Think Pokemon Meets Nine Inch Nails & You Have A Hell Of A Correlation

Hello again dear readers,

I’m just stopping in to share the newest edition to my ongoing series APOKO-LIPS.  The piece is a rework of yet another piece I did early this year.  I reused a little of the same imagery but I added quite a bit and pretty much flipped it on its head to make it more literal.  I had my son make his hardest GANGSTA face while snapping a dozen photos.  I also used a shot of a Charizard figurine for the new composition.  I won’t go into much detail about what the piece means for me, but I’m sure you’ll form your own ideas about the art.

That being said, I posted the new angst-riddled, Pokemon themed work below along with the previous incarnation and a video where I made an attempt to capture the essence of the ideas behind the work.

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Acrylic, emulsion, oil pastel, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite and Elmer’s glue on watercolor paper, 2014

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The piece above is a previous incarnation.  I guess the ideas weren’t through bouncing around in my head just yet.

And now for the fun part!

Oh, I almost forgot.  

Before I go, I wanted to let you folks know, I still have a handful of the super sexy “Naked Lunch” limited editions available.  The high quality print is a small edition of 10 and so grab one while you can.  to visit my shop, just click here.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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No Topless Models Where Injured + The Artist Kicking The Shit Out Of Cars

Hello again dear readers,

The latest edition to my ongoing series APOKO-LIPS is finished.  It’s a rework of a theme I’ve played around with a bit already.  I’ve been getting things together for the new website I’m building and realized that I just wasn’t happy with the theme’s previous incarnations.  The piece is titled “Portrait Of The Artist Kicking The Shit Out Of Cars #4″.  The piece is pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t go into much detail about how it came to be.  The expression of frustration in this work can be interchangeable and chances are, you can project your own frustrations into the composition.

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Acrylic, emulsion, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite, oil pastel and Elmer’s glue on watercolor paper, 2014

In other news, I’ve been pretty busy shooting models and putting together new compositions for APOKO-LIPS.  One is another rework of a previous Pokemon themed piece titled “Burn It Down Charizard, Burn It All Down”.  Think Pokemon meets Nine Inch Nails.  I also just took photos for another Yves Klein inspired piece that will be a set of triptychs.  The shoot was at a rich gun nut’s house and thankfully, he had plenty of props and chunk laying around.

I’ve already started work on the paint-covered topless pieces and thankfully, I’m a better painter/designer than I am a photographer.

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While we were at it, I took photos for another piece I had in mind, but sadly I don’t think it’s going to work out.  The outlandish costumes reminded me of a Primus video but that’s not the reason.  We started with the swimming pool scene and ended it with it, but by the time I slung paint across the buxom models chest, it was getting dark and the final photos didn’t come out so great.  It’s possible that I’ll be able to edit them in way were the final photos will be usable, but I doubt it.  None the less, I wanted to share at least one of them below.

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Until next time,

Ckirk

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Flying Minotaurs Worry Not While Water Ballooning Young Ladies, 2014

Hello again dear readers,

I’m just stopping in to present my the latest addition to my ongoing series Apoko-Lips. Some of you may remember my quest to recreate my Minotaur as Avatar watercolors from 2013.  The first was reworked fairly easily.  It was called “One Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go”.  If you missed it, you can feast your eyes upon it by visiting last week’s blog.  

Since then, I managed to finish up the second of the trilogy.  It was as easy of a task as the previous piece.  I had to make four separate attempts before getting it right and I really didn’t get it right on four.  I had to collage in three or four pieces of previous attempts to complete the image.  It worked out good though, because for me, it looks like the minotaur is cracking open the sky just before bombarding the herd of nudes below.

In the end, I was pleased with the result.  I set out to make something a little more dynamic than the original watercolor and I think I did.  You can see both the 2013 and 2014 versions below.

Feel free to let me know what you think.

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“Flying Minotaurs Worry Not While Water Ballooning Old Ladies”,

2013

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“Flying Minotaurs Worry Not While Water Ballooning Young Ladies”,

2014

Until next time,

Ckirk

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I’m A Thief And A Shitkicker, And, Uh, I’d Like To Be Famous

Hello again dear readers,

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

I did.  I was pretty busy.  I finished up a few pieces I’d been working on for a while.  I also picked up a very interesting commission recently and acquired the imagery for the upcoming work over the last few days.  I’m now tasked to produce a composition featuring and focusing on five separate vaginas.

I’ll post some photos when the commission is complete.

In other news, I decided a while back that I wanted to reproduce a few of my minotaur as avatar-themed pieces from 2013.  The original three that I presented to the world were watercolors.  Two sold quickly, so I only have one left. I suppose the concepts aren’t through bouncing around in my head just yet because the new, reworked pieces simply HAVE to be part of my ongoing series “Apoko – Lips”.

