Wednesday, December 28, 2011
What about creating a book that is unreadable, unusable, non-functional? Would it be made out of paper or would be it be some harmful material like rusty sheet metal? How would it be bound? What typeface would I use? What would the content be (is the content important in this case)? Format? Would there be a "cover"? Would it even be physical . . . or online? Or a projection? I like the repurposing of books into sculptures and what-not. But I want to actual create a "book" that doesn't serve a purpose.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
When I was thinking about this piece, I began with thoughts about dinosaurs and extinction. The idea of a proto-dinosaur (a bird-like thing) was very appealing but then I thought it might be too literal. I wanted to go further, more basic. I then thought about evoking a trylobyte (a prehistoric invertebrate found in the most ancient of sea-bed fossils). So I started working on the form and then found that the material isn't too flexible with shape etc so it morphed into a more bacterial-type tube worm thing. I thought this appropriate because of the presense of floppy disks in early personal computer set-ups: the foundation of "memory" in a sense (I remember carrying around a boot-up disk in first year university . . . 1993!) Which leads me to a danger with using this type of material: nostalgia factor. I tried to circumvent that by making the form not immediately recognizable.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
|Crouching Nude, 28" by 22", oil on canvas, 2011|
|Dancing, 30" by 40", oil and charcoal on canvas, 2011|
|Man Lying Down, 20" by 16", oil and graphite on canvas, 2011|
|Thinking of Matisse, 16" by 20", oil and graphite on canvas, 2011|
These are some new figure paintings out of my studio (er . . . apartment lol). I've been enjoying this return to a more traditional mode of representing the figure because it grounds me in proportion, mass, and form. It's good for me to revisit "reality" after working in an abstract mode for awhile so I can remember what I'm abstracting. Chicken before the egg? Maybe :)