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Jay Zerbe
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lari [tatters]

"Curator’s Comments: I always enjoy taking in your edgy abstractions when they appear on the site.  Viewing the enigmatic painting lari (tatters) randomly today, I was drawn into the densely compartmentalized interior space, with varying…"
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"Curator’s Comments:     This mixed media piece entitled Leash came up randomly on the site today, despite its creation some time ago.  I have admired your painting practice for several years, and easily recognize your highly…"
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The Business Side of Being an Artist

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 7:30am 7 Comments

well, of course this is a nice thing to get to talk about. since i have now been picked up by 2 galleries (Modern Arts Midwest in Lincoln, NE and AMMO in New Orleans, LA) i find a lot of my time goes for documenting my work, and presenting it to the galleries in a format they can use and understand.

i have been fairly good about keeping my website updated ( i am really happy that i am in control of my own website! (advice: learn how to build and maintain your own…


learning to enjoy NOT working

Posted on June 28, 2009 at 11:27am 0 Comments

oh boy. this is a hard one. now that i have weekends free (restricted to only painting 5 days a week - very sensibly - by Dallas) i need a hobby! although i have moved collage making and computer "stuff" to the weekend. still. lots of free time. so. strange. ;)

knowing that i SHOULD (parental message) have a varied life, thinking of learning bridge from Dallas (he would be thrilled), reading SF more than just on trips, and sitting in a church pew more than once a… Continue

a good problem to have!

Posted on May 7, 2009 at 6:12pm 4 Comments

week 2 of painting full time. wow. really a change. when i don't have to think about anything else, the painting goes much more smoothly! also, i have time to sit and look a LONG time to decide when/where to place a mark/shape. what a luxury! or maybe a necessity...

i am getting used to the 3x4' format. really hated it for awhile. this week something clicked, and now i like it. the downside - i looked at the two pieces i finally finished this week (after months of work) and although… Continue

learning not to see the new studio

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 8:00am 3 Comments

well, i had to give up my old studio. i had gotten used to not seeing the oven just behind the easel i worked on most (because it got more north light). and to not see the sink and fridge behind the other easel. since i am now a full-time artist, conserving money is much more important. shock! so i have moved my studio into the "storage bedroom" of a generous friend's place. (see the photos). again, the background against which i see the paintings is totally cluttered with stuff. in addition,… Continue

one week later

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

well, one week after the (sorta) bomb. a bumpy ride the first few days. ridiculous highs, scary lows... but leveling out and on an upward trend since monday afternoon. in fact, i have to restrain myself from being TOO happy at work!

3 weeks and 1 day to go (and 7 round-trip bus rides). not that i'm counting!

i am also starting to uncoil. i didn't realize how tense i have been at the office. the prospect of not having to do that anymore feels so NICE!

plus, i had… Continue

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At 7:04am on June 18, 2009, Jay Zerbe said…
hi joe - no, it is in lincoln. however, they are planning on expanding to omaha. i will at some point visit the gallery, so we may meet face to face at SOME point!
At 8:14pm on June 11, 2009, Martin Garcia said…
Hey Jay - I see a lot of urban imagery in your work. Is that intentional? I wouild alos like to conrtualte you on the feature, great work man. I wnated to also mention while going through your paintings I noticed the tonal values of your paintings do not change much, that may be due to your documenting technique. I just wanted to mention it, nice work overall though, Keep it up.
At 10:39am on April 28, 2009, Verwest said…
Thanks for comment on my work. your work make me think of Mondriaan... and yet it gives me a complete different when looking a bit longer. Nice play with colors.
At 10:54am on April 22, 2009, Michael Lownie said…
Haha, you're a good man Jay!
At 7:12pm on April 20, 2009, Michael Lownie said…
Ahhhh, interesting Jay. Well, like you said, they are a collaboration of sorts right? Sounds delightful...will be patient. Maybe some day...sounds like a very special little series.
At 6:46pm on April 20, 2009, Michael Lownie said…
I'm really enjoying the complexity of shapes and the ambiguous sense of space in your work. Now, these collages you mentioned...I hope we get to see those too!
At 1:02pm on April 20, 2009, Donald Kennedy said…
The scary thing is not being a full-time artist everything you did before was just distraction excluding you family of course. I like the motion in your work. I too have been working with overlapping planes and like the De Stijl artists I consider it a form of perspective. My work uses line, " The East Hampton Town Dock and use of positive and negative space. Keep up the good work and as my mother us to say, "nothing leaves you where it finds you."
At 1:54pm on April 1, 2009, Amber Palecek said…
Thanks for the image comment! :P I like your work as well. It seems chaotic yet there is this feeling of stability being right around the corner.. I like when art makes you think of where it has been and where it is going.

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