More and More by Loren Letourneau

And so, life continues.  I will continue to talk about teaching.  I will continue to talk about art.  I will continue to plan and get excited about everything that's happening in my life. In the immediate, I am now working as a TTOC (Teacher Teaching On Call) in Coquitlam, and though it's a little out of the way I'm happy with the hours and the experience.  I'd still love to get my hands on an art class and see what I could put together coursewise, but it will come.  I'm in no rush at the moment.

I'm also prepping artwork to put up in the Grind on Main Street.  The space is cavernous, open 24 hours, and I get to fill it up.  It'll be fun!

Art, Teaching, Limnal Spaces by Loren Letourneau

So, I've graduated from UBC with a BEd in Secondary Art Education.  Now what? Well, getting a job / finding employment might be a nice start.  But there's more going on here than just that.  Sigh.  I'm not exactly sure how to begin this conversation.

My life splits into separate but fully integrated categories - I am a teacher, I am an artist, I am a father.  Ie - my vocation, my calling, my private life.  The three work very well together, luckily.  I love teaching, and through my teaching I am reaching out into the world and sharing potential; as a teacher I get to help nurture/guide/subvert hundreds of students so that they can approach their potential.  I can't stop being an artist as it's a part of my identity.  Art is how I express myself in the world and it's also the medium I use to communicate/argue/shout about the things that matter most to me... like my family.   My family, both extended and nuclear, is my comfort, my clan, my solace.

So now what?  I have two school districts that have promised to interview me.  I have been hired to work with a tutoring company, and there's another week ahead.  I have an art show scheduled for January 2013, I have proposals in for work with an arts collective, and I'm a busy little bee creating stuff to fill my house (and then some).  For my family, it's looking like my divorce will come to a peaceable resolution outside of the courts, and my phenomenal daughter's excited about launching into grade one.  Oh, and my wonderful girlfriend is helping me to hold myself together while the bills accumulate and life carries on.

As for limnal spaces?  There's a work that's still up along the Greenway Bicycle Corridor, spread out across Boundary Road.  It's a story in twelve panels, wheatpasted to the skytrain columns.  I love it, and will have to post it here a little later.

Over and out.

Thinking About Art by Loren Letourneau

This is going to be a short post. Where does my current art interest sit? I'm interested in the intersection between art and public spaces. I'm interested in ambiguity and simple iconography. I'm not sure about traditional representation or pretty art - I'm a little distrustful of it. I feel like art needs to mean something / even if its meaning isn't clear. I feel like art needs to risk something.

Where do I sit with all of this? I'm not really sure.

But here's something that showed up on the greenway, and that fits some of those criteria: Bird Video - Greenway Narrative

New, Old and a Little in Between by Loren Letourneau

Just a quick post to recap the things that have been going on in my art studio. Unfortunately, I haven't spent as much time grinding out work as I might have liked. Fortunately, I have spent time, and the work is coming along.

Here's a photo of some of that work in its near-complete stages: [simage=30,400,n,center,] And another of an older work that never quite did it for me, and is now much improved: [simage=29,320,n,center,]

New Work on the Boil by Loren Letourneau

Just a quick post to give an idea of some of the new work that I'm putting together in the coming weeks. [sthumbs=28|27|26,200,3,n,center,]

Left to right, that's two new works in the Main Street suite of images while on the far right, you just might be able to make out a pair of abstract landscapes that are destined for a gallery in the Okanagan. The business of being an artist can set one in all sorts of unexpected directions, but then, that's also its charm.

Painting, painting... by Loren Letourneau

Just a quick update today. This week I've been working on 5 new painting along the same theme - Main Street Vancouver street scenes. In addition, I finally got a canvas from Rath Art Supplies (which happens to be on Main Street) that will support a commissioned work. It's 5 feet wide by three high - so a fun size and a change from all these small paintings.

Some Current Work by Loren Letourneau

Here are four less-blurry shots of some of the small-format paintings I've been doing recently. The basic breakdown is as follows:Scale - all paintings are 10 x 8 inches small (for those who know me, you know this is a stretch) Subject - impressions of Main Street Vancouver. They're not at all true-to-life representations. Colours are off. Scale is off. Buildings may or may not have been invented because they look good there or fit with the rhythm... but they're still usually recognisable spaces. Media - Acrylic, pencil, charcoal, ink, pen on prepared canvas Method - Additive cycle.

Anyhow, here are the images: [simage=11,400,n,center,][simage=8,400,n,center,] [simage=9,400,n,center,][simage=10,400,n,center,]

Top Secret Projects by Loren Letourneau

Is it wrong of me to have a whole list (currently a top 10) of different mostly legal projects that I want to do?  Is it wrong that the majority of them are in your face public displays of my arts affectations?  Should I share any of them before (if ever) bringing them to fruition?  I'm just a jumble of questions this evening - a state possibly brought on by realising that I'm an artist intent on striking out alone at 30.  I'm too old to be a prodigy (thank god), too old to be hip, too lacking in experience to be an old hand, too separate from the Canadian scene to be in the know... good grief. And yet, I'm crazy-passionate about the arts in general and my art in particular.  Maybe shaking things up a little is a good thing.  But not just for the shake-down's sake.

My projects have to fulfill three basic obligations: They have to be about something (as opposed to against something) They have to be nuanced (no cheap tricks/thrills) They have to be public.

The first of the criteria strengthens any message, in my opinion, and is necessary for personal resonance.  The second is the most challenging.  It implies stretching the medium and ensuring that the message matches the medium (and that it all works on several levels).  The last of the three criteria is what makes them a project per this post.  Otherwise they'd just be a new series of works or some such.

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