Work for Dark Matter at 1 A.M. Gallery

I am in a group show with some of my favorite Bay Area artists this August,  It is called Dark Matter curator by the awesome Valerie Leavey and it should be quite amazing.  Here are some photos of some pieces I have been building for the show, all found wood hacked and reconstructed to make these cool little box canvases.  So far it is just spray paint on the found debris boxes…

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Qwiki Commission Completed : Final Images

The commission I have been working on is officially finished.  I might paint some on site details coming off of the image on the wall when I install it, but the piece itself is finished.  I am really proud of this piece and am energized to keep the ball rolling right now.  Here it is…

In the Studio.

Detail

“The Tornado Effect” 8’x4′ Mixed Media on Wood Panel. 2011 Commissioned Piece fro Qwiki.com

Work in Progress for Qwiki.

Here are images of the piece I am currently working on for Qwiki.  This piece has been rad to paint.  I am getting my old hand back in regard to abstract painting, textures, and just free, expressive, messy work.  Painting the background really brought me back to moments in the past when I realized why I can’t stay away from this life of making art that I have created or rather been bestowed.  With this piece all of those feelings and memories culminated to the here and now, to the present moment, and I have been in the “zone” the whole time working on it.  To me it really has become the culmination of my different styles of working, finally coming together and breathing as one entity.  Life is awesome when these moments occur.  I have a bit more to go but wanted to share what has transpired thus far with you all now.

Luan panel, 8’x4′, beautiful natural color and grain.

Getting messy.

Get up, sand down, wipe off paint over, squiggly lines, big shapes, catchin tags, get up, sand down, wipe off, paint over…

I love how these abstract creature forms, all lines, all figurative and contour, interact with the textures, colors, and world of the piece as a setting.

New Astroknot comes to life.  Feels like I just created a living being.

Astoknot detail

Low light, Astroknot two comes to life jumping out of the exploding body of the first.

Hours on the ladder.

Coming Along

Studio Shot, lol

Explosions, decay, movement, life, almost there.  This painting has breathed new life into my work. I thank everyone at Qwiki for the opportunity to make this, especially Marc and Doug.  I can’t wait to finish it and install it and get crackin on work for the next Unstoppable Tomorrow series.  I’ll post the final stages of this piece as soon as it is finished in the next couple days.

Going Big in 2011

So a couple months ago a peer, colleague, co worker, and good friend asked me if I would like to create a commissioned painting for his Web Start Up here in Frisco.  I said yes of course.  This is one of my best friends from Pratt and it has been awesome having him out here in SF.  So I got to work.  Funnily enough as I sent progress photos, one day after all had been okayed many times, he rethought the process and requested a different piece due to the female subject matter of the painting.  This is/was fine with me so I have since embarked on the real commission, none the less I get to keep this piece to do what I so desire with.  It was a big jump for me as far as integrating my use of more expressive drawing, painting, and mixed media rendering of the human (female) form and textural settings with my super graphic, black and white amoebic “Astroknot” creations.  I have been sort of nervous and back stepping on this for a while, so I said screw it and went head long into bringing the two together.  The piece I am finishing now which will be in the offices of Qwiki upon its completion is an even further step into this new integration of techniques and disciplines and had I not done the piece shown here, the newest and final commission probably would not be as advanced and beautiful as it is.  Hit me with feedback on this one please.  It is the first in a big new series of work leading into the Dark Matter show in August and beyond.  The piece is so far called “Amidst”, and is 8’x4′ on a wood panel.  It also marks the first large panel I have ever built.

Final Piece. 8’x4′

My friend Byron helped me out with building the 8 foot panel.

 Stage 1

Sketching it out, stage 2

Working Working Stage 3

Design, layout, sketching, stage 4

Heavy Contrast

Silk Screen Stage, Design, redesign, rework

Stage 6, getting back to my drawing roots, getting figurative and messy with graphite and really heavy handed with white paint and chip brushes.

Stage 6 up close detail.

Stage 7, full figure and editing layout with gesso

Stage 8, working, process, rethinking, workin, process, rethinking…

Stage 9, embracing the figure with graphic forms, comic references, and high design motifs.

Holy shit, stage 10 color!!!

