Monday, May 22, 2017

Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!---- and I sewed a hawk / to a pole so that the entire would seem natural--------This is the year that I am truly hopeful we can find change in our challenging living circumstances for the better since there's no other downsizing option for us left. But in order to do this, we need your help. Hawk and I always have kept our head above water through sporadic painting sales, but this year our optimism regarding this survival method has dwindled. We have come to a time now where we need to reach out for help. -


and I sewed a hawk / to a pole so that the entire would seem natural--
Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!
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although I have waited for you
the day passed without a message
and so I decided
to continue
without the hope of rescue

I simply began this poem
and I kept going despite the silence
I saw the feathery boughs of the firs
and decided I could make something come alive
I patched the blue sky with grey clouds

and I washed the gold hands of the grasses
I put a few red winged blackbirds perched
on the heads of cattails         and I sewed a hawk
to a pole so that the entire would seem natural
and then I finished my design       with the cloth of green

that I laid down
on the table of poetry so that you would come
I made the repast       so that you would come
and if you are still busy with some other poet
I will keep going with my craft        I will lay out 

the passages of the iris in their purple sails
and I will brick the garden with day lilies
their soft shields will shine with longing
I will silver the night with the wet paths 
of the slugs     so that they might feast on the petunias


out of my words I will make a small landscape
that I will own        for this moment in time
until you arrive with the dragnet that allows you to fly here
from the far country of the soul    when you come here
be willing to sing the world alive          but until you come   I will play in these stanzas 


I will practice as best I can
with the drawings of a child
I will lay the songs in their feathers so that the bird might fly
out from my poem     to your open hands for capture
I will let the bird travel to you so that you might know I am not astray

I make this poem
as an offering so that you might know
I am faithful but not failed   I have practised 
what I can   so that I might learn     one day the practise will yield
a red winged blackbird that will swing on a cattail all alone 

one day the red winged blackbird will sing a melancholy song
that cattail will be ridden by that blackbird
that blackbird will be crafted
by my own design  
that design will come to you as the wind does    and sing to you of my love



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Help Hawk Alfredson Paint Again!



Music video by Frore.  Art by Hawk Alfredson.


My name is Mia, and this May 18th I will be celebrating my seventeenth wedding anniversary to an artist of considerable integrity who not only delights me as a person, but inspires me daily with his uniquely visionary works of art.

I met Hawk in the summer of 1997. He was exhibiting his oil paintings in a solo show in Park Slope, Brooklyn, just a block from where I lived at the time. I walked into the gallery, saw his work hanging from floor to ceiling salon-style, and felt my life change forever within the thirty minutes I was there. With the very first gaze into his paintings, my heart stood still for a moment. I had never seen nor felt work of such mystical power. The paintings had a presence that filled the room with a great stimulating calm and beckoned me each time to move closer to them.

By this time, Hawk had been in NYC for already two years and was an extremely prolific painter. He still had money saved up from living in Sweden and had 19 group shows and 2 solo shows all within his first year, 1995, when he made the journey from Stockholm to NYC, filled with the hope of one day showing with the most influential galleries in the city.  In the late 90's, New Art International proclaimed Hawk to be "the darling of the New York Underground Art Scene" and Art & AntiquesMagazine praised him as "one of the most collectible of the European Surrealists".

Four years after we met we moved into New York's landmarked Chelsea Hotel and from 2001-2010 Hawk painted almost daily.  On our first day there, the owner of the hotel, Stanley Bard, saw Hawk's work and encouraged him to exhibit his original paintings along the walls of the hotel's staircase, corridors, VIP rooms and the lobby. Over time, this encouragement evolved to become a long-term permanent exhibition of over 50 original pieces with thousands of international hotel guests viewing Hawk's work over the years.

Photo by David Rodgers. (Hotel Chelsea, room 421)


In 2011, the Chelsea Hotel was sold to new owners, and the magical place that Hawk and I called home for nine years, had come to an end of it's own, with an uncertain future.  

In the transitioning years since moving from the Hotel Chelsea, fine-art sales have slowed considerably for us.  We no longer have a public art gallery with thousands of visitors staying just beyond our front door.  With a decrease in art sales has come substantial apartment downsizing for us every couple of years.

