With each exhibition, we will post interviews with the participating artists along with a photo of said artists in their studios and images of their work. In the future, we will post videos of artist interviews.
“Observing Observing (a white cup)” opens September 12th and continues through October 31, 2015
Curated by Eric Elliott, Michael Howard & Norman Lundin. More than twenty artists (both gallery artists and not) accepted the invitation to submit work.
Reception for the artists, Sept. 12, 2 – 4 pm
Artist Interview #30: Fred Birchman, Kimberly Clark & Evelyn Woods
Fred, Kimberly & Evelyn have each participated in our interview series in conjunction with earlier exhibitions. We posed the following question to each:
How did you respond to the idea of the white cup?
When I was told of the idea, my main thought was how can I make it interesting? I immediately thought of it falling, not only did it give me the opportunity to view it from different sides, but also I got to draw it three times! It is also difficult for me to separate most forms from their context. So rather than doing so, I decided to write out the running dialogue that usually occupies my brain whilst I’m making something. That way it becomes MY drawing and MY white cup. Thanks for including me in the show. Now I’m going to go get some coffee….
This was a real challenge for me. I procrastinated as long as I possibly could. Though my work is rooted in observation, the idea of setting up a white cup seemed very far removed from where the inspiration from my work comes. In the end, I became interested in how I would, and if I could, make a painting of a white cup that had space and air around it. Of the two paintings that are included in the exhibition, I had a difficult time letting go of the oil painting. I painted it again and again, sanding it down and painting it again. I kept getting pulled back into the painting, because something was missing. I’m not sure if I ever found what that was, perhaps that needs to be answered in another painting…
I got pretty excited when I first heard of the white cup invitational show. It got my brain to working up ideas for how I could paint a simple white cup but make it visually interesting. So much so that there are still around 20 more paintings waiting to be explored. This challenge also propelled me into doing something different with my work. So that’s a good thing. I also went back to using the camera to create the cup compositions, which not only freed up time but allowed me to edit before starting the painting. In my previous drawings I worked directly from a composed still life set up in the studio.