If you look back at previous posts on this blog, you will notice that my posting history is cyclical (sounds better than "sporadic", doesn't it?). I think it is natural, when you are not a "full-time artist", to do more creative endeavors when other responsibilities ebb and flow -- which they often do in academics. Interestingly (I suppose), the end of a LONG year-and-a-half of stressful teaching-during-COVID ended in the middle of May, and yet I have not been very active creatively or on this blog since. This time, unfortunately, my hiatus coincides with a bout of depression that I am experiencing. Strange how depression works. It's irrational, for sure. I have SO many thing NOT to be depressed about -- my life is generally pretty excellent. But alas. And so I am working things out, I hope. Last night was the first time I have been in the studio for a while; and I "re-entered" by doing one of the things I like to do -- looking through old stacks of individual pages I have ripped from magazines and books over the years. I ofetn have forgotten about interesting elements that I have collected over the years. I've made posts of these sessions before, and I think they're fun. So here's the latest installment.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Since I will be moving into a new office this fall in the new science center at Utica College, I have decided to do a "deep purge" of all the STUFF I have accumulated over the years. It's been a LONG time since I was an undergraduate chemistry major at Oswego State (I ended-up getting a degree in psychology; but used a lot of my chemistry background for my Ph.D. in psychobiology). Anyway, I decided that it was time to get rid of my intro. chemistry textbook and my organic textbook as well. Interestingly, the textbook I had for intro. chemistry included a make-shift stereoscope to look at the illustrations in the textbook of chemical structure to render them three-dimensional. Very cool idea, methinks! Unfortunately, I have very poor binocular vision; so it never really worked for me. Here are some of the illustrations that were created to make the 3-D effects. I cut them from the book as potential transfer images (and will probably share half with my friend and fellow collagist Anthony Morgan). Collage is always "pan-disciplinary"! Oh yeah, I also included this interesting "note to self", for fun.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
So... you may have gotten to this site by scanning the "QR Monkeybrain" collage at my exhibit today. If that is the avenue of your arrival, I want to thank you for coming to the talk and checking out my artwork! I truly appreciate your interest and support. Hope you enjoyed the artwork! Have a great day!
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Last week, while I was perusing the many layers of elements that I have accrued over the years, I came across this page. I vaguely remember ripping it out of a vintage book because I love the images. At the time I did that -- perhaps 2 years ago -- I did not realize that the artist shares my last name! I was so surprised when I realized it this time. SO funny (especially for a "monkeybrain"!). So many layers of interesting experiences surround this wonderful medium of collage!
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
As some of you know, I am interested in various forms of creative expression, including collage, music and poetry. I am thrilled to have been accepted to be part of the "Write Out Loud" event in Cooperstown, NY. Here is a the video that will be played as part of the virtual festivities: