Jul 18, 2014

Ahhh -- and the evolution of this Port Townsend Installation

'Hands of Wonder'
on the grounds of 
Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Maui
                                                                                                                                                       In the beginning.... well, It's hard to say where something actually begins. For me perhaps in placing white gloves in the form of singular words on the ground in natural environments. Then wanting to "bring the outside - inside"... And thoughts of the way a stone dropping in calm water creates expanding ripples. Imagining words have their own ripple effect.  Creating words out of white cotton gloves which are generally used to handle valuables with extra care.






Artist friend, Margaret Lindsey agreed to the idea of creating a window installation together. (2 years ago, created the cloud photos for the window AND the one who painted the window wall with the current skyscape) 
We traded ideas and images via email for weeks before she arrived.  She sent me the drawing below in response to my words and idea of the ripple effect.  After her arrival we continued with the evolution of ideas and materials.
Below image is the creative result from our thoughts, ideas, conversations and materials.
633 Tyler Street, Port Townsend, WA, USA


Ahh...

Between sky and earth,
Touching.

Hand to ground
Colors to wall
Letters to sound
Word to image
Meaning to mind.

Choice of perception
for this place
  we call home.

Mar 15, 2014

Passage - Studio Window at Tyler Street - Uptown


Doorways mark passages between one world and another - whether between the hallway and the bedroom, the office and the rest of the world, the inside of an airplane and freefall. A transition zone between one role, activity, ecosystem; one reality and another. These physical doorways are familiar to us and easy to recognize, but what of the metaphysical passages within our invisible, inner worlds?

How do we sense transition zones in our non-physical areas of internal change?  Places and times are marked by an inner awareness that something has changed.  The world may seem suddenly fresh, alien, or our sense of self is altered.  These perceptions illuminate our awareness the internal shifting, moving, and changing of our inner landscape.  

I consider the forces transforming our inner worlds, some of which we initiate and some of which come upon us from beyond our conscious choosing.  Like metaphysical elements of fire, air, water and earth and their processes of burning, lifting, flowing, and grounding.  I consider these forces as active ingredients that help us move through our lives - like fish through water, wood in flame, bird in flight, tree rooted and growing towards light. We acknowledge this movement by metaphysical elements in saying,”trial by fire”, “free as a bird”, “riding a wave”, “solid as a rock”, or “rooted as a tree”.   

I imagine these forces transform our inner worlds and thus our perception of the physical world. I find navigational assistance in this world of inner transformation in Jung’s writing on alchemy.  With the installation, ‘Passage’, I attempt to give form to these non-physical forces and to evoke the experience they create within us.



Mar 7, 2014

"Yes and..." 'at Earth Matters' Exhibition chosen as Best of Show

Three photographs from the my series,Touching Ground, were chosen for inclusion in "Earth Matters" at Northwind Gallery exhibit.  February 28 - March 31, 5pm.   Best in Show was awarded to "Yes and..." (shown below) by Juror Michael Paul Miller.  Work was chosen in relationship to the following statement.


Looking through your own personal lens, what is your relationship with the land as material or metaphor? What does the word Earth mean to you? ” . . . the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope” – Wendell Barry

I was considering the importance of finding what and where we can say 'yes' with out energy and attention.  Also drawing from an idea from improvisation....when someone approaches you with something....find a way to say - Yes....and.


Yes and...Haleakala Crater, HI


How can art help?  Rialto Beach, WA
   Hands to ground, Cabo Pulmo, Mexico    
To see background information and more images on my work with gloves go to
     
During the March 9th artist lecture juror Michael Paul Miller gave about the exhibition he shared the following comments about my work.
     
"I awarded “Best in Show” to Gloria’s environmental artwork, “Yes and …” When I asked the artwork if it should receive the award for “Best in Show” and if it truly believed that Earth Matters it then responded in Magic 8 ball fashion with a, “Yes”. How could I argue with that?

