Thursday, November 13, 2008
Spanners and Lace
22" x 30"
Oil stick and graphite
Micasious Iron Oxide
"Art and Design"
Today I met with the Chief of Police and he agreed I can set up an Artist-In-Residence program at the station. He and I discussed a body of work I'm thinking of creating around the police department. I'm actually going to be working in the station!!!!I can't tell you how excited I am about this new body of work and how great it feels to be launching my painting career in this particular way. We are going to use the work to raise money for the AIR program and perhaps a favorite charity for the department!! Lucky me!!!
My recent drawings are much larger than I've been working on so they take longer. This one is a reprise of my spanner and lace of earlier last month. I'm about ready to move on to a new tool now but this particular tool held lots of interest for me.
One day in class we had a discussion about the difference between art and design. From the fine artists there almost seems to be an attitude of disdain about design. And yet, if it were not for good design, we would not be sitting as comfortably, using tools that fit so well in our hands nor have buildings that were both beautiful and functional. Design is one of art's more ubiquitous manifestations and the underpinning of our culture. Perhaps its more valuable to say that art and design are both part of visual culture and deserve equal attention and respect.