Notebook

Notbook is an informal collection of ideas, paintings and photographs revealing the creative process of contemporary artist Chris Page. 

07.04.2018

 

July 4, 2018
Amherst, Massachusetts

 

Geese Calling Overhead

 

Fort River Walk 02.13.2018

 

Fort River Walk 02.12.2018

 

Water & Light

 

Winter Walk Painting

 Winter Walk Painting No. 4, 2017 acrylic on digital photographic print 13 x 19 inches ©2017 Chris Page

Winter Walk Painting No. 4, 2017 acrylic on digital photographic print 13 x 19 inches
©2017 Chris Page

My favorite painting from walking in the Fort River Conservation Trail last winter. While I mostly worked with photographs during this time I did do a few paintings on some photographs.

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Walking Slowly Toward Dusk 02.22.2017

Part of the series from the winter of 2017 using my old 90mm Leica lens. Walk was between 4:30 and 5:30 at the Fort river Conservation Area

Art trip to Washington D.C.—December 2016

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The Phillips collection and The East Building of the National Gallery got most of my attention during a four day visit to Washington D.C. Some of my favorite artists including Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko were well represented. The Dwan Gallery show at the National Gallery was particularly satisfying. The little Jake Bertot (below) was at the Phillips.

 

Laib, Wolfgang, Wax Room: Wohin bist Du gegangen – wohin gehst Du? (Where have you gone – where are you going?), 2013, Beeswax, light bulb (Phillips Collection)

 

I had a great trip to Washington, D.C. in early December, 2016. The East Building of the National Gallery of Art is reopened and the new tower that houses the Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman paintings is impressive. Other artists and shows on view that captured my attention include, Anselm Kiefer and his lead airplane, Robert Motherwell, Alfred Jensen, Mel Bochner, Cy Twombly and Barbara Kruger. The Dwan Gallery show was a great opportunity to see the Spiral Jetty drawings of Robert Smithson along with the giant wall mounted photographs. Isamu Naguchi was at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and I was able to see one of my favorite sculptures of his: Sky Mirror. Jake Berthot was at the Phillips along with Arlene Shechet's Intersections: From Here On Now and Whitfield Lovell's The Kin Series and Related Works.

Walking 12.19.2016 4:25 PM

Walking 12.19.2016

Walking at sunset while navigating the ice and snow. Treacherous footing forced me to keep my gaze down and take one step at a time, The split between the center path and the less walked right side of the path caught my attention. Perhaps a result of spending so much time with Barnett Newman's re-installed Stations of the Cross in the East Building of the National Gallery in D.C.

Walking 11.28.2016

Walking on November 28, 2016 in Amherst, MA with nine photographs of the sky taken in random intervals between of 3:21–3:51 PM . I kept noticing the geometry in my framing dicisions.

Cloud Dance 07.18.2016

I am beginning to create images with creative passes in panoramic mode. The arc of the camera is like a single zen gesture. This group of images has become the basis for the show EYES TOWARD HEAVEN at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center that runs from October 28, 2016–January 8, 2017. Images from a twenty five minute period July 18, 2016 4:33–5:08 PM while walking the Fort River Trail, Hadley MA.

July 18, 2016 5:08 PM Hadley, MA

Fortunes Rocks Celadon Haze

Walking the beach at Fortunes Rocks, an eight image sequence from 08.30.2015  7:59–8:02am.

 I have become entranced by the moment when the sun reflects off the surface of the incoming waves as well as the dissipation patterns embodying light in the turbulence of the crashed waves. Sky and water appear to merge into a single field. This is one of my favorite sequences from my annual summer trip to Maine. I may move it into Walks but for now it will live in the Notebook.

Revisiting Two Painting Sets from 2013

Nine Rhythms Between Dark and Light. This is one of the early sky based sequences, graphite acrylic on paper, 9 x 12 inches each. 

 

Six Sky Rhythms. This is an of the early sky group, acrylic on canvas. Each painting is approximately 54 inches long.

 

Sky Gesture sequence from 2013

 
 

Sky Gesture Sequence 09.09.2013 acrylic on canvas panels, 5 x 42 inches. 

Originally exhibited in 2013 as part of Sky-Time Unbroken Continuities, Hope & Feathers Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts. 

An early precursor to the twenty foot long painting, Warm Wind 11.109.2016. The painterly success of this piece is calling me to work similarly at a larger scale. Trust in process and incident will be necessary to pull them off.

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Remembering a painting from 2005

White Continuum 2005   acrylic on canvas   30 x 60 inches   ©2005 Chris Page

It is hard to believe that this painting is over 10 years old. My sense of time is losing some of it's coherence, as my memory feels too complex to be useful as an accurate indicator of time. 

Early Morning Sky Triggers Painting Memory

Waking up this morning (04.02.2016) there was a thin cloud layer in the sky that revealed a slight bit of light down at the horizon. The field like nature of this painting from 2012 came to mind.

 Sky Gesture 1 ©2012 Chris Page

Sky Gesture 1 ©2012 Chris Page

Sky Gesture 1

2012
54 x 84 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

Sky Gesture I uses a rhythmic overlaying of gestural action using the length of my reach as the predominant size of the gesture. The final layer, a very thin wash, includes migrating drips that were allowed to remain visible on the right and lower edges of the painting. In Payne’s gray revealing lavender along the bottom edge, the spatial field appears to optically hover as if not quite synonymous with the picture plane.

Ocean Triptych

Establishing a personal style feels ludicrous yet necessary.
— Chris Page
 The photographs look better that the actual paintings. 

The photographs look better that the actual paintings. 

Dark & Light Stripes 04.02.2016—a Walk at Wentworth

This a second set of images from the Evening Sky Walk 04.02.2016 looking west into the sun while walking at Wentworth Conservation Area.