As I finish my commission, I have opened my studio doors to friends, clients, curators, etc. I think it is very important that artists take the time to do this and to listen to what is said and how the art is received.
On Monday, Adam Gross from Lapis and Harold Huttas, both very good friends and very versed in the art world did an early morning visit. Adam, a former Moca person, had wonderful insights into how my work has evolved over the years and the importance of works this large to my overall body of work.
Harold, an old school printer (Insight Printing) has worked with some of the greats over the years such as Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. Harold has visited the studio many times and especially since I started this commission. He was able to see the window replaced with a 10ft door in order to get the giant canvas' in as well and the slow completion of the 3 works.
We talked for an hour or so and then I returned to working on my new group of works.
My point is that studio visits open up a world of possibilities. The conversations always have a life of their own and will usually bring up something that you have been toying with in your own mind. Invaluable, priceless information and a great way to spend your time!
Here are the 2 works for the elevator lobbies at the Sun America bldg. Very difficult to photograph the blue one because it is so large and reflective!
Over the weekend I finished the commission for the Sun America building! This work is 9 ft high x 18 ft wide. It still has some wet spots on it as you can see in the photo! Installation is set for mid- May!
These are the 2 works that will go in the elevator banks of the building. Each work fits into an alcove at the end of the elevator lobby flanked by the elevators on each side.
12 feet high x 8 feet wide.
Thank you to my art reps that made this happen!
A shot of the large work in progress.
This was the beginning. I started with a white gesso base. Built that up with a red acrylic and then used multiple layers of thin oils.
This is the Sun America bldg and the interior wall where the 9ft x 18ft commission will be featured. By the end of today, I will be finished with all 4 paintings!! A few touch-ups and photography and we are ready for installation!
Equity Office Properties owns the Sun America bldg and they are big collectors of my work making these 3 new works #10, 11, & 12. Other works are in several bldg along Wilshire and in Santa Monica.
I have decided to post about my commission for the Sun America Building in Century City as I work on the 3 large canvas'. There will be 2 that are 12 ft h x 6 ft w and 1 that will be 2 panels 9 ft x 9 ft for a 9ft h x 18 ft canvas.
To start the process, I had to remove the window on the South side of my studio and put in a 9.5 ft door! lol Was a great problem because it gave me Southern exposure and much more light while allowing me to work on a much larger scale.
So far, I have the 2 "smaller" works proceeding ahead of schedule and the large painting with 3 layers of base coat. Here are the photos of the progression so far!
April 22, Today I worked on the big painting. When finished it will be 9ft h x 18 ft w. done in 2 panels. So far, I have put 4 coats of thin paint and sanded the work. Tomorrow I will start another layer.
ENCHANTED AFTERLIFE" @ Art Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach Oct 26 6-9pm 266 Forest Avenue Laguna Beach CA
ART CUBE GALLERY: 266 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach CA 92651
ARTISTS in the exhibition:
Todd Williamson, Sequin Kay & Lauren Baker, John Chang, Daniel Du Plessis, Ferdos Maleki, Connie DK Lane, Jason Pearson, Sanja Simidzija, Jorge Vigil, Norman Mooney, Laurie Hassold, Tahe, Lorenzo Perrone, Francesco Polenghi, William Catling, Sam Saghatelyan, Cristian Mac Entyre, Amber Maida, Maria Kreyn, Kelly Major and Shelby Powell - Hicks
About the Day of the Dead
It's been said that the past never dies, and what's more, it isn't even the past. It's something alive, something that hangs like an ominous cloud over the present and the future.
Faulkner knew a thing or two about the past and so did Borges with his fascination with labyrinths.
Every literary work, from The Book of the Dead of the old Egyptians to Borges' masterpiece: "The Aleph," deals with the incredible maze that space and time are, but also with that unknown, which lies beyond their realm.
Everything is circular. Every civilization, except, perhaps, our own lineal society, understood the concept of beginning and ending as being two but also the same.
From the first civilizations of the Indus River in today's Pakistan, enveloping all of Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe and the Americas there has always been a long tradition of remembering those that walked life before we did. To honor and remember them as if they were still here. After all, everything in life is a passage from one state to another: Birth, Childhood, Adulthood, Maturity, Old Age, and yes, Death. Nothing can escape the last passage, not even life. And yet Death, with all its stillness and unknown realms, cannot escape Life either. Furthermore, it needs Life to exist.
Old civilization understood that both Life and Death are two and yet the same, one gives birth to the other and so they recycle each other. Going back to Faulkner and Borges they knew, as it did also Einstein, that everything happens at the same time and nothing is really lineal, for Death to exist it must exist Life, and viceversa.
It mustn't come as a surprise then that the living once a year take a day to celebrate the dead. And in so doing they celebrate Life and Death as a whole, for when Space and Time, and all the mazes that build their web are left behind, the two impostors fall and what's left is the eternal validity of the Soul.
This is the kind of celebration that the artists showcased at Art Cube had set to cast through their unique vision. - Jorge Schneider
Author of: La Grieta, Grupo Editor Latinoamericano
La Sombra de La Langosta, Serie El Escriba
Exhibition runs: October 26th - December 1st, 2013
Art Cube Gallery, 266 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, Ca 92651
Just wanted to let all my Houston collectors and friends know that I have left Wade Wilson Art Houston. I am now showing @ Nicole Longnecker Gallery @ 2625 Colquitt Street || Houston, TX 77098 || 713-591-4997
Please drop by and say hello to Nicole and the new work!!
Todd Williamson artist.