Over the last three decades my Easter has been marked by a pilgrimage to the Grand Canyon. I don't know how many times I have been there but it has to be around twenty. You cannot really appreciate it without seeing it in person. One cannot really take a picture of the canyon. One can at best take a picture of a shadow of the canyon. Like Plato's cave all images are hollow representations of inexpressible grandeur. Even so some of the images can still knock the shit out of you.
Monday, March 31, 2014
This is what Spring is looking like in Erie as March came in like a lion and ignoring the old saying, went out like one as well. Pretty much acted like a lion in between for that matter. So not only are we the snowiest city in the US, but this is the coldest winter in the last 30 years for us as well. It has put a huge impediment on any winter beachworks and I've been working in the house since mid-December as the studio still has ice in the water bucket. We just hold out for the inevitable. All the Spring birds are back in town, so it can't be long.
Went down to the beach to see if winter had done anything to the Beachwork. This is what it looks like under last night's snow. There is some damage to the top and somebody has vandalized the lower wall, but it is still encased in ice in places which might cause some problems as the thaw begins.
Here is a shot of the lake. Some open water is visible way out, but there is still more ice than not and I would expect that to last another week before we start to see the big break up.
Just a shot of the ravine with the latest five inches to fall.
In anticipation that the lake will return to a liquid state at some time in the near future, I've been doing some Pattern Recognition pieces of water. Below is a 24 by 24 study to test out some new colors and techniques for imaging water. I like the result, so I am currently working on an extended experiment that will include some 3-D forms that will be floor pieces placed in front of a wall mounted piece. The wall mounted piece is under this study. It is 30 by 40.
This is the first piece of the year. It is 6 feet tall and 2 wide and three deep. It took so long to do that I am so worn out by it that I can't really say anything more. I need some distance from it before I can talk. So that is what I've birthed in 2014 so far. Hi Julie...I must admit I was not in any way tempted to eat it. Thanks for the information.
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Friday, February 7, 2014
In the first week of February and the deep freeze continues. Day after day of single digit temperatures and lows below zero. January had a couple of days above freezing but the new year has been the coldest that I can recall. Erie also is the snowiest city in the US according to the media, but I question that. Somebody has to have had more than us. I have not been able to work in the studio yet this year. I have moved operations indoors for the time being. Usually the cold will drive me out of the studio for a week or three, but I have now been in exile for seven weeks. The piece below is the last piece of 2013. I have incorporated some of the "Beachwork" ideas into the painted medium here. It is six feet long and two wide. It is not exactly what I had in mind, but it turned out OK. I'm closing in on the first big piece of 2014. I hope to have it done by the end of February. It is another sculptural type painting.
I have attempted to add a video here. It is the first time I have tried such a thing. It is a panoramic view of the frozen lake from atop an ice dune right in front of the current Beachwork. If it works I might be motivated to branch out. My fingers are crossed.
This is what the "Beachwork" looks like at this point. It survived the winter storms intact and is now awaiting further work once Spring unlocks the beach. This is the view from straight on...
This is the view from the check dam facing west out over the lake.
This is the view of the whole wall from out on an ice dune. To give you a sense of scale the project is over seventy feet long. New ideas for extending the project are brewing.
Posted by jamie borowicz at 7:54 AM
Monday, October 28, 2013
The latter half of October has been grey and wet and cold, more like a November, but one of the things that kept it from being a total wash was this amazing crop of fungi. It was almost supernatural, the way these things kept popping up. The first one was right outside the west door of the school, under a pine tree. It was about 10 inches in diameter. It had collapsed under its own weight.
This monster was attached to a side of a tree on the bluff overlooking the lake. It was a good 18 inches across and a beautiful orange that didn't reproduce so well in the light of the overcast sky. Like a fungal corsage for the tree , it was beautiful against the bluish bark.
The gills on this one, also found outside the school, are just amazing in their delicacy and precision. Mr.Bass from The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet would be experiencing paroxysms of delight. If you didn't read that book growing up, you missed a wonderful flight.
Posted by jamie borowicz at 8:23 AM
Friday, October 11, 2013
The Fall has been kind to Erie. The rains have been few and gentle and the lake is keeping us warm. This day is not the first 70 degree day of the month, nonetheless the leaves are starting to change. Here are a couple of paintings from the summer, the top one early, the bottom one most recent. I'm still making excuses to use the Alizarin Orange. The bottom painting has doors that open up and inside there is a strange little bone and wood construct that I didn't photograph, so you will have to come and see it yourself. It is a most unusual relic.
Posted by jamie borowicz at 11:07 AM
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I am not entirely ready to return to this place. Much has happened since the last post that has changed my life in ways that I am only beginning to understand. So this is my first try. The painting immediately below I finished on May 20th, the painting at the bottom is the first painting I finished after May 21. They are for Jesse, whatever that means.
Posted by jamie borowicz at 10:12 AM
Monday, April 15, 2013
The last time I went down to the beach to make, the ice dunes had just disappeared allowing the winter fishkill to come ashore. It had already occured at the peninsula weeks earlier with great pungency, but ours was not nearly so intense. Not to say that we didn't have a good deal of carnage, but not like the carpet that the bay received.
Posted by jamie borowicz at 5:30 PM