I took this painting (Vertical #13, 81"x12") to Circa Gallery
in Minneapolis yesterday, along with three others. Circa has recently moved to a downtown location, a vibrant district bordering the river with restaurants and upscale shops. My first experience of the new space was in late October at the grand opening, and that night I found it all quite disorienting--crowded, noisy and huge--somehow this did not sit well with me. For as long as I have been with the gallery (since the late 90s) Circa has been a rather small, charming, tile-floored and slightly funky space near the Walker Art Center. Overnight (or so it seemed to me) it morphed into a large, elegant, pristine "white box" ...a very startling transformation I was not sure I could warm up to.
But yesterday it was a very different experience, to enter on a quiet afternoon, with natural light flooding the space from the large windows, and each painting given breathing room. It felt airy, restful, and inviting, in the way that a freshly cleaned house is easier to relax in than one that is cluttered and disorganized. Wanda, the director, is clearly very pleased with the changes, and now I have been won over. The gallery has a whole new presence, and I feel really very honored to be part of it.
Also under the general heading of "changes," my solo exhibit at Darnell Fine Art
in Santa Fe has been moved from October up to July-August of '08, giving me just six months to prepare. This is a good change and made with my full approval--the timing works better with tentative travel plans I have to return to the art center in Spain (where I was in residence in the fall of 2001) and the summer dates also take advantage of the peak time for summer visitors to Santa Fe. Still, it means readjusting my inner time line in a big way, and as soon as a few loose ends are tied up in the studio (paintings for other galleries) I'll be giving full time to this show. It's exciting, and now that I've seen the gallery (I visited in October) it's quite entertaining to think of how to fill the space.