Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ill-Suited For The Pleasantries


I have several pieces I am playing around with for my upcoming show, Ill-Suited For The Pleasantries at Black Hawk College. Some of them are older pieces that I felt needed to be reworked, and some are newer (and primarily smaller) canvases.

The piece below is Los Reyes -which has gone through several distinct iterations since its original configuration back in 1999 or 2000.  There was alot of elements going for Los Reyes, but in the end, it has never quite worked, so it's going to get a reworking (minor).

These are two of the smaller pieces I am working on.  I don't really have a clear and unwavering 'direction' for them yet, which allows for the unexpected to thrive.  They may or may not reach a state of completion by the time the show is installed, that could not matter less.

An old piece Kyklopes getting a reworking as well.  I truly have no idea what is going to happen to this one, it has just been sitting around too long in a perpetual state of unacceptable homeliness.

New, and currently hard-to-love untitled sumthin' sumthin'.......

Also currently 'untitled', but much easier to love.  This one!  Right now I'm just laying down some preliminary color relationships and a few shapes to start the process of building a composition.

I'm also revisiting the idea of adding shapes cut out from canvas and adhering them to the surface.

The text and crown (and currently much harder to see trees) are canvas shapes attached to the surface of the stretched canvas.  I still have a ways to go with this one, but I am excited about its possibilities.

One last piece to consider is Relative Location.  I showed this back in 2010 in a show I had with Terry Rathje called, Things Of Which Our Mothers Would Not Approve.

Here it is as it has hung in my apartment for the last few years.

Now it is time to be taught a lesson.....

Add a relief element towards the top.....

And POW! The lesson is underway.....

Chorus out......

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