On Internet Ghettos

 

Hello internet,

Internet ghettos very often, are one of two things. They are safe lullaby chambers where one will coo while being soothed with only what is ideologically acceptable to them, or heavily fortified keeps where one can rage with little hope of affecting change. I would also add that the Internet ghetto, for the truly deranged, acts as a mirrored echo chamber base of operations from which the user’s image is repeatedly thrust into the matrix and reflected back at them. Desperate pleas such as “Look at me, look at me, look at me!” reverberate throughout the system, add infinitum.  What shall we do now?


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What about a holiday? I have always taken breaks for social media, mainly to create new work, but since 2013, the breaks have become longer and more contemplative. It’s funny how clear things can become, both internally and externally, once you pull the matrix plug out of your ass and start walking in the waking world again. I won’t say that disengaging from the system is a cure for all ailments, but it’s a start, and when you reenter the internet ghetto of your choice, either for leisure or necessity, you see the construct for what it is and not what it appears to be.

 

 


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Until next time,

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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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Until next timehave a great week.

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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.

Until next time, have a great week.

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Dos Anos Kundalini Raising, Jailed, Hotel Surfing, Homeless, & Finally, The New Studio

Hello again art lovers,

I hope all is well in your world.

I have to admit that I’m elated at the moment.  I’ve again, been experiencing that old, familiar exhilaration that comes along with painting. I believe I’m enjoying the process even more than usual, probably because the possibility of painting was removed from my life for while.

After two years of what I can only describe as a mind-blowing “Kundalini raising” experiment, I found myself fleeing my studio, jailed, hotel surfing, homeless, then on my mother-in-laws couch for a spell.  Fortunately, remaining calm in the face of adversity eventually earned a few nights in fine hotels and being able to celebrate Valentines Day in style.

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 If a handful of body oil cheese cake parties wasn’t enough to be grateful for, then being able to say that I’m now in a new studio, and have began working again on the piece I started last December, certainly is.

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I began the piece in oil paint, but it had LONG since dried.

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I didn’t want to ruin the work done during the December session, so I grabbed a chalk pencil, then brought out more definition with conte crayon.

  The piece isn’t quite finished yet, but considering the glee I’m experiencing, it will be completed very soon.  Until then, here’s a peek.

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Work in progress, oil, conte crayon, graphite & latex (Applied with female breasts) on canvas, 2015 – 2016

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I’ll finish up by mentioning that during my time in purgatory,  I was fortunate enough to receive plenty of ideas of how to translate my experiences into new art and had a ballpoint pen and sketchbook handy.  As I mentioned in my last blog entry, some of the ideas were recorded as songs, or poems to be painted at a later date.  Others came simply as images.  Needless to say, I think I’ll be working non-stop for a while.

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Study – “When It Spoke, I Took Notes & This Is What It Say”, 2016

Until next time, have a great week!

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Mister Miracle

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The Newest “Behold The Son Of GRID” Art + Bonus Video

Hello again art lovers,

I hope you’ve had it good.

I’ve been as busy as ever.  I finished up a new “Behold The Son Of GRID” piece and have another in the works.  The completed art work is titled Apoko-Lips#24 – Behold The Son Of GRID #5.  I used a slew of mediums to create the painting including watercolor, acrylic, transfer pencil, pens, colored pencils, collage, ect, ect.  I don’t usually pick favorites, but if I did, the newest piece would have a good shot at being the favorite among the newer works.  That being said, I’ll go ahead and shut up about it and let you scroll down to view the newest art work.

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Apoko-Lips#24 – Behold The Son Of GRID #5, 2015

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Detail

About a week after creating the piece above, I realized it was strikingly similar to the early (2013) Apoko-Lips “Primer” oil paintings below.  I don’t imagine this was an accident, but I certainly wasn’t aware of the similarities during the process.  It must have just been pushed through by my subconscious while I was on autopilot.

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Apoko-Lips “Primer” The Harbinger, 2013

In other news, I’ve had tons of ideas for video art bouncing around in my head lately.  The ideas are based on the mirror reality exercises I undertook earlier this summer.  Needless to say, if the video art is created, it will definitely be something you don’t see everyday.  I haven’t had time to jump right in and do all the preliminary work needed to begin the actual videos, but since I’m a bit rusty, I decided to put together a short video to get my sea legs back.  It’s not much, but feel free to give it a look below.

I’ll end by mentioning that I’m a little stuck on the “Son Of GRID” piece that is currently in progress, so I don’t know if I’ll have it finished to show you next week.  If not, I’m sure I’ll be along with it soon.  As always, if you’d like to see more of my work, or get information on how to purchase my work, visit my website by clicking the link blow and send me a message.  I’ll be happy to help.

Until next time, have a great week!

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The Dr. Seuss/Cookie Monster Feel Contrasts With Esoteric Knowledge.

Hello again art lovers,

I hope you’ve all had a great week and are as excited about Fall as I am!

I’ve been really going at it lately.  Currently, I have three new “Behold The Son Of GRID” pieces finished.  I plan to feature one of the allegorical paintings a week until I run out.  Hopefully by then, I’ll have more work to show.  This week’s featured piece is titled Apoko-Lips#23 – Behold The Son Of GRID #4.   It was created with watercolor, acrylic, graphite, ballpoint pen, micron pen, transfer pencil, colored pencil & collage.  I really like how the Dr. Seuss/Cookie Monster feel contrast with the esoteric knowledge that’s scribbled onto the background.

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Apoko-Lips#23 – Behold The Son Of GRID (Detail)

After going through the laundry list of mediums I’ve been using to create these new works of art, I think I’ll elaborate on the collage areas a little.  A handful of people have asked about the contents of the collage pieces.  Basically, what I’ve done is slather black face paint on and then take high-resolution photos that can be enlarged to any size with out loosing resolution.  Next, I decide upon some symbolic ornaments for the face and create the pieces from construction paper.  Afterward these ornaments are scanned at high-resolution also, and I begin arranging them in a study like the one shown below.  After the painting part is complete and most importantly, dry, the decorated head/heads or collage into the work.

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Apoko-Lips Barbarous Names – HAD-STEP-CRBL (Study)

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HAD-STEP-CRBL Ornaments of horns/light bulb 

I hope you enjoyed the new piece.  If you are interested in this work, other additions to Apoko-Lips, or earlier works of art, feel free to visit my website and contact me.  I’ll be happy to help.  

As always, keep an eye out for a new blog post next Wednesday.  I’ll be featuring a new work of art (Detail below) and possibly a little insight into the piece.

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Until next time, have a great week!

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Command – Shift (~) HAD-STEP-CRBL

Hello again art lovers,

1 hope all is well.

1 am.  1 finally finished up the long process of completing a new piece.  Honestly, I think finding a way to personify my ideas took up the most time.  The art work is the 19th addition to the Apoko-Lips collection.  1 was able to utilize a few new techniques and had quite a bit of fun designing and applying the make up prior to the photography process.  The mixed media work is titled Building Gods – HAD-STEP-CRBL and is the first in what will be a new sub category to Apoko-Lips.

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Detail Apoko-Lips-19

 

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As always, if you would like to see high-resolution images of my current Apoko-Lips collection or to inquire about pricing/purchasing options, feel free to visit the website and get in touch.  We’ll be happy to help.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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