Contemptorary Art Show Pics
On Saturday, February 12th, 2011, Corey Helford Gallery hosted the opening reception of my latest solo show, “Contemptorary Art”. Inspired by my love/hate relationship with Contemporary Art, the show featured 16 new paintings, a 1000% sculpture of Possessed, and an “interactive” portion of the show where the audience is invited to manipulate a template of the bear I created for the show.
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Here’s the prototype of my 1000% Possessed. Produced by Munky King and sculpted by Jedidia, the finished 1000% Possessed will be made of Steel Reinforced Fiberglass and limited to 15 pieces.
Here’s the walls Corey Helford set up for the Audience Participation portion of the show, featuring the “Bear Template” I created.
Seperated into 4 different series of paintings, this first series is the Label Series. The Label series is a series inspired by the typographic stylings of Barbara Kruger. There are three paintings in the series: “Lowbrow”, “Pop Surreal”, and “Contemptorary”.
The complete name of each of these paintings is:
Label Series : Contemptorary (and Still the Loser)
Label Series : Lowbrow (and Still the Loser)
Label Series : Pop Surreal (and Still the Loser)
The reason why the paintings say “(and Still the Loser)” is because the way most people see it, it doesn’t matter what you call the work in this genre, the Contemporary Art world will never take it seriously.
The Colorfield series is inspired by the Color Theory exemplified by the works of Mark Rothko and other Colorfield artists. There are two paintings in this series. Those paintings are “Colorfield Series
: Red” and “Colorfield Series : Blue”
The idea behind these paintings is the exploration and study of color on the human psyche. The Colorfield series features a small bear sitting in a field of color and textures. The “Red” version obviously being a field of red, and the “Blue” painting, a field of blue.
What I hope to extract from these paintings is two totally differ interpretations of what the audience interprets from the colors, though the images are essentially identical. From the blue, feelings of depression of forlorn. And from the red, the sensation of brooding, or quite anger.
I guess the best idioms I could think of that exemplify what I’m trying to do are “Seeing Red” and “Feeling Blue”.
The Communication series features five paints. Based around the image of my bears head, it is as though I’ve run the bear head through a series of image filters, exploring the history of visual communication through my familiar character. The five genres of which I’ve explored are:
Halftone: With the development of mass communication, the halftone screen became an essential development in print communication. Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is famous for employing such a filter in his work.
Pixel: With the advent of computer technology, Photoshop etc. The pixel is the latest incarnation in communication technology. Contemporary artist Chuck Close is one of the more famous artist who’ve employed the pixel into his very portraits.
The idea behind the Template series is basically explores the idea of “it’s not the glass that tells the story, but rather what’s in the glass itself”. I’m creating 6 paintings based on a template image of the shape of my bear
character. Each painting, despite being confined to the shape of my bear will explore widely different styles and emotions.
Guests were invited to customize the bear template on tables in the back of the gallery:
The cherry on top of was the appearance of this lovely yet mysterious tambourine wielding luchadoress. I have no idea who she is, but when you come to my show rocking a luchador mask and a tambourine… ’nuff said.
I would like to thank all my friends, family, and colleagues who showed up. Your support is truly appreciated. Thanks for making this a great night for me.
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Contemptorary Art Show Pics