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a picture tells a different story.

i originally thought the brewery artwalk was this weekend, but turns out it's next week...luckily, it gave us an opportunity to check out the closing day of roy dowell's survey exhibition in west hollywood yesterday. (for some reason, ALL the photos of my experience were destroyed, otherwise i'd have shared. i'm still in shock.)

roy dowell, 'constructed histories,' metro canoga station scheduled to open 2006

i was particularly enamored with his collage work, over his earlier paintings. most of his compositions are heavily filled, which caused my eyes to dart a lot..but, calm areas would surface eventually. one particular piece had me in a trance (untitled #?) i must've taken 10 different photos within one quadrant. when the chaos of a piece becomes too much, i have to find a place to rest, even if it only encapsulates a square inch. dowell never completely abandoned painting, incorporating it alongside, under and over his paper constructions. these are the places i fell into, wondering whether a line was painted or pasted down, or both....trying to piece together lines and shapes so they fit in some sort of order in my mind, while still being utterly satisfied with things askew. it was the kind of work that made me happy i was right there, right then....living, and able to see. his use of text was of particular interest to me, as the truncated letters and numbers took on purely geometric forms...providing just the right juxtaposition between familiar and abstract imagery.

so, why am i so upset i lost all physical record of my experience? i was there, i saw it. i guess i'm afraid i'll forget, or maybe i hoped to see something emerge in the photos that i couldn't digest in the moment. or maybe it's because i HAD pictures, and now i don't? had i forgotten my camera all together, would i still feel this way? i can't say..maybe i'm frustrated because i so wanted to share my delight with others, and my words can't possibly express as well as the work itself.

i guess i'll just have to let it go.
what i saw will be with me, somewhere...forever.


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Apr. 16th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
sorry you lost your images. that's so frustrating!
thanks for guiding my eye to roy dowell's work... such joyfully orchestrated pieces, i'll have to seek out more.
what you said about the need for calm areas caught my attention as your recent works have been such masterful manipulations of form and space. how do you do that?! ;)
Apr. 17th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
such sweet words...thank you.
it was certainly a treat to see roy's work in person.
maybe someday you'll do the same..
(and if you do....back up your photos!!!!!)
Apr. 16th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
Roy Dowell
I really enjoy this guys work.I am surprised that I have not seen it before. It reminds of Donald Baechler's work a bit but more busy.

Apr. 17th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: Roy Dowell
so glad you enjoy his work...i hadn't heard of him either, and he's in 'my own backyard.' silly how many things i STiLL have yet to learn.

i'll have to google baechler's work, as i'm not familiar. (thanks for sharing)
still learning..
Apr. 17th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
girl, i feel your loss.
it would have been wonderful to share your photos with you.

i like what i am seeing.
(& i saw chuck's post. your ceiling freakin rocks.)
Apr. 17th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
i've been having such rotten luck with cameras lately.
i think i need to hire a professional..

and i'm loving the ceiling, too. what a difference a high powered sandblaster makes!
Apr. 17th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Hi....I can't remember if I have said an official hello yet. So this comment will be it!

For me I find that I remember what I need to. I get mad when I don't take my camera a lot of times or if I throw something away I meant to cut out of a magazine or something like that. But...I have a belief that my brain keeps a visual catalog that I dip into when I need it. Stuff goes in and a lot of times it comes back out, sometimes years later.

And....hello! Officially!
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
yes...visual catalogs take a LOT of memory space, but luckily (or hopefully) the brain never deletes.
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