On Oct 24, 2011, at 7:26 PM, Catherine L. Johnson wrote:
Thank you for viewing the BODY & SOUL exhibit.
(The installation took hours-every piece had to be perfectly positioned.
It was a mash-up of various series, a re-mix presented as several installations of disparate pieces.
Thank God I requested Justin to assist me!
I was so fortunate/grateful for Justin’s uber-LIBRA-ness:
a little to the left, a little to the right and his radical patience,
aesthetic alignment and investment in my vision was critical.)
Acute and hilarious dialogue and spot-on commentary except for entropy.
Everyone looks and experiences their world from their own
conditioned, practiced and habitual set of references and comfort zones.
Indifference, neglect, hostility are transformers, shaping one’s world views and expectations.
An individual can
to NEW sets of experiences-
the courage to change
do the exodus Red Sea crossing
the FAITH walk in the wilderness thing.
New neuro-pathways can be created
to overwrite the previous framework/matrix
a new and unfolding improvisational blueprint!!
Love is a transforming energy
a nest of love can transform one’s life!
Art piques an awareness of one’s
which may be:
Jim did an amazing job in framing the one BODY & SOUL piece on display.
I would love the wrought iron frame but the simple white
was a great counterpoint to the art.
BODY & SOUL- 12 pieces now in the portfolio!
(My Physical Therapist, the amazing Jill. is working on my arms-
it is like she is ripping out the nerves in my arms!
She is concentrating on my right arm- my “wing” arm!
What an occupational hazard- she tells me how patients get angry
and blame her for causing them pain-
when it is their pain, emanating from their own injuries/wounds!
I learned what mine was mine a long time ago! I can work up to 4 hours now.)
16.5″ H x 13″ W, mixed media on board.
Yes, the BODY & SOUL works are extraordinarily different
from the HALO: The Prayer Wheels 2007.
What they share: circles and lines like phrasing and notes.
They are, like ALL my work, performances -one execution where
all of the flaws and the awe is present, audible presences, as marks and pentimenti.
Circular breathing pure, no rough edge rounded, and focused.
the serene whirling presence of the Halo: The Prayer Wheels,
are total vitality,
elegant and dynamic,
The ambient light and the physical position of the viewing
ignite the surfaces and/or veil the surfaces’ luminosity.
Yes, we talked about the genesis, the inspiring juice for this new series:
the martial art:
– which is based on a dynamic sphere principle
of when attacked,
you do not receive the negative energy of the aggressor,
with specific motions you send the negative energy back
to the aggressor’s life path/journey
– to own and resolve;
: iron -the masculine element that is to control impulses
– the feminine, the moon, the purveyor
of intuitive wisdom and artistic expression
sex and the yin/yang energy
balancing and re-balancing
always fluid and shifting, moving, not static;
Milky Way galaxy, nests, centrifugal force….
and, of course,
to the variations/arrangements of
the musical composition: BODY & SOUL
( several sonic vocal/instrumental artists).
I have learned, due to my early background of isolation and confinement,
that I need rhythm,
rhythmic call and response.
My early life was comprised of continuous and random
blasts of energy onto me, and I became alchemical-
transcending and transforming the circumstances,
then after the blasts,
there was complete silence and confinement.
My body and psyche is very, very honed like a rare instrument.
Who I can “run” with- lovers, is a complex set
of profane/sacred equation of contradictions.
As it goes with my collectors as well:
exquisite and searing sensibilities.
My work always has a rhythmic motion, swinging motion- never backward,
yet, bringing energy forward and deepening its magnitude.
Breath- inhale and exhale.
Touch- stroking, back and forth, in and out.
Sensual and sensuous and sexual.
Hmmmmm. deterioration and decline?
No, Chris, an adamant and certain NO-
yet, it is something interesting I learned about you
and your perceptions/perspective at that moment?!
How about centrifugal force?
Chris and Michele are viewing exhibit tonight
and will be picking up their Pine Tree: ROSE.
I would be so grateful if you could photograph
just the two installations of paintings-
the rOses 2011– the triptych
and the BODY & SOUL piece coupled
with the small BLACKBIRD: Revelation 2010.
Very, very HaPpY to learn about your NEW ventures-
yes, experiment, ask different sets of quest/ions!!!
It is imperative- questions.
Not the SAME questions, though!
Boring and predictable.
Claustrophobic and so what….
I look forward to learning about your discoveries!
Please let me know about when you can photograph the work.
I will NOT be here on Friday- returning Saturday late afternoon.
Thank you Chris! The best!
YOU are the ONLY one that can document my work-
because of its quicksilver, a/live performance,
always there as a physical reality
simply refuses/rebels about being boxed/contained-
needing wide arenas and loving patience to slowly offer its
mysteries and beauty…waiting in anticipation,
knowing it will be beautiful,
Eric is beginning the path in learning HOW to document my art’s whispers…