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Metropolitan Diary

I Work at the Guggenheim

By OB ASKIN

Dear Diary:

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I work
at the Guggenheim
which is slanted
trying balance
I list there
I drift there
and say
do not touch

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People
You may ask me
what’s it mean
when it’s blue
and nothing else
but you mean
is it priceless
I say do not touch

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People
you are slanted
taking notice
of titles
and oil on canvas
recent acquisition but
paintings
do not touch

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I see
faces in the blue
which you can cry with
which you can play with
faces in the gallery calling
you say do not touch

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https://i0.wp.com/www.yveskleinarchives.org/works/large/ant76.jpg

Yves Klein
Grande Anthropophagie bleue Hommage à Tennessee Williams (ANT 76), 1960, 275 x 407 cm.
http://www.yveskleinarchives.org/works/works1_us.html

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When I returned from NYC to my TC homeland,
I needed to adjust to the vastness of space, botanical green
and the unique blue of the Minnesota sky.
I was a P. S. 1  Studio Residency Fellow
– 1 of 41 artists worldwide to receive this prestigious award.

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It was August when I returned to my birth certificate home.
I lived my life while in NYC on 115 Mulberry Street, Little Italy.
It was HOME to me – more HOME than my birth certificate home.

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I found a loft in St. Paul.
St. Paul reminded me of TriBeCa : the scale.
It was a massive space in a warehouse of mixed small businesses.
The building was owned by Henry Zaidan,
 a real estate developer and an Egyptian with dual citizenship in Canada.
Henry was/is a remarkable Renaissance man.
I miss him.
He has since returned to Montreal where people have dialogues and discourse.
Henry understood art and was an astute art collector.
I observed him as I would present my NEW work.
Henry possesses exquisite sensibilities.
He collected my art for his private collection.
He was HOME to me.

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I received the BUSH ARTIST FELLOWSHIP.

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I needed to learn to unfurl my wings after the compressed NYC blue sapphire life.
I bought rolls of 5′ width paper.
I taped brushes on the ends of branches.
I mixed blue paint.
I created lengths of instantly blue paintings.
Actions of blue.
Singing the blues.

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A cousin from Arizona visited my studio.  
I showed him my BLUE PAINTINGS.
Jonathan’s response: “Catherine, that is allot of BLUE.”

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Please note:

BLUEblueBIRD: Song

8 paintings / 2016 
is a RE-VISION of

BlueBIRD: FLY series

8 paintings / 2016 
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/bluebird-fly-series-8-paintings-2016-catherine-l-johnson-periwinkle-bluebird-innocence-happiness-hope-is-the-thing-with-feathers/

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PLEASE CLICK ON EACH IMAGE TO ENLARGE + VIEW DETAILS

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BLUEblue_BIRD_Song_#1_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONBLUEblueBIRD: Song #1                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2016

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BLUEblue_BIRD_Song_#2_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONBLUEblueBIRD: Song #2                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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BLUEblue_BIRD_Song_#3_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONBLUEblueBIRD: Song #3                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2016

 

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BLUEblue_BIRD_Song_#4_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONBLUEblueBIRD: Song #4                                                          Catherine L. Johnson 2016

 

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BLUEblue_BIRD_Song_#5_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONBLUEblueBIRD: Song #5                                                        Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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BLUEblue_BIRD_Song_#6_CATHERINELJOHNSONBLUEblueBIRD: Song #6                                                        Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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BLUEblue_BIRD_Song_#7_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONBLUEblueBIRD: Song #7                                                          Catherine L. Johnson 2016

 

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BLUEblue_BIRD_Song_#8_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONBLUEblueBIRD: Song #8                                                       Catherine L. Johnson 2016 

 

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BLUEblueBIRD: Song series is a RE-VISION of BlueBIRD: FLY series .
The initial series was the basis of the new.

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Each work is a composition of separate parts
cut/ arranged from large pieces-similar to film/sound editing.

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Each piece is 5.5″ Height on all.
The Width of each piece varies.

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The paint was custom- light blue violet periwinkle, a color that is impossible to photograph!
https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periwinkle_%28color%29
Periwinkle is a remarkable/ephemeral/dynamic color
in how it shifts in relationship
to the viewer and the ambient light.
A dance that cannot be captured- only experienced and cherished…

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Please click: http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/bluebird-fly-8-paintings-2016
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/bluebluebird-song-series-8-paintings-2016

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MANCRUSH- They Call Me Friend of the Golden Dogs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dQLoBdXLec

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Miles Davis – Blue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfg-IH1wC-k
Joni Mitchell – Blue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5782PQO5is

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Blue songs are like tattoos
You know I’ve been to sea before
Crown and anchor me
Or let me sail away
Hey Blue, here is a song for you
Ink on a pin
Underneath the skin
An empty space to fill in
Well there’re so many sinking now
You’ve got to keep thinking
You can make it thru these waves
Acid, booze, and ass
Needles, guns, and grass
Lots of laughs lots of laughs
Everybody’s saying that hell’s the hippest way to go
Well I don’t think so
But I’m gonna take a look around it though
Blue I love you
Blue here is a shell for you
Inside you’ll hear a sigh
A foggy lullaby
There is your song from me
© 1970; Joni Mitchell

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