No rain to drip from the deep ferns, but the ride through the slanted light in the redwoods gave Oola and me the requisite amount of awe to create a great day.
Also inspiring were the lycra encased muscles of the many manly bike riders on hills of Lucas Valley and Nicasio Valley roads. They reminded me of the time when I stopped the car to let a woman lead a huge, mud splattered, rain drenched and steaming horse across the road. The muscles working under that horse’s taut skin created an event of great beauty and amazement for me (and Oola). Likewise, the haunches of the bike riders.
We were on our way to an opening reception for the artists at the current show in the Gallery Route One, in Point Reyes Station.
The show I am referring to is “Duration”, a juried show. The visual interpretations of the theme offered great visual variety, from spiritual, to narrative, playful, explorative, and more.
Oola fell in love with this crocheted typewriter complete with metal typebars.
Robert Arneson said of his typewriter with the red fingernails that he was doing work about the human condition. Marie says that she is recapturing memories from her early years, but for me this typewriter seems to speak from the secretary’s point of view — Making the best of what is given. Marie says it reminds her of the feel of her fingers pushing against the keys to make a word happen.
You can see a detailed closeup and the wonderful details of this sculpture at http://mariebergstedtartist.com/
Here is a shot of Oola and Marie talking, and next to them my accordion-style book of digital figure drawings.
There was another artist-made book in the show, one that I immediately grabbed me.
Here she literally ties word to word to make a book. There is a theme of knitting in her work, of demented pointed sticks, and stabs, and a determination to make her own space, even when the big red ball of yarn demands most of the rectangle. Have a look at more of her work. www.joannakidd.com You will be well rewarded, as was I.
Jeffrey’s work is more about leading you to experience the process he went through to find his visual statement. It is introspective work that will ignore you if you do not take the time to get close. It is only in the evidence of layers and layers of painting and sanding that you begin to hear the poetry of the piece and see the delicate veins of the passage of time and experience. www.jeffreysully.com
This image includes the show’s Juror, Andrea Schwartz, of Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco. I was very impressed with her choices for the show. But I was also impressed with her generosity. Most jurors in my experience tend to disappear. Ms. Schwartz invited the artists to introduce themselves to her. She took my pathetic card and gave me a good, encouraging lead.
I believe the second person in the picture is Martin Webb the painter whose images I was so attracted to. I did not get to meet him, hence the “?” but I think it is a good guess. I loved his paintings, with their dark, northern, 21century, Grimms fairytale feeling, with their Cassandra-like insistence. Check out his website. He is quite an impressive artist. martinwebbart.com
And the colors in his reproductions are so much better than my photos!
There were many more works Oola and I admired. If you are in the area it is well worth the trip to see the show, and to experience the little town of Point Reyes Station (it has a locally-owned honest to goodness book store!, restaurants, a wool shop, a feed store in a barn with great green and yellow bails, lots of artists, and, and, and…). And it’s only a few miles away from the beautiful Point Reyes coast itself.
The show will be up until Feb. 19. The gallery is located at 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes, CA 94956 (415) 663 1347 Open 11AM to 5PM Wednesday through Monday.