These are portraits made in Novenber and December the portrait of Jim D. may still change and I may photograph it again when it settles. Portraits are from live sittings of between two and nearly three hours. And then painted later often using photographs from sittings . 41 X 29.5 " 2013
The future turned out different than I expected. Many of the same artists who were famous in the 1960's are still famous ,still selling and exhibiting though they are quite dead. Dead doesn't seem to stop one's career in visual arts indeed it maybe easier without the artist around to say things and do things that may upset the clients. Years ago a typical tombstone advertisement in an art magazine would note the artists represented who were deceased, it might say Estate of so and so now however dead artists are just marketed without notice of this change of status .
News - My Neon sign lost in sale of Shinder's property at 8th several years back. My sign was on Hennepin Avenue Shinders for many years at it's original location at 7th and Hennepin (see photo above). The glass was bent by Beth Juliar a neon artist in TC and a friend of Chris Woodward an Artpolice founding member. This photo was taken May 1, 2007 the day I married Pamela. @ Shinder's window .
MADE HERE E Block Hennepin at 6th (with Pamela Gaard ) A little history will not kill you.
Exhibition on E-Block in windows of closed businesses, sponsored by Hennepin Theatre Trust . The installation of the simultaneous portraits I do with my wife Pamela are on 6th Street opposite the old arts building and near the new Cowles Dance Center on Hennepin Avenue in the heart of downtown Minneapolis U$A.. This exhibition was organised by independent curator Joan Vorderbruggen who is a tireless worker in the effort to create a better more open situation for the artists in this region. The window I share with my spouse Pamela is on the 6th street near the bus stop on Hennepin Avenue.
Saturday - How do we commoditify human grief? Everything has a price save that which is priceless hence all art is a bargain.
BLOG FROM from pirate WORD made while internet was out of order ( no internet after attacks on Syria!) or was it threats of attacks ? Listening to Jay Z which is kind of like listening to everybody. Given how eclectic rap has become in morfing into pop rap – that song on the radio “this woman’s on fire” something like that young singer, on fire with her hit song. All of us remember the power of a hit song. I’m not big into Jay Z he seems the favorite of my younger boys. I like more nasty raps, lately one song from 2 Chainz has been in heavy rotation.
If life is but a dream then art is the reality show? A movie made of still pictures. Don't ask me you'll get a binary response, I'm just too French in the mind for these midwestweners, spawn of the hayseed hippies. No ambition here save to prosper but always at the expense of someone else's cheap labor. The institutions prosper continue to thrive and exist indeed this is a great town for art if your a museum or arts foundation. But commercial galleries fail, DIY galleries fail but never the big box art museums. How could this state of affairs change?
I like animals. I don't like to take care of them say like the family dog when I was a kid. I liked horses riding horse yes very fine thing to do and enjoy. Plus girls and horses is the name of one game or version of a game of pony love. So this love and that love create a certain opening for other animals like say the woodpecker. Woodpeckers are noisy let's get past that quickly. Down by the river in the Spring the woodpeckers make quite a lot of racket. Wakes you up, you think someone is hammering or worse a nail gun on a nearbye roof!
Yiddish phone sex - long story - Sex is an ocean. My work has always had sexual content even in disguise for times when free speech is more dangerous. Even my fascination with the Hebrew mystical traditions had a very sexual dimension for me. The Sefiroths are gendered my images in the spheres are either men or women but not mixed together. A non-verbal ( which I consider myself not having a deep grasp of writing of grammar even). No I try to write from same place I paint in and draw in . in someways I think I am a savant or what my dear Mom would call some one who is "touched".
PLEASE STAND BY This is a test had this been an actual blog I'd already be digressing. My son says I shouldn't blog directly into browser and here I am doing that very thing. I like the directness like email straight ahead no chaser. Painting Archie Bush the donor behind the Foundation that bears his name in St Paul. It's a bit like painting a ghost using a black and white original as the official pics in color are awful. More to follow.