“I hear you’re an artist. What kind of art do you make?”
Depending on the type of work that you make, this could be one of the most awkward introductions you might face. The lines between art fields can get pretty blurry sometimes. More often than not, the person asking is really looking for a term that they know: painter, sculptor, drawer, graphic artist, etc. But what if you do several of them? How do you answer then?
In this entry, I’ll discuss the differences between a few artist classifications. I’ve also designed set of informative graphics that explains their differences by using funny food analogies. Check out the different classifications. Which one describes you?
What a head-banging start to the new year already! We’re on a mission to bring our passions with a vengeance: hard rock, heavy metal and motorcycle riding culture back into our lives and art. Big dreams and plans for new designs that come full circle to where this journey started: wearable and sculptural kick-ass art from Artwork Cubed! Speaking of, here are are some of my coolest custom pieces:
“Tattoo for Sarah” – Custom, hand cut kiln formed glass; hardware fabric and industrial parts. Approx. 8″ sq.
Wrist cuff of leather, copper and stained glass.
Custom Light Box
“Common Thread” – Stainless Steel and Plastic Mesh, Leather cord, Various industrial parts
We started by checking out a set by metalcore band, Play the Victim, to welcome into the family our new 19 year old, vocalist nephew. Great set at Rocketown in Nashville and proud to have another metalhead in the clan! Check out this track http://playthevictimtn.bandcamp.com/track/catalyst and show ’em some love on their facebook page. Gotta keep an eye on the up-and-comers!
This week we raged on at Lamb Of God’s “Sturm und Drang” tour with the mighty Anthrax at Marathon Music Works. KILLER show that also included the band Power Trip who put in a thrashin’ performance. Next month, the relentless, “Repentless” SLAYERRRRRR!!!!! https://www.wmarocks.com/events/detail/slayer-2016-wma. Shout out ya’ll to let us know you’ll be there and we’ll hook up!
We’re on the prowl for future show dates and scheming ways to connect with YOU…we and 68 Artwork Cubed initiates did some major connecting at the July 2015 show. Here’s the coin (logo on reverse) they all got and me, post-show, with a sample of some of the love…washable ink stamps of my logo, one for them…68 for me!
My handwriting on the other…
Afterwards…”The End is an invitation to begin”, (Stephanie Pruitt Gaines from “Close Reading”)
We need you to continue to connect and inspire with us to create awesome new designs to bring to the Nashville metal community. We know you’re out there! Help us bring the 2016 metal evolution and let’s ride!
I kicked off the new year by creating a piece I started in 2011 that was originally intended as a wedding gift for our nephew Daniel and his talented wife Eden (Eden Frangipane Photography). Things were going splendidly when suddenly the muses fell silent. Something was missing, elusive, beyond me. Maybe I would finish it for their third anniversary, but no, still it was not yet time. Until recently….
Here is the fused glass component as it was in 2011, (double layer kiln formed glass with mica letter inclusions and transparency of their photo), patiently awaiting the right moment…
Then the moment came. The couple has brought forth a new soul, their first child, daughter Basil. And the muses sang, now they are three!
The concept and design are inspired by their enchanting ceremony/reception, and are distilled from their lovely, organic wedding materials: the photo (included in the wedding invitation), the rehearsal dinner invitation cover (copy seen here, original now permanently affixed to the back), the shape of the leather hang tag from the envelope address label…
now with the addition of an element that literally ties the entire piece together: the tricolor braided wire to symbolize three souls now woven into one. (Click for larger pics; Detailed description at bottom of post)
Serendipity graced us when I presented it yesterday: with Basil’s parents, grandparents and great grandparents all present on Mimi’s birthday (her great grandmother and my loving mother-in-law)! I was delighted to meet and hold sweet Basil and, as icing on the cake, the piece coordinates with the decor in her room so they plan to display it there. All things in good time, indeed.
The muses are smiling. I am happy and thankful. It is one of my favorite pieces.
(Glass suspended by braided copper wire (through channels in glass) in painted wooden box padded with white leather and trimmed in torch fired copper. Hand tooled and aged leather tag, quote from original rehearsal dinner invitation written in the hand of Daniel’s creative mother, and my signature on back. Stands on rubber feet or hang.)
I’ve just gotten word that my profile has been posted into the Metro Arts Artist Registry! Check it out at: http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/profile/detail/35522. Be sure to scroll down for pics. Next step: add upcoming events!!!
Be sure to check out the rest of the site while you’re there. Looking forward to an exciting new year!
Thanks also to everyone who helped and to those who came out in support! I hope you all enjoy your new artworks! More pieces are available now at Picture This (my gallery page on their website is being updated as I write).
