January 22, 2011
Installation of "Eccentric Orbits"
2 East Rose Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Here is a photograph of my exhibition "Eccentric Orbits," at Willow Gallery. I placed two objects in the center of the gallery to act as counter-points to the paintings on the wall. On the pedestal in the foreground rests a nickle-iron meteorite. It is from meteorites such as this one that I derive most of the pigments that I used in the exhibition. This particular meteorite will soon become a meteorite book. A large piece of foramenate limestone stands on the pedestal behind. Several years ago, I curated an exhibition titled "Roots of Clouds, Transcendence of Stone at Whitman College." For that exhibition I wrote an essay titled "Nepholithos: Reveries Involving the Inversion of Cloud and Stone," in which I contemplated ways stones act in our imagination. This particular piece of limestone has become something of a meteorite-cloud in my mind. I have painted it extensively. You can see the stone's influence on the large painting hanging on the wall behind it.