Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I've been playing with acrylic gouache and unusual surfaces lately. It started with this old wooden cutting board I found. Then I did this quick study on the spine of an old book from a resale shop. After all of the digital stuff I've been doing it's scary and fun to use real paints and brushes again! I have paintings in progress on the front and back cover of that book and another one on a small framed slate chalk board. The temptation to spend all of my time on them is strong, but deadlines are keeping me away for the time being. I'll post them when they're finished, unless they look bad, then we'll pretend this never happened!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
"Reminiscent of African ceremonial costumes, yet similarly connected to haute couture, Cave’s Soundsuits are physical manifestations of his energy. He has said, ‘I believe that the familiar must move towards the fantastic. I want to evoke feelings that are unnamed, that aren’t realized except in dreams.’ Thus, through the acts of collecting and reconfiguring, Cave explores and reiterates cultural, ritualistic and ceremonial concepts. Concurrently, his focus on the connotations of materials as a way to construct narratives, coupled with the fact that the wearer is at times completely concealed, allows the work to transcend preconceived notions of class, race, and sexuality. Cave, who studied fiber arts at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago."