Saturday, August 30, 2008

Black & White Show at the Truckee River Gallery

The Dream
Charcoal on Paper

I will be exhibiting two large charcoal drawings in this themed show - The Dream, and A New Perspective.

A New Perspective
Charcoal on Paper
35 x 17"

Artists Reception
Today - Saturday, August 30th from 4-7 PM
Admission free

I love working in charcoal - it's my first love, artistically speaking. In fact, the majority of my work in art school was either just charcoal, or a mix of paint and the black stuff. I spent three years wondering around Bristol with coal miner's hands, a smudgy face and black ears (from taking my earphones on and off whilst I was working - The Carmina Burana was a favourite at that time)

It's interesting to revisit some of that early work, I think you can see some of the roots of my climbing art in there, as well as the more recent self portraits. Although my older work was driven in large part by the philosophical and theological texts I bent my head around at that time, there were a great deal of personal issues I worked through with my art. All of the drawings were huge, around 15 feet mostly. Here's a couple of examples:

InTimate Illusions (1997)
Charcoal on Paper
15 x 7 feet

Soft Liquid Joy (1997)
Charcoal on Paper
15 x 7 feet

The Truckee River Gallery is located at 11 North Sierra Street, #100 next to the Century Riverside. Summer hours include an expanded schedule, and the gallery is now open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Parking is available on the street (metered until 6 p.m.). The gallery also validates parking for up to one hour in the Galleria Parking Garage located at First and Sierra Streets.

P.S. More on Burning Man as promised tomorrow....