Sunday, February 24, 2013
What's on my wall? A new cardboard piece, this one held together with staples. The resultant surface is not rigid and the collage has some movement to it. Also, on the table, an old watercolor from the summer of 2011 when I was making constellation pieces. It is a study of the effects of rubbing alcohol applied over the wet watercolor pigment. A few years removed and it looks great. At the time I was frustrated at my lack of control and the overall messiness of the watercolor. Put a piece in a box, remove your ego from it for a year or two, and you might be surprised. I'm planning on exploring the idea again and you can see my recently purchased watercolor block on the lower right hand corner, thank you Blick Art Supply 40% off coupon. And that creepy image on the television came from a preview of tonights Oscar Ceremony.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
My conception of these flag pieces evolves through the course of the series. As I stated in an earlier post, the 'flag' iconography is a template on which to work out ideas around perception, materials, process... Any implied meaning that might come with such a loaded symbol is a bonus.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
It has been cold, snowy and generally wintery here in Chicago this last week. This time of year has always been a good time for me to work diligently and plow through a large project, and I was moderately hard working this week. I finished three American Flag constructions in the last six days. I can finish one in a full day of work if all the cardboard pieces are precut and dyed. I often run out of energy come the star field portion of the flag. But on the other hand, cutting out fifty cardboard five pointed stars is made less dull while watching (mostly listening to) nighttime TV. I finally collected enough red, white and blue pieces to assemble a collage in the traditional American Flag colors. I ended up relying on graham crackers and Corn Flakes disproportionately to finish the thing, and thank you to all who are still collection cereal boxes for me.