Saturday, December 31, 2016

"Long Train Home" (7.5" x 7.5")

Well... here is the last piece from 2016. I really don't think the photos do justice to this piece. It is framed in a 15.5" x 15.5" metallic frame which really complements the composition well. I wash;t as active as I had wanted to be during the second half of 2016, but I've had a nice run over the last couple weeks, which I think will continue over into 2017. For some reason, I feel re-energized about my creative work and am looking forward to see what emerges from my efforts. Let's say good-bye to 2016 and hope for the best for 2017. Happy New Year one and all!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Another cropping lesson

After all, I am a teacher at heart. Here are three versions of a collage which vary slightly only in terms of where they are cropped. Notice especially the placement of the light sconces and the girls are. In my mind, the lights MUST be included; AND the girls left arm must be part of the composition as well (that is, for the most "pleasing" composition). Perhaps you would choose another  of the three options.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Art imitates life imitates art imitates life

A couple years ago, I gave my friend and fellow artist, Anthony Morgan, a collage inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse 5". He placed it prominently in the Black Gryphon, a restaurant that he owns in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. This week, a fire broke out at the restaurant. Although fortunately no one was hurt, a variety of artworks were lost in the fire and heat and smoke (including artwork of Donna Durr, St. Bradford Brooks, and Anthony Morgan). Here is the residue that was left of my collage. Ironic that a Slaughterhouse 5 collage was destroyed in a fire. So it goes...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sci-Fi-themed exhibit

My friend Steve Nyland is curating an upcoming exhibit in Syracuse, NY with the theme loosely based on a vintage Sci-Fi magazine theme. I'm excited to be thinking about creating collages to fit the theme. The theme certainly speaks to my voice (pun intended). Here are two pieces "in progress" (the "Het!" piece is close to being finished).

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...