When coincidences and serendipity happen they are considered pleasant reassurances in my book. Doing something for the first time (like every single painting one creates) may contain a bit of uncertainty. The artist may be unsure about many things: is the message accessible? Is this tint of red correctly conveying a strong sense of rage? (Ha ha -- my polished artists are laughing at this point. They know creative folk don't think about that stuff in the moment of creation. But they sure as hell do in the 'post production phase'. I digress.)
Receiving a sign from outside sources -- you know, "hey man, good job". "Nice hat". An unsolicited hug from your lover. It's feedback. It's reassurance. Then there are the slightly more obscure events -- like when you are thinking of a friend you haven't seen in years, and then next up on the radio is his favorite hip hop song. That bond still exists. I think they call it synchronicity. Things not normally associated all of a sudden have a connection -- yeah, those kind of coincidences. That's where I'm at for this blog entry.
This body of work is titled "Going Down". It's the other side of the coin for the last body of work, "Looking Up". In Looking Up the paintings considered using what we have to go forward. In Going Down we are falling gracefully into darkness. We are celebrating the beauty in the evil. Devils were once angels, right? And in that regard we are still finding good/beauty/positive in what most consider bad/ugly/negative -- just slightly more sinister. More red. More horns.
|pee no evil|
A bottle of wine was purchased back in January before the Going Down painting started. Pinot noir. Love Chilean wine. Hadn't looked at it since. Enjoyed it last week. Noticed the label -- "Pinot Evil". Huh. Whadacoincidence.
And then also last week all the existing lumber in my inventory was added up for the upcoming framing of these new paintings. Multiple lengths of wood were measured and a few rounded to the nearest inch. The total accrued length in inches? 666.
So yeah, I guess I am on track with this body of work. Thanks for the good omens. The upcoming exhibition, "Going Down" debuts at Ember Audio + Video located at 690 North Trade Street in downtown WS. The show is up for the month of August with a free public reception on Friday, August 5 at 6p.