Different Methods of Expression

“Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it.”
-Pablo Picasso

I don’t generally participate in a lot of themed shows. Shows that have a specific theme are often a bit tricky for non-representational work. Interestingly enough, I found myself working this past summer on pieces for two such shows – both will open in September.

The Twitter 140 Art Show

I am pleased to be a part of the Twitter 140 show which debuts at Grandon Art Gallery, Flagstaff, Arizona, with a reception this evening September 4, 2009. The Twitter 140 show is a collection of 24 international artists from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. The show was the brainchild of Sheree Rensel whom I met through the twitter network. She has worked tirelessly to pull together this eclectic group of artists for this exciting and unique exhibition. Ms. Rensel states, We have organized a diverse and unique group of artists whose work reflects technology and the use of Twitter. Twitter messages have to be 140 characters or less. Therefore, all works in our show are 140 square inches or less. The same with each artist’s statement and bio. All contain 140 characters or less.” Visit the Grandon Art Gallery site to view the works of this interesting group.

Grandon Art Gallery
20 N Leroux St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Opening September 4, 2009
Exhibition: 4 – 30 September 2009



Another fascinating show that I am pleased to be a part of is taking place at The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City. As stated in the open call for this exhibit: “A BOOK ABOUT DEATH is an open, unbound book produced by artists worldwide. Artists are invited to create a “page” in the form of a postcard about death – any aspect about death. Works can be of any design, personal or conceptual, color or black and white. A BOOK ABOUT DEATH takes its inspiration from the late, underground American artist Ray Johnson (1927 – 1995). Ray Johnson’s unbound “book” of the same title was mailed to his New York Correspondence School “students” and included pages in his idiosyncratic style that were funny, sad and ironic “one-page essays” on death.  With the A BOOK ABOUT DEATH project, artists are invited to plunge into subject in creating their own pages that score the dramatic final dance of death.”

deborah-colter-1Through the process of putting together a piece for this show I found the feelings surrounding the loss of a loved one to be overwhelming and complicated. There are many, many facets of this difficult subject and to create a piece that had the deepth of meaning for me was a huge challenge. The confines of the postcard format and the simplicity of typing his story lead to the piece I am contributing.

There are some amazingly powerful works in this exhibit and they are all on view at the Gallery and online. I hope to be able to get in to New York to see the Show.

Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery
537 Broadway
New York City, New York 10012 USA
Opening, Thursday, 10 September 2009.
Exhibition: 10 – 22 September 2009.

“Selecting a challenge and meeting it creates a sense of self-empowerment that becomes the ground for further successful challenges.”
-Julia Cameron

*Thank you to Moshe Mikanovsky wrote an article mentioning this post! It has been published at EmptyEasel.com and on his Art Blog 9/28/09.

10/7/09 – I just found out that the MoMA (New York) now has a complete set of the works from A Book About Death. The pieces were compiled for the Museum by Deven Marriner.

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