Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ocean Polaroids

"Ocean Polaroids" oil and PVA on paper-mounted panel, 8" x 7" 2011

My moment with Magritte, minus the floating derby hats. I always liked those paintings so much as a kid. Little puzzles and metaphor games. I like the space at work here, how the distance feels vague and believable at the same time. This painting is a surprisingly quick read, which I feel is mostly due to the iconic polaroid bordering. Ceci n'est pas une polaroid. Based off some photos that I took in North Carolina many years ago.


"Noodle" oil on paper-mounted panel, 6.25" x 4" 2011

A study in geometry and pure color. Kind of a quick one liner that surprised me, it happened so fast. It also reminds me of my friend Osamu Kobayashi's work. It's funny that no matter how flat and removed an abstraction can be, it always yields to the power of suggestion (hence the title). In some ways, the simplified form is the most powerful mode of representation. Use what is given and fill in the blanks. Anyway, I'm calling it noodle.

Halley's 1986

"Halley's 1986" oil on paper-mounted panel, 7.5" x 6.75" 2011

Self-portrait as a kiddo; approximately from the year that Halley's comet last passed by. We lived in Alabama then. Black geometry lifted from a commemorative matchbox car (Pontiac Firebird) that also features a smiling, wormy representation of said comet; winding it's way past a slice of yellow moon (see below). Childhood relics and cosmic events.

Hood reads:
Welcome back, Halley's Comet 1985-1986.

Monday, January 17, 2011

T-Shirt Design

Tee shirt design for local band Slant of Light , in collaboration w/ local designer Sara Argue . To be screen-printed by a local printer, whose name unfortunately escapes me at the moment. All Somerville skills on this one. The design was very closely based on the drawing seen below:

"Tree Desk" graphite on paper, 8.5" x 11" 2011