Emerging: From Behind the Studio Door – Blog #21

Bucket Lists

I never quite got into bucket lists, at least not in the usual sense, for travel. It’s not that I am not interested in seeing and visiting different or exotic places, but I don’t have a driving need to have to go to a particular place. Travel tends to happen organically, for me anyway. By that I mean that travel happens, planned or unplanned, such as visiting family or an unanticipated opportunity arising. Each of which almost always offers something special to see or do that I, otherwise, might never have thought about. I guess I like the surprises that come with something not overly planned (kind of like how I approach my art at times, come to think of it).

On the other hand, I do have a list when it comes to art that I feel compelled to see sooner than later. Some of what’s on that bucket list includes:

Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY – 500 acres of outdoor and earth sculptures. Artists whose work I would love to see there: Maya Lin, Alyson Shotz, Andy Goldsworthy, Sol LeWitt

Fred Sandback sculpture at DIA Art Foundation, Beacon, NY. As I indicated in a previous blog, I am continually intrigued with his conceptual interpretations of line and perceived space.

MASS MoCA in North Adams MA – 43 exhibits, currently, ranging from Sarah Oppenheimer, James Turrell, Anselm Keifer, Louise Bourgeois to Jenny Holzer, Tom Slaughter, and Laurie Anderson’s virtual reality piece. 

Antoni Gaudi’s buildings in Barcelona, Spain

Ugo Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains,” fluorescent colored, marshmallow-like stacked sculptures in the middle of the Nevadan desert near Las Vegas (inset image). I love the idea of unexpectedly coming across this piece out in the middle of nowhere. I can just imagine extraterrestrial beings landing near it and checking it out – what would they think?

“The Sublime Farewell,” a comprehensive exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s career, currently at The Met Breuer (which one cannot see now, of course, but will travel to MOCA in Los Angeles later in the year, so that may be a possibility). I intrigued with his different styles, depending upon what he was focused on at a given time.

Robert Irwin – “Unlights” exhibit at PACE Gallery. It closed early in the year, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for it should it travel. He continues his exploration of perception using light and color with fluorescent tube lights, but in this exhibit, the bulbs are not lit, no wiring involved. It is the juxtaposition of subtle variations of colors, the soft shadowing and reflection on the rounded forms of the tubes next to one another, against equally subtle variations of white,  that creates their own glow (my Featured Image shows an example). A wonderful review can be found at https://lightlynews.com/2020/02/13/arts/robert-irwins-ambient-odyssey/

So much exciting work! Hopefully, the opportunities to see and experience them will be there in the not too distant future.

Thanks for reading!


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