some arty (or not so) chit chat by John Casey
The Compound Gallery has a very, very cool printmaking show up now titled “It’s Alive!”. So many great installations in this show. The whole show is pretty much a big collaboration of prints by Melissa Brown, Kevin Bradley, Kevin Haas, Nathan Haenlein, Adriane Herman, Eric Hongisto, Amanda Knowles, Jeanne Lorenz, Anthony Ryan, Camilla Taylor, Richard Wohlfeiler, Defne Beyce, David Spiher, Zach Clark, Mari Pinotti, Moonyoung Sung, Jaymie Johnson. In the back gallery is an intriguing show of prints by inmates at San Quentin Prison. Makes me want to venture into printmaking some!
Aside from painting sculpture, I generally have not painted seriously for 20-something years. My BFA major at MassArt was Painting but after graduating, I quickly moved into sculpture end eventually drawing. Anyway, I have ventured back into the world of color and here is a few pics to show my process.
Some in progress pics here from the Carpe Diem event at Loakal in Oakland. I was super impressed with the work of the 20 artists, especially the ones who worked for almost the full 24 hours on their piece. Although I made some edits on mine periodically, I managed to work for about 13 hours with a dinner break. I’ll tell you, six hours at a stretch is my usual maximum. At a certain point I experience diminishing return on my effort due to fatigue. Needless to say I am super sore still from the hours of standing, squatting, ladder stepping, and arm moving. I will take some pics later this week of the finished works in the show along with artists names.