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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

new photomontages December 2016

A few new photomontages with penciled in details. They are all 11" x 14"
this I titled Incantations and is made up of 11 separate pieces.



This one I Titled  "PSSST.....The Dali Lama wants you to wake up"
made up from 9 separate pieces.


No title but added a quote from Thich Nat Hanh
"Its not impermanence that that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer wanting things to be permanent when they are not"

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New sculpture/assemblage Search for Your Invisible Heart

Unveiling another sculpture of mine this one is 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.  Still not done, I need to paint some text and symbols on the piece as well as work out the center of it.
I've titled it Search For Your Invisible Heart.
I used a variety of different material in this one, layered plexiglass, steel, and found objects to my collages and my photography. A lot of cutting using the dremel and jigsaw. Cutting the plexiglass was pretty easy with the jigsaw once I discovered to secure a sheet of plywood under the plexiglass and a use a blade with a lot of teeth! my last attempt at cutting plexiglass on the table saw resulted in 20 stitches in my forearm when the plexiglass kicked back and gashed me! not good ( that was years ago).
I'm starting to figure out how to secure the different materials together, for instance glass and metal to wood then paper on top of it and clear acetate on top of that and making it look like they belong together.  




     
    I'm starting to figure out how to secure the different materials together, for instance glass and metal to wood then paper on top of it and clear acetate on top of that and making it look like they belong together.    













Monday, November 7, 2016

mixed media photomontage 11/7/2016

    Two new artworks 
This photomontage I titled Negotiating the Afterlife, is 11" x 14" and made up of 20 separate pieces. includes penciled in details on the walls of the corridor and the floor.




This one is a small 4" x 6" mixed media piece, watercolors, collage, pencil. I titled this one A Province Neither Here Nor There.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

09/25/2016 Photomontage

    
These collages are all 10"x14" and hand cut with an xacto blade or small scissors. Images culled from literally 60 magazines and books and more than a few hours spent on each one! I also used pencils ranging from 3H to 6 B for small details  and blending edges.



                                                   Clipped wings of Morpheus




                                                 Under a sheep's skin often hides a wolfish mind

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Collages 9/20/16




These collages are all 10"x14" and hand cut with an xacto blade or small scissors. Images culled from literally 60 magazines and books and more than a few hours spent on each one! I also used pencils ranging from 3H to 6 B for small details  and blending edges.




                                                       On a path to the Underworld                                                                            



                                                                          Wasteland


                                                                         Snake Charmer


                                                                            Graveyard Train



                                                             Beached Vessel to the Afterlife


                                                                     Meditation on Matter

Friday, July 1, 2016

collage july 1 2016



A new collage 8"x11" hand cut and glue stick 17 separate pieces
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream" Edgar Allan Poe




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Handcut collage 2016 june


This hand cut collage is 8" x 11" and uses 11 separate pieces to make up this image 
took me a few days for this one.... searching for the right black and white images that have depth,   images that have contrast ranges from soft to sharp and interesting subject matter. All juxtaposed to create a surreal scene!



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Collage 6/2016


This hand cut collage has 10 separate pieces I've titled it - She Floats Her Secrets Out To Sea
11"x14"




Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fear Dispelling Sculpture and some collage

 I 've been busy working on this sculpture for the past 2 months, this behemoth has bled me and tested my patience and I am still not finished! almost.... Now that i've taken it outdoors hung it up in the light, I see some more work to be done to it.... I want to add two carved trees to the wooden appendages instead of the aluminum cone.....paint something on the metal disk and add some more details to the top of this monster!  
 I estimated the beast to be about 3 feet tall but I measured it this morning with a tape measure and it's actually 4 feet tall and some inches. Lots of nooks and crannies for my paintings, collage and assemblage. This sculpture is about trying to overcome the fears we hold onto in this life, spiritually and physically. I was outside gazing at the full moon one evening and maybe it was the night air, the mood I was in or the fact that ive been on this earth for five decades....  I realized that i'm standing on this planet that's earth, cyclically traveling through space...orbiting the sun... im part of a pattern that's been repeated millions of times and through countless generations  we still are no closer to knowing what happens to us when we die...no scientific proof.. nothing...with almost all the religions of the world we are supposed to have faith... an intangible human emotion to rely on to send us on our way into the supposed existence after this life.  I'm weirded out by it all... its like a episode of the Twilight Zone.. 
I'm going to title it Earthbound Trancendentalist II... part of a series of sculptures related to that theme.

