Nude Angels With Shaved Pubes Riding Flying Musical Doomsday Apparatus’

Hello again dear readers,

Despite the fact that I don’t believe a word of it, I’ve always been fascinated with the imagery that the book of revelations stirs up in the brain.  Read the excerpt below and you’ll see what I mean.

 

Revelation 16:1

1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Now that that’s out-of-the-way, I have to mention that I’m really excited. After working on my interpretation of the excerpt above off and on for most of the year, I finally finished up the second incarnation of studies for the 7 trumpeting angels that make their fabulous entrance after the opening of the 7th seal.   I also just finished scanning the pieces at high-resolution for presentation and hopefully enlargement at some point.

I know a year sounds like a long time to work on something but a lot went into the pieces.  The first phase of studies was initially created as a sort of collage. You see, each piece is composed from dozens of re appropriated photographs.  I spent a long time searching for imagery, piecing them together and deciding on the composition, which changed frequently.

 

 I also took measures to personalize each individual re-appropriated photo I used in order completely make the work my own.

 

The imagery I assembled is very literal and showcases for me at least, how unbelievable the whole concept seems when it’s taken literally. I tried to remove all the fear/creep-factor that’s associated with the subject of the seven seals out of the equation so that all you have left is simply a modern artist’s interpretation of the literal imagery described, which kind of looks like something you’d see in a super hero comic book. Of course, I added Jack Kirby/New Gods-style apparatus and to reference current public pubic preferences, made sure the angels all had shaved vaginas, but that’s neither here nor there.

 

I also decided to reference the blue stylings of Yves Klein.
I think the reference to Klein adds one more historic layer to the work despite the fact that it has absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter but everything to do with the nude women and the color blue.  The Klein reference was a last-minute decision and I’m still not sure it was the right one for these composition,
but the work need to be completed and I was tired of dragging the project out.

 

The final phase was to assimilate these fragmented works into seven single pieces.  I chose printmaking to do so.  Later, I embellished the work with micron pen, graphite, acrylic and watercolor.  Finally I sealed them all with Elmer’s glue and did the necessary scanning.  The works shown are the second incarnation.  I’m hoping to eventually enlarge the pieces.

 

 I’m currently calling them “Yves Angels” but only because I haven’t found a more clever name as of yet, but hopefully I will.

 

So, check out the images below if nude angels with shaved pubes riding flying musical doomsday apparatus’ is something you’d like to experience.

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#3,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_two

#2,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_one

#1,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_six

#6,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_four

#4,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_five

#5,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

angel_seven

#7,

Size yet to be determined,

Emulsion, watercolor, acrylic, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on recycled watercolor paper, 2014

I should mention

that because I am in the process of rebuilding my website, none of the new work I made this year is displayed there as of yet.  If you’re interested in any 2014 art, please contact me at

info@ckirkart.com

If you’d like to see work created prior to 2014, visit ckirkart.com by clicking the link below.

If you would like to suggest a title for the pieces, please leave your idea in the comment section.

Until next time,

ckirk

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Hordes Of Dallas Art Collectors Are Purchasing My Work Again?

Hello again dear readers,

This could be a very self-absorbed entry, so I’ll apologize in advance .

I haven’t been exhibiting my art in galleries this year.  I go through these periods from time to time, I guess mainly because I’m concentrating on other aspects of art.  In most cases, including this one, the lack of more personal public presentation can be chalked up to creative experimentation, research and learning.

However, I have recently become interested in exhibiting my work in Dallas again.  Not often, just once or twice a year.  I have only shown publicly in the city twice since 2010, for different reasons.  The first being that in 2010, I decided to concentrate  on reaching a global audience and collector base.  I have been fortunate because it actually happened pretty quickly and has continued. I now have hundreds of pieces hung in collections literally all over the world.  Thanks to a couple of extremely loyal and supportive collectors, the areas with the largest collections are probably in New York and London.

Thank you for your continued support.