Now seriously, when looking at the formal elements of this photo it’s difficult to find anything disagreeable. The image seems perfect. The composition, contrast, and details are spot on and it’s beautifully presented with a simple white matt and thin black frame that enhances the almost grey monochromatic presence of the landscape. However, this artwork is more than a beautiful photo in a frame, it’s about a process that extends beyond the frames borders. One that seems to change locations, shapes, and ideas based on the other works of art Gloria has submitted to the show. In another similar work that appears to be a part of the series she shouts asking, “HOW CAN ART HELP?” The appropriate bumper sticker slogan response is that, “Art saves lives”. Yet it is a serious question that the artist or individual is burdened with and must consider when wanting change for the better. It’s especially overwhelming when that desired change is against the economic interests of the plutocracy.

At first glance the white forms of, “Yes and …” appeared to be feathers carefully placed to form letters in the landscape in an Andy Goldsworthian fashion. After closer inspection I noticed that they were white gloves, which are normally used to handle items of high value. They are also symbolic of the white glove treatment, which provides first class care and service. When placed in context of the landscape they are representative of people as caretakers of the earth. We should handle the environment with white gloves. We should perhaps give Mother Nature the white glove treatment instead of the usual individuals who receive this service and that are also responsible for its demise. Gloria with her limited resources is most likely doing her best to do what she can to care for and service the environment by creating art that can and more importantly does help.

There is a slightly darker and more sinister interpretation that can be found within the work. The illuminating light and heavy atmosphere found in the landscape adds both mysticism and mystery, which brings into question what lies beyond the foreground. It could be a reference to the unknown future that is obscured by either a more optimistic cloud or ominous smog. The word, “Yes” appears as if it were a large Hollywood sign making the fog read as smog. Going even deeper and darker into the artworks reading is the title of the work, which is, “Yes and …”. The ellipsis in the title suggests that some part of our ability to understand what is going on has been omitted as we are then left with unanswered questions and an awkward silence."

Michael Paul Miller
Associate Professor of Art
Peninsula College

Jan 22, 2014

How can art help? New Year 2014

Rialto Beach, Washington state coast.
Question I'm asking myself, interested in how we might think about this. 
Created with white cotton work gloves.  (some history on the "glove work" http://glorialamson.blogspot.com/2013_01_01_archive.html )

Dec 17, 2013

Linear and Knot


An installation entitled Linear and Knot, in Port Townsend,WA evolved through the collaborative efforts of Carolyn LawKim Kopp and myself.  Each of us have worked with various forms of lines over the years and we have brought some of our history together for this installation.  

I reflect on thoughts of ties that bind, lines that connect and how things get tangled and untangled. I love the simplicity of a line as it engages space, creating movement from one point to another, marking a specific time and place.
From The Island Project 1996-2006             G. Lamson
It's hard to say where or when an installation actually begins, however, when I showed Carolyn Law some favored knots in my studio   
 
she spoke of a large rope used for one of her past  installations in Seattle. When she offered to bring it to Port Townsend for this window, our collaboration began.  

The clusters of knots which lie on the floor, in the shadow of the large rope, are the knots which created this earlier string circle shown below that I created for the Art in Nature Festival at Camp Long in Seattle.

"tangle bull kelp", the painting in the installation (and others), were created by Port Townsend artist, Kim Kopp.  Initially these paintings were a response to tangled piles of bull kelp on the beach. Her forms inspire me to thoughts about our lives as lines through time, space and experience. I am reminded of beauty within that movement and am reassured in considering that which becomes tangled, can also become untangled.  





Sep 15, 2013

Film Fodder - Vision and Revision. Installation in Port Twonsend


What is not, material for film making?  From the beginning of photography, who would have thought that flickering light in darkened spaces would give us so much?  
Check out the Port Townsend Film Festival, September 20-22, 2013.  
See vision taken form, ideas re-imagined, threads followed, stories enfleshed..and more. Thank you film makers for your imagination and hard work that we may see....and see again. Both alone and together. 

