Saturday, May 21, 2011

plugging along....

Some images from the last couple of weeks. 
Finally found a working rhythm the last 3 weeks but still can't seem to finalize anything. I have this very bad habit of working and changing things until the last possible second. My art teacher in high school use to warn me about that, saying that you could work on something forever but you have to learn when to cut yourself off... 
In this case its not really over working things I just keep starting new things. Which is good in one aspect, but in terms of having completed work to take to Boston... I am starting to run out of time. 

I started gathering some notes for my final paper, re-reading the first residency response and one thing stands out that I feel like I was asked to experiment. Experiment mostly with media choices and a little  with source material. I feel like I accomplished a lot in that respect but am anxious because not all of the experiments worked out. A lot of things crashed and burned. 
So, it is really going against my super studious good student nature to have so many things fail. I dont want to hang up a bunch of crap that didn't/ doesn't work just so it looks like I was working all semester... but I still feel all over the place, in terms of ideas for pieces and media. I should (and have been told) to focus but I just have so many ideas and not enough hours in the day. 

So anyway, i know it looks like I took my sculptures and dropped them or something but I made 2 sets of 5 organs (stomach and liver which are most effected by decomposition) and left them outside to "decompose" 
I kept number 1 inside and the other 4 out. I would bring them in when one progressed past the next in terms of breakdown.

 "decomposing stomachs" 1 and 2

Detail of number 2

Decomposing livers 1 and 2

Decomposing liver number 4

These have been drying for a little over a week but i really want to make sure they are dry before i fire them. Then they will be painted/finished with something... I'm toying with the idea of brushing latex on them so they have a fleshy quality to them. 
Tony said something interesting when we were talking that really stuck with me. He said that when things decompose they either dry out or melt. 
Well I really like the idea of something melting... so i made a series of these in wax.
Color gets gradually darker to show progression of disease. After this image was taken I have started to go  back into them to make each one progressively more diseased or decomposed.

 Wax livers ready to be "decomposed"
Close up of the first one. 

The finished version of the diseased lung....

I am still debating if i want to make a torso/bust to attach this to... I think it would be really interesting but I also think it can work well on its own. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

artropolis! art chicago! art!

So Art Chicago was awesome. I have never been around that much contemporary art in my life. I talked to a few artist and gallery representatives. I saw a lot of familiar work. It was really reassuring to see artists making work that was relevant. Typically I will go to gallery nights in Milwaukee and see one or two pieces i like from my favorite Milwaukee artists and my talented friends.... aannnnnnddddd the rest is crap. Sailboats and flowers.... the stuff the north shore ladies buy and put over the couch OR go to art museums and see the crazy intense stuff.

Throughout this semester I have a had a hard time staying motivated and positive. I have to make things my  brain doesn't function without having a project at all times. But I realized something when I read the midterm evaluation. There is a question about if I understand my place in the art world (or something to that effect).  I kinda laugh when I read that because I just never felt like I was of that caliber to ever be in a museum or a real gallery. Well regardless I feel after going to art Chicago that there is a place for me. There are tons of artist represented by tons of galleries in tons of markets.  I have some new goals stirring around in my head.... but it all boils down to making work and trusting my instincts. Too bad I didn't have this epiphany in February.

For Tony:

Rory my Mentors piece!


Ben Sloat's  (a prof at AIB) painting.

An artist I talked to was named Rogelio Manzo. He uses digital transfers on resin panels with oil painting.
I absolutely love his layering techniques and treatment of flesh with the oil paint. Hunting down some resin panels asap! 

 I also attended a talk, (which was the subject of my 4th paper), by the editor of New American Paintings Evan Garza. The topic was Beyond the Stretcher: Breaking Down Spatial Limitations in Contemporary Painting. 
It was really good.  I will post my paper after it is reviewed.

As part of my semester plan I was suggested to find images that represent what kind of mark making and art making I like. I have been saving pictures to my computer but i think that i would like to create a digital album with websites and notes about these artist.... trying to find the best platform to do this. I think i would like it to be web based so that i can access it from everywhere.... i have looked into photobucket, flickr, shutterfly and picasa. I just want to be able to add more information/captions.

 I spent the rest of the weekend working in the studio... I have several ideas but the medium i want to use  or feel would be best to describe the piece doesn't seem to cooperate.... I have about 7 projects that I have been working on for the past month....started and just can't seem to tie them up.... they just aren't clicking together and feel very forced. 

I am hoping may brings better things.... April was really really really rough. Thanks for all the support. It means a lot to know that people are in my corner.  I am using the new month as a chance to clean the slate. 
Good night kids.