Saturday, February 9, 2008

Long Diatribe about nothing

So today I went spot hunting and found some sweet spots to put up some wheat paste and other stuff. I am currently searching for a spot to put up my nine portrait posters, but if a spot for all nine can't be found I will post them in threes. Here is one of the spots.

For the other part of this post I want to talk about aesthetic, or what I find beautiful or intriguing. It always amazes me the differing view points on art and beauty. I find Jackson Pollock's drip painting amazingly beautiful, and yet someone else thinks they are utter shit. So who is to say what is art and what isn't? I mean maybe people have legitimate claims that their children's artworks should be hung beside Van Gogh and Derain. Recently I have been thinking (I have been a tad bit depressed lately, but that isn't really anything new) , that what if this view of art and aesthetic goes beyond just art. Take for example, I like really quirky, and often times, pretentious paintings. My favorites are the artist that are crazy as a loon, and usually declare themselves geniuses or get arrested for drawing things they shouldn't. This like of quirky and pretentious things also happens to go out to the women I like, which I really did just discover. I typically like shorter haired, smart, artsy, I'm-better-than-thou girls. It just amazes me how well they fit into what I find beautiful. It isn't just me though, I don't think. I always find it weird that these girls never like me, but the quiet shy type usually do, and in this paradox I have come to realize that you can't create a perfect life based on just your aesthetic and preferences, but you have to develop it with the hep of people around you. I will now tell you a story about Dali to illustrate this point. Dali was asked to paint a perfect replica of Vermeer's Lace Maker, which he gladly went to work on, and when it was finished it was almost a perfect copy. Dali considered it a failure, because the colors were not correct due to the fact that the Vermeer had aged over hundreds of years and the varnish had cause the colors to change ever so slightly. Though the copy was perfect, the artist saw it as a failure, and thus sometimes perfection isn't alway beautiful. It is the faults that add true beauty to something. Pollock's paintings might not be perfect renditions of landscapes or anything, but in the complex simplicity of the idea and the work this fault is turned into a major achievement of the work. I don't really know if any of that makes sense but since you came to see some art here are some sketches (these were taken with a camera not scanned sorry if they are bad quality).

Fafi Copy

Michelangelo Copy

Emo-hair-super-stretched heart girl

Ohh Shit that's so crazy

Grid Drawing and color Practice (Our Man Dali in pink and blue)

Exposed women

Prelim for Flower girl wheat paste

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I've been feelin all emo since I wheatpasted you.

Okay, so here is my first post. I am gonna show you guys the wheatpaste I did with Sydney Vicious's help, and show you the new one I am working on. I am also gonna tell you guys about my ideas for some new posters I have and hope you can help be come to a consensus on which project I should embark on.

First: Leyla - Wheatpaste - Week 1

I decided that I want to try to do a wheatpaste or stencil a week, and post it around town somewhere. I am currently working on my Tegan and Sara multilayer stencil project (more details on that later), so I decided wheat pastes would be a lot easier for now.
This wheat paste is called Leyla. I modeled her body off of a God's Girl by the same name, and I think she is pretty fantastic. We (Me and Sydney Vicious) posted it on a metal box before you get onto a major highway. I chose this spot, because I get to see her everyday as I drive by.

Originally she was all kinds of bright pinks and purples, which I chose because it matched the whimsical motif of the image, but it happened to rain before the wheat paste dried having an amazing effect on the cheap washable markers I used (Hey, I am not gonna use my prismacolors on something that large). That is what gave her that amazing splashy grungy look.

As you can see she is quite "hardcore".

What the fuck does it mean? Well, unlike most people I will tell you straight up what I was thinking when I create a piece, that is if it is something I can explain. With this piece I was basically trying to exorcise some demons that I have about leaving ideas unexplored. If you are a creative individual like myself, you will know what I am talking about here. I always have great ideas, but I never write them down or follow up on them. This just kind of makes me sad at the sheer number of awesome ideas that i have missed out on or haven't followed through with (ala Paper Paris, Zazie's stop animation film), and it makes me regret having not accomplished those ideas. So I pasted this on my drive so I will always be reminded to follow up with my ideas and not let them continue to pass me by or sit on them like an egg waiting to hatch.

Yes, there is a reason that she has no face, and that reason is because I wanted anyone to be able to associate with her. That is also why I left her skin the color of the paper. She has no face, no race, and really no identifiable sex (I mean unless you count those heels). I am not trying to be pretentious or have a superiority complex, but sometimes I feel street art caters to one particular sub-culture or race. Thus I want to make things that anyone can relate too. Whether it be my creatures or my portraits I want people to be able to see them as people and not by the color of their skin or their gender.

I miss Leyla.

Preview of Week 2 - Wheat paste - Otis

Otis is a creature I created last night. He is a blob of sorts created from cigarette smoke. I like him. I decided to show him to you before I post him because you can see his coloration. When I make my next post there is no telling what he will look like after the weather and other conditions have had at him. I will give you all the meanings and stuff for him in my next post.

Ideas for the future:
Okay so I want to do a series of posters. I have two ideas (I will eventually do both but I need to pick one to start with):
(a) My first idea is I want to do portrait posters of nine different girls (16 x 20), and all of them would have some how inspired me. The pros of this project are is that I get to work on my portraiture of my already favorite subjects. The cons are I don't really know if they want their portraits pasted all over my town, but three of them are famous so I don't think they would mind.

(b)My second idea is to do a bunch of self portraits. The pros of this are that i get to work on drawing the thing I am worst at drawing. The cons are that I am posting pictures of myself on the walls of my town. I think this is a bad idea but it has such potential as does the other one.

So give me some feed back. I will decide next week, which one I want to do. That is all for today. More posts when Tegan and Sara are done, or Otis goes up. My next two wheat paste posters are: (1) a girl with a tulip growing from her head and (2) a poster based on the lyrics "You say I am overdramatic, but you are the one with the scars up and down your arm" (Ten points to the person who knows the band.)