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Friday, December 17, 2010

Six little babies...

Six little babies...delivered December 18, 2010 to Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge.


La Mer I: 8" x 6" ink, oil, and charcoal on Arches


La Mer II: 8" x 6" ink, oil, and charcoal on Arches


La Mer III: 8" x 6" ink, oil, and charcoal on Arches


La Mer IV: 8" x 6" ink, oil, and charcoal on Arches


La Mer V: 6" x 6" ink, oil, and charcoal on Arches


La Mer VI: 6" x 6" ink, oil, and charcoal on Arches







Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ann Connelly Fine Art [Baton Rouge, LA]



Coming soon to Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge....


I Remember the Swamp: 54" x 54", acrylic, oil, oil crayon, and charcoal on Belgian linen

And How the Spanish Moss Would Just Hang There on the Oak Trees:
60" x 48", acrylic, oil, oil crayon, and charcoal on Belgian linen

The Damp and Heavy Moss: 60" x 48" acrylic, oil, oil crayon, and charcoal on Belgian linen

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Le Blog + Party Pics


I am cheating.  Because I am tired.  And I really need to get on the road to Dallas to visit my parents for Thanksgiving holidays. And I am late, and I still need to take a shower and walk the dogs.  So...here are some great shots from last week's opening of Revolutions @ Jean-Marc Fray...courtesy of Le Blog author and my dear friend Cynthia Fray, aka the smokin' hot blonde with the cutest pixie haircut in the history of ever.  

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!!!!!!!

P.S.  Thank you, Blake Oliver, for staying sober enough to shoot all of these great pictures!


And here are a few from our post-show after party (debauchery) @ the East Side Showroom!

They were playing "When the Saints Go Marching In," dancing required if you're from Louisiana.


Jean-Noel Fray, me, and a damn good martini.

Birgitdown.

Blake Oliver

Jean-Marc Fray, Birgit Schroeder, and I

Mia Baxter (owner Metropolitan Gallery) and Birgit 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Revolutions @ Jean-Marc Fray



Thanks to all who joined us last night for the opening reception of Revolutions @ Jean-Marc Fray in Austin, TX!  It was a special and spectacular evening with great friends, old and new.


. . . R E V O L U T I O N S . . .



In this aesthetically whimsical body of work titled Revolutions, I use the circle to address the universal issues of time, speed, and change.  As a symbol, a circle or sphere could not be more fully loaded, as it represents some of the most powerful and universal elements that exist.  Aesthetically, the foundation for this work is the rotation of heavenly bodies--specifically the sun, the moon, and the Earth.  In Revolutions I address how the rotations of these heavenly bodies relate to human lives, with specific regard to the passage of time and the changes that occur in between these cycles.

The obvious visual reference to lunar phases and planetary rotation lays a solid foundation for the fusion of one kind of revolution with another.  As titles such as Medals from One Long War or The Waxing and Waning of My Constitution suggest, an internal, personal, or political revolution also takes place within the constructs of these temporal revolutions of nature, while the titles Mandala I and II suggest the quest or presence of a spiritual revolution.

I chose to deliver this concept in the form of a colorful palette of mixed media pieces, offering the viewer a playful respite from the gravity of its content.  The clean simple beauty of the natural maple both literally and aesthetically supports the rich impasto of the paint and collage.  It is my hope that the viewer will find both meaning and beauty in the balance of these two contrasting elements, as well as infuse his or her own understanding to the work, and therefore adding the most important dimension to the artwork--life.









The Waxing and Waning of My Constitution:  48" x 38", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple





Big Time Revolution: 48" x 72", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple







My Favorite Satellite: 40" x 40", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple






Mandala I:  53" x 32", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple




Mandala II:  53" x 32", mixed media on canvas mounted on maple




Bang Bang Universe: 60" x 96", mixed media on canvas




Days:  24" x 48", mixed media on canvas




Phases of the Great Rotation: 48" x 48", mixed media on canvas






Medals from One Long War (Service): 8" x 6", mixed media on canvas




Medals from One Long War (Defense): 8" x 6", mixed media on canvas




Medals from One Long War (Occupation): 8" x 6",  mixed media on canvas




Medals from One Long War (Honor): 8" x 6", mixed media on canvas




Monday, November 1, 2010

Asia!