Having fun with Stage 11, the ridiculousness of new colors of spray paint and wiping on high chroma.

Stage 12 refinement, texture, and expression.

Stage 13 detail, ghost color in the flesh tones, subtlety amidst stark contrast, soft rendering and textures meet hard lined contrast and design.

Stage 14 editing further, changing forms, bringing it all together.

Almost done, last graphic form layed down on the bottom of the piece to lock in the layout.

Last piece of lettering, final stage, complete.  This piece was a constant challenge and incredibly inspiring to create.  It kicked in a level of momentum I haven’t experienced in a long time.  More to come very soon!  “Amidst” 8’x4′, Mixed Media on Panel, 2011

Incline Gallery : Quality of Line Show : “Today We Rise” Installation Piece

I had agreed to do this show right before Past From the Blast become unnecessarily hectic due to problems with the curator for Queens Nails and the lack of a performance liscense.  Blah Blah Blah, shit happens, Past was amazing regardless.  Suddenly once it had all died down I realized I had to make an installation asap for my friend Jin down at the Incline Gallery for the show entitled “Quality of Line”.  I am actually incredibly satisfied with the results of the installation I made.  I was not able to make the opening due to previous engagements outside of the city, but none the less I was told it went over very well, and upon returning to shoot the piece I was really psyched at the rest of the work there.  Here are some images of installation on the night I finished it and then recently just before I had to deconstruct it.  Looking forward to more with Jin, C3, Wythe and doing something with the folks at Incline again.  I exhibited four paintings that were made for Past From the Blast, but the installation piece is called “Today We Rise”, it is an ode to reconstruction of the spirit and a representation of the ability to take pieces of our histories and create a beautiful angelic form out of the chaos.  Based on the strength of the amount of found object installations I have created, I think its time to look into refuse/scrap art grants and residencies.  Wish me luck.

Paintings get a second home.

This shot is literally from minutes after I put the last screw in the wall on St. Patricks day.

Had to put some Brooklyn up at Incline.  Japanther tag fresh from the Past From the Blast Installation.

Bullet display, homage to the fight.

Bullet detail 2

Finished Construction…now for the revisit and the real deal photo shoot I snapped of it while the show was running…

Walkin up the incline into “Today We Rise”

Walking down the incline into “Today We Rise”

Top Half detail Macro.

detail

frontal detail

I really love this photo, the space, the colors, the contrast of the wood patchwork on the stark white wall.  It was a lot of fun making this piece.

Detail

Detail

Worms eye detail

“Today We Rise”  site specific installation with found objects, 2011

NYC Trip

The trip to New York was mad fun.  The show at Bold Hype was truly amazing and Ken Harman from Spoke Art and Hi-Fructose did a smashing job!  Big Ups!  I didn’t bring my camera to the show unfortunately but Colin Day was there and got some good footage and flicks.  I did however see some great friends, went to some old haunts, and got some candid photos of places and people that mean a lot and I will continue to be in touch with until the world blows up.

Taras Hrabowsky of Taras Hrabowsky fame.

Union Pool Hip Kids

Union Pool with Eric Araujo from Pratt and SFAI studies.

Matt Wood

Jah Jah from Ninjasonik taking a party break before DJing.  We met up at Pianos at random, and wiled out true skool.

Was a good trip, see you next time New York.  I booked a show for March 2012 at Littlefield in Brooklyn, and we are going to rock it.  As of now it is going to

be Unstoppable Tomorrow Vol. 2.

Wondercon

My Apologies for the delay on posts.  So here goes.  April was a rad month after all, finished a lot of work, went to NYC, but first came Wondecon here are some images to recap my first Wondercon experience here in SF.

This guy got my award for best costume of the day!  E Honda.

Met David Mack for the first time, and he had quite a counterpart to duel with.

I saw some awesome Giant Robot Kits, classics…

…and contemporary giant robots.

R2 D2 replaced import tuner cars.

Afro Samurai Jim Kelly was definitely in building.

Even the Suicide Girls are comic and animation nerds.

Tusken Raiders were working the outdoor security.

And Galactus actually isn’t that big in real life.

Downtown was seriously a trip.  I’m dressing up next year.