Thursday, December 30, 2010

some things done

Charcoal on paper, 9 x 5 1/2".

charcoal on paper, 4 1/2 x 5 1/2".

Small charcoal drawing, about 9 x 5 1/2".

Second state of self portrait litho, I left it where it is. About 11x17 inches

Third state of that litho that I've been working on a few months. I want to have the fifth done before Boston Printmakers. Approx 19"x19". I think that after printing with the black ink, I'm going to take care of the grays with a graphite transparency as a second layer. There are already mid-tones in the first print with just the black ink but I think that a second layer, especially with a graphite transparency, will add some interesting complexity.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Studio

So I got a new space and it's about twice the size of my old studio. I never work in the studios at 301 for several reasons.
1. That's not a studio, it's a cubicle. If I wanted to work in a cubicle, I wouldn't have chosen art in the first place.
2. I can't smoke in the 301. Fill in the blanks where you may.
3. I'm too cheap to cough up the $30 for a key and I'm a nocturnal creature.
4. Although being awake during the daylight hours is normally an indicator of rabies, I like working with sunlight. The florescent lighting coupled with the overhead fans creates this weird flicker that makes me feel like I'm in prison.
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6. The walls are moulded and shitty and it reflects so on my drawings.
7. S1. If I have to hear one more Belle and Sebastian or Lady GaGa song, I am going to vomit all over someone.
8. You get the picture.

We are creating habits now. I never want to be separated from my work, have my studio be something that I can 'take a break from', always have work on the brain. My studio becomes a bedroom at the end of the night when I take my mattress from the hallway and put it down to sleep. With this sort of set up, my work is the last thing I see when I close my eyes and the first thing I see when I wake up. I love that.
I also collect, rescue, and trade work with other people, and have a working system for a set up.
What I have left to do in the studio (I want to be done hopefully by the end of today or tomorrow) is finish skimming the working walls until they are baby-bottom smooth, prime, then paint. Oh, and get a door. The two working walls are HUGE, approx. 10 feet wide and 8 feet tall. I'll put up the photos when everything is done, it really is a sweet set up.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Kind of the top ten. Kind of.

Okay, so imagine if you could have ten works of art and it doesn't matter what medium or era. Make sure it's what you want because it's all coming in the mail later this afternoon. Here is a loose list of mine, or at least a surrogate if I couldn't find it on the interwebs.

One of Robert Park-Harrison's photographs from the series, "The Architect's Brother". Gelatin Silver Print.
I couldn't find the actual painting, "Re-entry" by Steve Dibenedetto, but this is an example of one of his paintings.
Max Ernst's "Europe After The Rain"
One of Nathan Oliveria's Composite Heads.
Marlene Dumas's Dead Woman
Edvard Munch's Madonna. The Lithograph is way better than the painting; I always thought he was a much stronger printmaker than a painter.
Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith Slaying Holofernes.

Giacometti's Dog

Max Ernst, Napoleon Lost in the Wilderness

I couldn't find one of Baskin's Dead Man sculptures, if I could, it would be here.
ta da.