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May 30, 2009

Long View Study #1


This is my first study for the Long View Project outside of the sketchbook. It’s a
prototype of sorts for the flatter of the one hundred panels that will comprise the
final series. Studies with more relief are also in the works.

The imagery here alludes to science and waste management at McMurdo, described
by the iconic pipe and sphere configurations common throughout town. It was created
in cut paper and graphite on paper mounted on a 5″ x 5″ x 1.5″ wood panel, indicat-
ing the square format of the final art panels to come.

This piece will be on view and available at Southern Exposure’s Annual Fundraiser
and Art Auction this Saturday evening, June 6 at Electric Works, San Francisco.

Speaking of events, I’m also excited about attending this Thursday’s CalAcademy
NightLife presentation by David de Rothschild where he’ll talk about his fascinating
Plastiki project and upcoming expedition. Hope to see you there!

Filed under: Studies — mbartalos @ 11:37 pm


  1. Wow. Michael, I love the color here. That light blue shape (bent around the side of the canvas) is the kicker for me. The white block looks like a chunk of ice. Great!

    Comment by michael — June 4, 2009 @ 9:05 am

  2. The Long view study #1 and #2 are absolutely stunning! One can anticipate the others…
    The ideas, colors and shapes are very sophisticated and exciting. Congratulation, great work………Eva

    Comment by Eva Bartalos — July 7, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

  3. This is very provocative. This seems to be very Kandinskiesque. Your piece feels very modern. I really like how it wraps around the cube’s surface.

    Comment by Donovan Rittenbach — July 8, 2009 @ 7:20 am

  4. Thanks everyone, for your encouraging feedback!

    Comment by mbartalos — July 10, 2009 @ 1:03 am

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