I'm very pleased to announce I will have another Splotch Monster solo art exhibit, this time at The Griffin Art Center in beautiful downtown Frederick, Maryland. The exhibit will start April 1st, however, my opening reception will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 5-8pm. The following Saturday I will be holding an artists' talk and workshop from 3-5pm, same location. Contrary to what the flyer says, the exhibit will actually take place in the large, front gallery. Hope to see folks there!
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Today I took advantage of another snow day, the first I've ever experienced in March, to take on the sleet and the slop and visit the Washington ArtWorks Urban By Nature Gallery in Rockville, Maryland. My main motivation was to catch the bird-themed Aviary art exhibit - a juried show curated by Patterson Clark, now in its final week at the gallery. I would have gone to the opening reception last Friday, but I got terribly ill Friday into Saturday. As much as I would have loved to have met fellow artists in the show and hear Patterson speak, whose own work I'm now a big fan of, dropping by the gallery today was the perfect refuge and remedy from the nasty weather and crazy driving, characteristic of the DC area. Every single piece, ranging from sculpture to paintings, to photography and lithography was a gem, and I was so happy for having a painting of my own in such good company. With the exception of a few folks passing through early this afternoon, the space was devoid of people, allowing me to look closely at each piece in the exhibit, and get lost in the work. Like a good many people, I've always been greatly fond of birds, and I felt a real sense of peace and solitude among the imagery surrounding me today.
(above: "Owl" by Amanda Spaid)
(above: "Great Blue of Plaza Street" by Steve Loya)
(above: "Chickadee" by Martin Swift)
(above: "Fable of the Eagle and the Wren" by Evan Parker)
(above: "Woodpecker Overlook" by Kazaan Vivieros)
(above and below: "Great Blue Heron" by Charles Bergen)
(above: "Belted Kingfisher" by Hiroko Cannon)
(above and below: "Flock" by Bill Wolff)
(above: "World Map" by Steven Nesheim)
(above: "The Strutter" by Cam Miller)
(above: "Chicken With Fence" by David Daniels)
The Aviary exhibit will run for only one more week at Washington ArtWorks, then it all comes down. Being this was my first time at this space, I was thoroughly impressed with not only the work, but the gallery spaces (there are a few at Washington ArtWorks), at a place that doesn't look like much from the outside, but is beautifully set up inside. I strongly encourage folks in the MD, DC, NOVA area to drop by and take a look before it's officially over.
On a tiny side note, if you do go to the show and you get hungry, the Yamas Mediterranean Grill is only a five mile, ten minute drive from Washington ArtWorks. The place was pretty packed today around lunchtime, when I ordered a delicious falafel. Do check it out!
Monday, March 9, 2015
Just another visual sampling of some of the mini and regular-size ATCs/ACEOs to be available for sale at this week's second annual SMUDGE Comics Arts Expo at the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia, taking place on Saturday, March 14, from noon to 6pm. The event programming looks fantastic, and in addition to lots of excellent vendors, there will be workshops and film screenings and lots more! Be there!
Sunday, March 8, 2015
This coming Saturday, March 14, from 1-4pm is the opening reception for "Lost & Found", an art exhibit featuring work made from found materials, at Off-Rhode Studio/Art Enables in Washington, DC. I've got a couple of collage pieces, titled "Fishing for Trouble" and "Don't Stop the Rock" (pictured above) that made it into this juried exhibit. If you're in the area, plan on stopping by and also checking out the free art workshop!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
My vessel has been safely dropped off to the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery/Smith Center. Now I can breath a little more easily. I'm so happy to be a part of this exhibit - it is truly an honor. Click on the flyers for more details.
