Wednesday, December 1, 2010

After snow, Banksy, color heaven

White lotus on cold water
heron and chair
under bald maple
fish sleep, soft mud

waiting out the winter

We saw Banksy's doc Exit by the Gift Shop
And Gord is back to work
like the artist I met
when I was only 27

Making magic
from color
from brush
shape and fabric

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Layered Lotus in fall studio

Outside, it's still a neon fall.

Inside, we hear hail on the glass.

Gord mixes luscious colors, sensuous paint.

Once you step into the studio, pigment comes with you.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Winter Miami light

It’s now the wind roars up at night
ripping threads from torn leaves

red down
yellow down
brown burnt all around

chimneys puff gray smoke tendrils
and early birds at the window
steal seeds flutter and scurry wings
to bush branches

green and lime in Gordie’s studio
we play hockey
sweat indoors in our squash shorts

red up yellow
gorgeous without the rain

Miami seems far, far away
every day
we want the light

crave it

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Feature artist for Public Art at MIAF & Art Palm Beach

International artist Gordon Halloran, invited to be the feature artist in Public Art at the Miami International Art Fair and Art Palm Beach announces the installation he will create there, Lotus in Motion, The Watercolor Project to open January 13th at The Miami Beach Convention Center.

Lotus in Motion – The Watercolor Project is series of floating paintings that represent in a simple and abstract form, the lily pad of a lotus flower. Each floating painting is approximately 4 to 8 feet in diameter and is uniquely designed to work in harmony with an unlimited number of others on the floor of the conference center.

These paintings will flow together in an ever changing montage of overlapping color and transparency, set into gentle movement by motion sensors activated by viewers.

Mr Halloran takes his inspiration for Lotus in Motion – The Watercolor Project from the water lily paintings of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. This is combined with Halloran’s fascination with floating shards of ice that break free onto the surface of the water in the winter. ( With Lotus in Motion – The Watercolor Project, Mr. Halloran enlarges the scale of the work significantly and creates artificial movement to suggest a breeze on a body of water. This work parallels projects the artist is involved with in other cities, where the paintings are displayed on lakes, ponds and other bodies of water.

The Lotus Project is an interactive installation. The movement and flow of the floating works are activated by motion sensors that take their cue from movement along the shoreline of the lake. As the audience moves at the edge of the water, the work slowly turns and slides over, creating new shapes and color relationships. This interaction creates a new compositions every day the installation is on-site.

After the public installations in Miami, the installation will be moved to Art Palm Beach, January 20th – 24th. Singular paintings from the installation Lotus in Motion – The Watercolor Project will be available for sale on an individual basis.

Gordon Halloran is well known to world audiences as the creator of Paintings Below Zero. His monumental public art installations of non-representational paintings in ice have fascinated audiences in Chicago, Toronto, Niagara-on-the-lake, Turin, Vancouer and Richmond. In Turin Halloran was Canada’s official representative to the Cultural Olympiad for the 2006 Olympics; in Richmond he created ICE GATE for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Currently he is the feature artist for public art at the Miami International Art Fair and Art Palm Beach.