Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jefferson Pinder -Ghost Light: Part III

Token, which was the first performance for Jefferson Pinder -Ghost Light, was a huge success.  Let's take a look at building The Barbershop for the second performance.

Jefferson wanted to capture the feel/ambiance of Joe's Barbershop in the museum.  So we built one.  Here is Mr. Andrew Wallace putting his carpentry skills to work attaching the faux paneling to the wall.  We couldn't find any 1970s paneling, so Andrew had to modify existing paneling so it had that 70s vibe.

You can't have a barbershop with a barber poll.

We built a couple of platforms to fit around the wall.

After the bases were fabricated and painted, Josh Johnson and Vanessa Brown laid out and installed the tile for the floor/stage.

Josh Johnson measuring the mirror.

The Barbershop is starting to come together.

Directly across from The Barbershop 'set', is a series of 16 old tube TVs with a series of 16 videos displaying different hair styles and beauty.  Stacking that many old tube TVs on top of each other is like a high stakes game of Jenga.

I had the pleasure of 'interviewing' Joe McLemore several months ago.  Jefferson sent me to Joe's Barbershop to ask him about 5 or 6 questions.  Joe and I ended up talking for 3 1/2 hours!  Joe is insightful, funny, articulate, honest, and he pulls no punches.  This performance is going to be amazing.

The Barbershop will be April 1st starting at 2pm on the 3rd floor of The Figge Art Museum.

You can read part one of the making of Jefferson Pinder -Ghost Light by clicking HERE!

You can read the second part by clicking HERE!

As a huge super-duper-ruper bonus, I have included the link to an INTERVIEW in the River Cities' Reader with Jefferson Pinder AND a REVIEW of his show by local artist/art-critic Emma Farber.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Grab Bag of Progress. Part IX

Various little tidbits from different endeavors in the studio.

Part of a daytrip to Millenium Park in Chicago to see Anish Kapoor's amazing sculpture Cloud Gate.  I've included a handy arrow to point out where we were standing when the photograph was taken.

Beautiful Ben-Day Dots!

Some sketches.......

The face on the dude on the left side of this image was drawn while I was sitting at friend's house this past Summer.  I saw this figure in the pattern in a pillow on the couch.  This is what I saw, not what was actually there.  Once I got closer, I was actually drawing some flower pattern upside down.  You never know from where an idea will come.

The beginning of a canvas.

Miscellaneous studio shot of a bunch of my paint pallets.

More colors.

About a year ago, a friend of mine and her family relocated to the East Coast.  She gave me several of her canvases to work on and/or re-work since she didn't want to move them.  I have been using the canvases to attach/adhere some of my relief sculptures to.  They are combinations of mixed media figures and carved wood elements (predominately carved letters).

This body belonged to a figure that I created maybe 10 years ago, but for which I never found a use.  So I cut off the head with a handsaw and attached this newly carved/fabricated face.

This was part of the head that I cut off from the body in the previous picture.

I will close with naughty.  This past week I had several things I should have been doing in the studio instead of making this 'naughty figure'.  For reasons I cannot begin to articulate, the creation of a goofy figure with the word 'naughty' flowing out from it totally captured my imagination, and therefore demanded my total attention.

More on some of those sculptural relief elements attached to canvas I when I post Grab Bag of Progress:  Part X.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bringing In Within/Without For A Landing

Within/Without has been lingering around in my studio for several years now.  I'm hoping this next little bit of work will finally bring it to a resolution.

The piece has at least three layers of imagery.

I've decided on a muted color scheme for the top layer.  You can see the color contrasts between the comparatively muted tones of Within/Without and the more colorful diptych in the background

Now the question is to haze or not to haze........