Monday, March 2, 2015
s.t.e.a.m. caricature art exhibit by mike caplanis at george washington university science and technology campus, ashburn, va
There's a wonderful caricature art exhibit taking place at the George Washington University Science & Technology campus, featuring the work of Mike Caplanis. Called STEAM: Caricatures of Notable People in the World of Science, Technology & the Arts, the show will run until March 30, 2015. I wrote more about it HERE at the ComicsDC blog. Don't miss it!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The nature of ceramics can be unpredictable, especially when you don't have much experience with working with them yourself. Today was the moment of truth, when I opened the kiln, after a day of firing it, to see how my Alchemical Vessel turned out for the upcoming exhibit and fundraiser at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts/Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in March. My first reaction was a huge sigh of relief. Nothing had broken, smeared, etc - the image was still fully intact, both top and bottom. Then I noticed how much darker the rhino got in the kiln after the firing, going from lighter shades of gray, to almost blackish, charcoal gray tones. Yet, I really liked it, and am well aware that there are rhinos in the world of this color. Then I got a closer look at the flowers and was more than pleased with the results. Flowers are not something I've spent much, if any time in my life painting - that's my wife's specialty, and she's very good at it.
The late evening, indoor cell phone pics don't do the piece a whole lot of justice, and it looks far better, in my opinion, in natural daylight. Still, I'm so happy with the piece and feel so much more confident about possibly pursuing more work like this in the future. There is a definite learning curve and the need for patience when working with glazes and underglazes and the whole firing process, not nearly as instant as working on paper, or canvas even. Now, last but not least, it's getting the vessel safely returned to the Smith Center.
What a thrill and honor to be a part of this project, whose opening reception takes place on Friday, March 27, from 7-9pm at the Joan Hisaoka Gallery in Washington, DC. In the meantime, I thought I'd share the artist statement for my vessel, titled "Hope and Strength in Times of Darkness".
The rhinoceros, as a species is under attack and in threat of vanishing from our planet forever, as a result of human greed and corruption. As these mental diseases place this benevolent beast on the brink of extinction, the rhino stands tall, and it has many allies among the very species that has put it in grave danger, willing to fight for its survival. Like the rhinoceros, we all have, at some point in our lives, found, or will find ourselves in situations that can turn our worlds upside down, and we all need something to remind us of the hope and strength that can be found deep inside, as well as from others. The rhino in this piece, offers the viewer a gladiolus flower - a symbol of the inner-power inherent in every human being, and a reminder that there is still great beauty in the world, even in the darkest of times.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
My friend Eric Gordon has an excellent art exhibit going on at Kefa Cafe in Silver Spring, Maryland, which I wrote about HERE at the Comics DC blog. Check it out!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
So far I think I've finally completed the rhino portion of my Alchemical Vessel for the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts exhibit and benefit next month. It's interesting, working with mediums I don't normally explore, and this project is pushing me in new directions, as an artist. Adding underglaze was a challenge, as it required many layers. It's also difficult to read, as the color changes somewhat while applying it on, unlike when adding paint. The use of underglaze hasn't allowed me to achieve the detail I would normally desire in a painting since it absorbs so quickly into the bisque-fired ceramic surface, yet I've taken a liking to the almost naive style that has resulted from it. It's progress, but I now consider the project only about a half of the way finished. Today I'll begin the underside of the bowl, applying underglaze to the pattern of Gladiolus flowers that span its circumference. I'll let it dry for a day or two, then finally, gently add a loose layer of clear glaze on both sides, with an emphasis on the word gently. Then it's one more layer of clear glaze, a day or two of drying, then finally into the kiln for a low firing at about cone 04. It's the application of clear glaze, and finally the kiln firing that has me a bit anxious, though I'm optimistic it'll all work out fine. Just have to stay patient and work carefully to the very end. More to come soon!
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
On Saturday, February 21st, Fantom Comics in Washington, DC will host the tenth anniversary party for The DC Conspiracy comics arts collective from 3-9 pm. The party will coincide with the release of Magic Bullet issue ten, with amazing cover art by Matt Dembicki, featuring work from local comic artists, including many of whom belong to the DCC. Fantom will also be exhibiting art by DC Conspiracy folks, both old and new, including some works by me (see above photo) one of which was featured on the cover of MB #8, and one inside the pages of the current issue. You can find Magic Bullet 10 at shops all throughout the greater DC region and beyond, including the CD Cellar in Falls Church, VA (below pic). The artwork and the stories in this issue are pretty spectacular, so check it out, and hope to see you at the party!