Met & Hurricane Sandy: November 2012

 The following are from quick studies done at the Met. Each section is filled with treasures: new histories to learn, patterns to decipher and objects to explore. As I jot down dates and titles, I hope that some of the information will file itself in my brain, creating a vast data base of the history of art and humanity. Many of these pieces were made during Hurricane Sandy, which left us stranded indoors for several days. The final piece is darker and more violent than the rest: a jumble of images and an almost violent application of wax. I began the piece with images from the "Bernini Sculptures in Clay" exhibit at the Met. On this page, I felt compelled to include some brief sketches of my grandfather, Douglas Churnin, who passed away Thursday, November 1st. But some wax on the page got in the way, making the portraits vague and hard to discern. The bottom right shows the surreal view of post-superstorm Sandy New York City that I witnessed biking across the Pulaski Bridge: a black city save for the top of the Empire State Building. A card from the artist Peter Ruta's recent show fit in here, as he is from my grandfathers generation and the card depicts New York City. On top of this, chaotic swirls of wax expressing my anger and sadness, and perhaps channeling Jackson Pollock.

Ancient Near East and Ancient Greece
Watercolor on paper, 7" x 10"
October 25, 2012 


Ancient Greece
Watercolor on paper, 7" x 10"
October 25, 2012 


 Andy Warhol and European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Watercolor on paper, 7" x 10"
October 25, 2012


 Egypt and Ancient Greece
Watercolor on paper, 10" x 7"
October 29, 2012


Matisse, Egyptian, Coptic and Turkmen Art
Watercolor on paper, 12" x 16"
October 29, 2012 


 Modern and European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Watercolor on paper, 10" x 7"
October 30, 2012


Bernini Sculptures in Clay, Peter Ruta Postcard, 
Dad with Grandpa, New York City without Lights
Watercolor, colored wax, postcard on paper, 12" x 16"
November 4, 2012 
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