Sunday, March 30, 2014

Painted shirt

Maybe someday I will get over this gargoyle thing. In the meantime, here is the back of a shirt I painted on of a made up creature....(ignore the wrinkles! need to find my iron.)

Arctic Circle Expedition

Woohooo! I am over the top excited that I have been accepted into The Arctic Circle artist residency expedition, which sails out of Norway on an old viking sailing vessel for two weeks in 2015. There will be approx 14-20  international artists plus scientists, and the captain and crew leaving out the of northern most town in the world with over 1,000 people: Longyearbyen, Norway. We will be working on our own artwork plus collaborating together to concept and create artwork that engages in the central issues of our time. Below are some photos of previous voyages, and for more information the website link is www.thearcticcircle.org :)))))) Exactly 441 days until departure.





Thursday, February 27, 2014

3D Sculpture Using Trash For The Armature

Now that I have created quite a few pieces of two dimensional art with recycled materials (aka garbage :) my next goal is to construct three dimensional pieces of art with the same idea: using found trash and recyclable materials for the framework of these sculptures.....

My first attempt is a gargoyle head that I had previously designed in a 2D piece a couple of years ago. I scrounged around the alley and looked in a couple of recycle bins and trash cans. Among a few other items like plastic grocery bags, etc., I was lucky to score an old plastic colander/strainer and a plastic milk carton.... you can see the progression from the start: after using the trash to concoct an armature,  (I split open the milk carton vertically to make an open mouth, then used the strainer for the skull shape.)  I put recycled tinfoil around it with painters tape (to hold everything together) then covered the entire gargoyle head in leftover artist tape that I had sitting around in my studio.

Next step: paper mache. I mixed old paper towels with wallpaper paste and a tad bit of water, then applied it everywhere around the head. After this dried, I applied a layer of joint compound, let that dry for a few days, and have begun sanding the entire thing with 80 grit sandpaper (by hand) to see if it will get smooth.....stay tuned for more work in progress!!!






Friday, February 21, 2014

Amarok

It's February in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Nevsky Prospect is covered in white snow and fur coats - except for dots of red blood trailing from behind a man who is furiously limping ahead like he's on a mission. His brown eyes, focused straight ahead, are either tearing up from the winter cold or the pain of having his knee cap cut off, I'm not sure which. I think his name is Amarok, but it could be Havok, or maybe Enkh. Although he clearly stands out in the crowd today, he sadly is only another sheep in the herd of racism against Siberian ethnicities in this country.
Amorak, Linoleum cut, Paint, Charcoal, and Pastel on Board 10" x 10"

Monday, December 30, 2013

Brian

Hungover, Brian sips bad coffee and waits for the G train into Manhattan. He rubs his eyes, squints, and sees the silhouette of a man falling off the platform onto the tracks below. Instinctively, he jumps off the concrete, bolts down the railway and scoops the guy up to safety just as the light from the train rounds the corner. The two stare at each other in shock. "Did you have a seizure?" Brian asks, wide-eyed. "Should you go see a doctor?" The man tucks in his shirt and straightens his tie.
"I don't have any insurance," he mumbles, then walks away.
                                            
Brian, etching on zinc plate, 8" x 10"

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Danny

Having never kissed a girl, Danny finds himself insecure at an 8th grade party. Pressured by his buddies, he lures his date into a dark bathroom to remedy this dilemma. "It's okay," claims his date, leaning back on the towel rack. "I practice on the mirror. Try it." He suddenly feels nauseous and beelines towards the door. Later, in the garage, his buddies won't let up.
"How'd she kiss?"
Danny fumbles with loose change in his pocket for a second or two. "Like a dead fish," he replies.

                                          
Danny, mixed media on found wood, 36" x 48"

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

So there's this guy named Seth Leitman (The Green Living Guy). He has Sustainability and Eco Consulting Services and Green Living Guy Productions!  To boot, he hosts a radio show on Blog Talk Radio!  You gotta check him out  - he has authored and/or edited Nine Books with McGraw-Hill Professional on the Green Guru Guide series.....AND he was kind enough to post about my signage project for Co-op 28 on his blog, called Living Green Guy! (www.livinggreenguy.com) Here is the link, and please check out the rest of his site as it's very inspiring and full of great info :)

http://www.greenlivingguy.com/greenliving/2013/10/30/artist-keri-rosebraugh-creates-20-foot-sign-for-storefront-w.html