or: "A Rant"
This was an OLD painting; dating back to 1998. I had a potential buyer--so I thought I'd get a hi-rez pic before I part with it...which may or may not happen...anyway; I did this towards the end of my 5 (?!) year run @ CCS in downtown Detroit. I had found some modicum of success at the time, though I don't think folks knew what to do with this series (there's a set) in which I depicted Pan, Hercules and the Devil (in this instance Ulysses stood in), and their quest for the "Enchanted Pineapple". Who knows, I was probably just being a pretentious art student--though at the time could feel my days numbered and the safe, sheltered walls closing in...maybe this was an "ironic" statement and kiss-off to all the coffee-drinking hippie/beatniks.
I’m such a big man.
What an idealist.
What a lonely, missed-the-train loser.
This is such a touchy subject. "FINE ART". What constitutes it being "fine-arty" and what just looks like you thru a frame on a design you did @ work?! I mean, I view almost every piece of scrap DAN KRALL or JUSTIN THOMPSON does as pure, expressionistic genius; whether it be with a brush, a pen or a wacom. Why do I hate so many others?!?
But still, I wonder if I painted more like this now, I might actually be asked to join in some of those hip group shows all the kids are doing. It's a hard experience for me and my ego to take in when I go to these gallery/shows: perhaps I'm overwhelmed by the clones of Biskup and other copycatic sycophants. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jim Flora as well as the next guy; adore the Provensens too. We ALL love the same reference materials we each pull from in our daily trade(s)…but for me, painting has always been an escape from the doodles and grind; an experience of pushing and mixing a medium that so lends itself to expression and feeling—where I want to forget form and flatness. But that’s just me. And that’s probably why I’m not a cool kid that gets invited to cool kid art shows. I do, however, take most of the blame: Mr. Gibson had been kind enough to offer me a spot a few years back for the 8-bit show, but due to time (I was full steam ahead in 3 pilots), and my inability to decide which "style" I should go for, prevented me from making the deadline. I can't remember if that was before or after he insulted my CIRCUS PEANUT pilot. Priceless.
I need to mix it up I suppose. Venture out. Beg.
All this being said, Lou Romano’s stuff that I saw awhile back totally blew my mind. How cool and inspiring it was for me to see one of our guys, top of our field, not afraid to break out of his comfort zone and put some fingerprints on his work!