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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

IN DREAMS AND EXIT STRATEGIES


This is a fairly large painting I finished about 4-5 months ago. Since then I have taken on several other projects, so as usual, I've fallen behind on updating this blog. Either way, Here it is. I have titled it In Dreams and Exit Strategies. To keep the explanation short, it basically has a lot to do with goals and complications. Using a combination of materials like metal leaf, graphite, canvas, paper, lace, and twine, I tried to create a confusing dream-state swirl of gritty sadness and a sort of delicate beauty.

As you can see, I have also posted a detail image so you can get a better view of the different materials. I have also posted a few "in progress" images in case you are like me and like to see the process of artwork being created :)




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

STUDIO 54/CBGB MURAL FOR ALCHEMIST 2015 SEASON


I took a short break from my current location to return to the Milwaukee area. Some of that time was spent creating a mural in Alchemist Theatre, to promote their 2015 season. The theme is New York club scenes, Studio 54 and the CBGB. The mural goes down a stairway and faces a Faust mural I had created back in 2011. With that in mind, there are compositional elements in new mural that mirror the composition in the older one. for example: the Faust mural is basically set up as being this sort of decent in to hell as you walk down the stairs. With this new mural, in a collage sort of way, you start with studio 54, and travel down through Andy Warhol's factory and into the grunge and graffiti of the CBGB.
I am happy with the results, especially considering the small amount of time I had to work on this. I was fortunate to get a little help from my awesome friend April, who definitely saved me a lot of time and allowed me to focus on more detailed parts of the mural. April often helped me paint a few years back when I was designing and constructing sets for Youngblood Theatre Co. So it was great to have her help yet again.

Here are some images in the order in which it was put together:






 This mural was fun to make, and I hope everyone that comes across it will enjoy it.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

2014 SO FAR...

If you are someone that follows this blog, you are well aware that I'm not so great at keeping it up to date. I have started a handful of new pieces. Some sparked from new ideas, and others created from old paintings I had lost interest in. I guess you could call it recycling...
I'd say, that the pieces Ive been working on this year sport my favorite elements of the few paintings I finished 2013. I think the biggest difference between my current paintings, and my paintings last year, is that the current paintings (on a few levels), aren't so.. dark. But either way, I decided to post images of parts of paintings I am either working on or have finished  this year.

I started off this year by finishing a painting created for a friends album cover... mixing imagery pulled from her lyrics, energy and the Chicago skyline.


 


The rest of the images are parts of paintings that all share similar materials. However, they are all very different in composition, theme and size. I guess at this point, I don't have too much to say about them other than I feel that Ive recently been pulling focus away from figures and concentrating more of material, pattern and process.













 I'm sure I will post more complete images.. of whole paintings later on. I have so much more than this started. This will have to do for now :)