Geoffrey Hendricks lives and works in New York and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. For the exhibition Continuing Sky Dialogues, Hendricks will install a wall of watercolors of sky painted at his farm in Nova Scotia, Canada, together with old roof slates taken from his early 19th-century townhouse in New York. The juxtaposition of sky watercolors and slates on a wall have previously been created in Cologne, Germany (1999): Genoa, Italy (2000); and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (2003), each used slates from that region. Sky Ladder (2005), Birdcage with Pulley (2005), boxes containing an assemblage of objects with sky watercolors titled Sky/Skull (2004) and Bill’s “Blue” Suitcase (2005), in addition to an earlier work Two Balls for Ray (Johnson) (1999) each speak to a different history. An assortment of weathered objects combined with sky watercolors and two Sky Bundles (2005) will also be shown for the first time.
Hendricks, often referred to as “Cloudsmith”, has been active with Fluxus since the mid-’60s. Book works and publishing have consistently interfaced with his work in painting, installation, and performance. Sky imagery is used to describe changes, shifts and the passage of time, a form of reflection, a vocabulary he builds and attaches to objects.