Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Quest(Shun) Makes Its Big Chicago Debut in Not Windmills/But Giants!

I'm happy to announce that Quest(shun) is going to be part of Not Windmills/But Giants at Gallery Victor Armendariz in Chicago this month (check out the gallery by clicking this link:  This is a post I had started last year before Pop Culture Palimpsest opened at the Figge Art Museum (Check out the show by clicking on this LINK).  I never published it because I wanted to add images of creating a carved frame for the piece.

When I add a carved frame to a piece, I typically want the frame to expand the narrative, complete the narrative, or even serve as a counterpoint to the narrative of the canvas.  However, the more sketches I did for a potential frame for Quest(shun), the more I realized I was only restating what was taking place on the canvas.  Repeating motifs in this case would be counterproductive, so I let myself be content with the piece as it is.

So here are some images of the last few stages of completing the canvas instead.

The last little bit of paint for the windmills.

I finally have put the tie on this archer dude.  That only took about 6 months (in all fairness I was working on a couple of other projects...).

Anyway, you get the idea...

Since there will be no images of a carved frame, I am throwing in several images of the evolution of Quest(shun) from its humble beginnings as eee-KWAY-shun.

Here's a brief (incomplete) history of Quest(Shun) going all the way back to 2003.

Incidentally, this hot dog is going to be making an appearance in an upcoming series of pieces.

After the hot dog was removed and the canvas was turned to a vertical orientation.

If you get the chance, come check out Not Windmills/But Giants at Gallery Victor Armendariz!

As an added bonus, here are three other pieces that will be at the gallery as well:

The Transitive Property of Yesterday.


and Squishy Rumba!