Mike Glier
A Grammar of Animacy v.62021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
A Grammar of Animacy v.72021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
A Grammar of Animacy v.22021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
A Grammar of Animacy v.92021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
A Cloud of Gnats before the Killing Frost. v52020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 30"x22.5"
Broad Brook. v82020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 40.5"x26"
A light breeze through the last of the leaves in November. v12020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 30"x22.5"
A light breeze through the last of the leaves in November. v42020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 30"x22.5"
A light breeze through the last of the leaves in November v.72020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
What the blackbirds sang as they massed for migration. v92020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
What the blackbirds sang as they massed for migration. v42020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
What the blackbirds sang as they massed for migration. v122020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
What the blackbirds sang as they massed for migration. v.112020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
Cascade2020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
Under the Waterfall v.22021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 20"x26"
Thorn and Berry v.62021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
Thorn and Berry v.72021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
Woodpecker Drumming2021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 20"x26"
A Hunting Song2021, collage with pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
Winter Solstice v.22021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
Winter Solstice v.72021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
Winter Solstice v.92021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
The sound of shallow rapids in September v82020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
The sound of shallow rapids in September v112020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
The sound of shallow rapids in September v182020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 26"x40.5"
The sound of shallow rapids in September v162020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
Where the river makes an S2020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
at rapids end a slow backwash. V12020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 30"x22.5"
at rapids end a slow backwash. V.32020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 30"x22.5"
The remains of hurricane Laura passed over our house today. V.12020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 30"x22.5"
The remains of Hurricane Laura passed over our house today. V.42020, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 30"x22.5"
Frog Pond v.32021, pencil on Arches Watercolor paper, 22.5"x30"
Great Blue Heron Leaving2021, acrylic, charcoal on aluminum panel, 40"x60"
Bears Listening2021, acrylic on panel, 36"x48"
Dog Seeking Shelter2021, acrylic, charcoal on panel, 30"x40"
Leap2021, acrylic, charcoal on panel, 36"x48"
Butterfly in a Thunderstorm2021, acrylic and graphite on panel, 30"x40"
Scarlet Tanager in the Red Delicious2021, acrylic on panel, 36"x48"
Hawk in the Meadow2021, acrylic on panel, 30"x40"
Hawk Whistle, v.12021, acrylic on panel, 30"x40"
Hawk in the Garden2021, acrylic on panel, 30"x40"
Where the Stream Floods the Lake2021, acrylic on panel, 36"x48"
Butterfly as Hurricane2021, acrylic and charcoal on panel, 30"x40"
Moose Leaving2021, acrylic, charcoal on panel, 36"x48"
Answer Music: Bird Script v.42021, acrylic and graphite on panel, 30"x40"
Bobcats Leaving2021, acrylic, charcoal on panel, 30"x40"
Answer Music: Bird Script v.12021, acrylic and charcoal on panel, 30"x40"
Time to Go, v.42021, acrylic and graphite on panel, 30"x40"
Time to Go, v.52021, acrylic and pencil on panel, 36"x48"
Hawk Whistle, v.42021, acrylic on panel, 48"x36"
Answer Music: Dog Entering the Forest2021, acrylic and graphite and charcoal on panel, 40"x30"

Answer Music is an extended series of drawings and paintings which record an exchange with the living world. The title, Answer Music, is another term for “call and response”, a form of worship in which the preacher makes a declaration and the congregation responds with fervid unity. To make these works I first take a walk and I find a good place to sit and wait for the call. If I’m near a river, the prompt may be a sound, like the mix of low rumbling and cheerful bubbling made by shallow water as it passes quickly over stones. Or if I’m in the woods, it might be a movement, like the trajectory of a dying leaf as it falls in a series of quick arcs to the ground. Once noted, I respond to this little gift by sketching motifs that seem essential to it. I take these notes back to the studio and assemble them on paper, often in horizontal lines as if they were a musical score. These works are rhythmic and repetitive like time spent watching a river and when I make them, I try to be as constant as the river. As hard as I try to be regular and repetitive, however, I can never sustain it. My arm tires, or my mind wanders and as a result the mark changes; but it’s these little failures which insert change into the process that I find most poignant, since they represent the mutability of life. At moments like this, I often think of John Cage and his passion for chance as the driving force in any creative, dynamic adventure. And as I collect motifs and combine them, I think of Sol Lewitt and his fascination with variables and the potential for beauty to be discovered in their permutations. But I also think about Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist, and citizen of the Potawatomi Nation who has written about the grammar of animacy, which is a language that has few nouns to indicate uniqueness, but endless verbs to describe the ceaseless exchange between all things. In the series, “Answer Music”, it’s my hope that through the direct study of nature I can find the abstract motifs and rhythms that depict, not the things, but the dynamic relationship between things and create a grammar of animacy in drawing and painting. 

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