I don’t think any one can deny the beauty of bones. I’m not a big fan of rotting things, but show me a cleanly picked skeleton and I’m in awe. A friend of mine gave me a lovely skull of some sort of animal…a deer perhaps. It was found in the woods by some friends. It’s probably one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. I packed it up for now so forgive me for not having a photo. Until I work out a way to display it or incorporate it into an art piece I wanted to keep it safe.
A couple of days ago, my mom found a hunk of vertabrae on the lawn at a garage sale. It’s kinda large which makes me wonder who or what it belonged to! All these bones got me wondering if you could buy human bones or animal skulls online to which the answer is, “Of course, you can!” Check out Skulls Unlimited International for all your real and museum quality replicates of all things bone. They even have bones with a little scent left in tact for training search and rescue dogs. Don’t even get me started on the wide assortment of bacula!
So, did anyone watch Bravo’s Work of Art last week? I really enjoyed it. For me, the judging is unimportant. I just want to see how various artist’s tackle a theme or medium or challenge. It’s more than seeing a themed group exhibition though because you also get to see some of the process. I really enjoyed it. There are quite a few artists on there who I really related to Erik Johnson in regard to his down to earth, non-pretentious, inexperienced to the fancy pants art world way. He just loves making art and doesn’t analyze why or what each piece is about. I’m the same way and am currently struggling with finally putting together some sort of bio, but I refuse to fill it with a bunch of bullshit. Besides that his self portrait was really dark and he painted this creepy ass clown that made me laugh, so yeah, he stood out to me.
Much to my surprise Erik friended me on FaceBook and commented on one of my pieces. This made me curious and the next thing I know I’m watching some short films, time-lapsed work, checking out his paintings, etc. I’m really glad i did. Erik’s work can be pretty dark and I think that sort of style takes courage and heart. I really loved a lot of what I’ve seen so far, but one thing that really got to me was this time-lapsed painting. It’s more than just a sped up demonstration of him painting…at least it is in my perception. The figure changes just keeps revealing more and more of itself in the process, layers of emotions, both masculine and feminine selves, dark and light aspects. I’m not analyzing the artist, here. I’m expressing what I got out of it. I think that’s what art is all about and for me I had this voyeuristic experience that felt both like an honor and like a dirty secret. I really recommend checking it out.
Erik is currently wrapping up a new short film called Ugly. You can check out the Ugly trailers and also see a couple of his other dark surreal short films. See if you can find the spinning Christmas tree. Hehe. You’ll also find his paintings, masks, photography, etc. on ResidualScars.com
Mask by Erik Johnson:
Painting by Erik Johnson (look it’s the Elephant Man!)
As for ‘Work of Art’, if you aren’t the ‘i’m too good for tv’ sort, check it out. I think you’ll be impressed with the creativity and varying styles of the artists. I was simply hoping it wouldn’t suck and it definitely didn’t. I’m not really rooting for anyone right now, just rooting for all the artists to do their thing and get some exposure. If you want to catch up on last weeks premier episode or don’t have cable you can watch on Bravo’s website. You can also view the artist’s portfolios.
–I’m working on a new personal site that covers my own art. It will be chock full of images and have a blog that will focus more on whatever I’m currently working on, processes, events, etc. It will definitely be done next week so I’ll link you to it then.
–I’m pretty sure I have a piece in pinkghost’s upcoming Book It show opening Saturday night at the pinkghost gallery and store at 1888 Polk Street in Hollywood FL. I mailed my submission but then went away and never checked on it’s arrival. I’m sure it’s there though! So, um, if you are in the Hollywood, FL area check out the show and let me know if you see my piece. 😛 I’ll post a photo next week after the show opens. In all seriousness, I have been admiring pinkghost’s shows for some time now. They are consistently awesome.
That’s all for now, see you next week.