While it is great in many ways, unfortunately, all the global concentration not to mention becoming a new father, left little time to maintain a presence or relationships in Dallas.  That being said, maybe a little too boastfully, I did show in Dallas twice last year.  I was selected for the Red Bull Canvas Curates last year.  The event was held at the “Life” building in Deep Ellum.  A few months later in 2013, I exhibited at the African-American Museum as a part of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.  Most of the artists I encountered were younger artists a little newer to the scene, but I did run into a handful of the guys I used to exhibit with.  It was really great to see them.  I’ve been trying to stay in contact since the events.

Anyway, I’ll get back to the point of this blog entry.  Like I mentioned above, the vast majority of my sales in the last four years have come from every where but Dallas.  However, I have noticed a significant amount of recent sales that have come from local Dallas art collectors almost exclusively.  I’d say the number is currently around 80% Dallas buyers this year.

I’m not sure why this is occurring but if this trend continues and I can find the right Dallas based gallery to present my work with, I will be doing so.

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“Epoh” created in 2012,was the most recent sale to a repeat Dallas-based collector.

None of this will probably matter to the majority of my readers, collectors, and friends as most of you are not residents of the city but this is something I’ve been milling over for a little while now and decided to put it out into the world to see what happens.  I also wanted to give a shout out to my new and repeat Dallas art collectors.

Thank you for the continued support.

Until next time,

ckirk

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Drunk Art Monsters

Hello again dear readers,

If you’re drunk and it’s not safe to leave the house, you must assume the party is over. However, if you’re drunk, it’s not safe to leave the house but you are an art monster… you may enjoy the video

“This is Modern Art – Lovely Lovely”. 

This is my least favorite of the 6 part series but whatever; it’s still a fun flick.

Until next time,

ckirk

ckirkart.com

 

Yves’ Angels, Minotaurs As Avatars, Soft Machines & Jealous Girlfriends Destroy Nude Art

Hello again dear readers,

I’m happy.  It’s been an incredibly busy week.  Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t like to stay busy with errands and the other adult stuff that causes an otherwise rational human being to consider blowing his or her fucking head off, but thankfully there wasn’t too much of that over the last few days.  No, I stayed busy with my work which is an endeavor that generally keeps me sated with life while creating at least,  and insures that I stay reasonably sane.

Anyway enough of the introduction.  After working on the pieces off and on since last year,  I finally finished up the initial studies for the 7 trumpeting angels that make their fabulous entrance after the opening of the 7th seal.  The imagery I assembled is very literal and showcases for me at least, how unbelievable the whole concept seems when it’s taken literally. I tried to remove all the fear/creep-factor that’s associated with the subject out of the equation so that all you have left is simply a modern artist’s interpretation of the literal imagery, which kind of looks like something you’d see in a comic book. Of course, I’ve added Jack Kirby/New Gods-style apparatus and made sure the angels all had shaved vaginas, but that’s neither here nor there. I also decided to reference the blue stylings of Yves Klein.

I’ll get imagery for the angel pieces up on the ol’ blog once I have them.

If that wasn’t enough, I also completed two other studies which are re-workings of my highly popular 2013 watercolors “Once Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go” and “Flying Minotaurs Worry Not While Water ballooning Old Ladies”.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to go on and on about more work that I don’t  yet have photographs to show you. Instead I’ll tell you about my most recent commission.

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Minotaur As Avatar 2013 watercoors that I’m currently reworking.

The commission was for a cool guy that has collected work from me since 2008.  Anyway, the last work he acquired from me was three tasteful collages made from tons of Playboy Magazine content.  Unfortunately, his previous girlfriend became jealous of the commissioned nudes and in a frenzy preceded to utterly destroy them.  Fortunately, his new lady is much more stable and cool.  She commissioned me to recreate his favorite of the original pieces for his 27th birthday.  There was no way I could have surfaced with an identical replacement so I used some printmaking skills to replicate the deceased piece instead.

The collector was very happy and completely surprised by the birthday gift.

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“Sapp’s Pop’d”, 2014

Bare with me; this is the last bit of news below. I promise.

