In the fine arts, ‘medium’ refers to the material or substance that your work is made of. As more and more contemporary artists begin working with encaustic in traditional, non-traditional and boundary-crossing ways, the quandary of how to describe ones work clearly, correctly and professionally arises. This is complicated by the fact that each branch of visual art has a different way of wording these descriptions. These differences are not written out anywhere, but are nonetheless understood by professionals in the field.
Our new Pigment Stick Mixed Media Lab allows artists to explore the many possible applications of R&F Pigment Sticks, encompassing traditional and alternative approaches and materials. In addition to pigment sticks, we will also demonstrate encaustic for those students who are interested in combining these two highly compatible media. We call this a lab rather than a workshop because we want to encourage artists to come back again and again to use our wonderful space (completely stocked with paint!) as their studio. Benefit from our instructors’ guidance and feedback on your projects, and enjoy the camaraderie of other participants. This lab is a great opportunity to work with a luscious, loose and free painting medium.
It is with great excitement that we share with you the list of artists selected to be included in the inaugural edition of Encaustic Works ‘12.
Joanne Mattera combed through 416 submissions, and whittled it down to a group of 50 artists whose work will be featured in the book, (you didn’t fall for that silly talk about 18, did you?).
Joanne has also written a fabulous and extensive essay about contemporary encaustic that will be illustrated with artwork culled from submissions. Our original thinking was that this essay could be an opportunity to provide a sort of honorable mention and allow us to include a few more artists, but now that we’ve read the essay and seen the artwork, we see it differently. The essay is more like the meat and potatoes of the book; the portfolio section, which will feature 29 artists, is the dessert! We therefore consider all artists featured in the book, whether with one image or a portfolio spread, equal winners.
I recently attended the Southern Graphics Councils’ annual conference, which was held this year in New Orleans. One of the highlights for me was an opportunity to catch up with the work of artist, Mary Jane Parker, who had a solo show at the Gallery at R&F in 2008. In her current solo show, Keepsakes, at Arthur Roger Gallery, Mary Jane presents new work inspired by the masses of foliage that blanketed the New Orleans landscape in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Struck by the natural patterns of vines and how they decorated the surfaces of the city, she began photographing, drawing and cutting stencils of them, thinking that these intricate stencils could be used for a series of encaustic paintings. But something happened in the process that made her realize she didn’t need the wax at all! The show features hand and laser cut paper, prints and photographs.
David A. Clark | Dream The Arrow | 2012
Like many who are reading this, I have recently returned from the 6th International Encaustic Conference, directed by Joanne Mattera with Truro Center for the Arts director, Cherie Mittenthal. This Conference has been raising the bar for artists who work in the medium of encaustic since its’ inception, but this year impressed me as particularly touching in the way it encouraged attendees to follow their true instincts as artists. My own presentation, Funding Your Work: A Practical Guide to Dreaming Big, emphasized the dreaming big part over the funding part, and David A. Clark’s hotel fair installation, Dreaming the Arrow, illustrates this in the most literal and poetic way. Following is an interview I conducted with David about this piece.
Introduced in 2009, our Visiting Artist Series has become one of our favorite programs here at R&F - and judging by the full rosters we see for these workshops, they’re pretty popular with artists too. We invite some of the most exciting artists working with encaustic to come to R&F and present a workshop and have an exhibition. Since many of these artists do not teach regularly, this gives students a rare opportunity to learn new techniques, stretch their practice and see what makes other artists tick. Mark your calendars and start dreaming about which of our Visiting Artists you will want to study with in 2013!