Life size standing driftwood figure. One of a group of four. Three others soon to be uploaded.
Lift (September 2013)
To "MAN" followed the five short Pinter plays, three Portrait residencies at Hyde Park Schools, Life of Pi at Cocoon, a delightful summer Bridge program, and now The Joy of Learning mural. Though intended to celebrate and encourage the students learning, the preocess of creating the mural worked its magic backwards and made me learn a great deal, for which I am grateful.
Sunday May 5 at FDR Highschool in Hyde Park, NY, 100 charcoal portraits from my Student Portrait Residencies at Violet Ave Elementarty and Haviland Middle Schools will be on display.
The portraits (in room 139, "small Cafeteria"), will take part in the Hyde Park School Arts Festival, open to the public only one day, Sunday May 5 from 1 to 4 pm.
The portrait below is an example of the work.
Seventeen years ago in 1996 I was hired to paint a mural in the exterior north brick wall of the then soon to be Merritt book store in Red Hook. Subsequent events made it hard to know that I had in fact been the artist and the designer of the last and approved sketch. I titled it Harvest Pas. The right side bottom square I designated for the signature contains my name.
I went today, April 9 2013 to photograph MAN at Taste Budd's and Harvest Past.
I enjoyed the farmers in the painting. They reminded me of images I had seen previos to painting Harvest Past. Images of farmes by Pieter Gruegel the Elder. Once again I looked at the main character, the maid pushing the apple cart. She resembles my mother in many ways. It's been said before that we always paint ourselves. And from what I have experienced this is especially true when painting from memory, and early in one's career.
Following some images of Harvest Past/1996
Latest video version of MAN by Kazio:
Video and photos from the move.
"MAN" 2013 video
"MAN"'s move to Red Hook on Jan 26 was a terrific success. My most sincere thanks to all those who participated in the event. My heart is full of gratitude to you.
The day after the move, Marguerite and I went to Taste Budd's and saw for about half an hour a constant flux of people with cameras taking pictures of the sculpture and of themselves in front of it.
My gratitude also to the press for the incredible amount of coverage. At least 6 articles have appeared in local newspapers plus videos and photos online.
"MAN" will stay at Taste Budd's untill December.
I chose the word "unknown" for the above quote but I could as easily have chosen "inspiration", "creativity", emptiness", universe", faith", spirit", "right brain" and perhaps many other words. They all refer to an imaginary place from where creation comes. "Unknown" has a special meaning for me from the rich experiences I have come to have by entering it. These experiences came to a peak during a workshop I led at Cocoon Theatre in 2009 in which through improvisation we were able to stimulate the mind to new levels of perception.
The unknown (accesed in this way), became a place at once restful and vibrant, pregnant with infinite and dynamic possibilities ready to be expressed.
This website is intended to collect much of the work that came after that and some before. No work here dates back further than 10 years. I haven't included any of my works in the performing arts. They may be found in the Cocoon Theatre website www.cocoontheatre.org.
Normally on the home page I will post the latest pieces I am working on or have recently finished. Some are commissions, some Arts in Education projects, some the result of my own inspiration. As new works come into being, the previous ones are moved to the categories on the tabs.
Thank you for visiting. Please send any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"MAN" 2013 video
A little driveway dance. Video by Nancy Baysinger.
Made of Hudson River driftwood.
"MAN" will be making his pilgrimage to Taste Budd's in Red Hook on Jan 26 at 2pm.
"MAN" in November 2013 approximately
Jan 2013. Double charcoal on paper portrait of Chris Conroy and Ana Miren San Millan.
Commissioned by Linda and Kevin Conroy.
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