Saturday, September 17, 2016

An All-Inclusive Presence



BEWARE! This is a funding appeal intended to facilitate the production of a major project: a live video/concert fruit of the collaboration among three Ithaca-area artists: Peter Dodge, composer; Bryan Root, filmmaker; and Fernando Llosa, visual artist. A short feature film may also be in the works.  
The title of the piece —An All-Inclusive Presence— was originally given by Fernando to a limited edition book containing an essay and a set of images selected from a large body of ink paintings made between 2004 and 2013. At the heart of that work pulse two essential and intertwined observations. One is that our long-standing identification with limited, contradictory, and extremely divisive forms of personal and tribal consciousness has alienated us from the mystery of life, the fundamental source of the human presence in the cosmos. The other is that, unless we somehow manage to overcome this estrangement from our natural and common ground, we will continue to live in increasingly worse forms of the same cultural and interpersonal conflict we have already suffered for thousands of years.
Early in 2016, Peter accepted Fernando’s invitation to compose the original score that would accompany a video animation of a new selection of that same group of paintings. The problem of whom to trust with the animation was instantly resolved given that both of them were well aware of Bryan’s excellent work in that field. Peter had already composed and performed music for some of his pieces. The fact that Fernando’s paintings had been made on glass with the express purpose of digitizing them for the production of large-scale prints, made that particular body of pictorial work ideal for video animation. Needless to say, we could all agree on the central message conveyed by the original book version of An All-Inclusive Presence.
Please click on the link below to see a very brief and tentative sample of this work in process. The hour-long live concert presentation of the piece (divided in three sections each prefaced by the reading of a brief text), will be set against the visual background provided by the dynamic video rendition of well over a hundred different images.
Through this funding appeal, we aim to raise the US $6,000 we need to complete the digital animation and musical composition components of the production.
We have little doubt that once this final stage is completed, the two or three experimental, large hall performances we envision at this point will prove to be a beautiful and arresting experience capable of eliciting deep reflection and lively dialogue among those who attend.
On what do we base this trust? Well, to begin with, on the fact that art and music have a proven capacity to present complex and difficult issues in a beautiful, captivating manner. Beyond that, we feel that An All-Inclusive Presence is a piece of art with the power to move and transform by confronting head-on the unsustainability of humanity’s chronic and conflictive division along cultural and personal lines, and the absolute necessity of a prompt and drastic change in how we conceive of ourselves and how we relate to one another. We feel strongly that the very survival of the species depends on our personal willingness to transit away from the exclusive and relative protection of contradictory cultural and personal associations and disassociations, and into the open embrace of life indivisible. This is not a frequent topic of conversation or in the daily news, but the fact is that the miracle of our shared existence is the only source of profound meaning  that is already present in all human beings, regardless of our relative social and economic standing, and our location in space and time.
We would like you to think of An All-Inclusive Presence as a necessarily limited, but heart-felt echo of life’s unfathomable intelligence and love quietly begging us to free ourselves of the dangerous constrictions of self-centeredness, tribalism, and sectarianism. The urgency of a proper response to this call is why we feel this project deserves completion and, for that purpose, your kind support.
One last thing, we do not assume we necessarily merit an outright donation from you, and so are ready to offer something concrete in exchange. During the length of this appeal (September 15 to December 31, 2016), and only for the purpose stated in this appeal, you may get 25% off the purchase of any painting, stone poem, photograph, or hand-bound book by Fernando. For a $50.00 donation, you will receive a 13 x 17” print of one of the Sumi ink paintings that are part of the production.
For those of you who live in the Ithaca area, there will be soon an excellent opportunity for the direct purchase of a discounted piece of art on behalf of this project. On the 24th and 25th of September, and between 11:00 and 6:00 on both days, Kim Schrag and Fernando will have an open studio exhibit at their place. Here is the address:  32 Elm Street    Trumansburg    New York
To see some images representative of the type of art that Fernando will make available at a significant discount (with the mention of this appeal, and until the end of the year), please go here:
If you have any questions please call (607) 387-9691.
If you are not interested in acquiring a piece of art, but want to support our project, please make a check out to Fernando Llosa (or Unbound Art & Fine Books) and mail it to this address:
32 Elm Street     Trumansburg NY 14886
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Some information about the three artists collaborating in this project
Bryan Root
Bryan studied painting and film at Tyler School of Art and graduated with a BFA in 1986. His post-graduate filmmaking got him into the directing program at The American Film Institute where he made 4 short films in two years, won a scholarship, and attained his MFA. He spent the next 15 years working in the Los Angeles film and television industry.
He made a web-based narrative farce, spacerex.com, which he set aside in 2003, to make "Dirty Habit," a low budget feature he wrote, directed, and edited. While that film was at film festivals, Bryan moved his family to Trumansburg, New York, near his home town of Ithaca. He has made short films for musicians, and features for a social networking site. He has also worked freelance for National Geographic, The Smithsonian Network, PBS, and Action News.
His collaboration with kinetic artist, Bob Potts, and composer, Peter Dodge, became a YouTube sensation and led to worldwide exhibitions and sales of Pott's work. Bryan's animation of paleo-artist John Gurche's busts of human ancestors went viral in 2015. In only three days, it received 32 million views, and has since then permeated to the utmost backwaters of the web.
In his personal work, Bryan is greatly concerned with the subconscious mind and the subliminal power of image and film. Always balancing technique and pragmatic narrative concerns with personal reverie and transcendent creative experience, he strives to get out of the way, and let the material speak for itself.
For more information, please visit Bryan website at this address: http://www.motherlode-pix.com/
Peter Dodge
Peter has been a professional musician for more than 50 years and a composer for 30. He graduated from Ithaca College in 1975 with an Applied Music degree (performance/trumpet).
He began performing his own music in the early 80’s, utilizing synthesizers and tape loops to create multi-layered soundscapes.
He has collaborated with choreographers (Nancy Gaspar, Lonna Wilkinson, Judy Brophy, Bernadette Fiocca, Jill Becker); performance/ritual artists (Cly Boehs, Dinosaur, Watchface, Leeny Sack); poet/storytellers  (Peter Fortunato, Katherine Blackbird, Regi Carpenter); filmmakers (Jay Craven, Gene Katz, Photosynthesis, Peter Carroll, Bryan Root); and music ensembles (Spirit Horses, Wonder Cabinet, Cloud Chamber Orchestra); on the internet, his music accompanies illustrations of the kinetic sculptures of Bob Potts filmed and edited by Bryan Root.
Peter’s work ranges from dense noise collages to high altitude salon music, and usually features some combination of piano (grand and toy) and various wind and string instruments. 
Fernando Llosa

