Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Art Gallery: 1999

1999 (1999)
Acrylics and correction fluid on paper, approx. 24" x 48"

This was one of my first acrylics paintings that I created in the Spring of 1999. I named the piece after the year, in fact. The canvas actually belonged to an old painting that was in the basement of the student house where I was living, some light drawing of flowers. The canvas wasn't primed, which made for a big mess with the acrylic paints. I'm pretty sure I covered up the basement floor pretty well. Maybe. Ahem.

This was a very large painting and I enjoyed hanging it on the wall. Somebody bought it, but I honestly can't remember the details. Fortunately, I was able to send it to the photographer and save it for posterity.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Art Gallery: Take the Power Back

Take the Power Back (1999)
Acrylics on canvas, 16" x 20"

B-Side (2000)
Mixed media on canvas

Take the Power Back is part of a series of acrylics paintings I created in 1999. I was living in a large house in Dinkytown at the University of Minnesota, one of those student houses where everyone has a room and shares the living room and kitchen. There was a very large basement that was well-lit and well supplied, and worked perfectly for me. I was free to make a very large mess on the concrete floor with my paints and canvas.

I've always enjoyed this piece, it's one of my favorites. There's a lot of action and movement, multiple layers like an endless series of explosions. It was always my conviction that abstract expression should flow and sway. It should never be static, but alive. "Action Painting" should apply to the art and not just the artist who creates it.

The B-Side is one of the earlier ones, most likely created in 2000, but possibly began sometime in 1999 (the red marker text). The whole idea arose from my idea that art could be created that was purely text-based, not unlike newspaper or website layouts. Scott McCould was also a source of inspiration for these ideas.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Art Gallery: Mike Tyson Eats Children

Mike Tyson Eats Children (2000)
Acrylic paints on paper, 20" x 30"

This painting was created with only two colors of paint, mixed with some kitchen floor tile enamel that I found in a basement. That was a nice discovery, and it mixed with the paints very nicely. The extra thickness of acrylics allow for more swirling and mixing around, which was a lot of fun. This was created after I had begun the watercanvas series, so I adopted those techniques to these paints.

The title was another gag, taken from a line Mike Tyson threw out during the promotion of one of his later fights before finally retiring.

Finally, is it just me, or do you see a face in the upper half of this piece? That's probably just my brain making trouble for me, finding patterns in everything just for kicks. But, still. I have too many "haunted" paintings in my collection. Weird.