I also knew that it had the potential to be reminiscent of my previous "Day of The Invasion" pieces. I was drawn to create a piece in that style partly because I enjoy doing it and partly because I knew it would look cool and people would likely respond positively to it. So instead of worrying about doing "something new" in terms of different style, I just indulged myself and enjoyed the evening. As my fellow collage artist and friend Kyle Riecker said about this piece on FB, "this is signature Steven Specht". I agree. But is it my "voice" or is it simple "cliche" Specht? I'm not too concerned about it, really. Maybe it's like Santana writing a new song in the style of Oye Como Va...
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Although I do like to experiment at times (like most artists), I believe I do have a "voice" in terms of visual composition (like most artists)... and, of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, methinks. It is an interesting topic for discussion and it reminds me a lot of when I was younger (my college years, for example) and listening to lots of music. When a band like Santana or Yes or Led Zepplin would come out with a new album that was "different" than previous albums, I was not too happy. I wanted to hear "their sound" (their cliche sound). I was so "bad" back in those days, that I would not go see Yes, for example, because when they played certain songs in their live shows, they were not "note-on" compared to the studio version of the song. I wanted NO variation. As I make my journey through collage, I am struck by the tension between experimenting with new forms, perhaps, and creating works that seem to be "re-hashing" previous successes. When I came across this vintage image of Vesuvius and the ruins, I was drawn to it and absolutely knew I would be creating a piece with it.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
My good friend and fellow collagist Anthony Morgan owns the wonderful Black Gryphon restaurant in Elizabethtown, PA. Anthony is truly a friend of the arts as he features artists' works in the restaurant and charges no commission on sales. We have offered a number of "Dinner & Collage" events for patrons and the check presenters at the restaurant are all collaged by he (and me) and the staff. He is now having various collagists create place mats for his guests. Here is my second placemat (I posted my first on December 14, 2014)...
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
I have started placing elements onto the grid that I made (see previous post). It has become an interesting project in a number of ways. First of all, it is extremely "tedious"... but not really in a bad way (does "tedious" necessarily connote something negative?). It's time-consuming for sure; but I enjoy working on it. I find that the time it takes to listen to an entire CD seems to fly by (flow?). But here's "the rub" with this piece: I will not know if I have been successful in completing the piece until I try to "scan" it with a QR code reader. It will take dozens of hours to "see if it works".
Saturday, February 7, 2015
I have been busy recently (and of course, I am not the only one who is busy... and "what's new"?). Just got back from another conference late Sunday night. The conference was for the Southern Humanities Council and was held in Athens, GA. What an absolutely wonderful group of folks! They are the most open, supportive and stimulating group of academics I have ever been around. I did a talk about Joseph Cornell's artwork and the theme of "bubbles" (related to his work -- a la "Soap Bubbles Sets" and his life and spiritual views). I also read some of my original poetry. It was a great time! I always come back from that conference re-invigorated and ready to produce and create. The problem is, I have had an excruciating sinus headache all week and so have been getting "business-y" stuff done, but not much else. Today I am starting to feel a little better, so I am posting. In addition to doing some "regular" collage work (I hope), I am also embarking on two pretty ambitious projects. Firstly, my guitar is fully prepped and I am ready to begin to place elements down on it. I am a little bit concerned about the actual elements that I will be using, however. I was thinking of putting down a background layer of musical notes and then working "up" from there. But, I don't want the finished piece to be too "cliché" (i.e., with musical notes). I think it would look nice; but will it look too kitsch? We'll see what emerges. The second project involves a 32 x 32 matrix. That's OVER 900 cells into which I will place individual elements. I will withhold telling you what the matrix is all about until I finish the piece. Anyway, looking forward to getting "back to the table" now that I am feeling better!