I've been trying to get the frames and backgrounds of a number of pieces started lately. It is nice to have a variety of tasks to accomplish so that I can fit them in as time allows. This is an altarpiece that will look like distressed wood. It has some pretty nice raised panel doors.
Still photographing work from storage. This is Urban Altarpiece: Icon for Mr. Ray from 1987-88. I did around 5 or 6 pieces in this series and this is the only I still have. It was included at a show at The Pennsylvania State University art gallery, in a show titled, "No Neo". The catalogue used its image as the center spread.
I have a few new pieces in progress. Here is Rank and File from the And/Or series. Most of it is built and it is in the preliminary stages of painting. The background has been primed and flat sanded, and awaits glazing. The body is completely built and textured and will be weathered/distressed. The medalions that are a pinkish color need to be finished and weathered. I think that I will attempt to make them look like ceramic tiles. The feture for the cen...
In the spring and early summer of 1988 I followed my college track coach, Pat Mulcahy, around Southern California as he coached Marcus Gordien in the discus. Marcus had been 5th place in the 1984 US Olympic Track and Field trials and was training to qualify for the 1988 trials. Marcus is from a track and field family in which his father, Fortune Gordien had won both Olympic silver and bronze medals. This piece explored the dynamics of that time period,...
I continue to open up crates in storage and recover works to photograph and document. This is Blue Ford, Drum Sticks, and Rod Serling from 1988. It is acrylic on wood, with the portrait of Rod Serling screen printed. The screen printed portion then was airbrushed for shadows.
This is a technique I learned while painting graphics on guitars for Charvel/Jackson from 1987-88. The below image is of Phil Collen of Def Leopard with his glow-in-the-dark B...
This is Misery Point Altarpiece from 1987. It is acrylic on wood. I have a special spot in my heart for this piece since it has been shown more than any other of my artworks. It has been in I believe 15 exhibitions in 6 states (Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Arizona and Illinois)
As I continue to document work from the past that has been in storage, it is not hard to reflect back on the process of creating a specific work. This one was meant to look like concrete that had been sitting in the Puget Sound for a while - half in and half out. There is a little scum where the whitish line is and some gunky looking seaweed texture at the bottom.
Made it down to the Seattle Art Museum to take my family to the Pop Departures exhibit. It was great to see some of the "classics", especially a few from Ruscha. However, I did think that some of the contemporary work added did not hold up well.
The scooter sculpture is from the City Dwellers - Art from India exhibit.
As I work my way through my inventory of existing works it is fun to discover a work that I may have forgotten about. Dabob 2 is one of these. As I continue to catalogue my works, it seems to me it will be nice to have these images at my finger tips.
As I go through my storage to find artworks to document for this site it is nice to rediscover some work from the past. This is Hood Canal Altarpiece from around 1985-1986 and I created it for my MFA exhibition at the Claremont Graduate University. This is just the second of this format that I created. It is the largest at 36" x 48" when open.