spent a good portion of the 1990s justifying my work as an artist,
especially as a painter, to myself. It was a moral dilemma; a
question of validity and purpose. How can I indulge something with
such intangible meaning and value? Once I finally acknowledged the
value of making art, it became one of the few absolutes in my life. Afterward, I
rarely questioned the value/virtue in making paintings, even as
cultural dictates changed. Human existence matters and so making art
continuation of human existence is quickly becoming less of a given.
The most recent climate measurements and projections are dire beyond
belief. And the worst-case scenarios are looking less and less
art is once again a dilemma. A Dr. Zhivago-like engagement in
painting seems ridiculous in the face of world-wide environmental
calamity. I won't make environmental art, because that's rarely an
effective vehicle for change. And while making non-purposed art is no longer a
personal moral uncertainty, it's impossible to do so without making some acknowledgment of broader concerns. All I really know is toacknowledgethe situation.
Rome Burns - I think
I've used this post title before. I know it's in a notebook
somewhere. I may begin adding an “acknowledgment” of these
broader concerns to my paintings - a narrative or emblematic aside
that sidecars the primary subject. Artist Randy Wyatt had his “Yellow
Man” that appeared in most of his paintings. I want to make a
Lane Marker scene, with a sustainable garden silhouette in the distance. Or a Shelter House image
with a distant indication of a burnt forest. How would these quietly
suggested addenda read in the painting? And in the broader sense?
Can I do it without pandering, and does that even matter? It's an acknowledgement that does not solve anything. Again, it's all
I really know to do.
The original Utrillo's site is going through another (very well-prepped paint) transformation. Kym Tongate and Garry Toney are opening Infamous Studio Tattoo, their second tattoo shop, in the 2630 East 10th Street location. (Their other site is in Wannamaker). This is the little building that could, which is just west of Rural. They will also be showing art, so stay tuned.
And yes, I do have some images of the place as the 1990s-era Utrillo's.
Above window display features hand-cut peg board screens
with street scene photos montaged on the ends.
Randy Wyatt's show, with a huge reverse-on-plexiglass painting in the window.
Post-tattoo and/or piercing suggestion: Soup of the day at Pogue's Run, just east on 10th. They make excellent soup that is always ruled by the ingredients, never over-seasoned.
Rocktown would like to thanks its new sponsor,Near Eastside Chamber of Commerce....just kidding, no such entity.
I am currently exhibiting a new group of paintings in my gallery space, Dewclaw. The show, "Kinkade Meets Turner Paints Sci-fi With Fanbrush" began as a stylistic riff of sorts. I very soon let go of that, and continued on a rather simple, fast, poetic path. So much of my work is now serial in theme or in formal approach. It was great to go back to some good ole free-meandering. That said, the end results have followed a pseudo monster-based theme, which is fine.
"Leviathan", 8" x 8", oil on wood, 2012
"Genie", 8" x 11.5", oil on wood, 2012
"Ogre", 8" x 8", oil on wood, 2012
This is such a great way to work, and one taps into all sorts of imagery and subtle expressions which would never arise from a more deliberate or planned process. I think I need to keep this in the game-plan, a running line of non-linear works.
I was referring to the painted shaped plaques when I wrote this. I'm still not sure yet, how the 3-d materials-based plaques relate.
"I try to create visual images that are different from anything I already know or imagine. I use painting as a process by which to find this new imagery, and set up various frameworks for guidance. The frameworks themselves are always evolving, and they reveal broader areas of interest. My intended focus may be about materials and formal paint handling, or personal experiences, both cognizant and sub-conscious. Very often I create work around an iconic figure or structure of unknown purpose or meaning.
I began using shaped wooden plaques because they offer an interesting compositional challenge, and because they hint of an incongruous craft genre. They serve to foil any conventional aesthetic intentions I may have. I'm deliberately staging an awkward proposal, so that I am forced to find new solutions and new imagery. These shaped also panels set up a paradox, for they are neither 3-d sculpture nor a picture plane rectangle. These shapes taunt the illusionist world that I treasure, forcing me to make conscious choices about their existence in reality. I must choose to place a representational image on/in these 2-d planes that are also objects. Such images no longer materialize with ease. The outcomes are inevitably negotiated compromises, where painted illusion and personal subject matter and 3-d objects struggle to co-exist in the same perceived reality." -Carla Knopp 3-18-12