Sunday, December 2, 2018

Home

Over the years, I have used the house image to show the human desire and need for security, both physically and psychologically.  The house can portray the actual structure that protects us from the elements of nature but the house is also a home, the extension of our personal selves, the place where our family, our memories and values reside. 

The house can call into question our relationship with nature. Other animals seem so integrated into nature, but we survived by building this physical boundary around ourselves. As necessary as a house is, was this need for physical security the first step in forgetting our relationship and dependence on the natural world?

The house image can expose our relationship with others - why do some people have excess padding (even the middle-class have mansions) while others have only the covering of blankets and cardboard?

The house can be a place of protection, but when we find that our safety is compromised, (through war,  gun violence, or drug overdose) we may have to leave our quiet, protected place of security to express our sorrow and concern, as the drawing Taking Our Sorrow to the Streets suggests.

Each of these images deals with an aspect of the human social relationship that needs attending to - homelessness, ecological collapse, social living conditions, human violence, and group identity.


Fragile - Handle With Care

Home Sweet Home 

Security in the Neighborhood

Taking Our Sorrow to the Street


The Human Animal


The Security of Home


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Write to Bloom

Do you love to write?
Melissa Hamilton Kolberg has agreed to host a Write to Bloom workshop using my drawings as writing inspiration. 
Sunday, November 11, 2-4 in Melissa's studio, Trumansburg NY.
For more information visit the website: https://www.write2bloom.com/

I'm not sure yet what drawings I will show, but here are a few possibilities.

The Unknowable

Leaving Home

Double Falls, The Past and the Future

Constructing Reality



Monday, October 29, 2018

The Tree of Life

This painting was originally called The Family Tree, 
now I am renaming it The Tree of Life.
 It is the same, isn't it?

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Planning a Show

I have a show coming up in October in Ithaca at Mockingbird Paperie. The work includes paintings created in 2015-16 from two series -  The Emergence of Form and The Observer is the Observed.

Time meets Thought

The Observer is the Observed


A Receptacle for Reality

Oblivious to the Universal Mind

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Favorites

Uprooted

The World Upside Down

Taking Our Sorrow to the Street

Many Worlds, One Species

The Unknowable 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Summer Work by Kim

These are the drawings that I made this summer. They are all 22x30" graphite drawings on Stonehenge paper. 


Creating Reality

Writing the Story

Cosmic Beings

Double Falls, The Past and the Future

The House of Knowledge

Overwhelmed

Breakthrough

Moving with Snakes

The Empty Vessel, The Flow of Life

To see more drawings in this series, go to www.kimschrag.com

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fernando at Gimme in Trumansburg

The Dragon and the Butterfly

Fernando is having a show of assemblages at Gimme Coffee in Trumansburg, through August.
The five assemblages in this show are an experimental collaboration with MARK OROS, lapidary artist at HASHNU STONES in Trumansburg.


Journey Beyond Separation

Fancy Mom




Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Notebook is Born

Fernando has been designing a notebook. 

The shapes are selected from Taughannock Creek stones.

These are the chosen stones in their final arrangement. 
The stone shapes are carved into the cover board.


The book cover is prepared.


The book block and the cover are ready to be glued together.


The stone shapes are also added to the back cover in low relief.



The front and back boards have been covered in blue linen fabric.

The stones are glued onto the cover.


The beautiful front cover of the book. 


The back cover.
Finished!

This lovely wedding guest book or personal journal is 6x9".

Fernando - f@unboundart.com


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Expanding the Universe- through Abstraction


One of my favorite design exercises starts by drawing a simple design (you can see the trials above) and then after one is chosen, I divide the composition into sections. In the examples below, the design gets increasingly complex as the composition is divided in half and then in half again, and so on. It's always a gamble as to how far to go. Sometimes the original design is the best, but if you choose a composition as I did, that you don't like very much, then it opens up new possibilities and new relationships between line and shapes. This design incorporates the grid in the horizontal and vertical divisions. You can also see that leaving space between the sections adds another element of line.

the first ink drawing


divided in half and rearranged


divided into 4 sections



divided into 8 sections





By the time you get this many pieces, 16 shapes, you have quite a design puzzle.

What's next? I could keep arranging, looking for connections between lines and spaces and trying to see where contrast and merging add interest.
I could glue this all down and say Finished! or start dividing again. I could add more lines to help unify the design. Color would also be an interesting element to break up the monotony of the black and white.

Want to play with design and abstraction with some company? I'm giving a 4-week workshop in June at my studio in Trumansburg. It will be easy and fun and will lead you down some new creative paths. For more info -  Summer Art Workshops

Monday, May 7, 2018

Work in Progress

I usually start with a very loose sketch, improvising as I go, but often the composition doesn't change radically after this stage.
I work mostly on developing the value range and details after that.