For the past 6 years I have been going to Mexico with friends. We have gone to see Pre Columbia Art in Mexico City and around the Yucatan. We go to the beach and I have made paintings. The Archaic images resonate in my mind and they have been especially fruitful in my works evolution back in NY. One remembers how all this “American” art influenced “Modernisn".
I have been painting this winter upstate on the Massachusetts border of the Berkshires. Last winter I was witness to a snowstorm which cleared and a full moon appeared . Orion was visible very strongly also .It was such a phenomenon, I got out my paints and painted the scene out of the window. This experience has been the subject of these blue winter paintings.
Juxtaposing two different sets of paintings working in different directions. Making finally a sort of cycle or revolution together. I’ve started to ascertain, a similarity to the Earth’s movement and the way the Earth’s cycles and revolutions influence idea and thought.
Telluride Arts, Telluride, Colorado June 2018
In celebration of Earth Day 2018, Poetry Month, and a show of paintings in Telluride, CO this June.
The book may be found here: http://www.blurb.com/books/8480755-the-great-rotation
HE WAS REACHING ACRoss AmericA
some PoP, EpiC pOp--
always came incredibly--
from The Great Rotation
a book of poetry by Gregory Botts
Work completed in New Mexico Studio this December
New Mexico Studio, December 2017
We did a pop up show in 2016. It was fast and I was disappointed with the results at the time. I had big expectations as I hadn't shown in Chelsea in a while. The work is still looking good though. This is a book/ catalog we made for it.
I've had a good time painting up in Colorado the last 15 summers, from my place in New Mexico it is a great drive. I teach up at the Anderson Ranch Art Center and did a stint in Telluride. I have some paintings in the Telluride Gallery this month in a show curated by James Haywood a friend of mine through John McCracken. Jimmy, as known to his friends, was McCracken's best friend and we got to know each other through John when he lived in NM. I'm leaving to teach soon at Anderson Art Center in Aspen where this regular painting of the landscape started as I teach it there. We go out on the ranches of Snowmass and Aspen and paint up a storm-- literally most afternoons, so there are good clouds. These Penstemon flowers bloomed a couple of summers back-- they were amazing and became a theme in my studio paintings They are the something I look to happen as I paint out of doors giving me clues to my ongoing investigation.
These paintings have been in the works for two years they were worked out in drawings from Winter 2016.
Some things left in New Mexico studio. Paintings from last couple years the Southern Route group.
Other paintings being worked on.
What's going on in the Studio.
My NY studio is now in Sunset Park, Industry City out near the Verrazano Bridge.
I have worked in New Mexico half the year for the last 15 years.
A situation in upstate NY has opened up.
I would rather be in Long Island where I spent my early years. But that has become impossible.
The search for studio space and working between situations has become a large part of the whole game of being an artist. So this will be largely studio entries trying to piece together the fragmentation created by the situation of being "all over."