I can’t believe this is only my first post of this year; I intent to make up for that. There’s a lot I want to show. I’ll start with three new pieces.
“ART” Oil on canvas, wooden frame (16 by 18 inches)
This work contains an original painting by Adolf Hitler, portraying a snug little harbor. It was probably made in 1917 or 1918 and is signed by the famous monster hero. In the clouds, we see stock quotes, symbolizing the rising value of this commodity. The text on the frame is a dialogue:
“Do you think it has any value?”
“I don’t know. The frame looks kind of nice.”
“I bet in China they make those for next to nothing.”
“But have you seen the signature?”
“OMG! Could it be…a real Hitler?”
(Actually, the text was a bit shortened to fit on the frame). Many thanks to my friend Malachi McCormick who did the calligraphy.
SHIP WRECK Mixed media (18 by 15 inches, 5” deep).
This work is an exact copy of a detail of a sculptural installation by Damien Hirst in Venice. I hired Italian craftsmen (their names are unimportant) to make it and they did such a good job that it’s virtually indistinguishable from the original. And yet it’s different, for the few who can see it. This is called “appropriation art”.
“STORIES OF THE STREET” Mixed media on found paper and wood (20 by 23 inches, 3” deep)
Wood and coral from the beach, poster and other paper from city streets. In this work too, various copyrights were violated.
Here are some more distorted memories of Africa. As usual, you can click on the image to see it larger, then you also see the title (although in most cases, it’s a provisional one). I still have a lot more astonishing water-damaged pics so there will be a part 3, but not this year. So I take the occasion to wish all my art-loving friends happy end-of-year moments, and, for everybody, a better year than this one. May the ghosts of the past that were unleashed in 2016 return to the dustbin of history. Let’s drink to solidarity, that it may win over fear.
Not long before we came to America, we traveled in Tanzania. When, much later, I looked at a photo-album of that trip, I discovered that several of the pictures had suffered serious water damage.
Others may have been dismayed at seeing this, but I was delighted. What the water had done, was beautiful. If you have followed this blog, you know that I find pleasure in incorporating natural processes, chemical transformations that require the passage of time, in my art. Time, memory, serendipity, the metabolism between humans and nature, are my constant themes. In those inadvertendly altered souvenirs, I found them united.
Of course, I played with them. Adding layers, incorporating some painting and external images including in one some dried rose leafs. Tripping in Memory Lane.
This is part one.
These images are low resolution, but they exist in high resolution of which I sell archival prints (send me an email if you’re interested) which show a lot more detail. For example, here’s a detail of “After the kill” (the 6th pic above) :
I hope to post part 2 soon. Happy holidays…
This is one of the works I recently finished (I think). It is made in a (found) cabinet whose original function was a board for throwing darts. I made the outside out of bark, found on our local beach. The inside (the secret part) is made out of wasp and hornet nests, seeds, wax, oil paint, gold leaf and other stuff.
My Secret Life (2016) Mixed media on Found Objects and Wood. 25″ x 22″ x 4″.
The Lumen festival (see posts below) was quite succesful. Close to 5000 people attended, which is a lot for an art event, especially on Staten Island, which is not exactly the most art-minded borough of New York City. Congratulations to curator Monica Valenzuela and the whole crew.
The location contributed much to the success. On the bank of the river, with huge boats passing by, the port of Bayonne on the other side and further away the skyline of Manhattan, it all looked glorious in the sunset and the night. The workers of Atlantic Salts shaped mountains and hills of salts just like the artists wanted them. A big thanks to them too.
Below a few pictures of some of my works in the show. Unfortunately not of all, and none of the pictures is taken at night. That’s too bad because, with their internal illumination, they were meant to be seen at night. But that’s quite a challenge for a photographer.
There was an official photographer charged with documenting the event. Unfortunately, his priority seemed to be to take pictures of people eating and drinking, etc, rather than documenting the art. His pics can be seen HERE. I saw scores of people taking pictures of my work so if you would have any good ones, send them to me, I’ll be grateful. Here’s what I have:
These are some of the light incorporating sculptures I will be showing at LUMEN (see post below) the awesome art event that now is just one week away.
HOW TO GET THERE
By Public Transportation & Free Shuttle take the Staten Island Ferry to the Saint George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island. Exit the terminal towards the West, following the exit signs that point to the baseball field. Outside the exit doors, at the bottom of the steps will be shuttles that are marked with “FREE LUMEN SHUTTLE” signs. This shuttle will take you a half of a mile along the water to the East Gate Entrance. Shuttles run approximately every 15 minutes to and from the festival from 6pm to 12:30am.
By Car to the West Gate from the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, drive west on Richmond Terrace approximately 1.2 miles to the West Gate Entrance located to the left of Gerardi’s Farmer’s Market on Richmond Terrace. You can enter 561 Richmond Terrace into your GPS.
FOR MORE INFO, GO TO www.lumenfest.org
LUMEN is arguably the most important annual art event in New York City’s fifth borough. There is a lot to see and it’s a lot of fun. What makes it special is in part its location: on the edge of the most traveled waterway in the US, amidst somewhat post-apocalyptic looking surroundings and huge conic piles of snow white salt. If you’re in New York that day, come see it (there will be shuttle buses departing from the ferry terminal). I have several light incorporating sculptures in this year’s edition.
Hope to see you there!