I drew this awhile ago for my friend Solomon's (who is also offering up some great commissions at AMAZING prices right now) anthology, Every/body. I did some colors too for a small, limited Kickstarter incentive print. Played around with it again a week or two back and decided to post it.
Classes officially started this week at MCAD! I’m looking forward to all of my classes and excited about the work I’m going to be doing. Hopefully a lot more in the multimedia and video area.
Part of the Summer Doldrums show (hanging in Eau Claire, WI at the Local Store July/August 2013), these plant studies hang in between some nostalgia drawings to serve as intermissions between busier and more mysterious images.
Back in the 80s when movies still had intermissions, moviegoers would file into the lobby in anticipation of the second installment of the film. A decorative trend in movie theaters was to paper the walls with gigantic painted leaves and botanical designs. As a shout-out to this era, as well as to space the work farther apart on the wall, these retro-inspired drawings serve as blank placeholders meant to keep your attention, but not overcome the main series.
I have had an interest in recreating snapshots from family albums previously, and this new short series is no exception. These are selections from a small bunch of drawings based on old and new family photos. Each of these from a different decade (from L to R, the 90s, 00s, and 80s), this series is about my generation’s interest in and fascination with culture of the past (hair, clothes, pop culture) and childhood nostalgia.
I’ve been working up some copper plates the last few weeks; here is one of my studies of a plant in MCAD’s print shop (the place where I, like the plant, have been living this weekend). I’m going to start experimenting with color prints of this plate and possibly be making some posters… should be an interesting exercise. My next few plates will be a series of figurative work, so stick around!
A few nights ago I had an awesome art jam at Racy D’lene’s with my best pal Dieter (who I collaborated with on Portmanteau, our Riso zine). We ended up sitting there for around four hours, sorting through bone fragments we found while antiquing, drawing from the coffee shop’s superb selection of house plants, and sending frustrated glances to the annoying couple that just refused to talk at a reasonable volume. All in all, it was a great night, and with free hot water to keep my one cup of tea going - a nice, easy time.
Earlier today I did this quick study of a plant in my parents’ kitchen / dining area. Lately I’ve had this fascination with house plants, notably how they grow, and how they are constrained. This set up was perfect, as the plant was an odd size, growing at an odd angle, and the two main stalks were held together by a piece of black yarn.
As the new year sweeps in yet again I am overtaken with optimism. 2012 was a great year for me, and 2013 looks to be ripe with opportunity. As cheesy as it is, I drew this pinecone as a symbol of rebirth for one of my dearest / closest friends and also for myself, it seems perfectly fitting to be one of my last drawings from 2012.