I was reminded of Charles Demuth‘s painting “I Saw the Figure Five in Gold” earlier this week, and was surprised that I’d never posted an image of it here on ArtDuh before.
There is something I really like about this image. I do a lot of graphic design work, and variations of this image have appeared in that work from time to time. It’s helped inspire elevator and building signs, printed pieces, and I put a variant on a company car once. Not direct copies, and I doubt anyone would even know this painting was the inspiration, but there ya go.
From what I remember, Demuth himself was inspired to make this painting when he saw a fire engine speed by one day with a big Number 5 painted on ‘er.
I am not the only person to be inspired by the figure 5. Pop artist Robert Indiana made many many variations of Demuth’s Figure Five. Check them out!
I came across the poem below by David Whyte recently. My mind keeps retuning to it and I wanted to share it here on ArtDuh as a constant reminder that Everything is Waiting for You!
Everything is Waiting for You
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
At dusk, a deer walks out of the golden forest onto the trail in front of me. We stand looking at one another. Soft light and shadows define the angles of its strong animal body. Slowly, he walks up the hill and into the trees.
Here is a little more information about the show:
Wednesday April 20, 2016
*Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation, 7:00-8:30 pm
I’m very happy to let ya know that my artwork will be on display at the Urban Arts Gallery, in downtown Salt Lake at the Gateway. The show opens Tuesday, April 5th and runs through the end of the month. There will also be a reception Gallery Stroll eve on Friday, April 15th at 6pm. I’ll be there and would love to meet you.
I’m so happy to be included in this group show. Although I’ve exhibited a few pieces here and there, these last 2+ years I’ve been more focused on making new artwork. Pretty much all of my work on display will be newer work, made during that time. Although I’ve shared my artwork here on ArtDuh and Facebook, now you’ll be able to see my new work in person! New artwork like my First World, Second World, Wolf, Nature Looks Back At You, Bird Of Prey, Seventh World, and Eighth World.
Stop on in and check it out! Here is a little more information:
Presenting works inspired by our relationship to the natural world. Featuring Alex Hall, Brooklyn Ottens, Carol Berry, Craig Fisher, Mike Jensen, Todd Powelson, and William Cannon.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Saturday 12-8pm
Call us 801-230-0820
Located at 137 S. Rio Grande St. You’ll find the Urban Arts Gallery at the south end of The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City, under the bridge by the Megaplex theater. Recommended parking in the Summer Lot or taking the UTA Trax to the Planetarium or Arena stations.