Like Andy Kaufman, He Is A Tremendous Chaotic Force That Causes Calamity Simply Because He Exists.

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Hello again dear readers,

Unless inspiration strikes, this may be my last blog post before the holidays, so I’ll say now that I hope everyone who celebrates has a great time.  I pop’d out the image above as a way to visually convey the  sentiment.  As for me, well, I’m remaining hopeful.  Last year around this time, I was in Los Angeles among the Krampus celebrants watching the general weirdness unfold while simultaneously exhibiting art at Copro Gallery with some very talented artists.  At the moment, I’m in Texas, braving the states shifty weather, avoiding tea party members and examining the DC character Bizarro.

That being said, I do most of my reading digitally these days, but I was going through my stash of tangible reads a while back and rediscovered SUPERBOY #8.  This isn’t an award-winning story as far as I know, but the sheer humor in the tale forced me set it aside for future use.  Fast forward a month later, and I found myself scanning my favorite parts of the issue.  The event was timely considering 2014 Miami Art Basil was just winding down and as usual, many people were complaining online about the content of the festival.

I have used the “Bizarro” symbol and mentality  off and on in my work for the last two years.  The symbol is often a backward “S” but for some reason in this issue the “S” is correct.  I don’t pretend to know why and I’m certainly not a Bizarro historian, so I won’t guess.  Anyway, in case you are unfamiliar with the lovable character, I’ll fill you in on my interpretation.  Bizarro is the complete opposite of Superman.  Bizarro isn’t really a villain, but like Andy Kaufman, he is a tremendous chaotic force that causes calamity simply because he exists.

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Andy Kaufman

The above explanation is only my interpretation of the character.  You can probably find conflicting information on Bizarro.  With that being said, I’ve posted my favorite scans of the issue below for your enjoyment.  I also posted my most recent piece of art where I appropriated the Bizarro symbol.

It’s titled “The Problem With Getting Bigger & Stronger Is Your Dick Stays The Same Size”.

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“Yes, But Am It Art?”

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“Bizarro On Picasso”

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“Bizarro On Abstract Expressionism”

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“Bizarro Post Basil”

bigger_stronger_sub_b“The Problem With Getting Bigger & Stronger Is Your Dick Stays The Same Size”

Until next time,

Happy holidays to you.

Ckirk

ckirkart.com

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Some semi traditional portrait painting over the weekend

Hello all,
I put the acetone & photocopies away to work on some semi traditional portrait painting over the weekend.  I completed three 8 x 10″ oils on canvas.  Well…they’re finished for the most part anyway.  I may do some tweeking.  I’m considering calling them something like “Hey, isn’t that..”…or something to that effect.  I have plenty of time to figure it out because I plan on doing several more.  Anyway, check out the photos below and stay tuned because I’ll be back with another “Artist Feature” next Thursday.
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Results of a busy weekend.
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Also, “Apoko – Lips” pieces are still available on my website.  This week’s “Apoko – Lips” feature is…
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“The Harbinger”
35 x 56″, oil on canvas, 2013
All new “Apoko – Lips” oils are now up @ http://ckirkart.com/gallery2011.html For info & availability email info@ckirkart.com
Until next time,
ckirk

Upcoming Facebook Contest In The Works.

Hello all,

I’m just stopping in for a quick press.  Anyway, I’ve been thinking of throwing a contest of some sort for a while now.  I’ve had most of the details figured out for a bit, but had decided to hold off talking about it all until closer to the release of my new work.  For some reason or another, I figure this should be public knowledge even before the contest details are completely worked out or announced…. Call me crazy, but what the hell?

Anyway, for the official release of my 2011 collection, I will be holding contest on Facebook. The drawing winner will receive a selected 24 x 30″ canvas from 2010 absolutely FREE! Be sure to tune in regularly for upcoming contest details, but until then, I can only offer up just a bit more information.  Chances are, I will create a Facebook event for the release of the new collection.  The event won’t have a physical location due to the fact that this contest is global and I don’t want to leave anyone out.  Basically I will be shooting out invitations to members of my Facebook page, so if you haven’t joined up and want to be entered for a chance to win….

hit me up on Facebook and “Like” my page for a chance to win.

Until next time,

ckirk

ckirkart.com

Just An Update + New Art Video

Hello all,

I just wanted to do a quick blog press of the last few months as I have been super busy and have neglected my blog for a while.  My friend and mentor THH70 has finally made it home to Los Angeles.  I will miss seeing T on a regular basis.  The collaborative piece with George Morton Clark that I have been working on is packed and ready to ship.  I had the full intention of shipping it out today, but Labor Day foiled my plans.  Working from home, I often forget about holidays.  Anyway, I am carrying the piece to the post tomorrow.  My work for the October group show at Red Propeller Gallery was sent off a couple of weeks back and actually made it through customs much sooner than I expected.  The work actually arrived at the gallery about a month before the deadline.  I’m glad the package made it safely.

In other news, I have had an amazing couple of months as far as sells go.  While my art was in route from New York and Boston exhibits, buyers seemed to come out of the woodwork as they do from time to time.  I managed to unload a good chunk of my 2010 collection over the last few months and I am extremely grateful and wish to thank all my new collectors as well as older collectors for their past and continued support.

