Cuts Make You. at the Morris Graves Museum

   

 

An eventful reception last weekend at the Morris Graves Art Museum in Eureka.  Following are a few views from the evening.  The exhibit will be up through July 3, 2016.

 

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My statement read:

"Artist, Brooke Holve contemplates the poetics of seeing in Cuts Make You., an exhibition of mixed media constructions, installations and an artist book. Her work reflects an exploration of 'cutting' as process and form as she cuts to see and cuts to make. She is interested in how to apply process to a material and arrive to a form that refers back to its making.  The work is informed by the changing role of the book as the world moves to primarily digital delivery systems.  Discarded book remnants are the dominant material of this work."

Cuts Make You. at the Morris Graves Museum

I am honored to present a solo exhibition of my work,

Cuts Make You.

at the Morris Graves Museum in Eureka, California.

It will feature installations, constructions and artist books

 with a soundscape by musician, Paul Lamb.

 

Please join me at the opening reception on 

June 4,  6-9 pm

During First Saturday Night Arts Alive

in the Anderson Gallery

 

The exhibit runs from

May 28th through to July 3, 2016.

 

Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501

Gallery Hours: Wed - Sun, Noon - 5 pm

For more information: (707) 442-0278

www.humboldtarts.org

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Lucid Art Residency Annual Exhibition

 

LUCID ART RESIDENCY ANNUAL EXHIBITION

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I will have three works in this exhibition, completed during and after my residency at the Lucid Art Foundation last November. I will be showing with the other eleven 2015 artists-in-residents: Mari Andrews, Sophio Dillo Dixon, Toni Gentilli, Kimberley D'Adamo Green, Theodora Varney Jones, Patrick Keesey, Dorothy Nissen, Paolo Salvagione, and Denise Townsend.  Please join us:

Sunday,  April 3, 2016    3 - 5 pm 

Gallery Route One    11101 Highway One     Pt. Reyes Station, CA  94956

April 1 - May 8, 2016

 

*Please note that I will also have several works at Sometimes Books - behind the gallery.

"LEAFING OUT"

March 13 - June 19 with opening reception on 

Sunday,  March 13,  2 - 4pm

Sometimes Books at Eubank Studio  11101 Highway One Suite 105  Pt Reyes Station, CA 94956

Open Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 4 and by appointment, 415 669-1380

 

here(t)here continued:

Beginnings: In Cuts Make You, I introduced prime numbers as a way to structure the series. With the wide open schedule of the residency here at the Lucid Art Foundation, I applied this way to structure a working routine. The vastness of 21 free days in the wilderness of Gordon Onslow Ford land was daunting. (Above: Gordon Onslow Ford,  Present in Company, 1969. Acrylic/Linen, 93 x 140 inches)

So, when in doubt, resort to the prime.  A schedule enveloped:

Oct 20: day 1 Catch Oct 21: day 2 Catch Oct 22: day 3 Catch Oct 23: day 4 Construct Oct 24: day 5 Catch  Oct 25: day 6 Construct Oct 26: day 7 Catch Oct 27: day 8 Construct Oct 28: day 9 Construct  Oct 29: day 10 Construct Oct 30: day 11 Catch Oct 31: day 12 Construct Nov 1: day 13 Catch Nov 2: day 14 Construct Nov 3: day 15 Construct Nov 4: day 16 Construct Nov 5: day 17 Catch Nov 6: day 18 Construct Nov 7: day 19 Catch Nov 8: day 20 Construct Nov 9: day 21 Construct November tenth: departure and return home

And an envelope to be ripped?  And it was!

Thoughts Before about Place:

An exploration of this place as opposed to that place; seeking a particular type of relationship to it that connects to the other.  I returned from Iceland with many impressions and thoughts about the place. What happens to these thoughts in a place close to home?

 

So these are some of the things that happened:                                                                                             At the residency, I  disrupted existing conventional forms to find new shapes using natural &                  temporal elements.

 

1970s Vintage Development Maps of Pt. Reyes Peninsula:  Acquired from Eleanor Murray's collection, I brought them to Inverness to reference the location of the residency.  Not knowing what I would do with them, I first made rough cuts (and secondary cuts)  into each to approximate the shape and sections of the studio.  Then I established a visual line on the walls using masking tape.  Waited. Thoughts about tectonic plates and the fault lines of Iceland and Pt. Reyes directed me. Breaking up the conventional forms of the maps became a side project during the residency while I worked on constructions using book parts and wondering how this exercise will influence my constructions.  I will take the maps home to continue this process and see what happens.

week one: rough cuts of vintage development maps of Pt Reyes vicinity into shapes of studio

week two: studio view

week three

week three: adjacent wall

 Light Studies:  Explored forms using changing light with pen and masking tape.

'catching' light; a compressed history of time

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detail: light study

When Plans are Disrupted:

I found these modular steel cubes in the corner of the studio and wondered what one could use them for.

and then study and photograph each side.

