Experimental Collaboration in Abstraction since 2007 with seven fellow Albuquerque artists - we call ourselves

    the DISTRACTIONISTS

 

 click on the links below for our most recent projects  

2015

   February 15 & March 26 -  Follow your Muse

 

 

January 4 - Unexplored Media        

 

 

 

 

2014

   November 2 - Yupo paper 

 

September 28  Sepia Ink

 

August 3 Masks

 

  June 22 Reflections   

  May 11 Underwater 

  March 30  Thiebaud 

 

  February 8    Musica 

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2013

 

     December 29  - WINTER   click to see Rod Groves' work

 

click to see Rod Groves' work   November 25 - 4 sides 

 

   September 29 - 37 strokes  click to see Rod Groves' work

   June 9 - SKYSCAPE OPENINGS 

 

Postcard for a show at the First Unitarian Church we had in 2013:

  February 24 - Collage  

 

     April 7 - Human Form 

 

2012

    December 2, 2012 Heritage  

 

     September 30, 2012 Nature's Patterns II 

 

    August 19, 2012 Nature's Patterns I   

 

   July 8, 2012  Floral abstraction     

    May 26, 2012 - Calligraphy

 

 

    February 5, 2012 - love    

 

2011

  December 18, 2011 -   NM Centennial  

    October 2, 2011 - Openings 

 

    August 14, 2011 -more Design Simplicity II 

 

        July 3, 2011 -Design Simplicity I         

 

            May 22, 2011 "Fractured II"        

 

          April 10, 2011 "Fractured"     

      March 6, 2011 "Still Life" Opposite Handed + Extended brush    

 

      January 16, 2011 "Opposite-Handed + 2 in. minimum brush"    

 

2010  

 December 5, 2010 "Negative Space"

October 17, 2010 "Personal Icon or Inspiration"

August 22, 2010 "Extreme NM Icon"

 July 18, 2010 "Extreme Color Landscape"

 June 13, 2010 "Junk"

May 23, 2010 "Emotion"

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THE DISTRACTIONISTS

Jaci Fischer, Gaye Garrison, Betsy Greenlee, Rod Groves, Leila Hall,

 Jeff Potter, Elaine Scott and F. G. Yost

It is hard to find anyone engaged in creative activity who hasnít experienced burnoutóthose discouraging periods when nothing works and you wonder why you didnít take your fatherís advice and go to law school.  Our group was brought together by a mutual acknowledgement of this debilitating feeling.  As we discussed possible solutions to the burnout problem, we discovered that we also shared an interest in exploring ways to push ourselves beyond our usual representational work toward greater abstraction.  We decided to meet every six weeks to share the outcomes of our independent efforts on an agreed-upon project and to decide what the next project would be. 

The projects have been fun and the outcomes exciting.  All of us have different styles and painting interests.  Our preferred mediums are equally varied.  At our meetings we never fail to be surprised and excited by what has been produced. And we discovered an added plus.  As we sit around the large table in Jaci and Fredís studio, usually with a bottle or two of wine and assorted veggies and snacks, we find in each other and in our friendship both the reassurance to undertake new things and a renewal of energy and enthusiasm.  Certainly a great deal of the latter has been derived from the challenge of our projects and the work we have generated, but much comes as well from being a group of artist friends who enjoy each other and an opportunity to talk about everything from the latest gallery openings to the value of new painting surfaces and interesting painting styles.  And weíre not afraid to offer critiques and suggestions but all couched in mutual respect and friendship.  What can be as stimulating as human interaction?

In the beginning we had no intention of exhibiting our work publicly, but we have found our collaboration so stimulating and productive that we decided to share our work and process with other artists and persons generally who are interested in the world of art and the process  of struggle and creativity.  Our exhibit is intended to show examples of each personís interpretation of some of the various projects we have undertaken.  It conveys much of the diversity of our efforts and in doing so may suggest the kind of excitement and fun it has awakened in us. 

PLEASE VISIT THE INDIVIDUAL ARTIST WEB SITES TOO  - see hyperlinks on their name

 Artists: Jaci Fischer received her masters in drawing and design and has since branched out into pastels and jewelry along with furniture design.  Gaye Garrison  is a well recognized pastelist who was a former president of the Pastel Society of New Mexico Betsy Greenlee is an award winning printmaker and pastel artist, and also a signature member and former president of the Pastel Society of New Mexico.  Rod Groves prefers to work in acrylic and has been a frequent exhibitor and sometimes award winner in local and regional juried exhibitions. .  Leila Hall is a signature member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico with several awards for large and miniature works.   Jeff Potter is a regionally known artist who paints both large and small landscapes in pastel, oil and watercolor and is past president of the New Mexico Rio Grande Art Association.  Elaine Scott is a prolific artist who works with all media and is a committed abstractionist.   F. G. Yost says heís an old-timer but is a well-known figure in the New Mexico art world who finds enjoyment in discovering new ways to create paintings and other art objects that make him feel young again.

 

 

JEFF POTTER

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Begun in the Spring of 2007, we (Betsy Greenlee, Fred Yost, Jaci Fischer, Leila Hall, Jeanine Allen, Elaine Scott, Gaye Garrison and Jeff Potter) were inspired by previous artist/ writer collaborations, most notably the "Scribes Eight" and we strive to explore artistic genres we generally have not thought about attempting.  Abstract art came to mind and we chose to meet every six weeks and share our individual efforts at "making" abstract art from a commonly agreed "project" scope discussed at the previous meeting.  Herein describes our journey.  Gaye and Jeanine unfortunately had to drop out but Rod Groves  joined the group in November 2008.

Summer 2010 - Gaye Garrison has re-joined the group!

We  had a  Group Show entitled "Destination: Abstraction" which ran during May 2009 the Art Haus 66 Gallery in Albuquerque

Below is a chronological listing of our efforts between April 2007 and February 2010  Note that hyperlinks to these pages are no longer available due to space limitations.

  • 4-28-07  (transform from a representational, realistic work into an abstract work using only a guideline of 4 Ė 6 stages)

  • 6-09-07  (another abstract transformation)

  •  8-26-07 meeting (series of 4 works exploring zooming in on a portion (25% of area) of the original representational work in subsequent steps and pushing the abstraction of the resulting smaller and smaller field of view)

  • October & November 2007  (Pt. 1 - Representational work and it's derivative as a collage. Pt. 2 - Triptychs)

  • January 13, 2008  (More Triptychs)

  • March 8, 2008  (Series of progressive steps towards abstraction of the animal form)

  • April 26, 2008 meeting (Architectural Abstraction theme)

  • June 8 & July 20, 2008  (Pt. 1 Continue Architectural Abstraction theme.  Pt. 2 Any type of abstraction on a larger surface, e.g. 18" x 24" or larger)

  • September 6, 2008 Night-time theme

  •  November 2, 2008  - FAUVISM

  • December 14, 2008  - Blind Contour Drawing

  • November 22, 2009 "Self Portraits"

  • October 18, 2009 meeting - Shadow Boxes

  • September 6, 2009 "Food"

  • July 5, 2009 "Bas Relief Texture"

  • January 10, 2010 Economy of Line

  • February 28, 2010 Monotypes




 

 

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