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that during my presentation at ARTable last Saturday night, one of the pieces from my new “Astral Musings” collection was chosen to become part of the permanent collection for Nashville’s “Arts at the Airport“!
I am deeply humbled by this privilege. My sincere thanks to Deann Bradford (Exec Director, Leadership-Donelson Hermitage) and Matt Fischer (Chair, Metro Nashville Arts Commission) for this honor. And uncharacteristically at a loss for other words to express my gratitude and excitement! Stay tuned for more info and pics of 2015 ARTable!!!
Fresh from the kiln this morning. This piece is tangible evidence of the guiding philosophy of my art practice, “Solve et Coagula”, (breaking something apart and putting it back together, stronger). It started out as a birthstone bowl that met with a tragic fate. Instead of trashing the many pieces its owner bravely returned them to me. I fused them back together with additional glass and the gift to me was inspiration to attempt my first drape! It turned out beautifully and I am grateful.
As my favorite month comes to a close and I begin to gear up for ARTable in the fall, I realize I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to share our May trip to DC! (There are several pictures/galleries as you scroll through the story.)
This was our first trip and thanks to cousin Haley, a graduate student at George Washington University and the Collections Management Intern for Museum Anthropology, the best vacation ever!!!!
We stayed in a townhouse with Aunt Chris and Uncle Butch a few blocks from Eastern Market on one side and the Navy Yard on the other.
We visited a different area each of the 7 days we were there. But of all the sites, activities and art I have to say “The Divine Comedy, Heaven, Purgatory and Hell revisited by Contemporary African Artists” at The Smithsonian was the most engaging and thought provoking: mixed and multi-media, photography, installation, video…you name it…so skillfully done! I’d love to see it again. No pics of the exhibit but here a couple shots of the grounds:
I even got to meet and have lunch with my friend Elaine Pirozzi (click here to read her story) who was the first to interview me for Career 2.0. Here we are in front of Kramer Books, Dupont Circle, after lunch:
Afterwards we visited the nearby “Phillips Collection“. A private collection of some of the most amazing art that is a must see, even for folks who think they don’t know art. You will. A famous and unbelievable surprise at every corner from classic to contemporary!
We traveled on foot, by Metro, DC Circulator and taxi (when necessary) to all the usual destinations and then some. We went from one end of the mall to the other. We shopped in Georgetown, visited the Old Stone House, wined and dined at some delectable eateries including Founding Farmers, partook of the offerings at Eastern Market, enjoyed fine cocktails at the exclusive speakeasy, Harold Black, brunched like royalty and and lest I forget, set sail on a day trip to Alexandria to visit The Torpedo Factory on the Potomac! Enjoy these select shots and I look forward to seeing you in the fall!
What a thrill and an honor to have my work in the company of such amazingly talented artists and creatives! (Click here for some great candid shots by my dear and talented photographer friend Chris Scruggs (“The Other Chris Scruggs.)
I’m still basking and processing it all. Stephanie Pruitt has pulled off the season’s most smashing art soiree! Pre-ticket sales were record setting and last check there were over 600 visitors! Wow! What a whirlwind immersion experience. I reconnected with folks I haven’t been able to speak with in a while and made some new friends, too. I can’t thank Stephanie and everyone at OZ Arts Nashville for this unbelievable opportunity.
Here’s the poem we all interpreted, by Stephanie Pruitt. My piece represented the lushness of alliteration in the phrases “the floats and falls” and “shadow and shine”. The recirculating water was a metaphor for “The End is an invitation to begin”.
Close Reading (bold emphasis mine)
Ask questions both obvious and obscure.
Grow to appreciate the shadow and shine,
how most simmered pots of good vs. evil are an unseasoned soup.
Notice what is there and not. Notice patterns. Notice what you notice.
Embrace the barreling grasp of fear that can propel,
and the freedom of a blank page that can paralyze.
Know that scissoring backwards from the conclusion
can’t pinky promise an aha, but proves you’ve survived the floats and falls & …ever after,
rememberingThe End is an invitation to begin.
I’d also like to thank Seed Space (on Facebook) for trusting me with this fledgling project. And to all 68 of the brave souls at the July 2015 Art Crawl who dared enter the “Solve et Coagula” initiation multimedia enclosure, my sincere gratitude. I wish I had a pic of the front but my entire crew was busy INSIDE!!!!
I hope you enjoy and share the photos we took of your initiation! I also hope you’ll hang onto the special coins (that is indeed MY handwriting on the back, “Friend Request”).
In the meantime I’ll be working on that glass artwork I promised that will fused together all your names in YOUR handwriting!
If I am lucky enough to have future performance opportunities my goal is to create a collaborative artwork from each performance and display them at each showing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope all our paths cross again!
Solve et Coagula (keep evolving) and safe travels, my new friends!