil on canvas.
If you’re searching for mouth watering eye candy, check out my friend Sarah’s blog. She lives in beautiful New Mexico and paints exquisite landscapes and still lifes that nearly quiver with breath.
She also sent me a link to this video below, because she thought I’d enjoy it. I did. Thanks, Sarah.
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Tagged Bubble, Chasing the Desert Sky, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, landscape, New Mexico artists, Sarah Siltala, still life
Momotype, 14″ x 11″.
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Tagged e.e. cummings, I carry your heart, ink, monotype, paper
Sirena Del Mar, monotype, 11″ x 8″
My show at Zip 37 is over. I’ve taken the paintings away and prepared the gallery for the next artist. It’s been a good run and I sold 9 paintings between the two shows at CORE and Zip (essentially the same body of work on two different sides of town) as well as a handful of monotypes. I’m thanking whatever gods may be that smiled on me these past two months- but I’m especially thanking the good folks who like the work enough to fork over some money and take it home. (Maybe I can get that root canal & crown now.)
My next show is scheduled to open at Zip 37 on February 10, 2012. It wasn’t my first choice of date but I’ll work with it. I plan to do some reading and thinking about the sickness that is love in preparation for this show which falls around Valentine’s Day.
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Tagged aches & pains, animuse, CORE New art space, february, Katie Hoffman, love, Over, Portishead, valentine's day, Zip 37 Gallery