I am very pleased to present the following paintings, the debut of my work in Asia. The paintings below will soon be en route to Ode to Art Gallery, an exquisite commercial space with two locations in Singapore and one in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  I am not only thrilled about having representation in Asia, but also about exhibiting with the incredible artists represented at this gallery, such as American Pop artist Robert Indiana.  I was actually viewing an installation of Indiana's paintings at the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain in Nice, France when I was contacted by Ode to Art, who also represents his work.  Sometimes the universe speaks very clearly.


Lotus Pond XX: 60" x 90" ink, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Migration #50: 44" x 40" ink, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Water in Motion (in shadow): 44" x 44" ink, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Part Twenty of a Rainstorm: 48" x 48" ink, oil, oil crayon, and charcoal on canvas





Friday, October 22, 2010

Pages: A True Story by Meredith Pardue

These pieces comprise Pages: A True Story by Meredith Pardue, a solo exhibition opening November 11 @ J Costello Gallery in Hilton Head, SC.  Please join us!

The body of work is divided into three parts:  Labor. Life. Fruit.  While I am not interested in giving a detailed explanation of the individual pieces, I will state what I believe to be the obvious.  Most of these pieces are works on paper, paralleling the title of the show. The use of mixed media combines with the written language in these works to create a diaristic kind of narrative that reminds me a lot of the sketchbooks I used to keep.  Both visually and metaphorically, the traces of "work" as evidenced in the used paper towels, stir sticks, etc. serve as a foundation for all that is happening around it.  That is my life.  This is autobiographical.  So, when I say "work," I am literally referring to the physical process of making a painting, the mental process that is occurring constantly (both consciously and unconsciously), and the life that I have constructed upon the foundation that is my work. The idea of using "work" as a platform from which to perceive, interpret, and construct a world is, quite possibly, the very definition of being to an artist.

I think there is something very pure about these pieces.  They are beautiful to me because they are traces and fragments of moments that are true.  Not all of them pretty.  After all, the truth is not always pretty, but I do believe that it is always beautiful.



THE LABOR

The Labor I: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor II: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor III: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor IV: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor V: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor VI: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor VII: 30" x 22" mixed media on paper

The Labor, Part II: 10" x 80" mixed media on canvas




THE LIFE

Installation view


The Life 1: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 2: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 3: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 4: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 5: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 6: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas

The Life 7: 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas




THE FRUIT

The Fruit I: 60" x 48" ink, oil, charcoal on canvas

The Fruit II: 60" x 48" ink, oil, charcoal on canvas










Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Marina

I have finally completed a 24 piece commission for Oceania Cruise Line's newest ship, Marina.  This luxurious ship is stunningly beautiful with amenities and details like no other.  I am so thrilled to be a  part of it. The pieces below will hang on decks 4-12 in the common areas near the elevators. But first let me tell you an ocean story...

I have dreamed of the ocean as long as I can remember, usually in the form of a terrifying, tsunami-like wave that is forever approaching me as I stand paralyzed and heavy on the beach. This dream always  happens when I am feeling overwhelmed.  When I first started having this dream about twenty years ago, I used to try to run, to climb buildings to get away...but I could never get away from the approaching wave, which somehow never actually arrived, just continued to swell and come towards me like an eternal, gigantic threat.

Then one night about ten years ago when I was living in Portland, the dream changed.  The wave was coming at me as it always had, but that night I heard a voice yelling at me to "Ride the wave!"  (Cheesy, maybe, but that's what it said.)  So, I decided to give in to the wave.  I laid on my back, floating, letting the ocean carry me to and from the shore, rocking my body in the same way it would a ship.  Pretty poetic, eh?  Well, it's the truth.  Anyway, I had the dream again last night.  The giant wave came toward the shore as it always has, but this time it pulled me out to sea, and the undertow forced me to the bottom of the ocean floor.  I held my breath and eventually resurfaced.  I took in a deep breath and looked around me to see all of these other people bobbing in the water.  They, too, had just been through the tsunami.  We were all smiling at each other because we had all just survived the wave.  Then I turned around saw land.  A different land.  I had been carried to another shore.  Pretty damn poetic if you ask me.

Dreams are powerful reflections of our lives, and however intense they may sometimes be, I am grateful that both of mine have always been vivid.


For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings


Now, back to those paintings... 

Marina 1: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 2: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 3: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 4: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 5: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 6: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 7: 53" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 8: 53" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 9: 53" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 10: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 11: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 12: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 13: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas
Marina 14: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 15: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 16: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 17: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 18: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 19: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 20: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 21: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 22: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 23: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 24: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas