Artist of the Day- Rosamond Purcell (click on image to view individually)

Purcell’s work brings to mind…the boxes of Joseph Cornell, the illustrations of Maurice Sendak, the drawings of Edward Burne-Jones

-Janet Malcolm, The New Yorker

Rosamond Purcell is one of the great photographers. She has captured the history of objects by photographing them in Romantic decline: books scourged by worms, petrified food-stuffs, biological specimens gone wrong, the inexorable entropic winding down of everything.

-Errol Morris, Filmaker

Artist of the Day- David Ernster (click on image to view individually)

“I have always been interested in vessels and the ideas of containment, protection, and the mystery they evoke. They possess the quality of containing almost infinite possibilities:  stories, dreams, passions, nightmares, kept safe within if only metaphorically.” From the artist. You can see Ernster’s work at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon NH

Artist of the Day- Jane Hammond (click on image to view individually)

She was fascinating to listen to!!! So many ideas. She was incredibly direct and willing to present herself as she really is.

‘In June 1993, Hammond asked the poet, John Ashbery to recommend titles for future paintings. A week later he faxed her 44 titles. By December 1994, she had employed 13 of the titles, "reusing one four times and another twice.

The Times spoke of Hammond's "predilection for systems. For decades it has been her practice to limit all her paintings to mix-and-match selections from a total of 276 found images." Since this article was written, Hammond has moved in new directions; she no longer limits her painting to a body of found images.

Many of her works are based on dreams, such as a recent series of works in which butterflies are laid over maps of various countries. She explains her approach to painting thus:

Painting is a cross between high philosophy and cement work. My biggest way of relating to this concept of time and labor is that it is an entry point for reaching the unconscious. The layers of paint have more to do with duration than texture. I see it as a function of time, like the idea of chanting. Certain things can begin to happen because you're with the painting for long periods of time.’

Artist of the Day- Markus Brunetti (click on image to view individually)

Markus Brunetti

‘Brunetti began traveling through Europe with his partner, Betty Schoener in their self-contained computer lab on wheels, making color images of cathedrals, churches and cloisters from between the 11th and 14th centuries. The structures are very large as are the images- up to 10 feet tall.’ NYT 2018

It takes them a year to produce a single image. They lead a monastic life with little contact with the outside world. TThe first of these images is on view at the Hood Museum.

Artist of the Day- Cara Romero (click on image to view individually)

Last Friday we went up to the Hood Museum to an arts symposium. There were 4 sessions. We managed to get to only two…sad. But…never mind, they were entertaining and enlightening. So I will spend several days showing the work of some of the artist who were there. One of the things that became oh so clear to me is that you have to read about contemporary art. The whole “one picture is worth a thousand words”…just doesn’t apply anymore. And, while I find that annoying, I also find artist’s methods, ideas, backgrounds and philosophies just fascinating. I know. I know…you are all dreading the thought that I’m going to start analyzing art. Well I’m not. I’m not smart enough and certainly not a good enough writer to manage that. I DO hope that on occasion you will try to go to an artist’s website…or listen to a linked video. After listening to 4 very different artists I realized how important their process was to their work. Food for thought.

 A Native American herself, Romero’s photographs of tribal communities challenge viewers to rethink the history-and future-of Native American photography. She works closely with her communities and in collaboration with those who pose for her. Many are friends and family.

Artist of the Day- Catherine Goodman (dlick on image to view individually)

‘…though her ideal, I think, isn’t so much to create something finished as to capture the pulse of a scene or a body beneath its surface—its impermanence.’ She paints images of refuge which perhaps relate to her family’s history as Russian émigrés. These refuges often appear as huts in the woods. Goodman paints outside…not so much plein air but as if it were her studio.


Artist of the Day- Elizabeth Jaeger (click on image to view individually)

#1. Greyhounds are anxious dogs. This is an anxious installation. Are the dogs made anxious by an intruder? Is that intruder us? Are they anxious because their master/mistress is?

#2. Saddle, Towel, Wrapper, Throw, Sheath, Cloak, Sleeve, Blanket, Carapace, Hull, Pommel, Shell

All of these words clearly define this piece. But the one that seems missing for me…the Handmaid’s Tale. These forms remind me of the white bonnets worn by the women with their long red robes.


Artist of the Day- Neo Rausch (click on image to view individually)

‘Rauch is widely celebrated for his visually captivating compositions that bring together the traditions of figurative painting and surrealism into an entirely new kind of aesthetic experience.’ Somehow these paintings often feel like history paintings. Maybe it’s the uniforms…or the feeling of uniforms. But then…none of it makes any sense. He was born in East Germany, behind the wall in 1966. Maybe that has something to do with it?

Artist of the Day- Ubuhle (click on image to view individually)

Showing at the Currier Museum in Manchester NH.

This exhibit is truly amazing. Designs and patterns. Color and texture. So much more than I expected. Don’t miss it!

In 1999, two South African women, Ntombephi Ntobela and Bev Gibson, established an artist’s community on a former sugar plantation in the rural outskirts north of Durban. The goal of the Ubuhle (Ub-buk-lay, Zulu for “beauty”) community was to use traditional bead-art as a way for women to develop a skilled trade and become financially independent. Since then, the work created by this small, tightly-knit group has experienced meteoric success and has been shown internationally, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian in 2013. 


Artist of the Day- Titus Kaphar (click on image to view individually)

Titus Kaphar appeared to me this Sunday in the NY Times art’s section. I knew nothing about him. Now…I am all in!! This work is spectacular-full of history, social commentary and art history. I’m only showing his paintings today. What he writes is so interesting. Slow down…take a little time…look and read…and then go to his website!

“I at once see the fact that these images support Colonialist ideas and at the same time, as a maker, as a person interested in material, as a person interested in history, I still really love them. So the works themselves exist in that place of conflict.” — Titus Kaphar

“This painting is about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and yet it is not. …The woman who sits here is not just simply a representation of Sally Hemings, she’s more of a symbol of many of the black women whose stories have been shrouded by the narratives of our deified founding fathers.”
— Titus Kaphar

Artist of the Day- Shara Hughes (click on image to view individually)

“The direct intention instilled in each mark empowers these paintings with a sense of focused purpose, directness, yet they depict suggestions of open space, floating moons, flowing rivers, melting snow. The indirect and the slow burning. Idea becomes form, form becomes an idea, image becomes both. The result is a mix of peace and purpose; material and place; raw canvas and painted surface. Transparency and brick wall.”