Saturday, July 12, 2014

07-11-2014 (Throne 1)

Visions of more paintings haunt me while I visit with my newest painting, a 48X36 inch painting I refer to as Throne 1. Being that I have been painting in the Elks Lodge in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, I have been influenced by the studio itself and the history that has taken place in that room.

While viewing this particular new painting. I keep having visions of more and more paintings.

The above is a particularly large image, put here specifically so you the online viewer can right click, view image, and see it incredibly closely as it lies on the floor.

Thanks for taking the time to view these images. If you can please do donate to the cause of my first art residency in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

07-05-2014 (Exalted Ruler)

First painting made in the Elks Lodge Studio here in Tamaqua Pennsylvania. I have titled it as I usually do, which is to have it be the date that I finished it. But because this painting has a significance for me, being that this is my first art residency, and I am painting in an Elks Lodge. I have decided to give it the subtitle of Exalted Ruler. It now sits in the studio where the Exalted Ruler would sit. And will do so until my time at this residency has come to a conclusion.

72" X 52" Acrylic Paint on Acrylic Yarn on Painted Wooden Chassis.

As you would see it in the studio, where the Exalted Ruler's throne would be.

I have included this image ^^ to allow you to right click on and be able to open up in a much larger viewing area. Giving you access to much more detail.

This was taken before I put it back on the wall. You can see the underside detail better in this image.

Right side detail.

Left side detail.

I always like to include side perspectives of my paintings in reproduction. This time I get to show off the painting in a much more open area.

And onto the next painting.

Please do help keep this residency going for me by contributing to my indiegogo campaign.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Tamaqua AIR Week Three

First week of being the first Tamaqua, PA AIR was quite a trying one. Mostly because of the weather and all the steps in the building of my studio. Being in an Elks Lodge, it's quite a large building. I still have yet to measure the size of the studio, but you can see from the photos, it's quite large. I'm able to work on large paintings, but right now don't have the funding to be able to make those paintings. If you enjoy these posts and would like to support initiatives like this for culture, please do so through my indiegogo campaign, all the funds will be going to me whether or not the campaign reaches it's full amount.

Here's the pics from the first few days of getting things straightened out.

Painting to the left is 4X3ft, right side is 72X52in.

My Palette for this journey, I'm already down quite a bit from miscalculations on the amount of pigments I would need to make my large amounts of texture. This is one thing your contribution will go toward helping with.

I found some tables that really helped in getting the chassis' painted.

Time to get serious.

I began the second week by starting on the wrapping of the two chassis' that I had available to work on.

The wrapping of this particular stretcher took me two separate times in the studio. Too hot on one end and all that walking in a circle made me dizzy. Also mentioning that the Yarn makes me hot from just working with it.

Time to wrap the chassis' in the acrylic yarn that has become my new substrate. It's quite an interesting material to work with. Allowing the colors to give such new dimension to the paintings. Dimension that had never been seen before in my paintings and I am looking to develop further.

Here you can get a view you'll never see in a gallery or museum, from the back, you really see how the texture wraps around and into the acrylic yarn. In the second photo you can even see the middle cross brace where the back of it is not painted but the side is still DNA Orange from Guerra Paint.

Me and the first TAIR painting in the Elks Lodge Studio.
"07-05-2014 (Exalted Ruler)" 72x52"
Acrylic on Acrylic Yarn on Chassis.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Anthony Pearson @ Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

While in town for a weekend to visit a good friend. We usually head over to Shane Campbell Gallery to check out what exhibition they have going on. The first time I went there it was Mark Grotjahn's first show there in 2011. Tremendous paintings BTW. We both walked out really pumped about the work and it made us both wanna go paint right after. The second exhibition was John McAllister in September 2012. Great new take on Matisse, we both had a lot of fun looking at these paintings. The third exhibition we saw was Jonas Wood in October 2013, and while it really wasn't my thing, my friend really enjoyed it.

