The final cut paper shadow box for my upcoming show. This map details what little is known about Land of the Dead, and the outlying Pine Island. I made the parchment using a bathtub and a pot of coffee.
This map is the keystone to the whole show, and shows elements of the other pieces on display. It stitches the whole story together.
Some folks in the Land of the Dead are as interested in returning to life as we are in staying alive. Here’s a scene from a prestigious philosophical society in the Land of the Dead – The Resurrection Research Society.
This is 10″ x 10″, shown at the bottom.
Here’s another shadow box for my upcoming show. It makes use of cut-paper shapes. The City of Lost Things (on Pine Island) is where those things that go missing turn up.
This is in a 10″ x 10″ frame. I forgot to photograph it in my studio after it was fully assembled, so here’s a photo from my phone, which shows how it turned out (in a rough, pixely way).
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse remain a favorite theme since my first diorama.
I found this “painting” at a local used “painting” store.
I liked the shadow box frame, and I couldn’t pass up returning the riders to their rides as they ride out.
I started this in 2011. It hung in my studio for several years and I just finished it today by adding the fish bones. The frame is made from old floor boards from my house. The sole is from a pair of Birkenstocks that I wore in the 90’s. To my mind, there are several things happening within this piece, which mostly has to do with being grounded and with “foundation.”
I am hesitant to post these photos – I can’t seem to capture this thing properly. It will be hanging in the National Arts Program exhibit next week at Hopkins, and I’ll take the Nikon and see if I can get some visual traction.
Anyway, I’ve been working on this (idea) for weeks, and it turned out. This triptych is another effort to extrude drawings and bring them into the “real” world.
The top panel is made of layers of drawings on illustration board, cut out and glued together. This fisherman makes an appearance.
For the center panel, I tried something new – I used pen and ink on canvas (below). I’ve drawn this beast before – it’s a bit younger here, and to scale with the fisherman in the boat. I drew every single tentacle, one at a time. That might not be obvious from the image, but there’s a beginning and an end to each one.
The bottom panel contains…fish.
And here’s a couple of work in progress pictures. The frame is made from an old drawer. The handles are still intact (not shown) which made carrying this on the subway a snap.
Behind the canvas in the center panel:
And some fish.
This piece doesn’t have moving parts (aside from the fish on the lines) – but future ones will (the fisherman). Please note – there are no dead things in this art.
I just looked at the clock and it’s 1:16 AM. I thought it was 10:00 PM. I love getting lost while making something. Here’s a peek at part of a triptych I’m making for an upcoming show. I’ll post the rest this week.
The top part is comprised of drawing(s) that I cut out and inserted into the frame.
It’s too soon to say if this one will work out exactly like I’ve envisioned, but in making changes, I’ve came up with enough ideas to do an entire series.
Now, to bed. Goodnight.