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After The Elections My 2013-2016 Series Apoko-Lips Began To Look A Little Too Prophetic

Hello internet,

I’m sure many of you are frightened and that’s okay.

I was a little scared before going to bed Tuesday night.  The math eventually made it clear that, despite what the media claimed, Hilary Clinton didn’t have a chance of winning by the Electoral College.  I awoke the next morning and the fear had slipped away.  The prospect of novelty arose.  I’m not saying that Trump’s novelty will be good or bad or if he’ll even make it into office.  I honestly don’t know.  The only thing I know, from experience, is that real change is ugly and I think we can all admit, Donald Trump has been perceived as very ugly.  Anyway after much contemplation, my 2013-2016 series Apoko-Lips began to look a little too prophetic.  Now I’m not claiming I knew how this election was going to play our or what it would reveal, but I knew something was coming round the bend during the creation of the turbulent series.  After all, you can’t have a nation full of flaky people with microscopic attention spans and unsubstantiated mob mentality running riot on social media without some surprises.  Anyway, The series focused on us, our faults, our misuse of technology, and methods of liberation.  Not surprisingly, Apoko-Lips was ignored by the mainstream and I sold very little of the series.  In fact, I damn near went bankrupt, but I kept making the work for over two years because I felt it was important.  After the hopeful illusion of another Clinton Presidency was shattered, it became clear to me, why the series was ignored.  

Apoko-Lips is obviously word play on apocalypse.  In popular culture, the word has become associated with the end of the world.  In actually it means ‘To reveal’.  Apocalypse is derived from the Greek word  from Greek apokalyptein “uncover, disclose, reveal,” from apo- “from” (see apo-) + kalyptein “to cover, conceal”

Anyway, we’ve yet to see if the world will end, but I’d say with the biased media coverage revealed and the latest wikileaks, some things have certainly come to light.

 That being said, Apoko-Lips initiated toward the end of 2013. I was suddenly struck, then obsessed with pictorial concepts of strange messengers. These concepts came to fruition in a collection I now call the Apoko-Lips – Primer.  These large oil paintings featured ominous harbingers, I called ‘Furies’, who foreshadowed a tremendous change.  Mostly the messengers were ethnic, female, and had prosthetics to overcome disabilities.  The ones which weren’t disabled or ethnic wore animal heads or were being eating by sharks before a napalm explosion.  The largest of the paintings was titled, “Gozer Does Planet Earth” and it featured a misogynistic demagogue spewing fire and riding a black balloon.  A living rainbow with a female face struggled to escape from the balloon and military helicopters swarmed around her head.

I put the oil paints away for the 2nd phase of Apoko-Lips, which was titled ‘Initiation’ and was created with mixed media, photography, and emulsion.  These works  were less ominous in appearance and used hand written graphite messages.  They were a collection of allegories depicting transmutation through personalized interpretation of archaic symbolism.  ‘Initiation’ took a look at contemporary culture, the velocity of information and life lived online through high-tech touch screens.  Eventually, it shifted my contemplation inward.  Actions and movements interrupted by glitch, were emphasized in the 2014/2015 Initiation works as a “Note to self” or memento of the physical body, the external world, and to reboot consciousness.  


In other words, it was an attempt to pull the ‘Matrix’ plug out of my ass and become sane again.  It was also an unheard plea for the masses to put their smart phones down for a moment, get in tune with their intuition, and pay attention to the real world.ckirk_thirteen_bExample #13

“Take the red pill or blue pill, or you can take a 1/4 teaspoon of this & release the goddamn’d Kraken”

Now if that doesn’t describe exactly what happened in the 2016 elections, what does?

There are other pieces as well, with plenty of titles that describe what happened this year: “T-Minus 15”, “Burn Down Charizard, Burn It All Down”, “Flying Minotaurs Worry Not While Water Ballooning Young Ladies”, “The Problem With Getting Bigger & Stronger, Is That your Dick Stays The Same Size”.


I expanded the techniques in the third phase and added watercolor.  The 2015 Behold The Son Of GRID additions to Apoko-Lips feature outlandish entities who revealed declarations that could be considered confusing, presumptuous, and vitriolic.  ‘Vitriolic’ is the word I chose to use to describe the statements in the work back in 2015.   In chemistry, vitriol is an archaic name for a sulfate. The name comes from the Latin word “vitriolum” for glassy, as crystals of several metallic sulfates resemble pieces of colored glass.  Basically it’s sulphuric acid.  In Alchemy, vitriol was a motto which meant to ‘Purify’.  Anyway, ‘Vitriol’ is also a word I’ve been reading a lot in the media the last few days.  Perhaps the media, as well as the rest of us, should have read the message in the piece below, which may have given us an idea of what was coming round the bend.


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Example #24 “I Give You The Trivium”

Which basically adds up to, listen, process, act, or to put it simply, refrain from ‘Thinking with the emotions’ which will almost always lead to a reaction rather than an action.


