Thursday, September 15, 2011

Late Summer 2009: The Cobble drawings

That same summer I created a series of drawings using pigments gathered around Sheffield MA for an exhibit featuring Bartholomew's Cobble that ceramic artist Joey Jablonski and I mounted for The Sheffield Historical Society titled, Imaging Bartholomew's Cobble.

Statement from exhibition: (View exhibition photo album on Facebook)

Drawing with Nature

It is the nature of things in our world to change. The works on canvas in this exhibition reflect this process with the wonder of Bartholomew’s Cobble as the theme.

The color pigments in these new works were made from natural materials – plants, soil and rocks – gathered along public roadsides in Sheffield, Mass. These works and their changing appearance over time do not stand outside this process of change but as part of it. They do not anchor an actual place in time in unchanging hues – but look to express the changeable aspect of that time and place.

As observers or artists we cannot exist outside this ever changing nature of our world or reject our role as participants in it.  As nature changes so will these works change in testament to this process of nature that we are all part of.

Bernard Re, Jr
September 2009

About the materials:
Medium: Water (note these drawing were later spayed with numerous coats of water/Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin), Golden Mediums, mixture)
Pigments: Soil, Pine Needles, Limestone and grasses gathered along sides of roads in Sheffield, Massachusetts, United States
Surface: Unbleached Linen
Mounting: Drawings above were stretched on canvas stretcher frames.

Exhibition History for above:
Stone Store Gallery, Sheffield, Massachusetts, Imaging Bartholomew's Cobble Exhibition, September 2009

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