still life


Update: The inflated admission price for the movie Coraline included a pair of 3D glasses. I kept them in case I want to go to another 3D movie (even though it won't shave the price--it's just less landfill material to be carrying around). A friend sent me a link to an artist doing landscapes and figures in Microsoft Paint. I hadn't done a Paint drawing in a while so I put the 3D glasses down on my scanner as a still life set up. When this drawing is shrunk to about a third its size it looks photographic. Hand skill is sort of archaic and pointless and doubly so if you work in a medium where everyone assumes that cyber tricks are employed. Nevertheless a doomed quest is preferable to writing about other people's more conservative art at this point, ha ha. So, glasses on scanner.

grid painting, 1993

grid 1993

acrylic on paper, linen tape, 72 x 54 inches

in reproduction this looks like a tasteful Ellsworth K by way of Rothko theme. In reality it's much cruder: 36 sheets of 9 x 12 artist's sketch paper, each with a unique messy monochrome, taped together into a large quilt

painting, 1990

flaunting the code II - B and W

the original is 40 x 30 inches, acrylic on canvas, and in color. it's meant to be a goof on expressionism, somewhat, and I think I like it better as a black and white book illustration.

Update: Need to add a few sentences to this post, as the image above is completely overwhelming the "camp child" below. In the past have described such writing as a "text buffer." Almost no thought is given on blogs as to how visual content interacts with nearby visual content. Museum curators go to great pains in the placement of art on walls, to the extent even of placing a weak piece next to a strong piece so as not to have the works "vibrating badly," as Walter Hopps once stated it. Yet on blogs the most outrageous juxtapositions are made. To some extent we rely on a kind of selective blindness, such as you see in newspapers when an image of a vivacious fashion model sits next to a story about people dying from living too near toxic waste. But it's also a lack of attention to design. Etc.