Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Steve Paddack at 4 Star Gallery II

Flight of the Reliant, 10" x 8", acrylic on canvas

Expedition! 8" x 10", acrylic on canvas

Temple of Unspoken Opinions, 36" x 48", acrylic on canvas

Redundancy of Errata, 60" x 48", acrylic on canvas

Residence of Smithee, 36" x 48", acrylic on canvas
You'll have a second chance to see Steve Paddack's Redundancy of Errata, this Friday, Oct. 2 5-9pm, at 4 Star Gallery, 653 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis.

These pieces are painted in multiple glaze layers, with unusal color combinations. They are cringingly beautiful and strange, and best seen in person.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Did I ever mention I lived in a trailer for most of the 90s?

Well now, I can't believe I have a blog called Rocktown, Indiana, which is a pseudo-self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek reflection upon the cultural geographics of my life choices, and I've never mentioned the trailer. I spent most of the 1990s in this trailer, and had it been located in some sweet rural woods rather than a trailer park, I'd still be there. It's a 1963_________ I can't remember the brand. The label was right by the door and I saw read it every day. The main part is 10' x 50', with an attached 16" x 20" garage. I visualized what I wanted, scoured the "Trader", and found it, for $1800.
Original turquoise fridge and sink, "banana" breakfast bar. This front area was an open space about 30' long with two of the lofted window areas, and a bumped out area that widen the space.. The back room had a third such window.

I installed a climbing pole and the cats ruled the lofted window areas.

I died when I walked into a fabric store, looking for something cheap to cover the banana bar, and found this. It wasn't cheap, but it was perfect.

This is the only home I've ever really "decorated". I just kept finding the perfect things. The end. (hee-hee. that's Ava's manxy ass coming out of the [original turquoise] sink).

Stephen Magsig

La Maison Blanche IV
oil on linen/panel, 2009, 5" x 7"

Dequindre Cut Shadows
oil on linen/panel, 2009, 7" x 5"

Swing Bridge to Zug Island
oil on linen/panel, 2009, 5" x 5"

"Postcards from Detroit is a diary in small paintings from American artist Stephen Magsig."
I found Stephen's work through a facebook link and have been enjoying. He has set up an ebay auction account for these works, which links directly from his blog site.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

"A Taste of Sugar", An Inaugural Show

Artist Gwendolyn Skaggs has a new space in Brooklyn, NY, "Sugar", which will open this Saturday, September 26, 6-9 pm. Location is 449 Troutman Street.

I'm very excited to see familiar faces in this inaugural show, including former Indianapolis artists David Frye, Steven Stoller, and Jacqueline Skaggs. Oh yeah, I'm in it too!

"Sugar" is an evolution of "Alcove", (formerly at 547 W. 27th St., 6th floor, Chelsea, NY.), which offered an interesting exhibition "challenge" of sort. The gallery was a hallway, with one artist on each side, face to face.

Congratulations to Gwendolyn.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Revised Paintings III

Mount M (before)
10" x 10"

Mount M (revised)

Mount U (before)

Mount U (revised)

Mount M had been overworked, Mount U never really finished. I'll be showing the entire series of 12 paintings next month at 4 Star Gallery in Indianapolis. Opens Oct. 16. These will also be featured in the New American Paintings which hits the stands Sept. 23.

Revised Paintings II

Lair of the Nasty Brown God 2007

Lair of the Nasty Brown God (revised 2009)

I think those floated orbs in the prior version reflected my need to identify these firmly in a certain contemporary camp. It felt very good to remove them, and to let that central shape just go ahead and be pile o' poo-ish.

Reworked Painting from 2007


24" x 48" revised
I recently bragged on facebook about having some good "reworking" sessions. Here is one. I think this one goes into the "Love Hovel" bin now.

Redneck Lighting Studio

I needed to photograph a dark painting. These quickly rigged diffusers did not entirely squelch the glare, but helped some.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Favorite Scheme, Finally Commissioned

I've been wanting to do a similar scheme ever since I ripped this from a Kid's Rooms mag several years ago. Client wants toile scenes from their nursery bedding on the walls.

The bedding is very muted pink and green. The wall painting will be very soft taupe, with pink and green hints.

Coffer Ceiling-dark/light flippage

This gives a more accurate presentation of the coffer ceiling from last post. I'm anxious to see it with the lighting installed. One huge chandelier in center, four cam lights in corners. I do love the flip/flop in value which can happen with metallics.