September 6, 2018 - September 26, 2018
Portland's First Thursday Art Walk and Reception
Thursday, September 6, 2018
6 pm - 8 pm
This year for the Pacific Northwest College of Art Alumni Show I am exhibiting the small charcoal drawing, the bee's knees. The drawing is one of the smallest drawings in the solo exhibition, peculiar, that was at City Hall this year. This particular piece is based on the old phrase, the bee's knees, which was popular back in the 1920s. The bee's knees meant excellent or better yet, the height of excellence. The phrase is old, but while I was drawing my skeleton, Reggie, and working on this drawing, I found Reggie to be one excellent model. As I finished the drawing, I told Reggie, "you are the bee's knees." And, it is true. It is one fine muse. The knees are belong to Reggie and the circular forms that float below and above symbolize the disconnection or separation from the skeleton, the flesh and spirit. When one dies, the disconnection is absolute. The skeleton and flesh remain and the spirit leaves, leaves for eternity. And, eternity with God is, indeed, the height of excellence.
the bee's knees
charcoal on paper on panel
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