80″ x 80″ ink on paper, 2013
Ink on paper, 2014
mixed media on paper, 10″x14″, 2013
In April 2013, I was the Featured Artist at the annual Garden Party at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. It was quite an honor, and quite the night.
I produced 20+ drawings using the geometry and gestures of my hand to benefit the Umlauf. These were sold at the event and given as gifts to the board members.
The Four Gates Sculpture inspired four large drawings, each made by laying the large circles down onto large paper, asking friends to interact or compose themselves within the circle, and me drawing and painting a record of each in space and in relation to the circle.
Square with the World is the North Gate circle, the North Gate being that of selfless love. My friend Larry Vanston helped greatly in the conversation about decisions about the composition of the Four Gates, in addition to being a helpful neighbor and coming over every time I needed to move these huge things around. He made a very strong case that the gate of selfless love needed to be the largest circle. It is not a coincidence that the 96″ diameter circle is also the one that fits him all stretched out.
Since Larry’s polka drawing was a record of me dancing solo, this drawing was one of the two of us doing a slow two-step to Mike Stinson’s Square With the World, a song that Larry chose for the piece.
Attachment is the East Gate circle, the East Gate being that of the acceptance of responsibility. My friends Carl and Claire, a couple, composed themselves in the circle.
Calculated Risk is the South Gate circle, the South Gate being that of the desire to explore. My friend Hart Blanton, a social psychologist and researcher, composed himself in the circle while looking at his iPhone reading the New York Times.
Saturation is the West Gate circle, the West Gate being that of the devotion to beauty. My beautiful friend Eunice Garza composed herself within this circle and allowed me to drench her with ink and let her play. I won’t show you a picture of that. But this is a record of her beauty on a page.
ink on paper, 32 drawings 7″x14″ each, 2013
These drawings were made as studies for gestural compositions within a circle. One was used as the image in “Shining Apollo”, and of course its negative drop “Descending Apollo”. Another was used as the graphic image for the “I Am Free” hemisphere and on the dome of “Full Bloom”.
This drawing includes a quote from Mark Helprin’s The Winter’s Tale. It was made as an artist friend of mine and I moved around the paper and had a conversation. It reads:
“They cried because of the magic and the contradictions; because time had passed and time was left; because they saw themselves as if they were in a photograph that had winked fast enough to contradict their mortality; because the city around them had conspired to break a thousand hearts; and because they and everyone else had to float upon this sea of troubles, watertight. Sometimes there were islands, and when they found them they held fast, but never could they hold fast enough not to be moved and once again overwhelmed.”
ink on paper, 72″x108″, 2013
In 2010, I did a Pecha Kucha presentation in which several friends polka-ed through the audience, including Larry Vanston who selected Dale Watson’s Fox on the Run for the music. Larry is one of my dance partners, and he has danced at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. to demonstrate Texas dance.
For this drawing, I put on Dale Watson’s Fox on the Run, inked up my feet, and polka-ed solo while Norman took pictures. The piece now hangs in Larry’s living room.
ink on paper, 96″x83″ 2012
This drawing was made as a performative piece during the East Austin Studio Tour in 2012 on my back porch. I used a 72″ diameter circle, inked my feet and walked the circle.
This drawing was made using a 62″ diameter steel circle on paper and using it as a drawing tool to play with a circle that is the diameter of my height.
ink, paint and charcoal on paper, 57″x59″ 2012
ink, paint and charcoal on paper, 60″x55″ 2012
This drawing was made by laying down a 54″ diameter steel circle onto a large piece of paper, asking my son Wallace to compose himself in it, and me drawing and painting around him.
This drawing was made by laying down a 48″ diameter steel circle onto a large piece of paper, asking my son Roland to compose himself in it, and me drawing and painting around him.