Each month, the Creative Gateways studios chooses a theme to inspire our work and act as a focus for our events. Here is what’s coming up in July…
Embracing the Flow
“All things have their season, and a time to every purpose under heaven; a time to be born; and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to reap “ – Ecclesiastes: 3: 1 – 2
A unique marker on the cyclical dial of nature we experience in all its variety; the monsoon season is here, and the rains shall come, as they do every year. It is a time for water. Rains sweep this dry and thirsty land, quenching the thirst of the trees and grassland, smells erupt from micro pours we can’t see. There is an unfathomable power in nature, such a ferocity that we must surrender to when we enter ‘into the monsoon’.
Sometimes the best we can do is build and construct channels for the immense inevitable force of Nature. We can ready the trenches, the drains, and causeways. And then submit. The waves will always crash on the beaches. And when that unpreventable water comes, we do our part to channel it in the best way possible.
The flow of artistic inspiration is no different. Ideas always come to mind, but especially if they are unexpected, how do we make them manifest when they arise? Which mediums can we use for creation to become real, how do we engage with those surfaces, textures, and tools? And perhaps most importantly, how do we work with the body, the muse, the underlying energy principle, and listen well enough to let it shine through in a way we wish to channel it?
Intuiting the Storm
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan W. Watts
Michael Colpitts works in very visceral ways with his mixed media paintings. He explains that he “thinks abstractly” but likes “to hold on to an image as a reference.” This could be a photograph of a person or a scene in nature. He expresses that it’s a very intuitive process for him. He’ll have a feeling or vague sense of something he wants to capture, and then let things flow and be somewhat spontaneous as he works on the piece letting it grow.
One can really see the the flow and water like qualities to some of Michael’s pieces. There is a distinct synergy between all the variety in a succulent mesh of ecstatic inspiration. Michael has stated he sometimes uses dyes to capture a liquid-like aesthetic.
Into the Monsoon
Tom Marosz expresses a lot of flow dynamics in his pieces. Much likened to the movement of water. He states that “Much of [his] artistic journey stems from [his] desire to produce pleasing shapes that flow.” Marosz emphasizes how he is highly motivated in the creation of his pieces by playing with light and the way it will affect the perception of a piece.
One of Marosz’s “favorite things to play with is the manipulation of negative space.” Notably- this can be seen here in the piece, ‘A Tear For Henry’, where the outline of a teardrop exists in the center of the piece due to the sleek curvature of the glass work around it.
We have to work around the currents in Monsoon season, settling in the dry negative space that comes from the positive substance of the flood. We, like the teardrop in the piece, can find a sort of calm in the eye of the storm, allowing nature to transpire.
Incredibly apt to this month’s theme, Marosz expresses that “inspiration can come at the most inopportune times in life, and you just have to let it flow through you.” Whether we want it or not, the monsoons will come, whether it’s the right time or not, inspiration will come. When we are dealing with powers greater than ourselves, what can we do, but simply let the moment unfold, guiding these magnificent forces to the best of our ability?
Under our Umbrella
Join us at Kuivato in Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village as we celebrate the flood of inspiration that pours from all of our artists, at the opening reception of “Into the Monsoon: First Friday Exhibition,” Friday, July 6th, from 5-8pm. Browse the gallery, meet the artists, and enjoy small bites and sangria.