Tuesday, July 1, 2008
This past weekend, my solo exhibition, Unknown Bridges, opened at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. It was a whirlwind of events, conversations, questions answered, memorable moments and the culmination of about four years worth of work on the 'project'.
Arriving home late last night, I had a chance to dwell upon four days of excitement in central Wisconsin as my flight, earlier in the evening from Minneapolis, brought me ever closer to home and ever more distant from all that had just taken place in the upper Midwest.
First, I am grateful to the Woodson Museum for spotlighting this body of my work and especially for the kindness, graciousness and true sincerity of appreciation the staff at that wonderful venue have shown me not only this past weekend, but throughout the many years that I have been fortunate enough to have been a part of the events surrounding the opening of the annual Birds in Art exhibition as well. There is a very certain truth in what has been said, time and time again, about the genuine affection and friendliness that is demonstrated by Midwesterners in this country. I can not wait to return to Wausau in early September for this year's opening of Birds in Art!
Secondly, I want to say thank you to all who attended the several events where I spoke or the drawing workshop that I hosted on Saturday. It was a real joy for me to talk about my work, how I do it, why I do it and what makes me tick as an artist. I appreciated speaking with all who took the time to come up to me individually to say how much they had enjoyed my discussions.
And thirdly, I want to just say how honored I was to have seen my work hanging almost side by side with that of O. Winston Link, a man whose marvelous black and white photography has inspired me, delighted me and offered me many hours of deep reflection over the years that I have owned his several books.
As those of you who have been following my blog for the last few years will know, this project of working on these bridge themed works over the last four, almost five years, has been an interesting exploration for me as an artist; sometimes taking me to places with my work that I would have never assumed I would have headed. To see most of that body of work hanging together was a revelatory experience for me this past weekend. That little bit of time separation from when the work was packed up and shipped out a little over a month ago, gave me the much needed space to have been able to view the works in a different light on Friday when I first walked into the galleries.
And so, this particular 'journey' as an artist will pause now, but not end. I have no doubt that I will revisit this inspiration sometime again in the future and continue the exploration of what motivated me in the first place, to focus on this interesting subject matter. But for now, it is time to move on to other aspects of inspiration and see where that might lead me.