A few months ago I set about planning and mentally laying out a new show for the City Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts. I knew almost right away that it would revolve around maps. I would tie these maps to important places in Indianapolis, my home.
And, the work would be big - the first piece I started for this show was 4 x 3 feet. I had been itching to do larger paintings for a while.
Three weeks ago, several paintings were in progress, some more than others, but nothing was finished. Also three weeks ago, a disc in my lower back herniated. Great timing, right?
Many things became uncertain. For a time after I couldn't go to work, drive, walk up stairs, and certainly couldn't get to the studio to continue these big pieces. But, with everything I couldn't do, I needed a goal (besides all the things listed above) and that was to commit to this show, even if I wasn't sure I could make it to my own opening.
What you will see at tonight's opening and throughout January was created, in large part, in the last two and a half weeks. And I love it all.
The work is much smaller, and all on paper, things I could work on from home. And I'm really proud of it. It's not what I originally planned. It's better.
While I wish I could have avoided injury, it pushed me to re-examine my approach and the results are on view this month.
Deadlines drive us.