Friday, September 23, 2011

Big Success!

Here's me on The Exhibitchin' opening night, posing in front of two of my five "Saints Series" shadowboxes.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In The Crosshairs

In The Crosshairs

Today I'm just playing with potential submissions for the Juried Show at the Thames Art Gallery. I've called this one In The Crosshairs.

In the photo, Muffy is hiding in the grass (in the backyard) like a wild animal. A hunter has discovered her and she is in the crosshairs of the rifle. This piece depicts the moment before Muffy comes into focus and gets shot.

Perfection is always on everyone's agenda- in everyone's crosshairs, if you will. If you really focus on the image of a beautiful woman in a magazine, however, you will find that the woman is heavily augmented by make-up, surgery, airbrushing, Photoshopping, etc. You're not really looking at a 'real' person, just an idealized version of a person. Lines are slightly blurred or even erased.

In the Crosshairs is the moment before the truth comes into focus. It is what we want to see. If we focus too intently, then the myth is shattered.

"Wait!"you ask. "What happened to that crazy clay vagina 'death' piece that you were planning to enter for the Juried Show?"

Well, believe it or not, the more I thought about it, the more it didn't interest me. I still stand by the write up that I did on the concept (previous posting), but after a few months of thinking about it, it just didn't think I wanted to make it anymore.

That happens when you're an artist, or at least with me. Sometimes, despite all the planning and gathering, when it comes time to create the piece, I will sit down and say, "Nope. I'm done with this. Don't wanna make it."

So, the vagina is out. In the Crosshairs is in. And I just decided that it's going to be a triptych.

Am I done with Muffy? Is this the piece where I kill her off?

Stay tuned.