Author Archives: Rix

Some background for the museum box artifacts

It is my practice to journal a lot at the beginning of a body of work. It helps gather the disparate threads that have been coming gradually into awareness and begin to load these into images. As the body of … Continue reading

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Patrick Renner’s “Vestigial Structures”

I like the work of Patrick Renner, a Houston artist whose show titled “Vestigial Structures” has just closed at Avis Frank Gallery. Patrick reclaims, among other things, wood sheathing from demolished houses, keeping the color and evident aging of the … Continue reading

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Looking at the June Life Drawing Workshop

My life drawing workshop this June used iconic images posted on the wall to symbolize the central ideas of the class. The image of unraveling rope above represents the revealing of significant paths to approach this complex problem by way … Continue reading

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Drawing and the paradigm of Division

I invest a lot in preparation for my summer life drawing sessions. There is something meaningful about returning to this same challenge of mentoring the process of drawing. I love drawing as I have since I was a child, and … Continue reading

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Rix Jennings Summer Life Drawing Workshops

I am teaching two life-drawing workshops again this summer at my studio. These have evolved over 30 years into 3–day immersion experiences quite different from regular drawing classes. The evolution was the result of 2 important, divergent traditions in my … Continue reading

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Spring, Emergence and Drawing

Art has a lot to do with the energies of ascent and descent as I have written ( Circulatsio, Ascent and Descent ). These divergent movements create an image of the metaphorical earth below and heavens above, leaving some kind … Continue reading

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Dilemma Tales and Art

A dilemma tale is a particular kind of story with roots in a variety of tribal cultures. It sets up a situation in which the arc of the story is incomplete and the hearers are faced with a choice that … Continue reading

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Circulatsio, Ascent and Descent

I am one month into a Sea Change: a change from painting to drawing, but also a change from one world to another. The word “circulatsio” from Alchemy, means a move through different conditions, a progression of consciousness. My image … Continue reading

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Artist and Audience 1

Recently, Scott Simon interviewed author Anita Desai in relation to her collection of 3 novellas entitled The Artist of Disappearance. At the end of the interview Simon asks Desai about audience: SIMON: Well, for me this story raised the question: … Continue reading

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A drawing manifesto from Barcelona

When I was in graduate school, this document from Barcelona was circulated through the department. The only reference to it I found on the internet was as the mission statement of a show at Angstrom Gallery in 2008. There was … Continue reading

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