Good Art Makes You Think


Check out my new website:
December 8, 2013, 9:50 pm
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Just put together a new site with clearer navigation and easier updating. See what you think!

www.davidnelsonart.com

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Monadnock Art Tour
October 12, 2013, 8:20 am
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I’ll be opening my studio as part of the Monadnock Art Tour this year!

Stop by October 12 and 13, 10 am- 5 pm.

More at www.monadnockart.org

 

 

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Wayfinder for May 30
May 23, 2013, 11:36 am
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For this painting, I took nine maps of Vermont/New Hampshire and numbered them 1-9, and had the computer randomly rearrange them. I threw a 100 foot extension cord on the center map and spattered a randomly selected color. Then I repeated the process three more times, once for each color, red, blue, black, yellow.

The result? Unexpected connections and disconnections. Paths that make sense, and some that don’t seem to—at least not in this present configuration. But there are glimpses of other ways the connections might line up. And  all the paths would line up—if we could see four ways at once.



Wayfinder series
April 11, 2013, 4:25 pm
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“Wayfinder for March 25, 2013”

Acrylic enamel on highway maps, 76″ x 72″

Everything in life is a partial revelation. We don’t know anything completely, so we all find our way using fragments, glimpses, and tracings of what really might be. See more of the series here.



Great time at JCC
October 17, 2012, 11:28 am
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The show at Jaffrey Civic Center is up until November 10. Thanks to everyone who helped with the opening reception and to Dion and the JCC folks who made this great space available.

More photos here.

Interactive panoramas for space 1, space 2, and space 3.



“Of Choice and Chance” in Jaffrey, NH!
October 2, 2012, 4:03 pm
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Opening reception October 12, 2012, 6:00- 8:00pm

Show runs October 12 to November 10

Come check out my solo show “Of Choice and Chance” at the Jaffrey Civic Center this month. I presented this show earlier this summer in Pittsburgh, PA, so it’s great to be able to exhibit these paintings closer to home. The JCC’s second floor Cunningham Gallery is a huge, bright space with some big walls, so I’m excited to be able to hang some of my larger paintings as well. I’ll look forward to seeing you there!


Curve 2, Slottsskogen Park
August 19, 2012, 3:00 pm
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Friday I took my bag of cocktail umbrellas and a 2-meter aluminum measuring stick with me to Slottsskogen park, and started a curve with a meter between the umbrellas and 15 millimeters offset.

Here are the beginning 3 umbrellas:

So the first two are lined up along the straight edge 1 meter apart. The third one is a meter apart too, but offset by 15 mm. Here’s a close-up of the 15 mm offset.

It was an interesting experiment: start with a plan, repeat an action–knowing you’re not completely accurate, and go on to the next one. How much difference will 15 mm make? In fact, it looks like a pretty darn stupid thing to be doing.

Anyhow, it made me think of how life is made up of repeated actions that seem to not have much effect, or even look pretty stupid.  For instance, every morning I read a little scripture and pray a bit. I’m not great at praying, and some mornings I forget, or hurry through or get distracted. Sometimes I wonder if it makes any difference. My American culture would say it’s a waste of time. And objectively, it does look a little stupid. But I get up and repeat, although imperfectly. We all do these kinds of repetitive, somewhat mundane things, hoping in faith that something beautiful –maybe even something perfect– will result. Will it?

So in the wonderful Swedish summer sunshine I set out 76 umbrellas, one meter apart, 15 mm offset, repeating the plan until I hit the sidewalk at the edge of the park. See the result here.