Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Word composition studies.

These studies were all improvisational.  While woking on my poetry volumes I found myself just zoning out sketching out these ideas.  I didn't turn these into oil paintings, but they ruled the eventual series of Word compositions a few weeks later.  

Monday, April 10, 2006

Artwork of the month: Harriet Goodhue Hosmer's Medusa.

I spend a lot of time at museums.  I live a few blocks from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where I find myself walking among the magick of art history on an almost daily biases.  I visited the MIA as a child, and  now as an adult I have been a regular patron since I moved to Minneapolis since 1996.  I have fallen in love with a sculpture there;  "Medusa" by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer.

As one of americas first female sculptors, Harriet Goodhue Hosmer focused on the historic plight of women.  I truly love the philosophy of this sculpture, and it is a beautiful work of art.  I have been fortunate enough to look at this sculpture for the last 10 years.  It is on display on the 3rd floor of Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Harriet Goodhue Hosmer
American, 1830-1908

Go to the MIA and spend some time with this marvel... will teach you beauty and suffering.

Thursday, April 6, 2006

"Word Compositions" series of paintings

Taking another look at my past as an artist in Minneapolis we come to my poetry works on canvas...

These paintings were created in 1999 somewhere during the time when I was experimenting with poetry, and they were fun.  I will explore this idea again.  I wrote three full books of poetry between 1996 and 2000.  
Sooner or later I will publish them here on this blog.  For now just enjoy this abstraction of words.  

Artist Statement
These compositions are based on a single improvisational repeated word scratched into the surface of the oil painting.  Surface and composition are the focus of this work.

Adam M. Considine  1999

Word Composition a 
oil on canvas
22" x 18"

Word Composition b 
oil on canvas
18" x 22"

Word Composition c 
oil on canvas
48" x 24"

Word Composition d 
oil on canvas
22" x 18"

Word Composition e 
oil on canvas
36" x 24"

Word Composition f 
oil on canvas
24" x 36"

Word Composition g 
oil on canvas
22" x 12"

Word Composition h 
oil on canvas
48" x 24"

I love compositional poetry...
...I use it as I do oil paint.