Recently this was included in a show “Unity Through States of Being” at Modified Arts Gallery. The opening coincided with Art Detour and then the First Friday for April 2017 was reviewed by Margaret Swafford of The Arts Beacon. This notice my piece “Accidental Monster” received was really encouraging and reminds me of the various ways art takes on a life of its own. This makes me happy to see, hear and read the effect of people interacting with this work. From Umberto Eco to Jackson Pollack — but especially Roland Barthes speaks of how a created work must forge on with its own life and path. A created work exists to be interpreted and enjoyed while acting as a mirror to the world around it. Affected by the viewer’s personal frame of mind, the era it exists in and to some extent, the political climate surrounding its current location.
The objects gathered here have significance to each other, loosely based on the themes running through this series. An interesting note about the depicted femur can be read here in this blog “A Seekers Thoughts”. While the rib is full of references I will let you have some fun thinking about that pairing. I first read about the Frustum here in Seth Godin’s blog and thought about how this applies to everything from politics to the arts.
Laocoön as described in wikipedia
A simple doodle drawing that has become a painting. (more…)
Hopes & Dreams
A work on panel (plywood) + acrylic. An idea that came along while thinking about being fragile. Hopefully, this will be an allegory for all of us. Everyone must risk being known, being public, interviewing for jobs or meeting new people. To move forward in life there is a fight that must happen.I thought about having ideas and thoughts about one’s future. Along the way there are successes and most likely many more failures. This is not necessarily about boxing, but about thoughts/ideas and effort/sweat going towards a better future — or a future that is being wrought out of life with many challenges along the way. This image became an essential one for me as I think about my station in life and what will be next. I have hopes and dreams, and I know the long shot that it will be if they come to pass. The “long shot” idea led me to the boxer. Brains or brawn, which will it be? Thinking about working as a creative and putting ideas out there for all to see. Currently at Exhale Unlimited Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles.
here is the finished (so far) version of what I am calling “ExEden”
The RGB is more subtle in this, but it is getting closer to the feel I was imagining. The idea here is about how we experience life now through Red, Green & Blue lights. The cassette represents old technology, with the shortcomings and ephemeral quality of recording our efforts.
The tools and bones surrounding the scull represent traditions and historical ways of making things. I had been looking at art of the Odd Fellows and their pennants and flags and cryptic symbolism. I thought I might start with that and evolve it into my own cultural vernacular for this future society.
I am still not sure what to do with the contract below the skull. I want it to be an agreement of some kind.
Ascent / Descent of man. Resourcefulness in regards to dreams and solutions to difficult challenges.
OK, flying over land. My goal was to have some textural patterns that would clearly be agricultural. This is still way-in-progress. My other intent was the Monopoly™ houses. More resolved, but will be in the additional areas surrounding the flying man.
More thought about man’s ability to do things that are amazing to us — but only as far as we can see. We are amazed too easily.
The houses will be symbolic of all culture, building, homes, lifestyles.