Thursday, January 26, 2012

Possibly the Most Exciting Thrift Store Find Possible Ever

This is a Tauntaun. And it's a sleeping bag. You can sleep in there. Note the furry exterior, the life-like apparatus of its soft pillow-head. Look upon the light-saber zipper. Just allow those words to marinate for a bit. Light. Saber. Zipper.... Now for my favorite part. Look inside that flappy part, the one where the thing opens up and you crawl inside and let it envelope you in nerdy bliss. Those are guts. Just like in the movie! Oh, Tauntaun Sleeping Bag, is there no end to your fantastical wonderment? How did you only cost us $6.49? Who could have left you to suffer so tragically in a Memphis thrift store? Someone far less of a dork than I? A small child with bed-wetting problems? I don't really want to know. That's why they invented washing machines; so that we can wash our Tauntaun sleeping bags no matter where they've been. So am I a little wary of using this thing based on its enigmatic origins? Hell no. Tauntaun Sleeping Bag is a good thing and good things just should not be questioned. 

                                                Here's some more Tauntaun-related humor:

Look what just came in the mail!

Eric (my intended; the lovely sculptor and generally wonderful man of my dreams) and I just purchased this beauty, a botanical silkscreen print by Carson Ellis. We both love her work and could not believe just how within our budget it was. They're currently selling on her website for just 20 bucks. Can't beat that.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Paper Birds

I'm getting married in July, so my fiance and I decided to make these cute birds to decorate the reception area. They'll eventually become gifts to the members of the wedding party, though they're so cute, I may have to keep most of them for myself :)

Decorator Crab Portrait

This is one of my pieces that I feel particularly strong about. Anybody who knows my work understands that figural rendering is not one of my strong suits. This was my solution to a portrait abstraction assignment I was given last semester. At the time, I was thinking a lot about my struggles with self-confidence, particularly with concern for my appearance and wanted to tackle the issue by comparing the process of beautfying myself with make up, clothing, and hair products to the practice of decorator crabs covering their bodies with pieces of their surroundings as a form of camouflage. As I illustrated in the post regarding the direction I see my work heading in, I want to expand on this comparison and spend more time on really detailing these pieces. I've found that my paintings are rather simple, like there isn't much going on in them to engage the viewer for longer than a few seconds and that's something I feel I need to address. This semester, I basically want to live in my studio and spend a lot more time on my paintings and make better color choices.

Decorator Crabs

My Proposal for a New Body of Work. Comments Welcome.

        I have always operated under the assumption that in order for a painting to be successful, it must draw the viewer in and look pretty or pleasing to the eye. To me, that idea is sort of a hindrance because it means either concept wins out and the piece doesn’t look as refined as it should or else I focus all my attention on making the piece look good and lose sight of what the piece means or what the viewer will get from it besides, “well it looks pretty.” I am currently searching for that balance between a painting that looks good and a painting that speaks in some measure to the viewer.
      My inspirations come from patterns, meditation through repetition, natural defense, beautification as a form of camouflage, cellular forms, ocean life, botany, and organic vs. geometric shapes. I ended my last semester focusing on creating painting surfaces that played with color oppositions in order to make the paintings vibrate or cause the viewer some degree of discomfort or dizziness, which I feel ties in with my thoughts on decorative paintings and avoiding making pieces that are only about aesthetic or painting for painting’s sake. These paintings also became a form of defense by keeping the viewer away. My series will deal with similar ideas of defense and combine the opposite color palettes with imagery of human figures covering their bodies with coral and oceanic botanicals, relating back to imagery of decorator crabs, which cover themselves as a form of camouflage and defense. These paintings will vary in size and dimension, but will all have similar imagery and varying forms of vibrancy, pattern work, and gesture. I hope to complete between ten to fifteen works involving a figure and ten more of various studies in shape, color, and pattern that can stand alone as pieces themselves.

Interesting feature in Juxtapoz

Read it here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Anyone know if this book is any good?

Because that is one awesome name for a character ;)

Saddo (Raul Oprea) and Aitch Collaboration

I found this on one of my trusty BOOOOOOM searches. I really like the combination of painting and sculpture and found this to be a great example. I want to collab with someone real bad!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Upcoming Show

Some of you guys might remember my first solo show at this great little Memphis coffeehouse, Java Cabana last year. 

I did some paintings, monsters were involved, the tiny critters on strings all sold out the first night, and good times were had by all. 

If none of this rings a bell, don't you worry because there is another one coming your way! Same venue, newer work. I would like to incorporate my good ol' friendly monster imagery with some of the ideas I'm working with now like self image and camouflage. The show will be up all through March at Java Cabana on Young Avenue which incidentally serves fantastic coffee drinks and paninis! More details are coming, so stay tuned.