I’m in an upcoming show at Breakneck Gallery this Saturday. It’s a skateboard show, those have been my favorite shows lately. I’ll also have a large number of my Pez boards available. I don’t have an exact number, I’m just bringing up 2-3 boxes of them (so maybe 100+ boards). So if you were interested in seeing them in person, here’s your chance. Plus, if you’ve never been to breakneck gallery, what are you doing? I shot these photos quickly, i apologize for not lighting it better, but i was on a time crunch. I’m trying to knock out 1 more full board for the show, but we’ll see how that goes.
I’m donating this new mixed media piece i just finished to the Berea Arts Fest. It’s framed and matted professionally. The frame is about 17 x 33 inches and the image is about 12 x 29 inches. They’re having a fundraiser called “What’s Cooking”? Garden Party and Food Fest. You can buy tickets to the event at www.bereaartsfest.org. Admission is only $25 and covers drinks, food, and entertainment for 3 hours. There are some raffles, hence this piece. Its going to be a good time and any one can go, so go buy tickets. Raffle tickets are only $1 and there are killer works being donated! There are pictures of some of the art on that link above. The photo i shot is ok. I shot it under the glass of the frame so i could post it online quickly. I could have/should have shot it before i framed it, but i was antsy and wanted to deliver the finished piece. Any way, i should be posting more work soon. I have a skateboard show coming up, pez-a-mania, the 50/50 show, an exhibit at the Morgan Paper Conservatory, and a band poster show. I think that’s it for now, but i have a lot of work to do.
Here are 2 quick shots of my Flamingo paintings for the 3D Breakneck Gallery Show next Saturday the 25th. It’s still really hard to explain in type, but stop out and pick up the chroma-depth 3d glasses that will be on hand, and you’ll see what i mean. The solid primary and secondary colors just float of the canvas and make flat art become three dimensional and interactive to the viewer. This is the first stencil I have cut since my Pez project, and I’ve the got the fever! (but sometimes yard work gets in the way). Stay tuned for the stencil revival (while the weather is toasty). Why Flamingos? It’s not so much about the Flamingo as it is the “Plastic” factor of the lawn ornament. I plan doing many more toys (like Pez), that are very plastic looking. I like the cheap, high gloss, clunky look that toys have.
So I’m not partaking in any summer art festivals this year (i didn’t submit applications in time). Although i might do the Pez-A-Mania event again (but that’s more of an adventure then an art show!). I’ll be creating more work and participating in gallery exhibitions. The next show I’ll be in is the 3D show at Breakneck. This is a fun show. It’s hard to explain, but there will be standard 3D glasses, but the ones that are really cool are the chroma-depth glasses. They separate the color spectrum and your images pull apart and float in the air (when you’re wearing them). It’s really neat!
I also posted about 8 pieces for sale on my online store. I’ll post more soon, just busy doing yard work.
Hello all, so I’m resting up a bit from my 365 Pez project, but i think I’ll start making them again soon. But! not every day. I just got a new batch of boards (yay for summer activities). I picked up a box load of boards and it’s like Christmas over here. I’m also working on some new projects. Some art projects and some home projects. So expect some collage pieces, paintings, and perhaps some mosaics over the summer.
Like all cool CD’s from the 90′s they had a bonus track, right? And now, it’s expected to have a hidden song/bonus track or bonus something on an album. So i started my 365 Pez project in a Leap year/election year, and it’s been bugging me all day whether or not to post another piece. And the answer was YES! So, we have the Royal Battler as the bonus piece. This is my only fantasy piece in the project and was the most fitting of all pieces i’ve worked on to be the bonus piece. This is my follow up for a custom piece for the Battler himself. You can read more about the earlier Battler piece and all of its significance. The first piece was a full board, no breaks or scratches. This piece is mostly the head (the most important part) and very little of the stem. I put him on a grey board with some black lines on it, and it melts right into the image itself. Pez-a-Mania is where i met the Battler, and i hope and plan on going again this year. It’s in Independence, Ohio and it’s a blast. Click on link above for more details. I dig this piece, and i dig the Battler. To see more on the Royal Battler, search his name on Youtube, and have a blast! Thank you again for all of your support.
So… we’re here. 365 pieces of Pez art in a year. I can say I’m very excited, very exhausted, and partially saddened. I’ll comment on all of that in a minute. This is my Riddler Pez Board. I darkened the greens and the purples up and put him on a camouflage board. Which begs the question, what color is camouflage? I really like this piece, it reminds me of a contemporary “Where’s Waldo”. The idea of the glasses and hat, and the camouflage is used to hide people into surroundings shows a pretty good parallel to the Where’s Waldo books. Any way, i dig this piece. Ahhh… now back to the end of a goal. I would strongly suggest to anyone to create a yearly goal like this. It doesn’t have to be everyday, maybe it’s every week or every month, but it has been a real eye opener and fun struggle. I learned many new techniques (some good and some not so good), i had many discussions about my work with artists and non artists, and i created a enough work to have multiple gallery openings and not show the same piece twice. These were all aspects i was hoping to encounter and interact with. I want to say thank you to my friends, family, and strangers who supported this project. I could not have continued my confidence in this adventure with out you all. I have a bunch of ideas for new works (no art a day plans any time soon) and will continue to post them as they’re completed. But my posts may (or may not) slow down for a while. With a little more time to spare (not really) i hope to post many of these works on Etsy and eBay. Stay tuned for their availability and more of my projects coming soon. Thank you, R!ch
This is my follow up to my Polar Bear Pez. I changed up the green on this one a little bit. I used a lighter green pallet (over the darker one from the last bear piece). I also put him on a camouflage board with a Chinese-esk character holographic sticker on it. It goes well with the red on the hat, and i couldn’t think of a more random sticker to add to my random board. I dig this piece, it’s not a top favorite, but I’m happy on the way it came out. And what else can i say? It’s day 364! My goal is only 24hrs away. What do you think the Las Vegas odds are on me to complete this? I have been thinking about not finishing. I know it sounds crazy, but then it would give me a goal/challenge to do it again. Ha ha, then i snapped out it. I guess that’s the weird stuff guys/artists think of. The what if’s (i stop right now… then what?) I can always do it again, that was the other part of my brain saying you’re so close.
Ok, so i have few boards and i’m back to finishing up some follow up pieces. This is my follow up Taz piece. I changed a brown tone, and the gray tone on his teeth. I think this looks great on the gray board. There’s a lantern at the bottom of the piece that may suggest dialog, but i went right for the color harmony. I really like this piece. I used to be a big Taz fan as a kid, then i felt he became cliche (when everyone had a Looney Tunes tattoo), and now i think he rocks this piece. So I’m taking him of the cliche list, ha ha.
Here is the matching 2 Face piece. I did a set a while back, and this set has a few color changes. I felt it necessary to match the boards, and after yesterdays new board score i had a set to use. I could have used 2 different boards, and i thought about it. But I’m glad i went in this direction. I don’t have much content to offer. I do like the white stickers on the board, they seem to play off the white hair and make a nice triangular visual direction to follow. I really like this piece, and i really like the set.