Thursday, August 29, 2013

Work in progress from The Return/ ... /Enter Series: Cut and Restore Rope - Enter

Below is a work in progress, Cut and Restore Rope - Enter, from the series of work, The Return/Pledge/Turn/Prestige/Enter, or for short "The Return/ ... /Enter" which was begun in 2009. Like I said many times before it stemmed out of the Parallel Panels body of work. For each of the 5 installations in the series, the requirements are: that all are squares (4 sides equal), there are 4 panels in each installation, there are 4 repeated elements inside each panel, all create a system which shifts, morphs, all are painted with oil paints or have them incorporated in some way, are on on different base medium (canvas, wood, linen, etc...), all transform in various ways in order to correspond to a panel or panels within each in the group, as well as other requirements. Each installation corresponds to each of the other installations and changes graphically and texturally, thus painterly throughout the entire series.

The title of the series is an analogy to the basic elements of all fine art experiences and it is an extension of the 3 basic segments of all magic performances: Pledge, Turn, and Prestige.

I created 2 of the installations in 2009, Substitution Trunk - ReturnLinking Rings - Pledge; I created Cups and Balls - Turn, this year, 2011; and I should complete the series this year, 2013, with the final 2 installations: Chen Lee Water Suspension - Prestige and Cut and Restore Rope - Enter.

See earlier posts on the series for more information and documentation.








Friday, August 23, 2013

Robert J. DuBois RIP










Not really a posting this week in remembrance of my grandfather. He died yesterday. He was 93 and had been in an assisted living facility for some time. I often think how lucky I was to have known him for so long.

He lived in Pennsylvania. He studied and worked as a chemical engineer. He had a passion for collecting stamps (particularly Cinderella stamps); 33, 45 and 78 rpm vinyl records and loved random bits of world trivia. He was a fantastic harmonica player and played for my son, a few months ago. He also made an extensive catalog of Olympic Label stamps.

During his retirement years he volunteered at a local food pantry, Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army.

I will always remember a special trip I had with him alone: he took me to a stamp show at Madison Square Garden. I was pretty young, and wasn't particularly into stamps. It was so much fun spending the day with him: taking the Long Island Rail Road train and spending the day in New York City. He even bought me a gift in Penn Station on the way home.

He is survived by his wife, 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Update: This post is counting as my Fine Artist of the Month month post even though it doesn't fit the usually subject matter or criteria.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Work in progress from The Return/ ... /Enter Series: Chen Lee Water Suspension - Prestige

Below is a work in progress, Chen Lee Water Suspension - Prestige, from the series of work, The Return/Pledge/Turn/Prestige/Enter, or for short "The Return/ ... /Enter" which was begun in 2009. Like I said before it stemmed out of the Parallel Panels body of work. For each of the 5 installations in the series, the requirements are: that all are squares (4 sides equal), there are 4 panels in each installation, there are 4 repeated elements inside each panel, all create a system which shifts, morphs, all are painted with oil paints or have them incorporated in some way, are on on different base medium (canvas, wood, linen, etc...), all transform in various ways in order to correspond to a panel or panels within each in the group, as well as other requirements. Each installation corresponds to each of the other installations and changes graphically and texturally, thus painterly throughout the entire series.

The title of the series is an analogy to the basic elements of all fine art experiences and it is an extension of the 3 basic segments of all magic performances: Pledge, Turn, and Prestige.

I created 2 of the installations in 2009, Substitution Trunk - ReturnLinking Rings - Pledge; I created Cups and Balls - Turn, this year, 2011; and I should complete the series this year (2013) with the final 2 installations.

See earlier posts on the series for more information and documentation.























Thursday, August 8, 2013

#IceClimber for Greenpeace















Though this is not exactly related to my Fine Art production or studio practices, I felt the need to discuss it here. It does relate to older work that I did some time ago (especially S.O.A. 1, 2, 3, 4) in terms of alchemy, transformations, and transposition.

On Sunday August 11 from 6 am - 6 pm EST I will be doing a charity marathon to raise money for Greenpeace. I will be playing the vintage Nintendo Entertainment System Game, Ice Climber for 12 hours straight.

I chose this game to piggyback on the recent "Ice Climb" in London that was staged by Greenpeace to build awareness about the melting ice caps and raise funds for direct action to stop climate change.

Donation page:

Live video stream:
www.youtube.com/SustainableGamers/

You can help mold the way I play as well, etc... by going here to the donation menu:
docs.google.com/document/d/1wOMgQmApT8kdWXmd72oNKkiBLG80oYi2cmfCIP3XkTU/edit?usp=sharing

FAQ about the charity marathon:
docs.google.com/document/d/1aWXJX8pXyGrOnZRICD1C6THvH3Ipok38t_ZpPoYDy9g/edit?usp=sharing

This cause is of great personal importance to me since I grew up very close to a superfund site as a child. It caused many respiratory problems for me, I still suffer from these ailments to this day. To make a less toxic and more sustainable world is important for all of us.

I would be so grateful if you could help me with this endeavor, in whatever capacity you can. Tell some one about it, if you can't give.