Art Work of the Month April 2014

Draw, Paint, Photograph, Print & Animate.

Through out April of 2014 aside from various projects I have been engaged in experimenting with a new series of screen printed works. The image content itself is not new, it is in fact over 20 years old. The new works have an emphasis on how one single image or idea can continue to be transcended over time and through several new potentialities for execution. What does this suggest about the authenticity of the work? This is my ongoing process.

Test Print Studio Session

 I started by creating the silk screens and printing several of the single outline prints. I printed them on various papers but mostly newsprint and white drawing paper. I find that these thinner papers are great for pasting onto various surfaces. This series has three individual screens. One for the outline of the image, one of the interior of the flesh tones, and one for the hair color. This in and of itself gives me several options to work with. Some of these are also painted by hand by simply filling in the open areas with acrylics. The subtle variations aligned together give just enough contrast to the images when they are composed.

Submerged

 I love making collage based works. The cut-n-paste idea is extremely immediate and can be done almost anywhere. In this case I wanted to wheat paste a few of these images onto wooden panels to make a series. I cut several of the prints out. Soaking the cut out prints helps adhere the wet paper onto the surface easily with out air bubbles. After placing the images into my studio sink for a few minutes, I took awareness to the unconscious arrangement as it lay submerged. I took this photo to archive the moment.

Test Lay Out in the Studio

Cut Out Test Lay Out

 Before I soaked the images I had laid them down onto a painted panel to see how they look arranged in various ways. The idea of clustered repetition worked really well.

Sections 1-3

 I pasted down a series of three and waited for the images to dry. I took this photo shortly after. Each piece is slightly larger than 18×24″ with rounded edges. The panels are actually recycled wooden drawing boards that were donated to me by a fellow artist friend who was cleaning out a studio.

Section 1

Section 3

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 I am happy with the outcome of the three static pieces and then decided to make an edition of some of them. This has led to a larger scale project. I posted the series of three onto my flickr and tumblr blogs and received some great feedback. Although I have painted the images on a large scale in the past, the screen printed images have a quality that I prefer. This is an aesthetic decision. Im excited to work large on this.

Off Set Screen Print 1 of 3 aOff Set Screen Print 1 of 3

I generated two limited editions of this print series. If you are interested, you can purchase them here :: http://www.newyawkteeshirts.com/products/new-limited-edition-portrait-series-1

Placement Options

 I cut one stencil version of the image, organized the negative pieces and snapped this picture. I will test the stencil in the coming weeks, but again, I like the power of the momentary immediacy of digital image-making. The stencil has a different line quality, its flatter and sharper. The painted prints will work as a nice contrast when the various printed and painted images are brought together.

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 GIF animation #1. Surely a static image is not enough at this point. I enjoy animating my work and it has become an ongoing theme in my current style. GIFs allow for me to extend and suggest that the static images have another life, looping infinitely, expressing various ways to see the image both online and projected offline.

Moving

 GIF animation #2 – To my surprise when I posted this piece to my tumblr blog, it received over 3,000 hits in a matter of hours. I was taken back by that. It is another great example of the power of the digital file and how the internet community may share what they receive. This piece is still gaining hits and is being re-blogged as we speak.

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I began to isolate single images and manipulated them digitally. In this image I began taking single photos of a GIF that was projected on a stack of white pedestals. I like the 3D effect and how the flat pixelated image created a new sense of depth.

Moving

Ponders

GIF #3&4. I created another variation of the image by re-drawing it with colored pencils. I filled it in with cheap water color paint and digitized it in pixels to create the GIFs above. I do plan to show the series in public together at some point in the future, or at least a series of works that are similar in the process of transcendence.

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I began to isolate single images and manipulated them digitally. In this image I began taking single photos of a GIF that was projected on a stack of white pedestals. I like the 3D effect and how the flat pixelated image created a new sense of depth.

Moving

Ponders

GIF #3&4. I created another variation of the image by re-drawing it with colored pencils. I filled it in with cheap water color paint and digitized it in pixels to create the GIFs above. I do plan to show the series together at some point in the future, or at least a series of works that are similar in the process of transcendence.

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