Over the last few years, I’ve been preparing for the artist in residence for the de Young museum this upcoming September in San Francisco. Being an anal retentive and compulsive obsessive person, details are everything. In fact, an artist friend once told me: “…no one will care about your art more than you.” Very true. As pieces begin to finish just in time, wanted to share a painting that will be included in the exhibit that has met my “standards.”
The above painting was inspired by the Gingko trees and an outdoor artwork in the Osher Sculpture Garden near the de Young museum’s café. I was intrigued by how the white bark and lime green leaves reflect light against the sky. Looking closer at the tree’s bark, multiple colors emerge: olives, golds, silvers, blacks, and creams. Located near the trees is the entrance of James Turrell’s Three Gems. The piece was created in 2005 and made of concrete, plaster, stone, and a dash of neon lighting. Entering a short underground tunnel towards Three Gems, the concrete reflects and absorbs the colors of the trees that hug the sculpture. The interaction of the trees, colors, and Turrell’s grass covered “skyspace” wraps the viewer in light without the confinement of the museum’s walls.
In a YouTube video, James Turrell discusses his latest exhibit at the Guggenheim museum in New York City. The discussion was part of a series titled: Conversations with Contemporary Artists and the moderator was Michael Govan (director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Turrell: “We have ways of judging things- I’m interested in how we really should look at how we judge things…we receive things and are actively a part or creating the reality in which we live but very much unaware of us doing so…”
Here’s Turrell’s talk:
As the pieces for the residency are arriving at completion, it’s a sneak peak in how my art practice has slowly evolved over the years. Instead of judging, I’ve become committed to the awareness of creating. Spinning my wheels for the next event or exhibit has departed, learning to enjoy the moment at hand is much more important. It was difficult at first but now necessary to move forward.