October 25, 2010

Variations On Normal

My friend Jason showed me this.  Had to post it.  Especially a fan of the Chair Swing and Balloon Lights.  Kevin- check out workercise.

 Check out all 30 here.

via J-Man  

October 24, 2010

New Painting

I started this painting of my friend Jaime a couple weeks ago.  It will be another life-size "window" of what I'm seeing in the space.

October 14, 2010

Peter Doig

Came across this artist again in Painting Today, after seeing some of his work here and there and hearing his name passed around.  He's a very successful contemporary painter who paints dreamlike images in a way that's hard to define.  His variation in handling paint while still unifying his work through theme or mood is fascinating to me.

October 8, 2010

Silhouette on the Shade

Looking at a friend's blog post (http://jmharper.blogspot.com/) and his post on Melinda Gibson, I was reminded of this book I made my first year of grad school.  Somewhat elementary as illustrations, but possible painting ideas?


October 7, 2010

Factory Girl

Recently I saw this work up at a local coffee shop.  I'm not trying to slander a particular artist, but more so use this as a launch pad for a larger discussion.  The type of art on display here, and seen often in S.C., sells well.  In other states they may be different icons, but the artists who make these pieces do so with a sort of production mode in mind.  Make the same painting 12 times but change the color, so it matches someone's living room.  I often ponder about making work like this myself.  Not specifically roosters and palmetto trees, but pieces that are decorative and sell well.  These paintings become more about production and selling than about the work itself.  Still, in a way they are self-sustaining.

I had a critique with a visiting artist this morning and mentioned the problems with creating a "project" for myself, explaining that often I design the project and then make 4 or 5 variations on a painting, instead of 5 powerful individual pieces.  He responded saying, "certainly no one wants to think of him or herself as a 'factory.'"  Exactly! I thought.  I don't want to be a factory.  I was immediately reminded of Warhol and his views on art as production.  I've always found it disturbing and insincere, yet there's something interesting about it too.

Where is the line between making art and mass-producing a product?  Is it okay to sometimes do both?  I am unsure whether it is because of lack of time, disinterest, or simply fear of damaging my name that I have neglected to make any "crafty" art.  I always ponder over ideas of collage, cards, or other "projects," outside of my artistic practice.

Will we ever as a society move beyond the palmetto tree?  Does it matter?