I have been working on developing new processes for my work. The next few weeks I want to share that process. The past two years, I have been working diligently developing my own voice and ‘my own’ style. The next few weeks I want to push that process even further.
Some of the artists I have been looking at the past few weeks rather closely are.
George Perez, amazing Comic artist. amazing work, can be seen in comics and here http://www.george-perez.com/
David Wojnarowicz , amazing scope of work, here is a link to a film he made http://youtu.be/0fC3sUDtR7U
Vanessa Lamounier de Assis, I have been following her work consistently for the past year or so, her work has had a huge influence on some of my choices in my own work. you can see her work here http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/113011-vanessa-lamounier-de-assis
Zach Searcy, I started following his work sometime ago, I really like how his collage is continually changing and he is not afraid to take risks.
I have also been looking at a huge amount of Star Trek, Star Wars, reading lots of sci-fi and reading lots of books on meditation and science. Just filling my mind with as many of the wonderful things that exist on this planet.
Here is a collage I made yesterday
This summer has been one of the hottest summers on record here in the US, and here in Colorado we have had drought and worse yet wild fires to contend with. To make matters far, far worse…
Today ,I woke up to hear the news of the Batman Massacre here in Colorado. The shooting on record as being one of the worst shooting in US history, 12 dead at the time of this writing and over 50 injured many critically. What has happened is one of the most horrible crimes imagined here in Colorado since the Columbine Shootings. A 3 month old baby was shot during the rampage. I am not going to use this posting to write about my political feelings about gun control etc, but rather I just want to in some way voice my extreme sadness and sorrow for all of the lives lost and those that were injured.
Please do not allow events like this to detour you from your goals of being the amazing human beings you truly are. The fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, preachers, fireman, artists, scientists, teachers, musicians, keep working to make the world just a little bit better day by day, with all your love and grace and spirit we can shape our world into an even more beautiful and amazing place.
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.
“I read somewhere that Ruebens said that students should not draw from life, but dram from all the classic casts. Then you really get the measure of them, you really know what to do. And then, put in your own dimples. Isn’t that marvelous ? “
The past 3 years I have been busying myself drawing inspiration from master works, Polke, Baldessari, De Kooning, and Caravaggio just to name a few. Working in collage, I decided to focus my energy on the work of the greats, it was humbling. I am still at the point where I know that I am just learning, I am just beginning, I hope I can maintain this enthusiasm for learning about collage and art in general for the rest of my life. All too often as we become “experts” in our field our arrogance grows and we begin to feel as if we have a firm grasp on what we are doing, it’s unfortunate that as humans we have this in our nature.
Years ago, I read a book called Zen Beginners Mind, I was 19 years old when I read this book, lived in Las Vegas, and like countless other young men I was on a quest for spiritual awakening, being self centered and selfish as most people are, and even more so most immature people, I mistakenly read the book and completely misinterpreted it to suit my own selfish thinking. It wasn’t until much later, almost 20 years later that I have begun to have even a semblance of what that Suzuki was saying. He begins with:
“ In the beginners mind there are many possibilities, in the experts there are few”
It sums it up for me, it sums up the De Kooning quote, De Kooning quoting Rubens, be humble, look for possibilities, ask questions, learn from others, learn from yourself, shut up, put your head down and work and stop thinking your original. Learn. Learn. Learn.
I teacher of mine at Mass Art, read from this book, she replaced the word ZEN with the word ART, if you have the time to do so, maybe you can take the time to do it. It changed my entire approach.
Today I have been meditating on John Cage writings. This morning I read a bit of Silence before heading out the door.
here are some of his writings that have resonated with me today.
I believe that the use of noise
Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating. The sound of a truck at fifty miles per hour. Static between the stations. Rain. We want to capture and control these sounds, to use them not as sound effects but as musical instruments.
“Does one have something and then proceed to add another thing or does one have something; move into it; occupy it; divide it; make the best one can of it?”
“I have nothing to say / and I am saying it / and that is poetry / as I needed it” –John Cage