Thursday, July 3, 2014

Grad Show! June 2014

THE MASTER RETURNS! 
In the words of my classmate Nathaniel Meyer, bring on the RICHES AND GLORY!
(and well-needed sleep)... After submitting my thesis this May, I made this giant (disassemble-able) brown bag and paper mache frame. What followed was a bananabread month of all-out artmaking. Here are two pieces that I was considering for the show:
one option: still unfinished
Sleeping Kritty! I like it, but too 'sweet'.
Eventually chose this one:

It evolved constantly-- the figure disappeared and multiplied:
Early Installation
Later Installation (with performance) 
Other residency highlights:

Work by my talented classmates at the
Vandernoot Gallery in Cambridge, MA 
An intervention into Brian Randall's
chalk-line installation

Photorealist painter-- and formidable thinker-
Peter Rostofsky critiques my 'Bad Art' submission.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Octopus Swims in All Directions at Once

Couch Update: 12/14/2013
Original post: 
Plugging forward with all my projects. Drawing from life, building from trash, and composing from my head. Is it silly to hope that all these projects will magically converge and present me with a glittering, glorious thesis topic sometime in the next few weeks?

Anyway. UPDATES:
1. COUCH: Here is my cat having some real-life interaction with the couch drawing.

2. BABY COUCH: Annoyed at how fussy the big couch drawing is getting, I painted this, in a few hours, in my studio. I like the feeling of it, even though it's not from a photo.

3. RECYCLING: from the art room
items from the floor at the end of the day
Elementary school + November = Hand Turkey Overload
4. More recycling: Art studio
Little dudes sitting on mountains of debris
Self evident, I think.

Bosch-Style Monster Mash

Update: 12/10/2013 (kitty is not impressed)
Original Post:
I am constantly overwhelmed. Sometimes the multitudes of thoughts and responsibilities swirling around in my head are manageable, but often they come close to reducing me to a quivering ball of goo. Rather than staying in goo-form, I want to express these feelings with my work. So--

I chose Heironymous Bosch's triptych "The Temptation of St Anthony" as compositional inspiration for this new painting. Like Bosch's picture, it will be a triptych, with doors that open to reveal a chaotic and fantastical scene. I made it out of a large piece of chipboard, scored with a knife to fold in the right places. Saint Anthony is shown three times (an example of continuous narrative), tortured by a crowd of monstrous beasts. I am drawing my own fears (and first-world worries such as Pinterest feed updates and Brunch With Friends) in monster form. I'm no saint for sure, but I'm the only protagonist I've got, so I will be shown three places in his stead, surrounded by Creatures Moste Foul:
the inspiration: Bosch's wildly imaginative, hellish landscape 
Part of my interpretation so far. 
close-up of one of the panels
the "doors" of the triptych

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Monkeycat weekend

Taking a break from Highbrowishness, I did some old-fashioned Art-For-Enjoyment, inspired by the realization that:
THIS MONKEY LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE MY CAT.
It's called a Diana Monkey. 

Therefore:

Content Crisis

I'm all over the place. That's hardly something new, but halfway into what's supposed to be our last big artmakin' semester before writing a graduate thesis, I wish things felt like they were coming together. I've got autobiographical paintings, monsters, elementary school stuff, recycled experiments... and none of it's working yet. I need to decide what I want to say, what I want to make art about... and in the absence of any certainty there, I ought at least to STICK TO A PLAN!


Artroom culture



kid leftovers
instagrammed!