Anyway, like Picasso, I’ve always been fascinated with Ovid’s minotaur from Greek mythology but I’m not sure how important the bull-headed creature actually is to the composition.  I feel like the idea embodied in the work could be more important.   Speaking of, the concept behind the painting “One Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go” reminds me of

Devine’s line from the John Waters Film “Female Trouble”.

The line is

“I’m a thief and a shitkicker, and, uh, I’d like to be famous.”

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Picasso wearing his minotaur mask.

That being said, the original 2013 piece was created using only watercolor and micron pen.  The current reworking was came to fruition by way of acrylic, emulsion, micron pen, oil pastel and Elmer’s glue, but photography played a huge role, as it always does with all my new “Apoko-Lips” pieces.  Without shooting the photographs of my pose, my paint covered pallet and the green oil paint smeared across canvas, it wouldn’t be the same.  I also made a composite from a handful of re appropriated photos to create the balloons and boom boxes.

 The original was extremely popular.  It was even selected for The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series last year.  The event was held in the African-American Museum in Dallas, Texas.  You’d think the piece’s popularity would’ve cast a huge cloud of doubt in my brain when I first decided to recreate it, but fortunately it didn’t.  I posted the insanely popular 2013 version of “One Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go” and the current embodiment of the concept below.

I hope the new version is received as well as the original but who knows if it will be?  I sent an image of the new painting to the collector that purchased the original and he fucking loved it!  He’s attracted to the “Explosive” quality the 2014 version exudes.

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“One Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go” 2013

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“One Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go” 2014

Feel free to let me know which version you like better and why.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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Unfortunately Young Earth Creationists Are So Easy To Ridicule, I Did It Unwittingly

Hello again dear readers,

It’s been a busy week and a half for me.  I received my test print for the limited edition of “Naked Lunch” and which is on sale now.  To help with supplies, I decided to have a Facebook Fall Sale on work made prior to this year and finally, I finished up a new piece of art.  Well, it’s more of a study really.  Most of the new mixed media emulsion pieces are studies because I plan to recreate a selection of the works on a larger scale.

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Sorting through works trying to select studies for enlargement.

That being said,

the new piece was created after reaching a personal goal I set 4 months ago.  I wanted to do a piece to celebrate and there’s much less hangover with art than booze.  It falls in line with the “Portrait Of The Artist Kicking The Shit Out Of Cars” pieces except instead of cars; it’s a T-Rex.

Fortunately, I had unintentionally done most of the photography earlier this year.   I had photos of my son’s Schleich T-Rex figurine and myself on file already.  I only needed to photograph the loaded barbell at the right angle, so I was able to put together the composition for this cartoonish work much faster than most of the works I’ve created this year.

 I made this piece for fun and without any conceptual forethougth but later realized it poked fun at young Earth creationists.  Apparently the group is so easy to ridicule that I did it unwittingly.  Whoops.

Take a look at the image below.   Yes, I know it’s absurd but so is life.  Maybe you’ll like it anyway. 

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Currently untitled,

Size yet to be determined,

Acrylic, watercolor, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite, emulsion & Elmer’s glue on watercolor paper, 2014

Until next time,

ckirk

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New Naked Lunch Limited Edition Prints & The Fall Sale Of 2014

Hello again dear readers,

I hope you’ve all had a good week.

I’m very happy.  I received my test print of the popular piece “Naked Lunch” and it is unbelievable.  It looks identical to the original.  The printers at Static Medium captured all the texture and detail!  I’ve decided to go ahead and release an edition of 10.  One has already sold, so there are currently only nine available.  The print measures 24″ x 11″ and is on heavy archival paper. Each print will be signed, numbered and are priced at $90 plus shipping.

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I am also considering a second option of a much larger print with a smaller edition.  If you’d like to discuss the larger option, contact me at info@ckirkart.com

To check out the new limited edition print of “Naked Lunch” just click

HERE.

In other news, I have a lot of new experimental work lying around half-finished and I’m a little light on supplies at the moment.  I guess that can be the downside to experimentation.  Anyway, because of this, I have decided to have a sale on art works this fall on facebook.  Works will be temporarily be discounted until midnight on Monday, October the 13th. If you see anything you just have to have, personal message me on facebook or email info@ckirkart.com.

To visit the Fall Sale album, just click

HERE.

If you’re not on facebook but still want to see some of the work that I’ve temporarily discounted,

you can visit my website

ckirkart.com

Until next time,

Ckirk

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.

 

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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

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#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

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#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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