DOWNSTREAM

Celadon Linden Berry and Gold Willow Leaf - Ink Drawing on Paper
22.5 inches x 33.5 inches; 1998; Racine Art Museum
Blue & Amber Branches with Gold & Orange Leaves - Ink Drawing on Paper
22.5 inches x 33.5 inches; 1998; Private Collection
Yellow Leaf & Roots - Ink Drawing on Paper
22.5 inches x 41.5 inches; 1998
Linden Flotilla with Maple Keys - Hand-Colored Monotype
9.25 inches x 6.25 inches; 1998; Private Collection
White Water Lily - Hand-Colored Monotype
9.25 inches x 6.25 inches; 1998
Two Black Walnuts with Bone Branch- Hand-Colored Monotype;
9.25 inches x 6.25 inches; 1998
Rising Up from the Water - Oil on Linen
48 inches x 16 inches ; 1998; Private Collection
Blue Stone with Celadon Willow Leaf - Ink Drawing on Paper
33.5 inches x 22.5 inches; 1998; Racine Art Museum
Under the Bough - Oil on Linen
36 inches x 36 inches; 1998; Private Collection
Two Black Walnuts with Bone Branch - Ink Drawing on Paper
22.5 inches x 33.5 inches; 1998; Private Collection
Bridge over Amber Water - Oil on Linen
48 inches x 32 inches; 1998; Plasticolors, Inc.
Grape Wine - Oil on Linen
48 inches x 32 inches; 1998
Feather with Ruby Maple Leaf - Ink on Paper
35.25 x 32.25 inches; 2001; Johnson International Collection
Gray Stone, Silver Sky - Oil on Linen
72 inches x 24 inches (or horizontal); 1999
Dark Linden, Ivory Maple - Ink Drawing on BFK Reeves Paper
22.5 inches x 33.5 inches; 2005/2006
Leaves and Fish - Oil on Linen
60 inches x 24 inches (or horizontal); 2005/2006
Two Maple Leaves and Turquoise Bone Branches - Oil on Linen
36 inches x 52 inches; 2005/2006
Amber Maple Leaf Caught - Oil on Linen
36 inches x 52 inches; 2005/2006

 

Downstream, the name of the series, has many levels of meaning, somewhat like the layers of surfaces and objects in the paintings and drawings. First, there is the idea of putting on hi-waders and walking down the middle of the stream. Second, there is the direction of vision, specifically of looking down into the water of the stream, seeing the sun sparkle on the surface, seeing a willow leaf turn in the currents. Third, we have seen everything from Lascaux to Damien Hirst, from a Persian miniature to an automatic drawing by Andre Masson. We are downstream from it all. But Downstream says you cannot see it all: you can see it only once, once and never again.

Downstream is the moment between the first to leave and the last to arrive. It is the carousel eddy in the endless river, the grasping rapids, the sun’s giggle.

The Villa Terrace show is dedicated to Lorrie Otto, mentor, friend, environmentalist. (Jan Serr)