Just finished shooting a promo video with photographer, videographer, storyteller Carson Nyquist - during which I actually got some work done in the studio. That work included pouring a resin coating for a relatively huge (12" x 79") and enormously detailed collage. Stay tuned for the promo video in the coming weeks. In the meanwhile here's a quick look at the collage piece:
Life never slows down - and apparently neither do I.
In addition to prepping for my second child (a boy) and doing home renovations, I have built a studio in my back yard and continue to create new work for my upcoming show in September.
Let me take you on a "studio visit" to see what I've been up to.
This last year I've been doing a lot of experimentation and expanding my skill-sets. Now I'm combine collage, transfer, resin and found-object work in some of my largest works yet (most are 29" x 49" and 12" x 84").
Hope you enjoy looking, and please consider coming to my opening on Sept. 5th, 2014 at The Modbo, Downtown Colorado Springs.
Lots more to come,
I'm happy to say I've been selected by the Pikes Peak Arts Counsel as a 2013 recipient of an arts micro-grant. Here are a few images of the work in progress that the grant money will help me continue to build. Specifically the money is helping me buy resin, wood stain and other materials.
Friday, September 20th is the opening for a show called 12 Principles, in which I have three pieces - two of which are brand, spanking new. The Business of Art Center's Venue 515 will host the 12 Principles show featuring the work of Craig Cantrell, and a group of artists who work with reclaimed, recycled or repurposed materials.
513 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Here's a sneak peek of the two new pieces I will be showing.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the opening of the Revamp'd show!
This last month I've been incredibly honored to be included in the Revamp'd show at the new Ivywild School (home to Bristol Brewing Co., Modbo Co School). Not only do I have five pieces on display, but I have also made at least one sale.
I am showing three of my Ordinary Saints series (check out my new piece below) and two never-before-seen mixed media collage/transfers in a series of Spacemen Collages (see images below).
If you haven't had the chance to check out the Ivywild space go check it out—immediately. Not only is it a great place to get a local brew, good coffee and eats ... but the Revamp'd show will be coming down soon, so hurry up!
I'm excited to participate in "City We Love" a charity event supporting Mary's Home, a program that provides resources, including housing, to single mothers and their children. For more information about the event click here.
This afternoon, I'll head out to donate this piece to the art auction portion of the event. There are several things about this piece that make it meaningful in this particular context.
-The rusted metal that borders this piece was given to me from the ashes of a home lost in the Black Forest Fire, just outside of Colorado Springs. How poetic that from the ashes of a lost home, others will receive homes.
-Colorado Springs is haunted by images of Native Americans. Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne tribe is memorialized in stone above Phantom Canyon Brewery. The Pioneer museum has a room filled with artifacts of the indigenous people. Yet today, there is little or no indigenous presence. I see some subtle similarities between this overlooked people group, and the overlooked people who live and work in our midst.
This "City We Love" event will support causes that seek to dignify people who have been overlooked and marginalized. This event will not solve racism, it will not end homelessness or poverty, but it will raise awareness of significant issues. And the idea of giving dignity to ALL people ... that's something I'm proud to support.
I've begun work on a new series and really a new direction in my art (as if I didn't already have enough projects). These are a couple of snapshots of what's in progress. I am working much larger, creating life size figures from various types of wood, including quite a bit of salvaged wood - that much, at least, carries over from my previous works.
More to come!
I couldn't be more pleased to be included in a new release by Chicago-based indie musician Steve Slagg. His cd is titled All Saints Day and appropriately St. Jimmy of Cubscouts is included in the collection. Slagg had this to say about why he wanted to include St. Jimmy :
"St. Jimmy" looks uncannily like my dad—whose name was Jim—looked when he was a boy. And I liked the wings, which reminded me of the line in Hosea 11, which that song is a paraphrase of: "They will come from the West trembling like doves."
Two other pieces of my art have been included on the album promo site (click here). All Saints Day is an incredible bit of music, and one of those cds that you can't help but give your full attention. The website adds another level of depth to the cd, art has been intentionally paired with each song, and you can read about the inspiration for each song you listen to it. I strongly encourage you to check it out!
David B. Smith selected my piece St. Jimmy of Cubscouts (from the Ordinary Saints series) for an honorable mention last weekend at the Denver Modernism Gallery. The show received 180 submissions, 30 of which were chosen to be exhibited. Of those in the show, St. Jimmy was chosen as one of just three pieces recognized.
Needless to say, I was thrilled. So thrilled, in fact, I forgot to take any photos. Please enjoy instead a few additional images of St. Jimmy of Cubscouts.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who made it out to the Ordinary Saints show this last month. I brought 21 new works, sold nine of them and generally had a great time. Troy DeRose brought a killer batch of new work that looked fantastic and added a great take on the saintly theme. (Check out more of his awesome work here.)