                                                     This is a view of the whole sculpture.
 I painted a lotus flower and an ouroboros, which is a snake eating its tail. Often used in art to symbolize introspection and cyclicality, the eternal. The lotus represents purity and spiritual awakening, a rebirth in Buddhism.  The flower emerges from the muddy waters and blossoms into a beautiful flower. The two drummers on each side of the small skull usher in a connection to the spirit realm.



A detail of the middle section, embossed in the wood are the words OM Mani Padme Om, a Buddhist chant for compassion. The background of the eye and horse is a translucent paper that I layered gold leaf on the surface and on the back of the paper as well as marks with various grades of graphite pencils and colored pencils.  The small glass vials contain old embossed newspaper with words in the center of each circle, of which there are 7, in numerology the 7 symbolizes that nothing is as it seems and reality is often hidden behind illusions. The white horse is a representative of the spirit and also is used symbolically in a few cultures as a symbol of death.



A detail of a small collage incorporating a tintype of a man surrounded by water, water has a long history of symbolism. A tintype is an old process of of photography using a thin piece of tin to support a direct positive for the photographic emulsion.



Here is a crow used as a messenger between the living and the dead, often used in art and literature negatively, too bad, because crows are really smart...they can remember your face, they have a good memory and they are problem solvers.. too bad they get a bad rap.. I like the darker image they have been given by history! The hand I use here because it represents the Abhayamudra, the fear dispelling hand pose of the Buddha used in sculptures and paintings throughout Buddhist art history.




Detail of words and a variety of people representing humanity with our shared challenges of being.




Detail of a painted skull I did with acrylic paint. there is one on each side of this sculpture.. a his and hers!



closeup



Closeup



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close up of a small collage I made incorporated into this sculpture which I have to add some more detail to this area of the sculpture.

Collage
These collages I made while creating the sculpture above, kind of like a sketchbook of ideas on the theme of death and do we have a soul and if we do where does it/we go!
 average sizes are 8x10"



































Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mask 82-84 our post punk band

Our band from 33 years ago! Mask........... complete with spinal tap tendencies!
Link to video I put together with old photos and super 8 movie footage. Fun times 
                                                                               
the video footage is the same for the two........ photos mixed with super 8 movie footage

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Assemblage and some handcrafted collages

These are some larger collages I have been working on lately. I am busy working towards a series I've titled Embers of the Abyss. The focus is on my search for spirituality, I have no agenda, no motive to convince anyone to believe in any type of religion,  its an artistic expression of my meditation on spirituality. The journey, my intention is to cultivate a sense of belonging in this universe that we all inhabit. Find meaning in my coexistence with nature and attempt a glimpse into the mystery of what happens to us when we depart.   









 This as an assemblage I made for my wife Jennifer on Valentines Day.
It's made up from 35 separate pieces and held together with screws, glue and chain. It's 20" tall and 9" wide.








Monday, January 11, 2016

Earthbound Trancendentalist Assemblage

I believe I might be close to finished with this new assemblage that I've been working diligently on for the past two months. It's gargantuan compared to my other assemblages but I felt the need to break the habitual process, and for me at least, the repetitive nature of creating things that are only as big as my work table! This assemblage I tentatively titled Earthbound Transcendentalist and it's 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide and 7 inches wide. It's made up of from 80 separate objects that I've mined from various sources like swap meets and goodwill stores. This assemblage touches on the search for  transcendence beyond our physical reality. I incorporated representations of earthly life and aspects of the spiritual as guideposts towards another reality which that can be attained when one is contemplative and has a longing to find meaning in the suffering of everyday life. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote "We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness"





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