 This week, I was strumming through some of my older works and located some paintings and drawings from 2011.  I decided to arrange the pieces as 4 separate diptychs.  The pieces are done in charcoal and mixed media.  Most are on paper or bristol but the piece below, “Soft Machines” is on two separate canvas’.

I have temporarily put these pieces up for sale at a discounted price.  

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“Soft Machines”, 2011

To see what else is on sale, check out my shop page by clicking HERE.

Until next time,

ckirk

ckirkart.com

 

I Heard Painting Is Dead But Couldn’t That Just Be “Shit In The Pool Mentality”?

Hello again dear readers,

For quite a while now I’ve read many articles with a common theme; painting is dead.  The article content has ranged from painting greats like David Hockney discussing the changes he’s seen over the course of his career, new painting schools opening up to oppose conceptual art’s heyday, beloved art critics throwing in the towel, and finally people covering the angle of prestigious art universities who lack painting instruction.  Despite the different angles, all the articles have one common battle cry.  Artists should learn to draw.

I know how to draw, paint with various media, make prints, video, sculpt,  and do assemblage but I don’t believe someone should learn to draw in order to be considered an artist.  After all, in a traditional sense, Pollock was a horrible draftsman and so was Basquiat.  On the flip side, both Picasso and Willem de Kooning were extremely gifted at drawing but chose to throw draftsmanship out the window.  Andy Warhol wasn’t too bad with a pencil either but chose printmaking as his primary medium.

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De Kooning drawing before abstract expressionism

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De Kooning drawing after abstract expressionism

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David Hockney

In A BBC documentary “Secret Knowledge” David Hockney even damn-near proved that Renaissance artists such as  Lorenzo Lotto and  Jan Van Eyck used a form light projection with sunlight and concave mirrors to copy their subjects to canvas.  These works have been admired for ages in art history books.  With this new knowledge that Hockney presented, should we now throw out our old ideas about these beloved Renaissance paintings and their importance?  Does it matter if the underdrawings were traced?  

Are the works not still beautiful?

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Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait

Whether an artist can draw or not isn’t really relevant.  It hasn’t been for a very long time and I don’t believe it should be now.  The rise of iconoclasts and the art movements they championed in the 20th century should prove that point without a doubt.

Anyway,  The alleged problem in this topic isn’t new.  After all, conceptual art isn’t new and as we’ve just discussed above, neither is breaking the rules in art.  Conceptual art is just believed to be dominating the high-end areas of the art world and it is.  That being said, I have to say that I still see a lot of really great painting happening.  I also know several painters who attend the Frieze Art Fair and Miami Art Basil.    There are also still plenty of great galleries that continue to exhibit paintings.  I don’t think Painting is dead at all.  I’ve made way too much money off of painting for the skill to be deceased.  I think we’ve just been witnessing resurgence of an old movement similar to that of cubism, abstract expressionism and pop art.  Everything has it’s day in the sun but I’m sure something else will come along eventually to steal the spot light.

 Considering the fact that history often repeats itself,  that something may be a collective renewal of technique in painting but maybe not.

I think the trick is to try to stay positive, experiment and grow.  I see how this could prove difficult if you’re a painter with the Popeye motto of, “I am’s what I am’s and that’s all that I am’s”.  I think this is the Stuckist’s problem.  I’ve visited their websites and read their articles.  For the most part, all they seem to do is to pick things apart and complain.  Their attempt to compare Damien Hirst’s work to some of his less successful contemporaries was laughable in most cases.  There were certainly similarities and influences apparent, but most of Hirst’s work was more impressive and he greatly expanded on the idea.  He made something new and unique out of it.  He made the subject matter his own.

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This is the type of mentality that insists that because someone else painted spots, no one else should be allowed to do so.  Or because an artist used a goat in an assemblage, no one else can.  Well, what about Raushenberg?  As far as I know, he was the first to use a goat way back when.   Does that mean the fellow Damien Hirst supposedly ripped off, first ripped off Raushenberg?  Who cares?  What’s the harm in building on something else?  There’s an artist named Gavin Turk who has made a very successful career off of building upon existing works.  Turk imitates legendary artists but he slightly modifies or adds to the famous works of art.  He makes them his own.