Constructions:

 "Read Red" under construction

"On Watch" series under construction

"Cuts Make You": a process played out

   

"Cuts Make You" colophon

 

tape hatching "bluebies" on scroll

 

Early this year, I completed a collection of five artists books, entitled "Cuts Make You" in response to my solo exhibition, Cuttings, at Risk Press Gallery (Sebastopol) in October of 2013.   For the exhibition, I installed an empty scroll book, inviting those who attended to mark it with blue masking tape and blue ink pens (refer to image above).  Upon the closing of the exhibit, the unfurling revealed a motley but contained collection of writing, scribbles, lines, tape and words. These marks became the prima materia for Cuts Make You.

Upon the closing of the exhibit, I cut up, printed upon and cut into the scroll, applying the similar methods that attendees used during the exhibit. Applying tape randomly to the surfaces, I printed over it with a die cut of the floor plan of the gallery to reference the place of the exhibit. Over and on the masked tyvek, I printed to cut out new spaces. Cutting and printing generated pages and ideas. The result is a series of books that hold and reference the archival and ephemeral of the exhibit.

 

Clamshell Box containing 5 artist books with pamphlet covers; 9 x 13 x 3.67 inches

 

Pamphlet Covers; each 7 x 8 x .25 inches

 

one of the artist books with remains from "cutting" process

 

Page spread of masking tape used to "cut out" parts of the schematic die cut

 

Detail of masking tape prints

"A Bed of Verbs" debuts at Codex V

 'Bed' is a charged word; its root, bhedh, means to dig.

A Bed of Verbs, 2014.  A collaboration with artist, Elizabeth Sher. To be shown for its first time at Codex V at the Craneway Pavillion in Richmond, February 8th - 12th.

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 A Bed of Verbs, 2014.  Artist Book with Clamshell: digital prints on Moab Entrada 190 and metal coated papers.  5.25 x 9.75 x 1 inches (closed clamshell box)

 I travelled to Iceland with artist, Elizabeth Sher for an artist residency during the summer of 2012. We were awed by what we saw; the geologic wonders and phantasmal forms gave us a glimpse of what the earth might have been like in its beginnings. Iceland was a "land of the verb" with underground rumblings randomly spewing out steam, lava and rocks through pockets in the earth.

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A land of forces not seen with verbs to describe it: bhedh, burns, chills, churns, coils, cracks, crusts,  cuts, erupts, oozes, pads, posts, roots, scalds, scrape, spews, sprays, steams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haystack 'overlooked': Stonington Public Library.

Stonington Public Library.

As a way to process and document my experience at Haystack last summer, I made 3 artist books which I hoped might capture a bit of my time there, the surrounding place as well as experiences in the studio.  The books are a collection of 'sorts'.  They are made from materials that I gathered: book pages from the Deer Isle dump, others from my CA. studio; old Maine maps purchased from Karna's shop in Belfast, ME;  stone images, laser cut and printed onto wood veneer and book pages; milk paint, encaustic wax and coffee sticks from the Haystack dining hall.

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Upon reviewing the colophon that I had written, I realized that I had repeated the word, "overlooking" several times.  The word suggested to me that I rethink what I was making.  My direction shifted and the word, "overlook" became a focus.

Definition of "overlook"

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These books are a beginning of an exploration of form with the word, "overlook" as a focus.

"makings" released

 

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Jesse Olsen Bay's CD, "makings",  was recently released.  It is a collection of twenty songs that he created from unpublished writings of his grandmother, Tillie Olsen,  known for her books, short stories, and essays about lives of women and working class people. She called her unpublished writings, "Blueys",  since she used blue sheets of paper for  jotting down ideas, notes, bits of poetry and prose,  and an occasional comment.

Last Fall, Jesse approached me to create  art for the CD cover.  The image above is the result.  However, during the process I presented  several options from which he could choose.

 

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More cuts: walks and poetry

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The installation, mtlaugwalkcuts was inspired by a walk that I took to the summit of Mt. Laugarvatn in Iceland.  I recorded the shapes of the walk with a GPS device and then printed out into 23 sections. The line sections influenced the contours of the constructions. More images of the individual works can be found on my website on the third page of  mixed media/ constructions.

 

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During the exhibition at RiskPress,  I hosted poetry walks in and outside of the gallery and recorded their shapes with a GPS device. We chanted the words, "walking like reading like cutting like..." while looking at the artwork on the walls. Words appeared and found their place on the concrete floor of the gallery.  These words and more may find another place as I continue this work with cuttings.


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Other words that surfaced but didn't appear on the floors  but may appear elsewhere in the future are:

multiple lines, icey undulations, cold empty, sequential, serial striations, slivers and slices, shafts and shifts, gray-day shuns, uninterrupted, light of rain, shimmering ground, curves, edges, distillation, energy, music, enigmatic void, an architecture of color, meandering texts, gun metal striations, white ice open, the architecture of a cut, cuts squared, grounded sticks and stones, graphite lines go by, waves, piano keys, subtle shifts, tracking, folding, bird perches,....