Sunday, November 4, 2018

On To The Next Thing...Trying Some Things Out For Size. Vol. I

2018 has been a pretty wild ride.  I spent the first 5 months of the year feverishly making artwork for Pop Culture Palimpsest which opened back in June at The Figge Art Museum.  I spent the next 12 weeks carving two years worth of frames (burning through three Dremel Tools in the process).  I participated in a four really cool shows (KC/QC, Saint Ambrose Faculty Show, A Fall Show at Gallery Victor Armendariz, and Doctor Portmanteau's Galorium Emporium).  This past weekend I was part of SOFA in Chicago (also through Gallery Victor Armendariz!).

Photo Credit Vanessa Sage.

 photo credit Victor Armendariz.
 Photo Credit Zaiga Thorson.
 Photo Credit Zaiga Thorson.
 Photo Credit Victor Armendariz.
Photo Credit Dean Kugler.

Anyway, the remainder of 2018 looks like a time to regroup, reload, and make some new pieces.  I have been working with a bunch of fabric-wrapped cardboard positive and negative shapes as composition/idea starters.  Frequently I will cut out a positive shape only to be equally intrigued by the leftover negative shape (which I'll also wrap with fabric for future use).  Then I'll kind of test drive some compositions and pairings of shapes and see if anything catches my attention.  Here are some test compositions.

The wrapped/bound dialog bubble will be making more appearances in the future...

I haven't even wrapped these in cardboard yet, but I was still curious to test them out.  Ultimately, I think they will be partnered with several carved wooden heads.  These two sets of shapes are good examples of when the negative shape is just as cool as the positive shape.

This 'tower' looks ridiculously feeble at the moment, but once it has all of its components, it will be far more robusto.

In a previous post I talked about using the silhouette(s) of billboards/roadside signs in some of my future pieces.  Here is the beginnings of one of those endeavors.  I test/explore several possibilities/configurations before truly honing in on something that excites me.

My random color selection to prime the canvas (usually three coats to prime the surface) is interesting enough that I might try to recreate it for the final layer.

Testing an addition shape interaction which might possibly make the final composition.

The initial objects/shapes in place and the first coat of primer on the canvas.

Still a few more layers of paint/primer to go before I start adding imagery, but it's not too early to start thinking about what might make its way on to the canvas...

Friday, October 26, 2018

A Grab Bag Of Progress: Part XIII

A variety of activity.

A few hanging notes from my recent show installation gig at The Figge Art Museum.  Recently they had two pretty amazing shows on display.  Edouard Duval-Carrie, and Power and Piety.  These measurements/numbers/pictographs I used for hanging artwork will find their way into something.

A few months ago, I was cutting up a whole bunch of letters that I had carved with my trusty new Dremel Tool.  The letter blocks and physical orientations of the letters intrigued me enough, that I figured I should quickly sketch them so I might explore that idea some time in the future.  Without the sketch, it's highly unlikely that I would ever remember the original concept/spark.  Here are a few images of the text configurations.

I've also been working on some new 'starts' of pieces. at this point, I don't know what they will ultimately become, but I find them to be full of promise as to what they could become...

This is Arena.

A figure that might ultimately get a physical mask/face (versus a painted one).

I've also been messing around with shape configurations for elaborate scaffolding/sign silhouettes (you can read about the original idea for these 'sign elements' by checking out this earlier POST)

This one still needs the 'sign' part.

Ole Big Cheese Monkey Nuts.

This was originally seen/intended as a ruined Greek temple post and lintel motif.  However, I like the fact that it is also reminiscent of some of the masks from the Dogon culture

More shape configurations.

The first layer of this piece dates back to late 1999 or early 2000.  It has been reworked/re-engaged a few times since then.  The most recent efforts include ladders.

In addition to sign silhouettes, I've been groovin' on ladders lately as well.  Who knows why?  This fragment below looks to me like the visual equivalent of 'Once upon a time...'.

I'm about to start working on 'The Brain Jar of Dr. Pantalones'.  This head/text combo needs to be moved to a larger canvas and have a body added before I can really dig in.

One of my 3-D sketch/storage canvases.

This is also going to be a sign silhouette.

Destination currently unknown for these next two.

This one is going to be attached to a slightly large canvas and have more pipes/machinery added.  The canvas is already stretched even....

More to come.