There are still some great pieces available.  If you’d like to inquire on available work, please contact me at info@ckirkart.com

Oh, I almost forgot.  I made the first art video I’ve done for several months.  Like I mentioned before THH70 is back in L.A…..so if you’ve followed my videos in the past….the production quality is not going to be what you’re used to, but hey….I’m just doing the best I can with what I have for a while.  I hope you enjoy.

To watch my new art video just click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOM_R3SgU-I&feature=sub

Until next time,

ckirk

http://www.ckirkart.com/

Collaboration & Yellow Plug Magazine

 

Hey all,

I just wanted to do a quick post.  I have a progress shot of an upcoming collaboration between UK-based artist George Morton Clark and myself.  Oil and spray paint were used to creat the piece and it is currently on unstretched canvas which will measure 24 x 36″.  George is in the process of moving into a new flat.  Once he’s settled in, I will be shipping the piece to London.  I can’t wait to see what George is going to bring to the piece.  It will probably be quite a bit different considering George like to abstract facial features.  Also the other day I ran across a feature of my 2010 work in Yellow Plug Magazine

Until next time,

ckirk

http://www.ckirkart.com/

Summer, Swimming, Charcoal Studies, & Smoking Pipe Tobacco

Hello all.

Since my last blog, I’ve been pretty busy while trying to stay out of the 100-plus degree Texas heat.  If I’m out, I’m generally at the pool with the family.  I have to  relocate at some point…the summers here absolutely kill me.  Due to the harsh temperature and my downstairs studio being without air conditioning, I have only been doing charcoal/chalk studies on paper upstairs in the comfort of my air conditioned apartment.  

A while back I  did a study of my pal Indigo.  Not only is she practically a beauty queen but also an amazing stencil artist.  I will be posting an interview on my blog with Indigo soon.  The Indigo drawing has had a very positive response online.  I may take it to the next level and do the portrait as an oil on canvas.  We’ll see what happens.

Also earlier this week I finally did a study drawing of my 11 month old son Luke.  A few people close to me have been encouraging me to do Luke’s portrait for a while now.  I’m glad I finally listened to my friends advice because  the drawing definitely won me points with my wife and entire family for that matter.  The study of my son seemed to make everyone happy.  I will laquer and frame Luke’s Portrait soon.  This one also will probably be done again as an oil on canvas. 

I’m pleased to announce that I am participating in art shows taking place in New York City and Boston.  New York was a pleasant surprise.  Originally the show was only scheduled for Boston, but after speaking with Art Asylum Boston, I  learned that the exhibit was being held in New York first.  I’ll post more information when I get it. 

As most folks know, I have smoked cigars for some time despite my wifes constant complaints of  the horrible smell that seemed to stick to every fiber of my being.  Anyway…A few months back I switched from cigars to smoking pipe tobacco.  I quickly became discouraged and put the pipe down for a few weeks.  I finally picked it up again and decided to give it another honest try.  When I decided to make the switch, I had no idea that pipe smoking was such an art form.  I am pleased to announce that after much  irritation, study, and  practice……I can finally load a good bowl and smoke it in its entirety without getting tongue bite!

knowledge is power when it comes to pipe smoking.  If you’re interested in picking up the passtime,  check out Eric’s videos on Youtube

Well..until next time,

ckirk

http://www.ckirkart.com/

A Busy Boy.

Hello all,

Since my last blog entry, I have been extremely busy with day-to-day family  life as well as plenty of work related chores.   Fortunately for me, being a busy boy is a good thing.  I can’t stand to set idle for long periods.  Too much time with only my thoughts and no action always proves to be a miserable experience for me.  I’m not sure about many things in this world, but “Idle hands” being bad for my state of mind…. is a certainty.

Anyway, I shipped  “The Black Art Set” to M squared Gallery in Houston Texas for Neopopstreetfunk II last month.  Regretfully, I was unable to attend the event, but there were plenty of photos and video footage shot during the evening.  Tons of people were in attendance and the show appeared to be an overall good time.  Neopopstreetfunk II will be on display until July 10th, so if you’re going to be in the Houston area, please check it out.

In other news, the prize piece of my 2010 collection “Manone” was recently acquired by a gentleman in Houston Texas.     “Manone” was featured in the Houston Press for the paper’s write-up of Neopopstreetfunk II.  So a big thanks to Kevin and the Houston press for exposing my work to readers of the Houston Press and helping me make a sale.

Also this week, I shipped six selected pieces ranging in size to Massachusetts for an upcoming July exhibit at  Art Asylum Boston.  I am very excited about this event and have looked forward to working with the gallery for quite some time.  I’ll post more details about the show when I have them.

Despite the insanely HOT Texas weather and lack of air conditioning in my downstairs studio, I have managed to make some progress on one of two upcoming collaborations with UK-based artist George Morton Clark.  The piece is in oil and painted with thick brush strokes so….the paint will take a while to dry.  I’ll have to hold off on shipping the canvas for a bit….which means, I’ll probably continue making adjustments here and there.  I am excited to see what George will bring to the table on this one.  I absolutely love his art and the way he abstracts figures.   I am happy to be working with him.    

Last but certainly not least, I have a few new featured artist interviews coming up soon.  I really enjoy doing the interviews.  It’s great to be allowed to pick the brains of artists who I admire.  Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with Guy Denning, Jaybo MonkIndigo, and Jason Zenga, owner of Art Asylum Boston.

Until next time,

ckirk

http://www.ckirkart.com/