Sep 10, 2013

Curtain Went Up...Bookworms Moved On


I've heard rumors that the Bookworms may make an appearance at the Land Trust Auction this Friday night 9/13/2013 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds!
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And....behind the curtain.....something else is gathering....

In preparation for...

September 20-22, 2013

May 18, 2013

BookWorms and Other Delights - Installation Tyler St.- Uptown Port Townsend,WA




These tubular creatures of light enjoy worming their way around their beloved books...ingesting words, images, and ideas while speaking to each other in the language of clouds.

Many of the elements for this installation were transported from the Coming Unbound exhibition at NorthWind Gallery then introduced to the BookWorms of this particular window.

"BookBuds", (books cut with a ban saw), by Rebecca Welti (Portland,OR), Cloud photographs by Margaret Lindsey (Half Moon Bay, CA) and pages rising from their covers by Carolyn Law (Seattle, WA) from "Why I love Books".  

Apr 28, 2013

Installation for : Coming Unbound: Book As Sculpture – NorthWind Arts Gallery, Port Townsend, WA, April 2013

This is a Wonderful Show Curated by Jean-Marie Tarascio.  
Eleven artists explore the concept of “book” as inspiration in unique and personalized ways to convey their artistic messages.  http://northwindarts.org/news/coming-unbound/http://northwindarts.org/news/coming-unbound/http://northwindarts.org/news/coming-unbound/  
Throughout its remarkable history the book has been a means to transporting ideas, messages, and thoughts. It has been an intriguing vehicle for reflection and communication, a formidable object. It has been banned, burned, collected, censored, hidden, sworn upon, quoted, treasured, adorned, discarded, chained, praised, and threatened extinction.

Flight Field was created with Rebecca Welti as an installation for this exhibition.

Show Closes - April 29,  5:00 pm 







Jan 31, 2013

Handscapes

In my mind, images of ancient handprints on cave walls are often a starting point for new work. I've been exploring interactions using white cotton gloves with the more-than-human-world.  This has become a way of participating in nature,  a way of “touching ground”, and providing a show of hands”.  These hands are evolving into wings and bird forms.  I have one "bird" that I like to take for walks and document her interactions in various places.


Handscape, Cabo Pulmo Beach, Mexico, 2013

The creature who makes tracks, 2013
South of Cabo Pulmo, Mexico

Neckline, 2012, Orcas Island, WA

Lily Flight, 2012, Devil's Lake, WA
from series - Wings of Desire


Madrona flight, 2013, Orcas Island,WA
from series - Wings of Desire

From Darkness, 2013, Port Townsend, WA
From series - Wings of Desire

Water Rest, 2012, Botany Beach, British Columbia, Canada
From series - Wings of Desire

Nesting, 2012, Devil's Lake, WA
From series - Wings of Desire

Pond Hopping, 2012, Botany Beach, British Columbia, Canada
From series - Wings of Desire

Pond Flight, 2012, Botany Beach, British Columbia, Canada
From series - Wings of Desire


All images © 2013 Gloria Lamson, all rights reserved.         

Jan 28, 2013

The Hunger Artist. Painting by Linda Okasaki in "Living Room" installation

The Hunger Artist, painting by Linda Okasaki
More of Linda's work can be seen at Max Grover Gallery in PT
For  information contact THE MAX GROVER GALLERY (360) 379-4699

Linda Okazaki and Rikki Ducornet:  “A Conversation” 
Thursday Feb. 7~7pm - Free & open to public
The Cotton Building~607 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA
Sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society  

Nov 9, 2012

Living Room


Listening Lab: Installation on Tyler near Lawrence in Port Townsend, WA.


What are we – really?
I imagine if we could see each other on a non-physical, energetic level, we might see some kind of spark, or core of light within each others presence.  The luminosity of these tubes brought this idea to mind, even though "the tubes" often masquerade as clothes dryer vents


With visitation by The Hunger Artist, a painting by Linda Okazaki