I am very happy to be a part of the show Where Two Worlds Touch: Drawing and Sculpture by Mary Baum, Jim Doran and Annie Farrar
Three artists explore edges and portals connecting physical and metaphysical worlds.
The Greenbelt Community Center Art Gallery
15 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Link to their site
The show runs from August 25 through October 28, and gallery hours are: M-Sa, 9pm – 10pm. Su, 9am – 7pm.
I like both of my colleague’s work in the show. It was a good match. Annie’s work, in particular, deserves close study, as I hope you’ll see.
I’m particularly proud of this show, because I’m debuting my large drawings (the longest is 20′ and the tallest is 10′ 5″). I’ve also integrated a comic, and the map of the Land of the Dead ties all the pieces together into a single narrative. It was very satisfying to make, and to see assembled.
This is a story I’ve been telling, in parts, over the years. I’m excited to present a small portion of it in a gallery, in large scale comic form.
Here’s a closer look…
I met with Nicole, the Arts Supervisor for the Greenbelt Community Center Art Gallery, early in July to review plans for the amazing show “Where Two Worlds Touch: Drawing and Sculpture by Mary Baum, Jim Doran and Annie Farrar”, which is on display in Greenbelt, Maryland, until the end of October (more on that shortly).
I shared the large drawing of “A Reunion” with her, and outlined my hopes for using the space.
I stretched out for this show, quite literally, and made some long drawings on Tyvek with my upright drawing table. I had a few false starts, and I think I’ve come up with some improvements for version 2.0 of this table, but I love this process and the results.
All these drawings are on Tyvek. Here are a few process shots:
At the time of this writing, I’m almost finished with the installation and prep for the show.
Here are some process shots of the installation. Many, many thanks to my daughter Lily for being patient with me, as several weekends and many evenings were lost to hours of art making. She even helped with touching things up. And, most of all, thanks to Nicole for her collaborative approach to this show, for also being patient and flexible, and for her help with the installation. I am excited about the results, and have grown as an artist this summer. Thank you, both – I look forward to working with you in the future on new projects!
The final cut paper shadow box for my upcoming show. This map details what little is known about Land of the Dead, and the outlying Pine Island. I made the parchment using a bathtub and a pot of coffee.
This map is the keystone to the whole show, and shows elements of the other pieces on display. It stitches the whole story together.
Some folks in the Land of the Dead are as interested in returning to life as we are in staying alive. Here’s a scene from a prestigious philosophical society in the Land of the Dead – The Resurrection Research Society.
This is 10″ x 10″, shown at the bottom.
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Here’s another shadow box for my upcoming show. It makes use of cut-paper shapes. The City of Lost Things (on Pine Island) is where those things that go missing turn up.
This is in a 10″ x 10″ frame. I forgot to photograph it in my studio after it was fully assembled, so here’s a photo from my phone, which shows how it turned out (in a rough, pixely way).