I would hope that Mattise would love this effort. maybe not.
At the end of last year, I made my first attempt at the design of dissent. Unfortunately, I didn’t have $20 million, and had to substitute 6000+ crystals for the real thing. Along with learning I am a glutton for labor intensive punishment, I figured out a bit about process, pattern, light and time.
When I started this sculpture, I was wrestling with my own ideas of art and protest. Now, with Damien Hirst’s skull possibly fetching $98 million, I have to wonder, if it’s really supposed to be about “the little guy”, would I put the piece in a gallery or set it on fire and roll it down West 47th St.?
Like I said, I’m learning and I’m not sure what I’d do. But, I know I would never do this.
“Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.” – John Webster
This past spring Salomon Snowboards had an artwork contest for some of their 2008 boards. While I didn’t come away with the fame and prize money it was fun working up this illustration as an entry. I had a feeling it might be a bit too messy (and perhaps spooky) for their tastes but its a color palette and style I’ve dug working in lately.
i’m taking an off loom fibers class at fleisher. it’s a great place to take classes (here in philly).
during the first class, i was given a bag of green handmade paper and some spanish moss to “make something with.” after a few failed ideas, i cut the index card sized pieces of paper in a swirl patterm to make a single long strip and i decided to knit with the pieces. (so the green you see is handmade paper.) I had been thinking of eggs (see my previous illo friday “rejection” post) and somehow ended up knitting a cozy shrug for an egg. I then decided to knit a mini scarf for the shrug using embroidery floss… i then filled it (nest-like) with the spanish moss. it fits in my hands rather nicely and i’m pleased with the result. (if i take the egg out i can also wear the knitted piece as a cuff bracelet.)
last week, we also learned how to make a basic coil basket. interesting stuff…
The Queensboro Bridge is undergoing some rehabilitation lately and is partially wearing a Christo-like shroud. The sketch above I drew from York ave and the photo below nearby.
Another image of from our hike on the Escarpment Trail. This one is a sketchbook watercolor of the view looking south towards High Peak and Roundtop Mountain.