Sunday, May 24, 2015

Home From a Party, Thought I'd Blog

Home from a party. I found a memory stick that contained  photos of old work and images of unexecuted ideas in digital form. I have not really looked at most of these in years.  Thought I'd share them with you as I enjoyed them tonight, jumping from image to image, no real narrative or conceptual thread, except they were all concocted by the same person. And of course, Happy Memorial Day, thinking of all that serve and have served out country.

Digital File - 'The Fatigue  of Memory #4'
Digital File - 'The Fatigue or Memory #6'
Digital File - 'We Welcome Our Alien Overlords #2'
Digital File - 'Night Train, March 22, 2013'
Drawing - India Ink on Paper - 'Branches 17'
Digital Photograph - 'Magic Hedge Black and White 6'
Digital Photograph - 'Underpass Near Belmont Avenue, Chicago' 
Drawings - India Ink on Stonehenge Paper - 'Symmetrical Hosta Studies'
Crosshatch Drawing - 2009
Watercolor Drawing - Untitled
Digital File  
Crosshatch Drawing
Drawing - India Ink, Molowtow Acrylic Paint Pen, Arches Watercolor Paper
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Some Old Work That Relates To New Work

I had a request for an old drawing that I knew was stored away safely somewhere. As I was digging through my 'archives', really just cardboard boxes of old drawings, I came across these four vintage drawings that very much related to the drawings I'm currently working on. The materials are different, India ink versus acrylic paint pen, but the geometry is the same. Both series are an exploration of perspective drawing, and a specific type of perspective drawing called isometric projection. Weird alignments occur in this type of drawing, and yet there is a sense of the 3D in them. Below are the four drawing from 2006, a detail from that series, and then a drawing finished this past week.

Michael McGuire - 4 Untitled Drawings - 2006 - India Ink on Bristol Paper - 32 x 40 inches each
3DX#6 - India Ink, Acrylic Paint Pen, Arches Watercolor Paper - 26 x 40 inches

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Thoughts on a June Show at Las Manos

Tradition has it that Michelle and I do a show together every June in Las Manos Gallery. We plan it in conjunction with the neighborhood street fair, Andersonville's Midsommarfest. Over time the show and our work has evolved, but we always get interesting results. I'm feeling the pressure of the impending show now, a framing deadline is looming, but I'm thinking the series I have been working the past couple weeks might work. If I can keep the momentum going on all fronts; managing my work load, enthusiasm for the idea, and a continued evolution of the concept, it could be a strong series of drawings. Here is a peek at two drawings that I finished this week.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Recent Commissions

Burgundy Bundle - Watercolor, Acrylic Paint, Arches Watercolor Paper - 26x40 inches

Atwerp Blue Tower - Watercolor, Acrylic Paint, Arches Watercolor Paper - 26x40 inches

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Drawing

The slightly warmer weather has allowed me to work outside for a few days where I stain Arches watercolor paper in preparation to work over it. Using acrylic paint pens I then make a drawing that is directly derived from my experiences in architectural school. I think of them as abstracted or minimized architectural drawings. This drawing struck a nice balance between chaos and order - the 'building' is a graphic representation of the first thirteen integers cubed.

Untitled (Splatter Tower 2) - India Ink, Acrylic Paint, Arches Watercolor Paper - 26 x 40 inches

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Drawings - Old and New

A few quick photos of drawings, two old, two new, and one a rework of an old idea. Shot on my drawing table as I was organizing this morning. All made on the same Arches watercolor paper size 40 x 26 inches.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chicago Destroys Another Architectural Landmark - And A Neighborhood!

Chicago continues to destroy historic buildings and architectural spaces. A few panoramic photos from outside of Wrigley Field at the corner of Waveland and Kenmore Avenues. Compare the recent photograph below of the ongoing construction to panoramas I made in the early 2000s at the same intersection. The Cub organization is reconfiguring the bleachers and adding an electronic scoreboard. They have destroy any connection to the neighborhood and wiped out what was a clever solution to limited expansion, the rooftop decks.

What used to be a stadium well integrated in to the urban fabric will now be a self contained revenue generator for the Ricketts family. They might as well move it to the suburbs, parking would be simpler. Shame on Chicago, shame on the Cubs.

Waveland and Kenmore Streets - March 25, 2015