Saturday, December 3, 2016

post hiatus

To Whomever Reads this Post,
Once again, I have taken a hiatus recently from posting. If you are one of my followers, I apologize for that. I have been actively involved with pursuing some of my academic/scholarly interests (including my research on nostalgia and grief). I have also been somewhat involved in campus politics again, and that has kept me busy. In addition, the American election of our new President has been...well, more than a little disappointing; and certainly did not contribute to a positive or creative outlook on life. But alas, I am starting to get back into the creative mode and have spent some time in my studio recently. I expect to be spending more time there in the upcoming weeks as well (with a much desired and deserved break from classes). I have some exciting personal art news to share as well, but will do that in a future post.
I went to see the Steve McCurry exhibit here in Utica, NY at the Munson-Williams Proctor Art Institute. I also saw him speak. Both exhibition and talk were REALLY great. The "Afghan Girl" photograph was PHENOMENAL in-person! The reproductions (including the one on the cover of National Geographic in 1985) do not do the photograph justice. Perhaps these latest pieces were subconsciously inspired by McCurry's photography (although his are extremely colorful).
I have always been intrigued by the multitude of variations of blacks and whites when it comes to photographic reproductions which can be found in magazines. Recently I have been interested in using these variations in collage compositions. And of course, I have often used human faces within my compositions as well. The pieces I present here are not meant to be "pretty" (i.e., or necessarily aesthetically-pleasing... although I hope they are in their own ways). I do hope, however, that they are "evocative". At some level, I believe that evocation is the essence of "good" art. The image should evoke emotion... any emotion. Art should also provoke. I hope that these images provoke thoughts.
It feels good to be posting again on monkeybrain! I sincerely thank you for your interest...





Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sculpture Space, Inc. CHAIRity Auction

I have decided to donate this piece for the annual CHAIRity auction at Sculpture Space... an international sculpture residency program with which I have been involved since 1999. Hoping it will fetch some good bidding next Saturday night.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

"Antidote"

Friend and fellow collagist Anthony Morgan and I had our opening reception last night for our two-person exhibit we entitled "Antidote". We decided to call it that because we hope that our artwork (and artwork in general) provides people with an antidote, even if only temporary, to the myriad of woes in the world. The opening reception was a success! Lots of friends came out and some of the pieces sold (which is always a nice bonus). Toeny and I created this piece to raffle-off (I hated to see it go ;-)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

finished product

I know I should wait until I have the finished product, but I'm just so excited about this one, that I had to post the "almost-finished" composition (and the frame goes perfectly too). For now...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

"I'm pleased now"

I've been working on new pieces for my show next week at The Dev in Utica, NY. I was hoping to work on some bigger pieces (dimensionally), but find myself drawn more to creating smaller pieces. Here's one that's 4.5" x 4.5". And this one is a bit less "narrative" than usual for my work. I was just attracted to the colors and patina of these pieces of paper (and of course, couldn't resist the text).

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Collaborative with Tony Thompson

I am so glad that my artist friend Tony Thompson agreed to do a collaborative piece based on a previous collage that I did in 2013. Here is the original collage (which I was never too pleased with), and the piece as enhanced with Tony's painting! I love it!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

another finished piece

So... last month when I was at the reception at Kirkland Art Center (in Clinton, NY), my friend and fellow artist Steve Nyland (please check out his blog; listed on my blogsites) informed me that I would be having a show next month at The Dev (in Utica, NY). He said "It's a tradition". Granted, I had show there for the last two Septembers. But I didn't want to be presumptuous. I am excited to be showing there again with my fellow collagist Anthony Morgan! And it's just what I needed to get me "finishing" some pieces that have been lingering in my studio, half-done. I posted a sketch of this piece on this blog back on April 30th (wow! I thought it was just a couple weeks ago). I needed to get it finished, because I want to show it (and because my friend and fellow creative spirit Gabe Lockwood encouraged me, because he loved the unfinished piece so much). So, here it is in its final form (I found the perfect space background... for which Toeny will bust my chops)...