It’s absolutely brilliant!

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Gavin Turk

My point is, all this complaining and closed mindedness is something I’d like to call… shit in the pool mentality.  Basically, someone isn’t allowed to swim anymore and they shit in the pool so no one else can swim either.

Pool Turd

It doesn’t serve anybody and doesn’t change anything.  It just makes you look like an asshole.

You could always try to think of the situation from the curators point of view as well.  One possible view-point is, large sculpture that creates spectacle is making them huge amounts of money.  Naturally, they will continue to exhibit and sell as much as they can while the work is lucrative.  I mention the next possible view-point of the curator only after reiterating that I am among other things, a painter.  Here it is.  It could prove very difficult to find just the right paintings to hang in the vicinity of a giant, reflective balloon dog or large, ominous Tiger shark  contained in a tank.  The paintings would probably need to be very large and very stimulating in order to even attempt to hold their ground against sculptures of the above mentioned magnitude.

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Jeff Koons

This post could go on and on but I’m not going to bother with much more typing.  It’s possible plenty of folks who read this may pick the post apart and insist that my view-point is flawed.  My view-point may be flawed.  That’s entirely possible.  I’m diplomatic about the topic, most likely because I work with many different mediums and have an eclectic tastes. There are lots of different types of work that I believe are beautiful.  Even then the beauty of an art work depends on each viewers interpretation of beauty.  Because of this simple fact, there can’t  be an absolute in art; only personal opinions and preferences.

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Art VS Reality

I have many different opinions on what good art is and occasionally, it’s rather bad art that I like.  I enjoy painting, sculpture, installations, multimedia, even artists like Mike Kelly.  I still admire Rembrandt.  I even enjoyed the popular video series “Art VS Reality.  I like to do different things and experiment with different media art.  I love old traditions and techniques, but I’m kind of glad that Jeff Koons giant, reflective balloon animals exist in the world.

Life is absurd even when it’s tragic and as they say, “Art imitates Life,” so there you go.

Feel free to let me know what you think in the comment section.

Until next time,

ckirk

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Popular piece “Naked Lunch” Available as Limited Edition Prints?

Hello again dear readers,

Last week I posted an image of a new piece I had been working on.  I was happy with the result.  “Naked Lunch” was very popular on different social media sites.  In fact, the sexy mixed media piece is probably one of the first finished works that I have been really happy with this year.  Anyway, without making this post too long, I’ll get to the point.  Because of the public response to “Naked Lunch”, I am considering making a small number of limited edition prints of the piece available.  

I’m not sure exactly what size these prints will be, so I’ll have contact my printer but from past experience, I’m sure a moderate size print would run collectors between 60 and 90 dollars.  Anyway, before making any final decisions, I’m hoping to hear from readers and followers to gauge response and opinions.

If a limited edition print is something you would be interested in, please email me at info@ckirkart.com

Below is the original piece “Naked Lunch”.

I uploaded a pretty large image so you can see all of the texture and detail.  You can even click it a second time to really zoom in.

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Until next time,

ckirk

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Pretty Ladies From Lui – An Old Work Made Available

Hello again dear readers and happy Monday,

I know what you’re thinking.  What’s so good about it?

Well, check this out.

I spent last week finishing up a commission, so I don’t have any new work to share, but I’m blogging to spread a little news.  As you may know, I’ve been having special deals on a selection of smaller works lately.  I wanted to let you know I made a really cool piece from around 2011 available this morning.  Actually it consists of two drawings, but should be exhibited as on piece.  The work “Two Women From Lui Magazine” has never been featured on my website and as far as I know, has never been available for purchase.

Anyway, If you like pretty ladies, check out the newly available work below.

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To see details and special pricing for this piece and to see what else I have available at special pricing,

visit my Shop page.

Until next time,

ckirk

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