Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Wall Mountables Show

The show opening came and went and fun was had by all. Thanks to everyone who came out. My camera is acting a little wonky, but here are a few pictures from the event....

My numbers. I "acquired" these Lucite wonders from a gas station one day when I was vacuuming out the ol' jam jar. Thanks to Gary for teaching me Cockney slang for car. Anyway, I figure they rape me with their gas prices everyday and that a little getback was in order. I like how they turned out and they were received with enthusiasm. It was a pleasure talking to a lot of different people about them.

These are my eggs that were a lot of fun to do. I'll admit that I'll miss them hanging to dry in my studio though. I won't miss walking into them though when it was dark and I forgot they were there. That's what I get for hanging them head high. At any rate, this show has a $100 prize for "best use of space" and I thought my eggs were a shoe-in....

...And this is the guy who runs the joint announcing that I did not win the prize. Instead, they selected an artist who installed a bathroom medicine cabinet with some photos inside. I didn't check them out because I was a little bitter. It shouldn't be a competitive thing and I should be happy for that artist, but I'm a petty person and I wanted the Benjamin, baby.

My wife Chelsea in the foreground and her sister, Erin, behind her. We all had a good time and I was glad that they came. Right after I took this picture, Erin asked me to see how it came out and just as I was turning it around to show her the screen, I dropped the camera. I managed to catch right before it hit the ground but the beer in my hand went everywhere and soaked this one dude and others sadly caught shrapnel as well. I felt like an ass and if that guy is reading this, I apologize. Again.

Erin telling us something outside of the gallery. That's my brother-in-law, Matt, in the foreground. He's got rad Montreal stories to share and good movies on his iPhone.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Getting Bigger...

30" x 40" x 2"
Acrylic/Mixed media on canvas

I scooped this canvas up on the cheap and I'm glad I did: I really like working a little larger than what I'm used to. It allows me to feel a little more free and develop "regions" within the composition. I don't know, it felt cool. I guess I actually a little more pressure at first too though. You can't really tell, but this has so many layers of paint on it as I started over about six times. But, I'm happy with it now and here it is.

Going to do the 1460 Wall Mountables show again this summer at DCAC so I've got to get busy. For those of you not familiar with the show, it's an open show where they grid the walls off at 2' squares and your work has to fit within it. It's really fun, but I'm realizing it's a contradiction to what I wrote above about working larger. Oh well. I've got some sweet gas station numbers (the ones that slide into the marquee to tell you how much gas has gone up) that I'm working with and will exhibit at this show. Don't ask how I acquired them. Photos to follow...