Five pieces from my project Abstracting The Rain Horse have been accepted into Jeffrey Leder Gallery’s Small Works 3 show, opening September 14, 2014. The works, drawn from passages contained within the short story The Rain Horse, written by Ted Hughes, viscerally abstract the powerful visual imagery used by Hughes into colorful punches in a minimalistic style.
Initially during this project I thought I would go at the story in an illustrative way, but after working through parts of the story, began to feel it required a far different approach. One of the pieces in my series, The Rain Horse 1 (there are a total of eight thus far) is being used as half Small Works 3 cover design. Here is the piece itself (11.8″ x 11.8″ unframed):
And – here is the cover artwork for the exhibit:
The concept for the Abstracting The Rain Horse project came about as a result of a conversation I had with Subir, husband of writer/publisher Wanda Mukherjee while I was in Wake Forest at the opening of her workspace and Creo Gallery in which ten of my pieces are currently on exhibit. Subir mentioned that while he was growing up in India, he studied a range of literature, and that one of the most striking works he read was The Rain Horse by Ted Hughes. As I listened to Subir describing the story and the textures of the wording, I thought it would be really interesting to try to translate some of that richness into visual artwork.
My language tends to range from loosely rendered, illustration style pieces to very sparse minimalist pieces. It truly depends on the underlying content, theoretical foundations, and intended message I’m working with while I’m creating the visual works. In this case, I found the man’s relationship with the place in The Rain Horse, and his relationship with the horse itself conjured up the stark cinematography of older films, and the dynamic contrasts of a handful of photographers holding down various territories within art history. The story brought to mind the power of form against form, jagged and piercing the air around them – and the contrast with those particulars against smooth stones and bending waterways.
So, the result has been the creation of works I’m happy to say will be on exhibit in New York. I am truly grateful to have been selected to be a part of the Small Works 3 exhibit!
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