The final product of my painting. It will be available to purchase at the Cincinnati Symphony New Years Eve Gala.
Frank Stella is an artist that I have been looking to a lot lately. My painting professor pointed the similarities out to me between his work and my work. After his observation I picked up the book Frank Stella: Painting into Architecture to look more into the essence of his paintings.
Stella had a desire to go beyond the limits imposed by a two-dimensional frame. He made reliefs in which his paintings extended from the canvas. A line that I particularly was drawn to was “Stella is preoccupied with the space created by three-dimensional objects at least as much as with the objects themselves.” I can relate to his desire to depict the three-dimensional without moving into the realm of sculpture. It’s an exploration of space that I find as a common ground between me and Stella. I believe that making artwork should always have a sense of new discovery and playfulness.
Earlier I posted a few of my intaglio prints. I actually had the chance to go to the Picasso print exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum. There was a wide variety of prints displayed from etchings to engravings. Picasso began making prints in 1905. He made lithographs, etchings, drypoints, lino cuts, woodcuts and aquatints; so basically he tried it all. Much of his work was inspired by his background, the subject matter often being a bull fight or a matador. I can relate to this because every artist is inspired by their beginnings. The show was set up chronologically and was easy to follow. My favorite pieces were sugar lift etchings, one of which I have attached below. I have also attached a kindof intense video showing what sugar lift technique is exactly.
Research is a crucial part of the process of creation. However, it is something that I never really enjoyed. When looking to research a specific type of art I’ll go to my favorite search engine, stumbelupon.com. This is a search engine, but a sort of random one at that. By typing “painting” into the search bar a list of current and past painters is brought up that I can search through. For example, when looking for images of blurred painting I searched “blurred painting” and several artists came up. By hitting the “stumble” button you can randomize the list of results and browse at all of the new artists you have just discovered. When I find an artist that seems relevant to what I’m working on I google them first to find out if they have a website and where their work has been exhibited.
I’m aware that this method of research is not the most direct, but I’m not a person who enjoys the methodical and straightforward.
Some more distinguished magazines that I also like to look at often are Art in America, Artnet (online magazine) and Art Forum (this one is mainly for the pictures). If I find something of interest like a show or an artist then I’ll do further research on them online, but these magazines are good starting points.
These collages are inspired by the artist that I previously mentioned, Anthony Zinonos. I thought it’d be interesting to present human relationships in a minimal manner where the relationship itself is the focus of the piece.
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