It’s summer. Time to play!

Ahhh…summertime. Long, lazy days. Sunshine. Warm wind caressing my skin. I’m finding it hard to buckle down and complete the large painting waiting on my easel. I procrastinate, finding excuses not to enter the studio and feeling guilty about it. That’s when I remember that Art is supposed to be fun – I have been way too goal oriented of late and have forgotten how to play! And what better way to loosen up than trying my hand at collage?

pallette collage I

These small scale narrative collages were initially kickstarted by a newspaper image of a woman holding an interesting gestural pose. I simplified the pose into four shapes that I cut out of discarded disposable palettes from previous paintings.

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The discarded paper palettes are like beautiful abstract paintings that often reveal blends of color that I would never be able to purposefully recreate:

pallette collage V

The last phase was to place my figures into narrative interior and exterior landscapes using classical collage techniques mounted on canvas. (I have been using Scotch Photo Mount spray and am very pleased with the results.)

pallette collage II

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I had fun and inadvertently got the creative juices flowing once again. Looking forward to a productive summer!

(Please contact me directly regarding purchase inquiries for these new works and others appearing in past blog posts.)

 

 

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Good things come in threes

I REALLY LIKE THIS PAINTINGEvery artist has just about had it up to here listening to people gushing on about how much they like the art, how impressed they are by the technique, the concept, yada, yada, yada. But actually buying the artwork seems to require a step of gargantuan proportions.

The Affordable Art Fair debuted in New York several years ago to entice collectors of average means to put their money where their mouth is. It was so successful that it ironically became increasingly less affordable over the years.

So along comes The Really Affordable Art Show (under $500) organized by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), known for staging impressive, large-scale exhibitions. Out of 1400 submissions, a mere 150 works were selected for The Really Affordable Art Show, including two of my works, one of which is Dreamtime, below.

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Dreamtime Lilianne Milgrom
Dreamtime Lilianne Milgrom

Next up on my exhibition calendar is for those art lovers venturing a bit further afield…Israel, in fact. I am thrilled to be exhibiting in the 2015 JERUSALEM BIENNALE as a participant in the Women of the Book project. This project is the culmination of a labor of love on the part of 54 international Jewish women artists whose interpretations of the 54 portions of the sacred Torah provide a uniquely spiritual experience. Click here for more on Women of the Book.   

women of the book inviteFinally, also exhibiting in October 2015, will be my collaborative work, ENCROACH, a multi-sensory work based on an installation I developed during my 2014 residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts together with Argentinian composer, Juan Sebastian Vassallo.

Collage element from ENCROACH installation
Collage element from ENCROACH installation

The installation was inspired by the menacing, invasive Kudzu vine that was swallowing up the native plant species in the natural surrounds of the residency. It seemed like a metaphor for the encroachment of global crises into one’s life. The Visaural exhibition will be on view at the Nave Gallery Annex in Somerville, just outside of Boston. Opens October 9, 2015; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Watch a brief video of the installation with soundscape by Juan Sebastian Vassallo:

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/138701866″>encroach brief proposal</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user1999535″>Lilianne Milgrom</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>