Feb 17, 2018

Open Studio Feb. 25 at Fort Worden

Included in my last post was the proposal I wrote for an artist residency at Centrum which I received and have been working with during February.   Once again I'm fascinated by how different lived reality is than planning for it and thinking about it.  Not that it should come as any surprise...

Rather than making something new right now, I'm using my time to reflect, clean out  and organize old work with hopes I can put it to rest so that my new work can find me. 

Within my piles I found a couple poems which seem like good guides during this time.

I'll be holding an Open Studio Sunday, Feb. 25th, 3:30 - 6 pm
At Fort Worden 205 building - above Corvidae Press - where I've been working

During this time I will invite visitors to reflect and comment on some of the questions I've been considering, which may serve as material for future work.  

Also there will also be a sharing wall for posting copies of your favorite poems and quotes which have inspired your creativity.

You can see more studio photos on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/glolamson/

Feb 9, 2018

Proposal for 2018 Artist Residency at Centrum

The following is a proposal I made to Centrum in Port Townsend for a month long artist residency in February 2018.  In future posts I will share how it evolving, but for now I just want to mark where I started.

PROPOSAL by Gloria Lamson for 2018 Centrum Residency:

In the last year I’ve been inspired to review the photographs and artwork I’ve created in the last 45 years. With this residency I want to reflect upon and re-contextualize my artwork as a whole, with the fresh seeing that can come with distance and hindsight. 

I’m requesting a Centrum artist residency to use the large studio upstairs in the 205 building from February 1st- March 4th 2018 (or whatever portion of that time I can have).  My purpose is to create an installation as well as review, organize, and edit images of my art/photography work of the past 45 years.  With fabric stapled from the west to east side of the 2 large north walls, I want to create a river-like form as a visual stream of my work and life. This structure would serve as a matrix to which I would then affix a selection of small prints of my artwork in relationship to each other and the time when they were created.  

I have often envisioned the relationship between my life and artwork as a mobius strip, giving me the sense that my art and life are woven together through out time. This installation would be a navigable chart of my work and creative process that would allow back and forth reflection, at a glance. Allowing me to a chance to examine the joys and pathos, the hilltops and valleys various stages in my work. This installation would give me a ‘place’ to explore the personal art story of my life.

This Centrum studio time would support the work of editing and organizing my artwork for a self-published book (or books), which I will continue to work on after the residency.    

To give you a sense of the kind of material I will be working with I am including the some of the images below.

Over the past few years I have used the form of a river in my three different “Life Stream” site responsive installations.  Initially I developed the form during my artist residency at Playa in Southern Oregon, 2015 and included the following poem as a statement. 

~ Life Stream~

I imagine,
our lives are like threads,
weaving through time.

Emerging at birth from an ocean of consciousness,
and returning again at death.

In between,
a mystery, we call life.

In between,
we dip in and out of that larger stream,
at times immersed, submerged,
renewed or humbled,
as the current carries us along.

In between,
we play with possibilities of who we are and who we might be,
with what we’ve been given
and what we choose.

Alone and together,
we weave the fabric of our lives.
I expanded upon this work for a solo exhibition at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, 2015. 
In 2016 I created another version of “Life Stream” for the Shunpike Storefront Program for one of Amazon’s street front windows at South Lake Union in Seattle. 

I think of my proposed Centrum installation as ‘My River of Time’, a personalized vision of ‘Life Stream’.  The February installation would be a process of ‘connecting the dots’ both literally and metaphorically to be able to see the big picture of my work, emerging from a selection from my collected images.  

Some of my work in the past reflects my fascination with point to point linking (images below). As a kid when I saw the ‘connect the dot’ puzzles, in the newspaper, I often imagined that if only the connections were drawn in some precise way that some part of life’s mysteries would miraculously be revealed.

My work often grows out of a particular time and place. Centrum at Fort Worden is special place to which I have a deep connection.  From my first artist residency in 2002 to having my art studio in the 205 building from 2011-2014.  It seems like the perfect location to bring together past, present and…what’s next.

The images I want to review and edit begin with my black and white film photography from the 70’s such as the three images below.

And would include reviewing some 20 years of images of interactions with/in nature and installations in architectural environments, such as images below.

Current work can be seen at http://glorialamson.blogspot.com/ and an archive of selected past work at http://www.glorialamson.com.  

Jan 5, 2018

DISRUpTION at Valise Gallery on Vashon

Two of my photographs (below) from the 'Touching Ground' series can be seen in the DISRUpTION show at VALISE Gallery on Vashon Island from 
January 5-27.  The opening will be January 5th, from 6 to 9.   
  (Sorry I can't be there in person, but I will be out of the state.) 

The work of 14 artists was chosen in response to the Valise Gallery call for art, which said:  "In recent years, disruption has become a trendy term in business circles. It has come to apply to a company which upends the market by creating a need where none had existed before. It is also frequently applied to the present political climate. Both are interesting and valid subjects for artists to tackle and we're interested in them, but we're also curious about other possibilities for disruption.
How can disruption be expressed in a purely formal sense? 
How does it apply to aspects of daily life?"  

This show is a response to that call. The photographs below are part of my response.
Interaction with white cotton gloves & photograph by
Gloria Lamson

and now...
Interaction with white cotton gloves & photograph by
Gloria Lamson
Statement for this glove work:

Using simple manmade or natural materials, I have created temporary site-specific installations and interactions in nature and architectural environments, which I document with photographs. I’m interested in bringing the outside in and inside out, in nature and the human psyche, seeking to deepen our awareness and relationship to both. I’d like to offer images to the human community, to encourage renewal of our connections to the world within and around us.

Inspired by prehistoric handprints on cave walls I’m intrigued with forms of self-reflective mark making. Interested in the intersection between the humanity and larger nature I began using white cotton gloves in a remote Arizona desert. I wanted to see handprints rather than footprints in that ancient dry wilderness, and was intrigued by the silent touch of fabric hand to ground. Traditionally this type of cotton glove is used to handle valuable items with exceptional care. For the 'Touching Ground' series I hope to extend that special attention to Nature, the world that sustains us.
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Valise Gallery,  17633 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070

VALISE stands for Vashon Artists Linked In Social Engagement