JIM DORAN

Where Two Worlds Touch

Greenbelt Gallery

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.

Four Horsemen

Four Horsemen

Cases and Shadowboxes

Pine Island

Bunny Detail on Pine Island

The Port Authority

Where two worlds touch

 

Large scale drawings

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.

A reunion prototype drawing

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:

Tree

Pine Island

4 Horsemen Legs

The four horsemen

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!

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20' of Tyvek

Leezle and my horsemen

Leezle Touching up

Pine Island, pre-install

What May Be

The Meek Inherit the Earth will be in the What May Be show at Tectonic Space.  The opening is Saturday, November 4th from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

2000 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218

Tectonic Space, Baltimore

I’m intrigued with this gallery, which seems interested in presenting graphic art, especially comics. I hope you can make it!

The Great Mystery Show at AVAM

This has been an amazing year – after a fantastic jubilee of a birthday, I was invited to participate in the Great Mystery Show at the American Visionary Art Museum. AVAM is my favorite place in Baltimore, and one of my favorite places, period. I always feel lighter after a visit to the museum, as though I’m operating at a higher frequency.

Preview Party

The Great Mystery Show is my favorite yet. As with previous AVAM exhibits, it touches upon deep, timely and profound subjects. This show, however, is right up my alley. I would be surprised if you, dear reader, did not encounter profound synchronicities, intuitions and revelations that affect your life.

Jim Doran @ AVAM

I loved getting to know some of my fellow artists and participants. Some of them are discussed briefly below.

 

The preview party was one of the finest nights of my life.

Me & the Girls

Bondage and Maiden

Rebecca and I

Edward Gorey

I am so delighted to  be just around the corner from my man, Edward Gorey and his Gashlycrumb Tinies. It so great to see these pages, full sized and up close.

The Gashleycrumb Tinies

Rebecca Hoffberger talking Edward Gorey

J is for James who had lye by mistake

Ingo Swann

I am deeply honored to have my work hang in the same room as Ingo Swann. He was a brilliant researcher, writer and remote viewer. Visit his site – fascinating!

The Mysterious Mother Mary

This painting The Mysterious Mother Mary was missing for a time. Through a miraculous and arduous path, it was found in time for this exhibit and is the cornerstone of the show. Swann didn’t like to make “predictions.” His niece told me he was cornered at a conference, and was relentlessly hounded to predict the future. With great reluctance, he said “The Berlin wall will come down 18 months from now.” At the time he said it, there wasn’t a shred of evidence that the cold war was in danger of ending. It seemed far fetched at the time, and yet it came to pass.

Swann was not a Catholic. What’s unnerving about this painting is the atomic mushroom cloud over the ocean that takes up 1/3 of the composition. At the time of this writing, that is a potential political outcome. I hope Swann didn’t see this happening.

Peter Eglington

I got to know Peter Eglington a bit. He’s a 65 year old surfer from Australia who looks 40. He’s a mystic lighthouse of a man, and has three adult children. He stepped on a stingray on two different occasions and lived to tell about it – he says it informed his work as a “rite of passage,” like a trial by fire.  He works with technical pens, color pencils and some paint. His works are HUGE, and a must see.

Peter Eglington discusses his work

Peter Eglington & Dorans

The Beadists

It was a pleasure the meet the “beadist” three graces; Nancy Josephson, Jan Huling and Betsy Youngquist. It’s worth spending hours just in their wing of the museum alone.

The body of Betsy’s rabbit was made by her partner, based on her own body.

Betsy

Jan’s dress is a 3D print of her own wedding dress, which was also her mother’s dress.

Jan

Nancy is a priestess, ordained in Haiti.  She draws much inspiration from this background.
Nancy

Nancy

Len Jenkin

Len Jenkin is a writer and playwright from NYC/NY state. He’s been painting for many years, and is highly knowledgeable about “outsider” art and artists.

Len Jenkin

Complete list of artists: Anonymous Artist • Kelley Bell • David Bowman • Mary Bowron • Paul Darmafall • Jim Doran • Dr. B • Peter Eglington • George Figgs • Edward Gorey • Paul Graubard • Michael Green • Richard “Duke” Hagerty • Julian Harr • Gerald Hawkes • John Root Hopkins • Jan Huling • Lorann Jacobs • Len Jenkin • Nancy Josephson • Paul Laffoley • James Leonard • Scott Long • Rafael Matias • Antar Mikosz • Greg Mort • Margaret Munz-Losch • Chris Roberts-Antieau • Dr. Ned Rosinsky • Richard Smith • Bernard Stiegler • Ingo Swann • Christian Twamley • Louis Wain • Aric Wanveer • Frank Warren • Edward Woltemate • Betsy Youngquist

Alchemical Vessel #2

I am very fortunate to be a curator for this year’s Alchemical Vessel’s exhibit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for healing + the arts in Washington, D.C.

This also makes my second year as a contributing artist. Below are the images on my take of the theme “The Night’s Journey.”

Here is the gallery postcard with the details (click for full size):

Life Soundtrack – Exhibit

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When Spencer Dormitzer at the Smith Healing Center reached out and asked if I’d be interested in participating in this show (OF COURSE I AM), my mind immediately went to Prince. He had a profound influence on me while I was an undergraduate music student in college. While researching Steve Vai for my senior thesis, I read an interview where Vai said that he’d love to work with Prince. I began to investigate Prince’s music more deeply. I knew the hits, of course, and I’ve watched Under the Cherry Moon more times than I’d like to admit. I was soon influenced by his song writing and his presence in his own music. I loved his ability to flawlessly produce recordings where he played most (all) of the instruments. Sign o’ the Times was my particular favorite. And I love that Prince rejected the music industry as it used to be, and did things his own way.

But.

I do not want to bring Prince into my Art.

I know the work of Bowie from MTV, radio and years as a music buyer. I cannot admit to ever being a big fan, though. Don’t get me wrong, I do not dislike his music. Not at all. But, I’ve also never been particularly drawn to him. I loved the TV Christmas duet he performed with Bing Crosby. And, I remember my college roommate played the catchy Never Let Me Down endlessly.

But as I cast my thoughts back the MTV, I remembered “Ashes to Ashes.” According to Wikipedia, It was the lead single from the 1980 album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) and became Bowie’s second UK No. 1 single. It is also known for its innovative video, directed by Bowie and David Mallet, which at the time was the most expensive music video ever made.

His portrayal of Pierrot in the video strongly reminds me of a stuffed toy I carried around as a toddler. I think my grandfather gave it to me. It’s one that I’ve drawn several times and that I clearly remember. It made sense to bring that figure in my current work at this time.

I can also say, now, that Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) has made it’s way into rotation in my studio.

So, that’s the story about this show – and here is my piece,  Ashes to Ashes.

UPDATE: