Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Opening weekend

The weekend was a smash it.  We had an amazing turnout for the Joshua Tree gallery crawl.  It is fun to see so many people out and looking at art!  A big thank you to all of you who came out on Saturday night.  It was great to see you.

I thought I would post a few of the paintings Tina Bluefield and I collaborated on for those of you who are out of town and couldn't make the opening.  We had a total of fourteen paintings in the show at JTAG.  These were painted over the course of four paintings sessions.  Each one was painted by both of us.
"Dodo."  oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.  ©Swenson & Bluefield 2011

"Musician."  oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches.  ©Bluefield & Swenson 2011
"Wonderland."  oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.  ©Swenson & Bluefield 2011
Here is the statement I wrote for the paintings:


The experience of painting with Tina was like a visual dialogue.  Two artists, side by side, each artist making their own marks on every painting.  The marks were the words and sentences, and they passed back and forth, just as in a conversation using words.  We found ways to knit the marks together – there were even times when we could not tell who made each mark.  We talked of other things while painting: music, food, books, life.  The only discussion of the paintings before us was to determine when they were finished.  


Patty said...

I was prepared to be unimpressed with this project, as my attempts at collaborative projects have not gone well.
These pieces,my dear Karine, are truly wonderful. How lucky for you and Tina to have each other to share these amazing conversations with each other.
I wish I could have watched you both work on these pieces, I'd bet it was magic!

SKIZO said...

good creations