Yesterday it was Anthony Pearson. An artists from LA who works in very new and interesting methods. Utilizing Pigmented hydrocal, which is a very hard plaster, he's able to make some super hard and heavy duty substrates which he then engraves into. The hours put into these really show in the work and attention to detail. We went from work to work, engaged in discussion how each might be constructed. Thankfully one of the Gallery assistants was happy to talk with us about the making of the art.  One thing he made sure to tell us was how heavy they were. Which to me is even cooler, to think he doesn't care about the weight, he cares more about the final artwork, really makes me enjoy the work even more. When you know an artist cares more about the art than how much materials it takes to make the artwork, you know they are very serious about their art. That tells me a lot about the person behind the work.

 Everyone has their favorites in each exhibition and this is my particular favorite.

Untitled (Etched Plaster), 2014
Pigmented hydrocal in walnut frame
30 1/2h x 20 1/2w x 2 1/4d in (77.5h x 52.1w x 5.7d cm) Check out the detail below...

I wish that if you had missed the exhibition, you would be able to visit, but I got there on the last day. It's probably being taken down as I write this. Just make sure that if another Anthony Pearson exhibition comes to your town...make a special trip. This is definitely new work that deserves to be taken very seriously.

Here are a few other pics of details from some of the other hydrocal works, you can see all the rest of the pics, courtesy of Shane Campbell Gallery on their website.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tamaqua Artist in Residence....ME.

In April, I was informed that I am the first recipient of the Tamaqua Artist in Residence program in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. I get to go there on the 21st of June for three months, painting, painting, painting, is what I am supposed to be doing. I'm sure I'll be taking in all the sights of this wonderful city that I've been to a number of times. I was introduced to the city of Tamaqua by my friend Joseph Marioni. It was quite a few years ago that he told me he was moving to this city to have a better space to paint. He and his friend who later became my friend Stephen Bennett both got giant spaces out there and began making them their own. Just this year it was announced that there is now an AIR program there, so I applied and after a round of interviews, was announced that I will be the first Artist In Residence.

You can see it's a hilly town, lots of wonderful places to hike, and bike. It's also 2.5 hours away from NYC which makes it fantastic for the traveling person.

Here's the studio. Which is much bigger than my present studio by a factor of 10. With ample light to spare.

Here's the announcement on facebook telling people about me. Click to see a larger version.

I'll be compiling a strip bound diary book to showcase my first art residency. I'm putting them up as a campaign reward for an indiegogo fundraising campaign I am working on. It should end up looking something like this...

Thanks for your interest. Can't wait to share the first pics from my travels.

I'm also now in the process of raising funds to help make this residency a triumphant one. I can use all the help you can give. And I appreciate every bit. Please click the link to learn more.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Just a few days to go.

It was in 2011 that I actively began my journey to meet, greet, and learn from some of whom I felt were the best painters and sculptors around today. Now in 2014, the Coney Island Film Society is going to be screening a culmination of many of those interactions. You should be able to meet and greet with a number of the films participants this evening before the screening, so get there a bit early.

You can get tickets here, or just wait till Saturday @ 8:30PM for the screening.

You can visit the website where I have been documenting everything and learn more.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Quote of the day 05-12-2014

Today I have been re-reading what should be required of anyone who claims to be an "artist", Robert C. Morgan's "The End of the Art World".

It dives right in and talks at length about the differences between Modernism and Post-Modernism, between spirituality and kitsch in art. It's a full on bomb for your brain.

As I've been reading it, i've got the highlighter out and marking up everything that seems to have to do with me and my feelings. One part in particular I feel really has a lot to do with today's artists versus today's conceptualists.

"To get at the opposite of cynicism, one must return to the origin of one's emotional strata to see what one is doing and why one is doing it. What is the purpose of one's art? Why be an artist? What is the motivation?"

To me, these are the eternal questions an artist asks themselves. Why do we make paintings, why do we make sculpture, drawing. It comes from a creative impulse that was born into us and it can't help but come out.

Give yourself some time, and read through this treatise on modern and post modern art. It might take a while to digest, but it's a philosophical meal that will keep you full for some time.