Sunday, July 20, 2014

Doom and Gloom

"Conduit" 7/18/14

There's a lot of chaos and destruction in the world right now. The entire middle east is in turmoil, which may not be new, but it has intensified immensely. Then, a commercial airliner shot down in the Ukraine brought the media to a fever pitch. The scenario wreaks of black ops and shady manipulation of global politics. R.E.M. may have a few more verses to add to their "It's the End of the World" song by the year's end.

Good people of the world: stay strong, treat one and other with love and respect. End the violence and unite.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My first exhibit

Come one, come all to the Barrett Art Gallery at Utica College.  My collage art, along with other fellow local artists are featured in the summer exhibit "Art in Between".

The exhibit runs from June 2 to July 25, Monday - Thursday 12pm-4pm.

I have 5 works on display, come on down to check it out!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring Sprang Sprung

Hello, wary travelers of the internet. This blog has been as barren as the icy tundras of the Allegheny Plateau in the darkest night of January.

It's time to spruce up the place. Let's open the windows and dust the rafters. It smells like a pile of unwashed sweaters on this page, somehow. (Maybe that's just me.)

Here's an new piece I created. It's a two element collage, and thrives in simplicity. Sometimes I'll see two images and I'll instantly know what to do with them. If only that happened more often.

Just remember, a tell tale sign that spring is when the space sparrows begin to make their nests. (Just as giant interstellar jellyfish hovering over the moon are a sure sign of fall.)

"Nesting" 4/24/14

"U Jelly, Earth?" 11/19/2012

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Putin things in perspective

"Invasion" - March 2014

Here's a new black and white piece that I've been working on.  It's slightly politically motivated, but per usual it is entirely open for interpretation.  I fancy creating these science fiction-y landscapes. I was always a fan of the notion of alien life, and I think it seeps through into my work.

I've found that collage is a great medium to express this alien look, because the creatures created are completely random looking. It's safe to say that alien life would possess the same randomness. The splash of dull red on the one arthropod-storm soldier's helmet is just the right amount of color in this piece. It also adds to the ominous look of the figure. I like how the lighting turned out above the Kremlin, which is overshadowed by the landing arthropod mother ship.  It's like Red Dawn II. The invader becomes the invaded.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Seems a little sketchy..

I've borrowed the term "sketch" from Dr. Steven Specht, a fellow collagist whom I look up to.  In this case, it is used in the context of a quick composition, rather than a literal reference.  Here are two pieces that I took no more than 5-10 minutes to compose.  A third one will be left off of this because it was just didn't make the cut. You win some, you lose some, ect.



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In the arms of an angle

Sorry, blagh. I neglect thee. Here's my latest and most favorite composition to fall out of my head yet.

Fallen Angles (1/31/14)

Yes, I'm aware that the title appears to be spelled wrong. It is not.  I'm attempting to be coy and ironic like a hipster in a scarf store. And contrary to popular belief, there are indeed angles in this collage. (ie. the careening dirigibles, the horizon, angel falls) so there. 

Again I select powerful image samples to invoke whatever emotions are attached to each image, composed and transformed together. Although they may not have individual relation in context, the surrealistic landscape which the finished collage presents  is profound.

Pictured in the collage:
Michael the Arcangle
Angle falls, tallest waterfall on planet earth
Imp #1
Imp #2
Crater Lake
Some cellos or some shit

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Kolaj Magazine collaboration

Check out my friend and associate, Steve Specht's artwork featured on Kolaj Magazine's cover as part of a collaboration of seven different artists from around the world.  That's really the essence of collage; combining seemingly unrelated elements into a cohesive composition, making sense out of the senseless.

New Issue: Kolaj #7-Collage & Collaboration

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Here’s a preview of what’s in the issue:

Update: Here is an animation of the collage.