Fernando is an artist, writer, and bookmaker who lives and works in Trumansburg with Kim Schrag, his accomplice in life and art. The possibility of a radical revolution in human consciousness is his central concern. You can find out more about him and his work here: http://unboundart.com/

Friday, September 16, 2016

Open Studio - September 2016


Open Studio
Kim Schrag and Fernando Llosa
 Saturday and Sunday,
 September 24 and 25

11-6 both days

32 Elm Street, Trumansburg

Fernando is currently in collaboration with Peter Dodge and Bryan Root to produce a new piece titled, An Inclusive Presence.

Those of you who are interested in helping to make this major new art, music, and video concert project become a reality, will be able to purchase any of Fernando's paintings, prints, stone poems or photographs with a significant discount. He will also have on display digital prints made from the glass plate paintings that will be featured in An Inclusive Presence, in exchange for a donation of $50. 
(By the way this offer is valid from September 20 to December 31. Please e-mail if you need to schedule another time.)

You can get a glimpse of what this video-concert will look and sound like by clicking here:


























Thursday, September 15, 2016

Morning glories


For Jan
Morning glories blooming on the garden gate.







Still waiting

Monday, June 20, 2016

In the Distance...


I have a new book called In the Distance, Small Beings.  It has reproductions of 24 small acrylic paintings.
  
I also have a new edition of Life Dancing Life, printed on heavier paper than the first printing.  

Both can be purchased at Lulu for $35.

If you would rather come to the studio I will have a limited number of copies available and you can see the original artwork as well as many other paintings. Just send me a message and we'll find a time.

Thanks - you are the patron! Kim



 Endless Construction
From the book In the Distance, Small Beings


Water, Water, Everywhere 
Surrounded by What We Seek
From the book, Life Dancing Life

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Outsider Art

Who Will Remember Humanity? 
acrylic on board

Beneath the Layers
 oil on board

The Landscape of Thought
acrylic on board






My friend Judy Wood has recently been putting her paintings in the forest and this inspired me to try some new places to display. So here are a few paintings next to other favorite objects.

Will this replace the gallery?


Monday, March 7, 2016

Paintings from February

Just finished paintings by Kim.
  All are 16x16" acrylic on board.

A Moment in Time

From the Source

The Landscape of Thought

The Last Ride

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fernando at Home Green Home

Fernando has some wonderful new stone poems at Home Green Home. Also large format photographs. Take a peak when you are on the Commons in Ithaca.

She Is All Grown Up

Stone Petals

Inter-species Play

Love Rising





Rasa Spa

Kim has a show at Rasa Spa through the end of February. Treat yourself to a quiet space.


 Time to Wake Up
12x12", oil on textured board

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Book of Small Paintings

I've been painting in a book block over the semester break.  There are 24 acrylic paintings in this 9x12" book block.  I'm hoping to put a cover on soon.  But in the meantime I've also been designing a printed version.
Here are a few examples.


Still a Way Out

The Self Within the Self

Endless Construction

The book block with the acrylic painting: Still a Way Out

Rising Waters

Friday, December 18, 2015

Fernando at Windsor Whip Works Gallery



Fernando has some beautiful new stone poems at Windsor Whip Works Gallery in Windsor NY.  The gallery is not far from Binghamton, so take a look if you are in that direction. The gallery is open 1-4 on Saturday.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Life Dancing Life


Life Dancing Life

My newest book, Life Dancing Life, is a recent search into what it means to be human.  I approached this drawing project as if I didn't know what the human being was and I had to look carefully to see what common traits appeared. The book contains 21 ink drawings. You can purchase the book on Lulu or come to the studio - I have a few on hand. 

Security in the Neighborhood

Looking Within

Friday, December 4, 2015

Fernando at Home Green Home

 Love Rising

 Stone Petals

 Inter-Species Play  

She Is All Grown Up

Fernando is showing new stone poems at
 Home Green Home on the Ithaca Commons.