The past two years in particular has been tremendously difficult for Hawk on many levels, most of which has to do with his complete lack of an art studio. The act of painting is vital to his emotional and mental health, and without an outlet for his creativity, Hawk's sense of life purpose is taken away.

For an artist like Hawk, who requires space to spread out oil paint, turpentine, 6 ft tall rolls of linen and cotton canvas, it is disheartening to see such a gifted painter's space for creating art diminish so drastically in a matter of just a few years. Hawk has spent over 40 years honing and perfecting his painting technique. In the past, he was known for his canvases of considerable detail, sometimes utilizing up to a dozen intermittent layers of glaze referencing the techniques of the European Old Masters. Today, it is not possible for him to paint in this manner. We live in a shared apartment and occupy only a single standard-sized room within it.  With over 70 oil paintings stored in the room, 25 moving boxes stacked and a futon that serves as a bed, whatever floorspace is left unused that day serves as a makeshift studio for Hawk. He paints on the wooden floor near our futon, hunched over his canvas, since there is no longer space for an easel (his easel had to be donated two years ago with our latest apartment downsize). Despite this impossible situation, he remains hopeful that somehow a solution can be found where he may once again paint with freedom.

This is the year that I am truly hopeful we can find change in our challenging living circumstances for the better since there's no other downsizing option for us left. But in order to do this, we need your help. Hawk and I always have kept our head above water through sporadic painting sales, but this year our optimism regarding this survival method has dwindled.  We have come to a time now where we need to reach out for help.  

Photo by Ves Pitts.  (2011).


Today, with nearly 2,000 Facebook friends, Hawk continues his relationship with his art admirers and is a valued member of the artistic community there.

If this fundraiser reaches you at the right time, would you consider either donating or sharing this post to others?  By supporting our situation in any way possible, you will make it easier for us to obtain the financial resources necessary to find a suitable live/work space that will: 

a) provide a private, quiet space so that Hawk may paint in a home environment, uninterrupted. 

b) provide ample daylight to view oil colors correctly.

c) provide enough space for clients to view artwork.

d) provide proper storage for over-sized artworks.  


From the start, Hawk has thought about ways to thank his donors.  Early-on in the campaign he is able to provide certain incentives that we have available immediately to give such as: B/W etchings (only 4 left!) printed on archival paper, original drawings and also original oil paintings. 

$100 donation: B/W etching (15x20)

$150 donation: hand-colored etching (15x20)

$200 donation: small original drawing (8x6)

$250 donation: large original drawing (10x8)

$500 or above donation: original oil painting


Hawk yearns to paint the luminous and mysterious paintings that he once created. Together we can help this artist rise again.  


We both thank you for your support,
(we can't do this without you) !!!



Hawk Alfredson     "Icon For An Unknown Religion"  
oil on canvas     39" x 33"     1999


Hawk Alfredson   "Gypsum"  
oil on canvas    24" x 30"    2012


Hawk Alfredson     "The Dream Ambassadors"  
oil on canvas      32" x 39.5"      1999 - 2006  


Hawk Alfredson      "Manbat"  
oil on canvas panel     24" x 20"     1996


Hawk Alfredson  "Players Of Strange Meaningless Games"            
 oil on canvas      34" x 30"      1996 - 2003                                                                        


Hawk Alfredson     "Stebuklingas Drugelis"  
oil on canvas   79" x 59"   1994 - 2003


Hawk Alfredson  "Edvard Munch Imitating A Silent Tree"
oil on canvas       30" x 24"      2006 -2008


Hawk Alfredson      "Zen Stones With Skyscape"  
oil on canvas      9" x 7"      2003 - 2008


Hawk Alfredson     "Santiago Circlings"  
oil on canvas   36" x 28"    2003




"Eye One" by Mika Tenhovaara. Poetic film about Mia & Hawk ~



For further information about this artist's life, follow the link below:

https://onartandaesthetics.com/2017/01/12/painter-of-strange-meaningful-frames/



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