While waiting for Kathy in the parking lot to walk into Gordon Skinner's new show, Melissa and I had fun photographing sun flowers and the ways several bumblebees danced across the yellow energy of the flowers. It is interesting to see bees laboring at this time of year, harvesting all the nectar that they can in the frantic quest to best prepare for the harsher, less fecund months. Bees know best how to suck the marrow out of the summer months.
I couldn't help but think that we, too, were drinking from the vineyards of excellence as we viewed new pieces by Skinner. His pieces always showcase the liveliness of warmer days. We laughed at Metallica dining at the last supper and stood in awe at some of his early first pieces he had exquisitely framed for the showing. I was also glad to see Shante, Gordon's sister, at the exhibit and to catch up with her, albeit briefly, during the showing (she's looking great!).
Skinner's work is truly the creation of a one-of-a-kind genius and I always appreciate his whimsical play of color, mixed media, and commentary on the 21st century art world and its influence of pop culture (or is that the other way around). In short, he amazes and inspires me to be more creative in my own work with teachers, students, and writers. I love the way he gets me to think about what is possible.
Skinner's show will be on display at DelEmar at 99 Shelton Avenue from September 20th until October 18th. There, you can see his piece, "Three Legged Woman" - an acrylic paint collage on paper, as well as several other pieces (including his pillows).
Being in the gallery with the artist last night, however, made the exhibition more special. I am so glad I found the time to be with him, his agent, Bob Albert, and Shante for another phenomenal show. They continue to be very important people to me in my Connecticut life.