Cell 41 greenwich studio 2018-06-29-31 (one full saturday)
pre notes; thursday 28th 0650 hours
we will focus on just painting, making task lists of associated things to do for after cell. It has been four months since last cell, fat too long i feel. Also the next cell is likely a further seven weeks out, so this makes painting at cell41 that much more needed.
We will start by sorting all current works, then begin blue print and auto draw upon the exploding pizza. this is twelve feet wide and eight feet high.
Kelly did a sketch of a new piece for us to be drinking in a bar together while contemplating both art and the universe.
I got a small crate on marthas vineyard for us to use as a singular portrait of the two of us as morgen berrien.
2018-07-01 sunday ; day three in greenwich studio for the 2 night cell 41. It has been an amazing cell. On friday night kelly arrived after a horrible drive with too much traffic. We talked for hours and sorted our finished and unfinished work. This first night ended at 0200 saturday morning.
We started on the exploding pizza around 0900 saturday morning. It is so big that it allowed us to both autodraw various sections at same time.
Sunday morning; 2018-07-01 1035 hours. We just returned from Todds Point beach. Kelly and I walked out in the water. Low tide is so beautiful with tiny little sand bars, Kelly went swimming. She is at peace in the salt water. Yesterday on PX (short for exploding pizza) we auto drew the entire blueprint consisting of our cranky corners (where we go whenone or both of us needs a time out). Instead of a visual pizza we have eachother painting, examining the inner and outer world. There are jellyfish, regular fish, anemone and clown fish, and moth of luna, written logs of art cell (hence the annals in title (actual working title is the annals of an exploding pizza with cranky corners).
Kelly began (and took home with her) the new painitngs for wendy and india. The wendy one is her new copy of the two flowers from the peoples bank solo show we did. The india one is a requested abstraction.
Kelly has a far greater grasp of abstract/expressionism than me. The px is so full of organics, planes on land and in the sea. We want to exhibit both the physical and non physical attributes of the world and beyond our world.
2018-07-04 0915hours Still wanting to write more about cell41.....
both of us work px in our minds(and me upon it for now). I hope to bring it to her in 3 weeks. There is a chance I can visit her studio then, just a few weeks prior to boston cell 42 in mid august. Kelly is working the abstraction on indias painting while considering px. The pollen haze painting resembles greatly the px. The px looks like us, or what we intend to express about the beauty in the world (sea life, clouds, fields). The humor and reality is in the cranky corners where in reality we go to sustain a healthy work environment.
Cell 39 Maine one day 2018-01-27
We are embarked upon a path of many multi tiered narratives.
Kelly and I are working hard and fast on an entirely new series of narrations. We are applying visual of moon jelly fish, and flowering plants with pollen filled skies. It is johns birthday number 61 so I got Hendrix gin for him and orange stoly for Kelly. I got some steaks too. Delicious. No we are painting. Our other paintings are still hanging at Peoples Bank and M&T Bank in Greenwich.
2220 hours We have started numerous new pieces about jellyfish, pollen and anemones. We also started an abstract joint piece call 39.
Vanilla cupcake we fixed so that the woman looks content, smoking a joint.
Sunday morning 0800 hours. We jammed on new pieces till 0200hours. I still polarize colors with intent to define composition and Kelly blends colors to do likewise. We find this a perfect symbiosis.
We study stigma and stamens of flowers, and jellyfish life cycles. We plan to add time and space travel and some universal mathematics to our collective narrations.
We started an autodraw for an abstract expressive piece. We shall see where it takes us, or just put a narrative over it. We are moving the idea of our pizza beyond the template of pizza. I want to see what the pizza looks like when seen just beyond the reaches of our known world.
Our next cell will be number forty, and in Boston. It will be a celebration of the fortieth cell.
Our intention now with the pizza is to become one artist, one space occupied in this world with full viewing of other worlds. We now sign our collaborative work "Morgen Berrien".
Cell #40 Boston 2018-03-03
We travelled light in order to have a fun and light hearted art cell. We got to our room at 4pm. Econolodge was full due to storm power outages. We reviewed current works and narratives (we were on second floor of motel despite reservation...so glad we traveled light!). Then we started painting, after eating steak bomb sandwiches.
By midnight we began a set of new pieces for our cell 40. The left side Kelly started, based on current themes of animal and plant reproduction, manatee propulsion system, moons and planets . Hers is of science. My start is on right side (she seated both boards next to each other), and my side is the occult view of same narration from the non-science view.
Sunday morning 0840 hours
Jammed till 0300hours this morn. We worked with visions of particles in air and water, religious symbols, animal and plant reproduction.
We will do a full abstract four footer at cell 41.
Art Cell 37 3 days in maine
second day; saturday november 18, 2017. 0913 hours
Arrived yesterday just past noon. Kelly and I reviewed current work and some marketing before we drive to her ArtVan job. While there we assisted neighborhood kids with self portraits. One boy name "Johnny Marine" finished his portrait and helped with mine. It is the sketch about a lost lamb on jacobs ladder with mint jelly.
We returned to studio, had truffle cheese and rib eye steaks, then jammed five hours on the red pizza twelve paintings.
The are looking very good.
Kelly easily convinced me that the 12 pieces will go in the Peoples bank show for the reception, and the other TNM bank will have medium sized previously completed paintings.
We painted all day on the bank show pizza puzzle pieces. We also started Joy9 on a cell 3 board. Also we started two new pieces of our lower entrails called Chutes and Bladders A and B.
Day three Sunday November 19th 2017 0804 hours
We worked all day long, a fourteen hour plus day of art. I fell asleep with a paint brush in hand. All day we worked on the bank 12 pieces and the other pieces (now that pressure to produce is gone). We started working in the three new pieces. Kelly blocked in some color on joy9, and also on chutes and bladders b. I blocked in on chutes and bladders a.
We are strongly drawn to a very simple blueprint upon a four foot size. small painting size do not please us.
It would be good if we had both a cargo van and a warehouse together. Best case scenario would be a set of buildings on st john, so as to allow our constant work, and also a community center/food kitchen. Resse and I would have our bar at other end of island.
Art Cell38 in Greenwich 2018-01-09
Tuesday night to Thursday morning
Kelly arrived in Greenwich at 1800hours. We had a cheese tasting party with Wendy and India. Afterword we were in the cellar reviewing current works.
Wednesday 0820hours Kelly is coming with me to work. I took a half day so we could visit the other bank exhibition in Cos Cob. The M&T bank has 17 works.
We arrived at the Peoples bank show an hour early to help set up. The Greenwich Time photographer was there to do a photo shoot of us with our paintings. It was great. Then people began to arrive and we told them about "Pizza With Everything" and then the pizza template that overlays many of our subsequent works together.
There must have been over fifty people milling in and out of the reception. It was great. Kelly met many of the people in my life.
After the show the pressure was all gone. Then we could relax and talk about our next paintings.
We aim to explore plants, pollen, time and space narrative and moral compasses.