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September 30, 2009

Work in Progress

It’s been a gratifying month in the studio as many of the Long View Project’s one hundred 12″ square artworks began to materialize.

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A first step in the process is preparing the base panels. Above, Lili Ong applies gesso to the panels’ fronts and sides to create white acid-free surfaces for paper collages to adhere to.

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Other panels will support wood constructions inspired by the recycled Venesta boards at Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds.

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I’m working on several pieces simultaneously, shuttling them between the walls and work tables. I’ll be posting updates on the series as it develops, as well as new sketchbook pages, small-panel studies, and the ongoing photo-documentation of my Antarctic item collection.

Big thanks to Lili and my pal Eric Hoffman for their invaluable assistance and creative inspiration in the studio.


Filed under: Process — mbartalos @ 11:32 pm

2 Comments »

  1. Hi Michael, very intriguing to see how the artworks are taking shape! –especially the combination of 2D & 3D elements/planes within the series. Will be interesting to learn how they will be joined/”bound” together. Thanks for sharing your process.

    Comment by Sean Kane — October 10, 2009 @ 8:48 am

  2. Hi Sean, the panels will be joined by hinges to create a super-long accordion book structure. Thanks for following along!

    Comment by mbartalos — October 10, 2009 @ 9:34 am

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