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Archive for March, 2011

Grinding along

After a lengthy period of being blocked, I’m finally working back in the studio on some interesting canvases. Might be because I’m ready, or because its finally warm enough to get in there, though I still have to bring stuff into my living-room so that the glue will set properly.  Only -4 today, that means that i have about 15 minutes to glue everything before the glue is denatured and won’t stick for crap.

Thing is, I don’t really know what to put on them. I have this plan to finish the group and then just hang them all up together in my room and see if they start speaking to me.  I’m not a huge fan of the whole reductive sculptor idea of “letting the sculpture out of the stone” but that’s probably just reactionary.

I know that i’m going to carry on the narative of the swarm, using design elements to display in a sort of comic book fashion.. only better this time. I’m actually thinking of adding more narrative and graphic elements while maintaining intentional design tensions- I mean. lol

Oh yeah, almost forgot: After having a pretty cursory conversation about the “white box” issues around showing in a gallery, I wanted to write a bit more about my thoughts. I figure that there has really been enough angst about the implications of showing in a blank,  purpose-built space or on a plinth, or in a sketchbook. There are places needed for some art that are devoid of contextual meaning. Places that allow a piece to exist in a sort of interstitial universe unto itself. Admittedly, such a place completely devoid of contextual meaning is an impossibility (unless you can create something like a new universe). That’s why we sort of collectively agree to set aside such an interstitial universe and decide to agree that the plinth, and the white wall paid for by the taxpayers and the cover of the sketchbook are meaningless and that the piece exists in a tabla rasa. These are places that are set aside and culturally trigger our “willing suspension of disbelief”. Much like the TV or parliament. Anyway,  we should use such places to display work when appropriate, they are a tool with which to present concept without pollution and they (ideally) prime the viewer’s mind for honest interpretation.

Better get out there though. Its not going to stay cold forever.

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Doodles. Do-do doo

So I’ve been doodling alot lately, messing around with concepts, inks and materials, shapes, and even plotting some of the beginning parts of possible commissions. Here are some of the drawings I’ve done this week.

dragon #489

So add this to the stack of sketchbooks with dragons, its the first time I’ve done one with this kind of knotwork…

swirl and leafs

Trying to work out a new swirling thingy, probably inspired by Adriane of the Mandalas 🙂

dirty swirly

More work on big spiral ideas… experimenting with depth through cool/warm colors, still not there.

knots

Rain-glider

Silly drawing from D&D, playing with a friend’s Copics

Carni-skull

nordic/calgarian/dayof the dead style.  symbols are loaded.

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Singularity uninspired

As the title says, I’ve been pretty uninspired lately, until last night. My practice has seemed unimportant, besides being blocked, and this might be because of my annual reaction to the seasons, or it might be some sort of life-issues. I’m smoking more, anyway. I’ve been talking to a bunch of art types that really seem to be the tip of a Calgary art scene that I feel a kinship with, and its been wonderful. Had a really great conversation about how artists really need to be proud of their art, to push it, talk it up, and never succumb to the innate appologist that so many artists seem to have within them. Inspiring words… Here’s the drink’n’drawing!

 

I like it better rotated like THIS though:

More soon!

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