Anyway, the Behold The Son Of GRID works eventually led to upheaval and discord in every area of my personal life and drove me to the edge of sanity. Fortunately, change is the only constant and I rose from the ashes as an old bard with epics full of metaphor, monsters, and glory in Apoko-Lips – The MR MIRACLE Mythos.  This 4th phase saw liberation from duality and the return to sanity.

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Example #25 “Excappare”

Excappare is latin for ‘Take your cape off’, which roughly translates into english as ‘Surrender’.  You see, when Roman soldiers would surrender to the enemy, they’d remove their cape to signal the surrender.  For me, this meant freeing myself from control, which has has made fear only a transient blip that passes on just as suddenly as it arrives.

In other words, it’s allowed me to say “Fuck it,” and move on.


Apoko-Lips finally came to its natural conclusion with The MR MIRACLE Mythos and I began work on a collection of figurative, portrait studies that fall under the title That Which Is.  I’ll let you work out the meaning of that title yourselves.  That Which Is lasted for a while but soon became stagnant and boring.  I decided to make a series concentrating on foolishness and laughter called Kakhati.  After a few pieces, I became stuck.  I desperately wanted to continue on with the series, so I did something new.  I wrote an epic myth, about the size of a small novel, which proved to provide a large amount of whimsical subject matter.

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Example #1 “Kakhati”

Kakhati is a word from Sanskrit which roughly translates into english as “Laugh Out Loud”, or in modern times ‘LoL’.  Anyway, Maybe it’s time, to admit that we’re all fools and none of us know what the hell we’re talking about.  Afterwards we can have a good laugh at ourselves.   I think that might be good, especially now.


In conclusion, this blog post will probably be ignored just like my series Apoko-Lips has been.  After all, nobody likes to look at things that make them uncomfortable or doubtful.  However, I’d like to take this opportunity to be a little bit of a jerk, and to say, “I told you so.”  

For information and availability concerning the Apoko-Lips series click here.  For information on my current selection of art feel free to contact me via my website. 


 

Until next time, I told you so.

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No Parking, No Standing, & No Halloween

 

Hello again art lovers!

I hope you’ve all had a good week thus far.

This week I’m doing something different.  I wrote this funny little story on a cold, wet day last february while residentially challenged.  Every time I read the tale I get the giggles and  it reminds me of  stories like “The Night before Christmas” and “A Clockwork Orange”.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. 


“No Parking, No Standing & No Halloween”

Once upon a time there was a guy named Pete.

He was mild-mannered since he gave up the drink.

In fact, it had been quite a long while.

Since then he had gained a cat, wife, and child.

Anyway, Halloween drew close.

It was awfully near,

So Pete beat the streets and had a few beers.

There was a neighborhood with big houses and people behind where he lived.

Excited, he wondered what kind of treats they would give.

Candy corn and caramel apples danced in his head, but when he entered the neighborhood, there were no decorations, the place was dead.

Pete was awfully angry, he wanted to scream.

There were scores of signs which read,

“NO PARKING, NO STANDING, AND NO HALLOWEEN!”

There were signs warning, “NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH!”

Their safes were all safe and everything was locked.

These people were scared.  Pete didn’t know what about.

They didn’t want Halloween.  TRICKR’R TREATERS stay out!

“Why these bastards, these jerks, these twerps, these creeps!  Who in the hell doesn’t love Halloween?”

The day finally came.  It was all Hallow’s Eve.

Some time had went past, but Pete was still peeved.  

He was alone, so he went out to celebrate.  

He drank beer, vodka, then whiskey until it was awfully late.

Pete headed for home, but then had an idea.  

He would visit the neighbors and play on their fear.

He spay painted phallus’ on streets and on signs, on lamp posts and on long cement drives.

These phallus’ were huge, much bigger than mine!

Pete hit the whole neighborhood, house by house.

He was sly as a fox and quiet as a mouse.

When Pete finally came to the spree’s end,

He wiped his brow with a glove and gave a big grin.

The next morning though, Pete remembered and was terribly scared, but after a while he knew there was nothing to fear.

He was lucky.  Pete wasn’t at all sick and he let out a hearty belly laugh at the thought of his trick.

What Pete did was terrible and really pretty mean, but now those big people back there had a reason to hate Halloween.


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For information and availability concerning the piece above, or information on my current selection of art, feel free to contact me via my website. 

 Until next time, have a happy Halloween.

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The Black Wolf That Carries The Stolen Bag Of Countless Treasures – New Watercolor Studies

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’m excited.  I’ve completed a few newer watercolors, two which I very pleased with.  A couple of the new pieces a more detailed works and  after spending a handful of days on the, more involved watercolors, I  decided to go back to studies that are less time consuming and more playful.  In some regards, I feel like the simple, whimsical illustrations suit the story better.   

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ckirk_kakhati_one-1The tale centers around an amnesiac who lives alone on an island.  As a result of a frustrating, zen-like conversation with a hungry pelican that swooped down to steal his roasted fish, the amnesiac is charged with a perilous quest and dubbed the “Old fool”.  The old fool must find the black wolf that carries the stolen of bag of countless treasures.  Inside the bag are three items which will console the weeping dragon.

