Tomorrow is Natick Artists Open Studios (if you’re in the greater Boston area, come by and see me this weekend!) and I have been hard at work preparing and setting up. This evening is going to involve a lot of folding and packaging note cards. In addition to replenishing the usual designs, I’ve also put together two new packets for this show: a set of 8 door designs from The Extraordinary Book of Doors, and the set of 4 magical cities. So I don’t have the time or attention today to give you a big detailed introduction to some new and interesting artist I’ve discovered. Instead I simply give you this very cool piece by Xiang Silou. My big detailed introduction to Xiang and his work is here. I didn’t have room to post this piece then, and it’s very different from the work for which he’s best known. It really tickles me!
I don’t know whether the title, “Confusion,” loses a little in translation. I think this piece expresses a confusion that’s more like puzzlement, or a surprised bewilderment. The birds look like they just don’t know what to make of the fish cloud. The fish, on the other hand, seem utterly unconcerned about anything. I guess they do this all the time!
[Picture: Confusion 1, wood block print by Xiang Silou (Image from Frames Gallery).]
Tomorrow and Sunday I’ll be hanging out downstairs in the Morse Library in Natick, carving a block, and chatting with anyone who comes by. (And allow me just to mention that we always have a fabulous spread of nibbles down there with us!)