Sunday, November 08, 2009

Things We Find in the Move

One of the great things about moving (probably the only good thing) is that we often find things that we'd forgotten about.

These pieces below are from a set of about 100 small watercolors that I did for one of my senior year exhibition projects at the University of Washington School of Art in 1981. Probably 40-50 of these have sold over the years. They all have the map of the island of Cuba as the focus.

Cuba, the isalnd that time forgot, c.1981 by F. Lennox Campello

"The Island that Time Forgot"

Cuba, Isla Roja by F. Lennox Campello
"Isla Roja" (Red Island)

Cuba, jail Island
"Isla Carcel" (Jail Island)

Cuba, jailed Island by Lenny Campello
"Isla Encarcelada" (Jailed Island)

Cuba, Isla Ensangrentada by Lenny Campello
"Isla Ensangrentada" (Bloodied Island)

Cuba, Isla Encadenada by F. Lennox Campello
"Isla Encadenada" (Chained Island)

Isla Pesadilla (Nightmare Island)

Cuba, Isla en Jaula by F. Lennox Campello
Isla en Jaula (Caged Island)

Cuba, Isla en Goma by F. Lennox Campello
"Isla en Goma" (Inner Tube Island)

Isla en Goma by F. Lennox Campello
"Isla Prisionera" (Prisoner Island)

Cuba, Isla Deshuesada by F. Lennox Campello
Isla Deshuesada (Deboned Island)

Wanna go to an opening this week?

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 11, 6 - 8 pm

Curator's Office will have the third solo exhibition of Korean-born artist Jiha Moon. For this exhibition, the gallery will

... present works exploring the nature of place and its inspiration on creative output. Works include three square-format Hanji paper over canvas pieces and four horizontal works on Hanji paper. There is a special emphasis on abstraction in many of these works. As Moon is currently an artist-in-residence at The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia, the influence of textiles is subtly apparent as several works incorporate small embroidered areas, a departure for the artist.

Jiha Moon

The works in the exhibition were created both in her Korea and Atlanta-based studios. This division in working locations provoked the artist to explore the cultural influence of a precise place in an increasingly dizzying global world. For example, in the ironically titled work, An Exact Place, Moon looked at different national flags and how these vibrantly colored but mostly abstract images try to represent a specific culture. An interchangeable quality emerges for the artist as she notes, "if you change around the positions of some colored stripes, one flag can represent different nations, for example the similarities between Italy and Mexico or France and Russia." She deconstructs the flag stripes and situates them sinuously through the work and its many focal points thereby creating an invented universality where the nexxus of culture and location allows for hybrid cultures to emerge. This visual universality includes stars, moons, suns, animals, plants and weapons -- also derived from specific flags -- but germane to us all.

Another great source of inspiration for the artist is dancheong, an ancient Korean style of decorative painting using 5 primary colors and specific elaborate patterns. Going back more than two thousand years, the murals are found mostly on the exteriors of ceremonial wooden buildings.