Saturday, August 27, 2011

Detoxifying the studio

With my interest in all things sustainable (and how all things can be sustainable), I often have the discussion with others about keeping my studio toxin-free, or keeping it as low-toxic as possible. I grew up around the block from a Superfund site, which I believe is why I had intense respiratory problems as a child-young adult (including long term hospitalization). Therefore it is really necessary whenever I work with Oils, Acrylics, or household paint in my studio, that I have my small Austin Air-purifier always turned on. I usually use a large Austin Air-purifier for new materials (plastics, etc...) which are offgassing.

I often wonder if Fine Artists like Eva Hesse had this or had taken more precautions, would she still still be creating work today? To be sure Van Gogh died from toxic poisoning from paint.

I often tell Fine Artists that it isn't worth dying to make your work. Especially when you can use materials that are non-toxic, or where you can keep the toxicity to minimum contact.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Artist of the Month: A pixel and welcoming for Javier Knight

Last month my son, Javier Berezin Knight entered this world. I hope he will become an Artist (the humanistic, John Miller meaning of the term, Artist). This month, Javier is Artist of the month (Please note, I did not say Fine Artist, I am making an exception [a possible contradiction] this month). He has already taught me so much about this world, and has thoroughly changed my perspective on many things, including my own Fine Art production and process. Thank you very much to all of those who have already sent their very kind words, blessings, etc... to myself,  my wife, and to Javier.

Above the first paragraph is a tiny, singular pixel, graphic image (.gif). The pixel is an essential basic building block of all things on a screen, such as the one you are viewing this post/entry on. The pixel when in abundance with other pixels, can expand infinitely. Here this pixel represents the beautiful potential and infinite possibilities I wish for Javier's life. It is also just a pixel. If you would like a .pdf version of this singular pixel, please email me here.

Please note: I consider this my Graphic Design work, not Fine Art; hence the color.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Where does your Fine Art begin...

Where does your Fine Art begin, and where does your brand/propaganda/style end? Where does your brand/propaganda/style begin, and where does your Fine Art end?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Free digital drawing to the first 5 people who contact me.

You may have noticed something different in the numbers here, keep watching.
That's right, I am giving away another batch of small, unique, digital drawings.

Do you have questions about the drawings? Why would I give away a work of Fine Art that I truly believe in? Read here.

For those who already have a small drawing, you are entitled to upgrade your participation in the project: Now you will receive a large digital drawing.

Here is a recent quote about the drawing series:
"I am so excited by this... In large part because it has made me rethink the inherent nature of digital art." -Christopher X J. Jensen

So how do you get in on all this action? Just email me here, and please include your name and postal address. As stated in an earlier post: I will NEVER sell, lend, trade, give out any information sent to me.