Friday, July 01, 2011

"Mind & Matter" @ Grappone Hall, NHTI Concord NH

The installation of Mind & Matter at Grappone Hall, NHTI Concord NH went smooth as could be. I am very pleased with how it all turned out. I was a unsure and a little apprehensive about installing into the curved the wall, but other than some small undulations to the wall, the system worked perfectly. I now hope the students will choose to meet "at the big brain."











Saturday, January 22, 2011

Taking it to the Street

Mackenzie Issler of the Greenfield Recorder wrote a fine article about me and my current exhibit at the Geissler Gallery at Stoneleigh-Burnham. Here is the front section and the back section as PDF files. You may have to zoom in to read the text.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mind & Matter


I recently received a percent-for-art commission from the State of New Hampshire to create a piece of public art for a new building at the New Hampshire Technical Institute. The image above is a digital sketch of my proposal photo-shopped into a photograph of the actual room. Below is most of the proposal statement explaining what I intend to make.

Mind & Matter

A Public Art Proposal for the second floor study lounge area of The Beverly D. Grappone Hall at the New Hampshire Technical Institute

Statement

Mind & Matter will consist of 299 separate 7” square unique abstract paintings, that form an image when assembled into a grid. This grid is meant to be a visual echo to the glass block wall adjacent to the location at the 2nd floor study lounge. The paintings will be oil on ¼ inch birch veneer plywood with black edges. These will be mounted to 5” square ½ inch plywood on the reverse, creating a floating effect when these are mounted to the wall. The space between the paintings is equal to the width of the mortar joints in the block wall, and will fall completely into shadow.

There are two major images in the painting. On the right is an illustration of a brain in profile that I created for a medical textbook I illustrated several years ago. On the left is an image of an iron bridge. The images are simple and accurate line drawings which are contrast-reversed through an overall checkerboard pattern. The individual pieces will be painted in a lively, colorful and painterly manner in oils, with a variety of application techniques and exciting brushwork. Each piece will be painted as if it were to exist on it's own as an abstract painting.

The medical illustration is obviously a reference to the nursing training at the college, but in this context it also brings up the dichotomy of mind and thought versus the physical gray matter of medicine. The steel bridge image references human creativity, engineering, and great physical acts of imagination, but it also symbolizes the path to making these imaginings real, the synaptic bridge over the void from mind to matter.



These are some oil studies I have been making in preparation... this is going to be a blast to make. My work is usually observed realism, or based upon observation. Typically any invention is secondary to the depiction of observed ( or at least believable ) space and light. It's satisfying, but can get a bit boring after a while. The night series I just completed kind of drained the realist well, at least for the time being.




That said, this project has two very realist elements in it, although it is less about the depiction of space and more about the symbolism and graphic drawing of the images. The actual physical act of painting is completely freeing. I can use any application method, any color, texture, whatever works to embody the emotion rather than depict it.








Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Inky Fingers and Busy Busy



Walk This Way
etching ink monotype
on Rives BFK
8 1/2" x 16"




Walk That Way
etching ink monotype
on Rives BFK
8 1/2" x 16"




Intersection
etching ink monotype
on Rives BFK
8 1/2" x 8 /2"




Coffee at Night
etching ink monotype
on Rives BFK
8 1/2" x 8 1/2"



Has it really been since May that I posted something on here? Here are some of the monotypes I've been working on for my upcoming exhibit of the Greenfield At Night series. This will be at the Geissler Gallery at the Stoneleigh Burnham School in January of 2011.... seems a long way away, but it's really just around the corner. This will be a benefit exhibit, where 50% of the sale price of any piece will go directly to the Greenfield Public Library. If you would like to be put on my mailing list, please email me your information and I will be glad to send you postcards of my upcoming exhibits: frankgregorystudios@gmail.com ...please put mailing list as the subject line.

I have been a busy guy lately, working on a long term project for the Clark Art Institute preparing frames and paintings for an upcoming traveling exhibit. I'm the guy that puts that annoying glass between you and your favorite 19th Century Masterpiece. I apologize, but it really is necessary when paintings go on tour as everyone wants to touch, and those that don't touch, sneeze. It's quite the process as the heavy gold leafed period frames are often very uneven on the back, and are parallelograms, trapezoids, arced and bowed, twisted, or otherwise beat up. I am making a build-out frame that is often carved and screwed to the back of the original frames to provide the added depth necessary for the glazing, custom wood spacers, felt lining and the paintings themselves. As a painter, it is a real privilege to see and handle the Monet's, Degas', Cezannes, etc. up close and personal.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Walk This Way


Walk This Way
20" x 20"
oil on canvas


I've never fully trusted observational painting. I have a love-hate relationship with it and really struggle most of the time with it's relevance in today's world. Images are just everywhere and really quite sophisticated, just look at this NyQuil ad shot by photographer Tony Dorio . The attention to lighting and qualities of reflected light under his nose are really quite painterly. I am immediately reminded of Carravagio and Lucian Freud.

Sometimes it's enough to paint for my own agenda of improving my observational ability and expressing my own vision... other times it's not. I do seem to get through those dry days and pick up the brushes again eventually. These silly little purple paintings will lead somewhere... I hope.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Only Just Dark

Only Just Dark
oil on canvas
25" x 25"


I haven't quite finished with Main Street yet. Here is the latest oil on canvas. Ever earlier, I guess it will be daytime soon enough.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

East Main @ Dusk


East Main @ Dusk
pastel, gouache, acrylic
17" x 16"


Yes, another Main Street picture. Now that I know the image so well, I can concentrate on my mark making more. This is mostly pastel, with touches of gouache, and acrylic in the spots of light.