I attended the opening of Antonio Lopez Garcia‘s retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston back in April of 2008. It was a wonderful trip. I was thinking about it today. How momentous it felt to be there. Seeing so many friends from all over the US who were there for it – even Rackstraw Downes was there that day! Tim Lowly was there. Tim Kennedy and Eve Mansdorf were there. David Gracie was there. Sangram Majundar was there. A few low-quality photo pictures are below.
The best part for me was at an early point in the day before the crowds arrived. I found myself standing next to the master, looking together at one of his paintings. It was nice to see him looking closely, finding a contemplative moment in a masterwork he’d painted many years before. There was a leveling there, an equanimity – the master must look, just as the audience must. We both see and take in what is before us. In that space and time of perception we try to understand. In those wavelengths of light we dream of a unity and order and meaning beyond ourselves. We dream of light.
My exhibition – Matt Ballou: RANGE – is still up at William Woods University until December 16, 2012. I hope you can go see it if you haven’t yet. Below are some photos of the space, both after the installation and during the reception. I want to thank everyone who came out – friends, students (graduate and undergrad, current and former), and colleagues – and especially Jennifer Sain for her help in making the exhibition happen. Special thanks to Jane Mudd for encouraging William Woods to host this show.
Installation, back on November 12, 2012.
Three panoramas of the installed work.
Two of my all-time favorite works… Locus #77 and #78
Beautiful angles and shapes during the reception…
At the reception I gave a brief impromptu talk that led into some interesting questions from the audience and my own musing on the work.
Me during my talk – Photo by Kevin Larson.
Click here to download the talk and Q+A session (42 MB MP3 format, 50 minutes long).
Some notes about the talk:
- Click here to see a picture of a Diebenkorn Ocean Park painting next to Nerdrum’s defecating woman painting.
- Learn more about Miyoko Ito here. See more of Miyoko Ito’s work here – there’s a current show up in Berlin.
- I mispronounced Coyolxauhqui in the talk. Here’s more information about her.
- Basic info about the Dodecahedron, here.
- Information about Kepler and polyhedra, here.
- Durer’s Melancholia, an example of how artists have used geometric-forms-as-connected-to-metaphysical-ideas that I speak of in the talk.
- Information on the mandorla here and here. The mandorla is based on the vesica piscis.
- Information on my Lamentations 3 series here.
Photo of me at the talk – Photo by Eric Norby.