The All New CKirkart.com Is Now Operational

Hello again dear art lovers,

I hope you’ve all had a great week thus far!

I’ve finally finished building a new website to exclusively feature my new series APOKO – LIPS.

For me, the ongoing series Apoko – Lips is an attempt to take an impartial look at contemporary culture, the velocity of information and life lived online through high-tech touch screens. Actions and movements interrupted by glitch, are emphasized in the work as a “Note to self” or memento of the physical body and the external world. The Apoko – Lips series asks two questions. Are we detaching from fundamental components of our humanity with each new technological advance; or are we simply experiencing the awkward, embarrassing growing pains of evolution while propelling ever closer to a new golden age?

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 I invite you to visit and explore my new site.

 Welcome to the new ckirkart.com

Until next time,

Ckirk

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New # 14, The Return Of Amy Boobies & HTML Hell

Hello again art lovers,

I have many projects in the works but I’ve finally completed my first piece of 2015.  The APOKO – LIPS series is composed of different aspects.  Aside from making an attempt to reflect contemporary culture and life lived through high-tech touch screens; action has been a paramount focus,  well, more like action interrupted by glitch.  Anyway, where movement is concerned, I wanted to raise the bar with my new #14.

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“Apoko – Lips # 14”

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

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2014 photo shoot for an Apoko – Lips triptych

Speaking of pieces in the works, the much-loved and ever popular Amy Boobies will be returning for an all new project!  She’s a lot of fun to work with and I’m really excited about it.  I would’ve blogged about the “Amy” project sooner, but I only just emerged from three days stuck in html hell.  On the bright side though, my new website is finally built!  There’s a little tweaking to do, but it’s pretty much finished.  I still have the  site hidden for now, but stay tuned.  Pretty soon the all new ckirkart.com will be operational!

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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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No Topless Models Where Injured + The Artist Kicking The Shit Out Of Cars

Hello again dear readers,

The latest edition to my ongoing series APOKO-LIPS is finished.  It’s a rework of a theme I’ve played around with a bit already.  I’ve been getting things together for the new website I’m building and realized that I just wasn’t happy with the theme’s previous incarnations.  The piece is titled “Portrait Of The Artist Kicking The Shit Out Of Cars #4”.  The piece is pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t go into much detail about how it came to be.  The expression of frustration in this work can be interchangeable and chances are, you can project your own frustrations into the composition.

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Acrylic, emulsion, micron pen, ballpoint pen, graphite, oil pastel and Elmer’s glue on watercolor paper, 2014

In other news, I’ve been pretty busy shooting models and putting together new compositions for APOKO-LIPS.  One is another rework of a previous Pokemon themed piece titled “Burn It Down Charizard, Burn It All Down”.  Think Pokemon meets Nine Inch Nails.  I also just took photos for another Yves Klein inspired piece that will be a set of triptychs.  The shoot was at a rich gun nut’s house and thankfully, he had plenty of props and chunk laying around.

I’ve already started work on the paint-covered topless pieces and thankfully, I’m a better painter/designer than I am a photographer.

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While we were at it, I took photos for another piece I had in mind, but sadly I don’t think it’s going to work out.  The outlandish costumes reminded me of a Primus video but that’s not the reason.  We started with the swimming pool scene and ended it with it, but by the time I slung paint across the buxom models chest, it was getting dark and the final photos didn’t come out so great.  It’s possible that I’ll be able to edit them in way were the final photos will be usable, but I doubt it.  None the less, I wanted to share at least one of them below.

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Until next time,

Ckirk

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