Monday, October 8, 2018

Naughty Time: Part III...With An Announcement To Boot

When we last left Naughty (a few months ago) the second layer of imagery was well on its way and even its carved frame had received some attention.  The piece served its time inside Pop Culture Palimpsest but did not get a chance to be united with its carved frame before the show closed.

So while Naughty was in the museum, I was working on completing its frame.

Now for the announcement part of this post.  Here is Naughty united with its frame at Gallery Victor Armendariz in Chicago.  I didn't have the opportunity to see how the frame and the canvas worked together prior to dropping off the piece, so I did have a little apprehension that they might clash.  I was pleased to see that they work together quite nicely.

So yeah, I am part of a group show there in October and I have signed on with Victor (quite excited about that!).  So, if you happen to be in Chicago, stop by 300 West Superior Street and check out Gallery Victor Armendariz (you'll be glad that you did).

I also dropped off Collectors' Issue...

...and Cowboy!

We'll close this post with a shot that Victor sent me of Naughty installed and ready for the show!


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Finishing The Headdress For Wardrobe Malfunction

I started this post a while back and I am just getting around to posting it.  I was hoping to publish during the run of Pop Culture Palimpsest, but obviously failed in doing so.  Anyway, here is how the headdress for Wardrobe Malfunction came together...

The face is mostly complete.  I just need to add several ostentatious flourishes.

Fortunately, I have Katarina helping for a full session today.  She actually found it easier to work through the headdress than to have it in the way on my makeshift table.

Adding some bases/shapes for the pyramid and eye combo.

I'll give you one guess who got all 'sugared up' before coming in to work...

We added a few more curves and flourishes to the face portion of the headdress.  In order to make sure everything adheres thoroughly, I place everything under some weight.

and PRESTO!...

I need to prime it with several coats of paint before I unleash the gold spray paint.

Here is the whole assembly after getting a delightful coat of gold spray paint.

What about this pyramid and eye business I was talking about earlier?  Where is that?  It's right on top of the crenelated gate house (top center of the image below).

As the headdress looked on the wall in Pop Culture Palimpsest.

Ultimately this piece is going to have a resplendent gold carved gold frame as well.  Here is a peek of the beginnings of the frame.

We'll take a look at the frame carving it in a future post...which may be in a while since I have carved 2 1/2 years worth of frames in the last 9 months.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Doctor Portmanteau's Galorium Emporium

Hey kids!  The gang is back together!

Check out the splendors of Doctor Portmanteau's Galorium Emporium (accept no substitutes for a title...!).  All of the work in this show are the results of collaborations between two artists (either Steve Banks/Heidi Hernandez, Heidi Hernandez/Terry Rathje, or Terry Rathje/Steve Banks.  The works are primarily pulled from three earlier shows (Merican-Tastic!Merican-Tastic! II: The Son of Tastic, and EX-CH-AN-GE)

Here are a few close ups of the work.

Previously unshown/unseen, FUN!

A few more.

While delivering the artwork and setting up the show, our discussions moved towards "...we should do another collaborative show...".  Be on the look-out for Merican-Tastic! III coming to a future post near you.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A Grab Bag of Progress: Part XII -Summing Up For Pop Culture Palimpsest

Now that Pop Culture Palimpsest has run its course, let's look back at some of the ideas/sketches/canvases that were abandoned somewhere along the way.  The first several never made it out of the sketchbook stage (at least so far they haven't made it out of the sketchbook stage...).

The fact that some of these never got started bums me out -especially this first one.  I was hoping to spend time working on bringing this piece to fruition.  Fortunately, the desire to work on it still burns (sometimes time quenches my burning enthusiasm for working on a project), so I think there is a good chance this piece will still get produced.

In fact, this last one was fabricated, attached to canvas (along with another 3-D doodle which was cut off from the canvas and used in a piece) and then set off to the side...

Some other random physical configurations of different compositional/idea layouts.  There wasn't a specific end goal in mind, just kind of giving different ideas a quick test run.

The face and the light bulb ultimately found their way onto the Statue of Liberty sculpture along with the traffic signal and the cosmonaut...

A few of the pieces/ideas I started to fabricate for Pop Culture Palimpsest that somewhere along the way were edited either because of space or time constraints.




Currently undesignated...

a blurry version of Kyklopes...

In addition to those pieces I have yet to finish, I also burned through 3 Dremel Tools and a small army of carving bits to make Pop Culture Palimpsest a reality.  Here is just a small sample of the carving bit casualties...

Another really, really, really excellent thing to come out of the show was spending a morning with Keith Nester (from Cast Of Thousands Photography) to document the show.  I can't even begin to describe how pleased/blown away I am with his work.  I'll close this post with a handful of examples of how good he made the show (and me) look.  Let's start with images of the installation:

Then some individual pieces...

Bro Kin.

Some Are Not Spangled.

Mystaphorical Parfait.

Skinner Box II: Lessons Unlearned.


Processionalization: Power Lunch With The Tasaday.

Keith is an absolute miracle worker.

These last three pieces are going to make an appearance really soon for another post...and an announcement!


Collectors' Issue.

Naughty (currently awaiting its frame...).

Remember kids, that is Keith Nester, Cast of Thousands Photography!