I wrapped 2010 by showing work at the Exchange Gallery at VAE in Raleigh, and participating in a two-person show at LabourLove Gallery in Durham. Luke Miller Buchanan and I hung recent paintings and it looked pretty righteous. We called the show "Four Winds at the Four Winds Bar" because we realized we'd both recently been under the influence of Secret Treaties, Blue Öyster Cult's 1974 LP. It hadmade its way quite literally into Buchanan’s painting, “And Most of You Have Gone Away.” And my video piece (with Miles Holst) for Block2 — Radios Appear — took its title and conceptual mettle from “Dominance and Submission."
So, "Four winds at the four winds bar" is a lyric in the last song on Secret Treaties. The song deals explicitly with the mystic intents and agendas that riddle the world as we see it. But the phrase, taken alone, we thought, conjured something like a transitory moment, a place through which meanings and messages pass like the breeze. It also evoked the idea of a respite — a familiar place that lures seekers. Luke and I take haven at the Four Winds Bar, and our recent work represented our distinct yet complementary impressions on what’s happening in the storm outside.
As 2011 begins, the news is threefold:
This month I've got five paintings hanging at Dos Taquitos Centro.
I've begun teaching Art Appreciation and Advanced Graphic Design at Peace College, a women's school in Downtown Raleigh.
And, with my collaborators Neill Prewitt and Eleanor Blake, I've been awarded a grant by the Town of Chapel Hill to engage in a community-based art project. We're just beginning to commence in earnest, and will be working through the spring with the residents of the Abbey Court apartment complex in Carrboro, NC. The project will culminate in an onsite event and an exhibition in downtown Chapel Hill this spring. More to come on this. Stay tuned.