Day Eighty-Three/Image Eighty-Three

“Afloat” Image. Ceres Gallery. New York. Solo Show.

The beer bottle and its “background” are mixed together. The background comes foreword and the beer bottle recedes in places. All being of one color, the collage works well. The space is flattened, making it one piece, one of my favorite types of successes in artwork.

Thursday, my daughter’s AP Art Class is coming to my studio space and I will talk to them about art.

My studio in Atlanta is a huge classroom. The space is inside an historic building. An old schoolhouse built in the early 1900’s. The building houses some of the most interesting arts communities in Atlanta. A radio station, (WRFG-FM Radio), Horizon Theatre, (a theatre company), Art Papers Magazine, seven artists’ studios among other businesses. A wonderful place. I feel lucky to do my artwork there. The artists’ studios are not open to the public. Therefore my studio is just for work, not for showing my work to the public.

Each student in the class will bring a sequestered outlook from their background in the suburbs. Their young minds still not open to accepting things not in their daily environment. The building, first of all, is located in an “artsy” part of town. Every city has one: tattoo places, motorcycle hangouts. Places that pierce you, but look dubious.

These children are suburban kids. Hopefully just seeing the inside of a radio station or watching Horizon Theatre constructing their sets on the front lawn will mix up their outlook and cause them to consider other avenues.