Saturday, February 28, 2009

Do Not Leap to Conclusions




It is bill day, work day end of the month day. Finishing up the drawing for my first painting for an ongoing street project. Just about to start the next collage. 

As I work, I've been thinking more about street art. I saw some new Bäst the other day. His work exemplifies what I was discussing in an earlier post. The street needs his work. His work feels so much more essential on the street than in a frame, in al the right ways. And this is quite interesting as most of his works are square format, which would lend itself to a frame. His reworking of the figure speaks loads about the abstract energy that exists in piss-odored doorways, with the peeling paint, littered with adverts. His action on the street holds a Ray Gun - like mirror up to the city and reprocesses it trowing it back to the city.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Third Eye Blind


Winter is certainly dragging on. Finished the next collage, will begin posting them soon.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Crepuscular Turnings

Walking home from the studio in the cold and silence of late night streets, it offers time to contemplate. I have been thinking quite a bit recently about street art as a role in my creative process. Being art of this global movement for some time now, I have seen my aesthetics of attack shift dramatically.

Seeing the [pictured] cushion tonight I realized how trans formative space can act on objects. In this case there were reports on the radio the other day that animal abandonment has spiked with the continuing recession and my first thought on seeing this shape in the middle of an empty street late at night is that it was a stray dog resting on the ground. As my vision is not the best, it took a bit of time getting closer to actually comprehend what I saw. The experience during the time of not knowing was very informative in terms of seeing how the object due to it's placement informed my thinking. It think the vast space around the object gave it such a sole focus that the cushion gained a character it might not have had leaning against a wall.

This brings me back to street art. As I have been preoccupied with studio work at present, it has given me time to step back and really assess how I want to use the discipline of street art, for I do believe it is a discipline. I have been exploring artists well outside of the realm of street art recently and their artworks in terms of their medium and attack are crystal clear in relation to why it delivers what it is aiming to express. By why I mean that I do not experience a sense of seeing the idea of their idea happening. I believe that street art is only on the street, and projects involved in street art need to exist there because they can exist no where else properly. There needs to be a relationship that is created by the intersection of the action with the environment that transforms both.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Mind Is an Unreliable Container of the Past


The Mind Is an Unreliable Container of the Past (2009)
Hand painted linocut with pastel in Japanese paper. 
25 x 39 inches.
Series of 5 unique prints.

I am excited to be part of the upcoming Print Show at Black Rat Press in London which opens on February 21, 2009. You can get more information on the show here.

The Daily Draw 2.18.08



Everyone I know is struggling right now. I hope some real lessons can at least be remembered from all of this.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Feeds

You will notice a new set of links in the nav section where you can link up to groups or other feeds to follow my work.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Friday was the 13th


Sad day for somedays
Originally uploaded by
sabeth718

Wishful thinking gone awry.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Installation Work by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

473 inches at 60 frames per second


So there is this fellow in my studio building who is doing some amazing work on his own, and tonight he points me to this series of projects he has been involved in and will be starting up again in DUMBO. Profoundly moving. Check the work out here.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Where Is ELBOW-TOE?

I am fortunately slammed in the studio working on a new body of work for an upcoming show in London as well as a body of work for the streets. I will post some work soon. I will have some work at Black Rat Press' print show in February. Finishing up some hand painted prints right now. Immersed in NPR.