At the end of last year I produced an art calendar to promote my MFAD graduation exhibition. I think I’ll do it again this year using details from the Bonescape series.
I have had new frames made for The Henry Jones Art Hotel to show my unframed work. These are also the same style of frames for the upcoming show in June.
Last Monday I sold these three prints. It was the first time I have sold any of the ‘Too school for cool…’ edition and as I produced these works 2 years ago I have to admit I’m a tad jazzed. It is uplifting when the viewer reacts in such a positive way to what can be deemed as confronting imagery. Happy days.
Nothing like a pending deadline to motivate. Final works for June show.
What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you’ve made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between.
Leonardo da Vinci.
1. Studies of the arm showing the movements made by the biceps (c. 1510)
2. Studies of the muscles of the neck, shoulder, chest and arm (c. 1509-10)
3. View of a skull (c. 1489)
Does anyone have any insights into the reverse handwriting?
Last Monday these two works were sold.The buyer purchased one Bonescape and an hour later returned and bought another one. I love this person! Monday was a good day…
More memento mori music worth listening to. Introduction below I have taken from the clip…
“River Too Wide” is the 2nd music video from Matt Ellis’ “Births, Deaths & Marriages”. The track, a duet featuring his wife V, is an uptempo, Americana rocker that became the critically acclaimed album’s best-selling song shortly after its release.
Shot in the singers’ Venice Beach backyard, friends gathered to dress, act in and shoot the clip over an evening late Summer. Directed and edited by Ellis, “River Too Wide” is the follow up to, “Heart Of Mine” - the lead single from, “Births, Deaths…” which scored 3rd place in The International Songwriting Competition’s, “Best Video” category earlier this year.
Inspiration for the video flowed easily from Matt & V’s love for Mexico and its History. Before relocating to Los Angeles, The Australian couple spent several months in a small fishing village in the Yucatan, Mexico, where Matt wrote the majority of his previous album, “Tell the People”. It was during this time that Ellis began experimenting with duets and encouraged his wife to lend her voice to his songs.
Ellis’ wife, V is a collector of Dia de los Muertos folkart and so it was apt that as a first wedding anniversary gift, Matt hand-crafted a calavera (or “skull”) diorama. In it he recreated the scene of their nuptials on a friend’s sheep farm back in Australia. That unique gift has become their own ritual. The pair spend each anniversary together, creating a new calavera diorama, representing the most significant events of the year passed. They intend to have a collection of calaveras symbolizing each year of marriage.
These may be the last works I make here at UTAS. Very sad but I will have to find a new space to create…
All dressed up and nowhere to go… silk screen, 50 x 70cm
Stick a bird on it… silkscreen, gold leaf, 50 x 70cm
Just been down to The Henry Jones Art Hotel to check out work in the bar. Happy with how the Bonescape popped under the lighting.
Left: ‘Grateful to be dead…’ Right: Bonescape 44
In the spirit of memento mori…’remember that you are mortal’…Live life to the full, dead a long time…
Early days of the Bonescape series, 2010
Bonescape 4, 2010, u/s silk screen, gold leaf, liquid graphite wash, pastel, graphite pencil, indian ink, 56 x 76cm.
The series name originated from this work. The abstracted skeletal form appears to incorporate aspects of an aerial landscape, hence the name Bonescapes.