Friday, September 23, 2011

Step Inside My Mind...

Childhood Floor Plan & Sparrows (in-progress)

4 weeks left of the semester and then I'm America-bound for the summer...I mean winter...I'll just say Christmas break. I sanded and painted the studio walls in preparation for the next crit and the work I'll be showing is done and hung. I then had a full-on OCD session and mega-organized my space. I pulled out the sparrow work from last semester and it was interesting to see it against the latest work. So I thought, hey, let's marry (gross) the two semester's together...sparrows meet floor plan, floor plan meet sparrows. I'd have to say that Childhood Floor Plan & Sparrows is conceptually the epitome of my research. Take that mind art!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spatial Experiments

Landscape Made From Walls

Flat House

Photo House

Pink House

Saturday, September 10, 2011

7th Panel

Maps. Check.

So I've got 6 weeks till I head to the mighty U.S. of A. Ah, the motherland. So I'm in high gear. Map paintings. Done and done. The bottom 3 are taken from satellite aerial views of Beverly (Mesa, AZ), 13th Street (Phx, AZ), and Moxham Ave. (Hataitai, NZ). These most recent abodes have been lived in (and currently living in) during a rough patch of my life. Don't worry, I'm healing and making these has helped.

Next, finish the 7th and final panel to the Home Series (a.k.a. continuous paintings). About half way done with that one. Then...construct a seminar for Theory class explaining my research and practice and finally write a 3000 word research essay. No sweat, right?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Testing, testing, one, two, three...

That's right folks, more testing. This time was in the Engine Room which is a gallery space at school that had a couple of days of availability. Man, there's nothing I like to do more than to load up a cart full of big ass paintings and drag them around campus. So that is what I did. The lighting in the space is beyond stellar as you can see from the photo below.

(This is what the lighting from heaven is like.)

So as in the other test space I arranged and arranged again and came up with this configuration. You could see a painting (front and back) from every angle and the lovely cardboard pieces are place holders for other canvas ideas I had in mind. Above would be the entrance view.

Another angle.

Ya know, after two days of moving these poor paintings around and over and up and down, I came to the conclusion that I'm just sticking to the wall. I think there is def potential but these arrangements were an after thought and if I'm going to show the backs of the canvases then I want them just as proper as I treated the fronts. I like the idea of them resembling a childhood theatre set and may carry on with the idea next year.

The arranging of the paintings was taking precedence over the painting itself and I don't know how I feel about that yet. Whats so wrong with bein' old skool? Conceptual art - you cannot have my soul!

Framed up Childhood Floor Plans came along for the Engine Room party and I'm working on three more for this series. Below is the 7th and final (yeah right) canvas panel to the Home Series. It is made up of 3 panels.