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Some New, Some Old

Posted in Art, Studio Work, Technique with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 16 February, 2010 by endlessslug

Just a small update

I’ve been working on getting my first illustrated book published and riding the wave of excitement from my recognition at last month, so I decided to wait a bit before posting again.

I was able to wrangle someone’s digital camera to take some shots of some new and old work and started posting it on my websites.  First up, is this old oil painting from college:

This painting was actually one of my very first oil paintings.  I’ve always enjoyed it, as have many visitors to my places of residence.  This is one of the only pieces of my own work which I ever display publically.

Secondly, a new work which I posted on the slug blog a little while ago, but here is a better image of it:

I haven’t drawn these geometric pastel works in almost ten years!  So I decided to try my hand again.  Lo and behold, I can still produce these babies like a factory.  If anyone out there likes these drawings, I’ll be happy to make an original one for you.  I should note that I was not that happy with this particular pink and green one; colors = eww.  But it still feels like a place in space and that’s really the goal.  Even if that place happens to be some sort of retro 80’s neon fantasy.

Click on the Endless Slug links to the right to head over to my galleries to buy either the originals or some prints – or shirts and mugs! Yup, buy some stuff from the slug!  I have to pay my rent…



Ovat Punches Knowledge and Art Square in the Balls, Once Again

Posted in Anthropology, Art, Artists, Contemorary Art, Criticism, Social Science, Technique with tags , , , , , , , on 3 September, 2009 by endlessslug

So, I’m feeling pretty ill today, can’t work, can’t be in the studio, I can do very little but eat and play some video games. I decided to throw on Ovat yet again to see what’s up in the contemporary art scene. Ovat’s been running a number of specials on music, dance, and inspirational teachers lately which has been alright, but I was hoping to get back to the painters. Today, there is a special running about Andrew Rogers. Rogers thinks himself an artist and travels the world dropping massive stone geoglyphs in remote areas with some need to spread some sort of philosophical vision to the world. I come from a background in art and anthropology with specializations in archaeology and belief systems. Rogers is a complete hack-asshole. How self-righteous, self-centered, and ignorant can we possibly be when we have such a pompous and arrogant mentality where we feel we can drop a turd in the middle of a number of small societies in the world, preaching some sort of universal about spirituality? I’m all about universals, but make sure it’s friggin’ universal and not just your interpretation of what universal means. I don’t even know if Rogers asked permission for any of these sites or if the folks there even fully understood who this foreigner was, destroying our pasture lands and indigenous landscapes. If these people really wanted a massive geoglyph (which, by the way, these are not), they would make it themselves.

What a dick.

This came off a bit more ranty than usual. Again, not feeling well here, and I think this just lost a little more hope for the human condition from me.

Finally, back in the studio

Posted in Contemorary Art, Literature, Pop-culture, Social Science, Technique with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 5 August, 2009 by endlessslug

Today, a new painting begins.  It’s been a long time.  I just finished the underpainting and it’s already looking fantastic.  I hope I don’t screw it up tomorrow!
It’s always a nice feeling to work on art, no matter if it’s a painting, a poem, a dance, or fashion. It’s not the act of creating and definitely not the act of expressing, but the feeling that you are explaining something, finally, that your mind was occupied with.  Art, again, in all forms is the act of communication of a complex idea which can be exchanged in no other way.  Art is always communication – if it’s just for you, you failed – with the possible exception of a more universal sense of ‘you’.

I painted today because I felt like an old master.  Or, rather, I felt as a confident master.  I received a book in the mail today, The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting by Max Doerner.  The introduction alone was all that I needed to know that I have been right all along: art is science.  When art becomes like the hyper-masturbatory post-modern wall-damage that we see in galleries today, something is greatly wrong and missing from the world of art.  I used to like to complain about this with no real reason that would affect anyone else, but lately, due to unemployment, I realized just why this is such a problem.  By having anyone try to be an artist with no formal grounding or training, by having a very free society that placates mediocre accomplishments that can lead to pop-culture fame and income even from the bottom-of-the-barrel, and by having a folklore or belief system which tells people daily that they only need ‘to find their hidden gift’ or somesuch crap, we have constructed a world where should one want to produce anything of quality that improves our psychological standards of living, they cannot.  I would like to live as a full-time artist, for example, and I have a good friend who wants to live as a full-time writer – but we cannot do this in a world where crap is king.  Anyone who can simply produce eye-candy for a mass population takes the jobs away from us who ought to have them, which further demonstrates some hollow sense of ‘yes our belief was true, anyone can succeed!’ leading once again to a downward spiral of copycats, hipsters, wanna-bes, and hero-worship instead of learning how to effectively and efficiently create functional and long-lasting, powerful works of art defining not only us but our generation, our place in history, and improving our income and standard of living.  Anyone seen a movie lately?

Alright, that was more rant than demonstrations or explanations. I believe I owe that to any readers out there.  For now, go read something you didn’t find on the shelf at Borders and I’ll get back to some writing later tonight.

New work posted

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on 3 August, 2009 by endlessslug

I changed around some stuff on my original work site today and added a few new pieces. Many many more on the way. I only have about 30 pieces scanned at the moment but my catalog consists of well over 300 gallery-quality works. I still consider many of them – if not most of them – student-grade work, but I still find that my work far out-does most art students that I’m seeing these days.