Here is a picture of my “palette”. These happen to be pieces of paper billboards. When they remove them from the billboard structure they are scraped off in sheets, with as many as 15 layers of advertisements. The first order of business is to “delaminate” these by hosing them down and peeling them apart. Here they are stretched out to dry.
This photograph is of a portion of one of the walls in my “studio.” Mixed in with some of my works in progress are images from which I have drawn inspiration. The cut-out of the sundae & sandwich in the center is something Joy and I picked up in SoHo one day. It used to hang in our kitchen, both in Brooklyn and Indianapolis. It is part of the inspiration for the Desire piece. On the lower left is a photo copy from the book Ellen gave me on Inuit Art, which is a rubbing relating to a myth about a giant who comes to a village and is thwarted by the villagers. This was the inspiration for my Astronaut, who appears in many of my current works. There is also a Japanese illustrated post card I found going through some things here at the house. And on the lower right is a work by a friend, Jon Waldo.
New & Improved
I reprinted one of my earlier blocks. This is what I am calling my “comfort series”. It is an ongoing series, but only has three pieces in it so far. They are in order: Grilled Cheese, Sundae & most recently Mac and Cheese. The reprint is of Grilled Cheese, creating a new block for the yellow. I call the latest version “New & Improved”.
Last two post cards for the year
Well here are my last two post cards for 2011. I haven’t done that many individual post cards this year as I have been working on other projects. I will post some of those as soon as I get them photographed. For now enjoy Mac & Cheese and Desire II.
I’ll be showing these three works as part of the “Wood Show” at the 924 Gallery in Indianapolis starting November 4th. A link to the show is http://bit.ly/s03AdN.
Thanks to Pat Collin’s I was lucky enough to get to show this piece over the winter in FT Meyers, FL. It is one in a current series based on billboards. It’s dimensions come from the proportion of a postcard. This piece is roughly 28.5″ x 40.5″. The images frame is reminiscent of those seen on billboards along the blue highways in the midwest.
This piece is made up of 64 individual post cards. They are assembled to make one work. The title for this piece is Subjective.