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

ckirkart.com

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.

 

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

ckirkart.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

ckirkart.com

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

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