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I was thrilled after finishing “The Black Wolf” piece above.  For me, the quick little watercolor is simple and strong.  That’s probably why I’m so captivated by it.  I could’ve done a little more work in the background, but I left it out.  Speaking of background, many of the illustrations for the story will need to include the setting, so I’ve been studying up on painting landscapes with watercolor. Hopefully, I’ll have some aptitude there.  We’ll see.  

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I love the “Spring Dragon” Piece (Above) very much.  It really took an enormous amount of patience and a lot of work to get the watercolor so rich.  I don’t know how Alex Ross does it.  Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, the time and patience paid off.  

img_0016The Old Fool study above is still in progress.  I’ve used little pools of watercolor to form the image and inserted some very visible brush strokes here and there for contrast.  We’ll see how it turns out.

As always, To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

 
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The Fox – New Watercolors

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’m good.  I’ve completed a few newer watercolors.  I love how all the little pools of watercolor work together to form an image.  Anyway, they’re little more than quick studies, but now that my epic is finished, I have a treasure trove of rich, fanciful imagery stored up in the ol’ dream machine.

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The tale centers around an amnesiac who lives alone on an island.  As a result of a frustrating, zen-like conversation with a hungry pelican that swooped down to steal his roasted fish, the amnesiac is charged with a perilous quest and dubbed the “Old fool”.  The old fool must find the black wolf that carries the stolen of bag of countless treasures.  Inside the bag are three items which will console the weeping dragon.

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

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The Hungry Pelican – Two New Studies

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’m alright.  I’ve only completed a few newer pieces and they’re  little more than quick studies, but now that my epic is finished, I have a treasure trove of rich, fanciful imagery stored up in the ol’ dream machine.

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 The tale centers around an amnesiac who lives alone on an island.  As a result of a frustrating, zen-like conversation with a hungry pelican that swooped down to steal his roasted fish, the amnesiac is charged with a perilous quest and dubbed the “Old fool”.  The old fool must find the black wolf that carries the stolen of bag of countless treasures.  Inside the bag are three items which will console the weeping dragon.

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect,      

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The Old Fool: An Epic Tale To Enrich Painting

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I know, its been a while since I’ve posted a new blog entry.  I wish I could say that I’ve been painting for the duration of my M.I.A status, but I haven’t.  You see, I began painting the “Kakhati” art around the simple theme of laughter.  Kakhati is a Sanskrit word from ancient India that roughly translates into English as “Laugh out loud”.  Anyway, after working through a few pieces,  I felt like “Kakhati” could be enriched and possibly even flourish if a little more thought was thrown into the mix.  With this in mind, I attempted something new.  I wrote an epic for source material.

Don’t bet me wrong, I know other artists like William Blake, have been fond of combining their painting and writing talents to make more elaborate works, but I’ve never really utilized the combination.  Writing has always been one of my great hobbies and truthfully, I’ve probably written much more than I’ve painted this year, so it seemed natural to assimilate the hobby into my work.

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I’ve only completed a few newer pieces and they’re  little more than quick studies, but now that my epic is finished, I have a treasure trove of rich, fanciful imagery stored up in the ol’ dream machine.  The tale centers around an amnesiac who lives alone on an island.  As a result of a frustrating, zen-like conversation with a hungry pelican that swooped down to steal his roasted fish, the amnesiac is charged with a perilous quest and dubbed the “Old fool”.  The old fool must find the black wolf that carries the stolen of bag of countless treasures.  Inside the bag are three items which will console the weeping dragon.

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kakhati_spring_dragonAs you may be able to imagine, I am very excited about the upcoming paintings featuring a selection of imaginative scenes from the epic.  I’m still not sure whether I want to use oil paint for realism, or watercolor for a more whimsical approach to the imagery, so I’ll  probably do both.  A long-time friend and collector of my work phoned the other day, and after hearing about the project, he graciously offered to provide the funding for most of the supplies I needed.  I happily accepted the support, so it’ll only be a matter of time, before the old fool’s adventure is  translated into visual art.

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

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What Can You Do But Laugh? First Oil Painting Of A New Series

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’m so excited.  I recently finished up the first oil painting of a new series.  I’ve been thinking on the series for some time now.  My wife bought a clown nose from Walgreens for Red Nose Day, a charity that helps children in poverty. I painted a watercolor about a week later that got the ball rolling, but with these type of creative endeavors, the concepts take time to grow, morph and multiply into something tangible.

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 In last week’s blog post, I shared some of the early charcoal pastel/oil stick studies.  The studies were really helpful in the development.  I can’t wait to see how they’ll translate into oil paint.

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I like the way the first piece translated.  As you can see below, the color is vivid, the paint is thick and the pallette knife and brush work is a laugh,  Speaking of laughter, I’m sure you’ve noticed that laughter is the theme.  I figure laughing could be the best remedy, especially when things are greasy, crazy and tits up.  Anyway, I don’t have the artist’s statement worked out yet, but there’s no rush.  I hope you enjoy the upcoming pieces in the “Kakhati” series.

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

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