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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New Art + Limited “Venus” Editions + The Summer Sale

Hello again art lovers.

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’ve been pretty busy, so I have a lot to cover in this blog entry, but I’ll keep it as brief as possible.

Summer is here and to celebrate, I have decided to have a “Summer Sale” on art works. Works in the “Summer Sale Facebook album will be temporarily  discounted From Wednesday July 13, 2016 until midnight on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016.  

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 Some pretty nice pieces  like this 2012 oil painting titled “47′” are available.

To See what is else specially priced. just click here.  If you see anything you like, personal message me on Facebook or email me via  ckirkart.com. 

 

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Next up, I have two new “Siren” pastel studies completed.  I have quit a few more left undone, but I think they’ll have to wait a while.  That being said, I have really enjoyed working with the medium and imagery.

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And finally, by popular demand, I have decided to offer high-quality. limited edition prints of the “Venus#1” watercolor study.  The edition size extremely limited at only 15 prints mid-sized made available.

 I have a feeling these editions will go quickly, so please contact me via ckirkart.com for inquiries. 

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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.

   
Until next timehave a great week.

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Alchemy & Art

Hello again art lovers,

I hope all is well.

I have been spending some time reviewing some of my early works.  Diving into past compositions has been part of a process that I’ve been undertaking for a while now.  I am gearing up for the next phase of development which will include new oil paintings and charcoals focusing on the lessons I have learned over the course of the last two (Extremely weird) years.  I have been recording the imagery of the yet to be realized compositions when they pop up on the mind screen of the dream machine, and I have to admit that I’m getting pretty excited about the work that’s coming round the bend.

The review of earlier works has been primarily to remember and reintegrate techniques, moods and themes.  I’m seeing the new work in traditional media, but who knows what will happen?  The paintings could just as easily get rough and sloppy.  Anyway, I wanted to share a few of the pieces I have been eyeballing as of late.  I hope you enjoy them.

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Charcoal/chalk portrait 2010

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Acrylic/charcoal portrait, 2010

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Charcoal/chalk/prisma portrait, 2011

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Charcoal/chalk/prisma portrait detail, 2011

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Charcoal/chalk/prisma portrait detail, 2011

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Charcoal/chalk/prisma portrait detail, 2011

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Oil portrait, GMC/Ckirk collaboration, 2011

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Oil/charcoal portrait, 2012

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“Creeps & Motherfuckers” detail, 2012

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Watercolor portrait detail, 2013

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Oil portrait, 2013

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Oil portrait, 2014

Before I go, I want to let you know that a collection of my earlier works are once again available from a link on my website.  Click here to visit my “Earlier Works” page.  If you would like to inquire about works on the “Earlier Works” page, feel free to email me at info@ckirkart.com

Until next time, have a great week.

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Exciting New Art – My 6-year-old isn’t too pleased that I’ve used up all his construction paper.

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.  I’ve just about come to the end in the creation of a new phase of my Apoko-Lips series.  As you can see from the image below, I’ve been experimenting quite a bit.  At least for now, I have decided to exclude the emulsion process and focus more on the photography.  This idea first came about during the conception of the new pieces titled Apoko-Lips – Barbarous Names.  So far, I am pleased with the results.  I’m getting to paint more with watercolor again.  The downside has been that my 6-year-old isn’t too pleased that I’ve used up all his construction paper.

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Apoko-Lips #20 Barbarous Names #1

Photography, face paint, construction paper, watercolor, acrylic, sharpie, ballpoint pen, watercolor paper composite, 2015

The new Barbarous Names pieces aren’t on my website yet, but if you’d like to see earlier works of Apoko-Lips, feel free to click the link below.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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Semantic Terror & The Possibility For Magic

Hello again art lovers,

I hope you have all had a week full of sensuous pleasure and excitement!

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“Semantic Terror & The Possibility for Magic“, 2015

Until next time,

CKirk

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New # 15: An Intriguing Nude Triptych

Hello again art lovers,

I just stopped in to share my new triptych titled Apoko – Lips # 15.  This set took a while to finish.  I think we did the photo shoot over a month ago, for christ sakes!  Some of you may recognize the figures and props from an earlier and very popular blog post.  If not, and you’re interested in seeing the pre processed photos just click  here.  Anyway, I really like where the 2015 work is headed.  It’s still focused on contemporary culture, technology and action interrupted by glitch, but with this piece, I’m looking at old ideas and pairing them with the modern equivalent.

I uploaded a large image of the full triptych and each individual section of the piece below.

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Apoko – Lips #15

Acrylic, emulsion, transfer pencil, graphite, micron pen, oil pastel on watercolor paper, 2015

Enlarged Adaptation

UV inks on metal.

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#15 Section 1

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#15 Section 2

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In other news, the all new ckirkart.com will be operational next week and will exclusively feature my new series Apoko – Lips.  For the next 7 days, I am offering you free shipping on any purchases of art created prior to 2014.   This offer ends March 25th at midnight.  If there’s a piece you’ve been considering, now’s a good time to grab it.

Click here to see what’s available.

If you see anything you like, email info@ckirkart.com and we’ll be happy to help.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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APOKO – LIPS Nude Shoot + Old Sulky Slices Of Myself

Hello again dear readers,

I took a break from commissions for a few hours last week to shoot some reference photos for my new 2015 APOKO – LIPS series. I’m thinking the new works are going to be full of energy and more experimental than most of the pieces from 2014. Hopefully I’ll be able put more work in on them soon.

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There is a lot of work to be done before the pieces these photos were shot for will be finished.  They’ll need to go through a few different processes first.  I already have the concepts thought out, but usually the initial idea gets built upon over time to encompass a variety of other ideas.  The process is really a stream of consciousness exercise.

In other news, I’ve decided to put three previously unavailable, transitional works from 2014 up for grabs.  I concocted these moody works mid year during a very cynical period, most likely brought on by not painting for the previous five months. It was an experimental time where I worked with different techniques and media prior to finding my current course. Pieces such as these allowed time for the dark, sulky mood to pass so the rainbows could stretch out and smile again.

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“Let Your Dolls Face Dry Then Reattach”

For me, the pieces were meant to be a reaction to the current state of social media and the public’s willingness to put absolutely anything and everything, no matter how personal or petty, online for the world to see. I now feel that the thinned out, smeared pastel portraits  are probably more of a hard look at myself during a specific, unpleasant frame of time and mind.

These works are only available for a limited time, so for more information or to grab yours while you can, 

Check out my SHOP !

I hope you enjoy the new reference photos and pastel drawings.  I better get back to work on the commissions.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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