The Modern, Porno Reference #1 & The Rediscovery of Oral Fixation

Hello again art lovers,

1 hope you’ve all had a good week.  My week brought many nice surprises.  1 will tell you about three.

The 1st surprise is that my wife and 1 made a spontaneous trip to the Modern Museum in FT Worth Texas last Wednesday.  This was unexpected and really rewarding.  1 had visited the Modern a few years ago, but was in a very limited, miserable, rationalist reality tunnel and didn’t truly appreciate the experience of the first trip.  Toward the end of 2013, I had a paradigm shift which has been lasting.  This time, 1 was in awe of the architecture of the museum and the majority of the art work inside.  1 took along my Sony A5000 and shot many photographs of the architecture  and arrangements for future Apoko-Lips background emulsion purposes.

My wife also insisted that I photograph her with of two Warhol paintings and one Anselm Kiefer sculpture.  Of course, like many women, she choose to stand in front of the art work instead of beside it.

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Kryptonite was just what the doctor ordered.  Erika, Warhol, 2015

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Getting in the way of art, art, or one reason why art is made?  Erika, Kiefer, 2015

The 2nd surprise was being contacted by a collector from New York about a mixed media piece.  1 then sold the piece from 2012 titled Porno Reference #1!  The art was created with watercolor, acrylic and coffee.  As it tuns out, the collector purchased the piece for her boyfriend, which 1 believe, makes here a prime squeeze.

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Porno Reference #1, 2012

If the first 2 surprises were not good enough, here’s a 3rd surprise.  While doing some Spring cleaning, 1 rediscovered a piece that 1 thought had been destroyed.  It turns out it was just misplaced during our 2014 relocation.  The rediscovered art is titled Oral Fixation and was created in 2012 with spray paint and primer on cardboard.

Now, here’s a surprise for you. 

Since 1 believed Oral Fixation to be destroyed and had accepted the loss some time ago, 1 decided to offer the art up as a specially priced sale piece!

Oral Fixation will be specially discounted from today, July 8th until next Wednesday July 15th.

If you would like more information about Oral Fixation, feel free to email info@ckirkart.com.  We’ll be happy to help.

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Oral Fixation, 2012

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.

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Until next time,

Ckirk

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The Police Don’t Bangarang In Imagination Land

Hello again art lovers,

Whether you searched for eggs, celebrated a Middle Eastern poltergeist, got drunk or did all of the above, I hope you had a great easter holiday!

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I took a break from commissions to create a new piece!  In fact, I have a handful of new works in the early “Study phase” that I’m really excited about.  Hopefully I’ll get the bugs worked out of them and the actual pieces created soon.   For now, I’d like to share my latest work.

It’s titled “Apoko-Lips#16 – Portrait of the artist kicking the shit out of cars #2”

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The first “Kicking cars” piece I released for public consumption has been pretty popular and while I’m not sure I could ever capture the magic of the original, I wanted to try to create a new “Amp’t up” version.

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When my five-year-old saw the piece he asked, “But where are the police?”  Laughing, I reminded him that the police don’t bangarang in imagination land.

For more information you can visit my website below or simply email me at info@ckirkart.com

 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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#15 Section 3

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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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Eric Pouncie Jr. As “Frank” The Rabbit

Hello again art lovers,

Lately, I’ve been back in touch with my old pal Eric Joseph Pouncie Jr. The reunion turned out to be quite a bit of fun and insightful.  I never knew he made costumes!  Look at the custom “Frank” suit he created!

I love how he made it blue.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did.

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Photos by Walter Johnson Jr.

I believe it’s currently under construction, but you can still take a look at some of Eric’s other work by visiting his website.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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APOKO – LIPS Balloon Prototype Party

Hello again art lovers,

Things are going well.  Last week, I sold a piece from my 2009 “Monochrome” series titled “Halo 4“.  I’m also really excited because over the weekend, I started a prototype for a sculpted version of my APOKO – LIPS balloons. Well, it wasn’t just me.  A had an old friend who I used to sculpt with and my 5 year-old on hand.  We had an Apoko – Lips Balloon prototype party. It’s still far from done, but I’m having to spread my time between projects a lot lately.  That being said, I’ve realized that the APOKO – LIPS series has become a process that is much more complex than me simply painting alone in the studio.  The work is going to take longer.  Thankfully, I’m not beating myself up too much about not being able to finish every piece right away.

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“Halo 4”, Monochrome series 2009

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 Detail scan of a 2014 piece featuring the Apoko – Lips balloons.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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Hans Christian Andersen Is Turning In His Grave

Hello again dear readers,

At one point in time I would’ve scoffed at the art I’ve featured below, but at some point, about a year ago, I experienced a paradigm shift, in art appreciation at least.  I’m not sure how the shift happened or why, but I’m glad that it did.  I discovered tons of art that I either never knew existed, or didn’t care about because of personal prejudices.   

You’re all going to laugh at me for this, but the experience of looking at art with a new pair of eyes has suddenly reminded me of that frothy emotional song “A Whole New World” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”.

Hans Christian Andersen is turning in his grave and just for the record, I had a little sister who had the video, so screw you…. that’s how I know about it!

Anyway, in all seriousness folks, I ran across the work of Tom Friedman sometime a while back. I liked most of what I saw, but I didn’t realize how much I liked the work until I actually read the mediums he used to create the pieces. The artist carves stuff out of styrofoam, cuts up multiple objects to create much larger duplicates and makes some pretty stimulating sculptures out of construction paper. He even creates art from colorful balls he has stolen!

Anyway, I’m glad I found myself on his page at Luhring Augustine.

Maybe you’ll like Friedman’s work to.

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Check out more of Friedman’s eclectic work via Luhring Augustine Gallery

Until next time,

Ckirk

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Hordes Of Dallas Art Collectors Are Purchasing My Work Again?

Hello again dear readers,

This could be a very self-absorbed entry, so I’ll apologize in advance .

I haven’t been exhibiting my art in galleries this year.  I go through these periods from time to time, I guess mainly because I’m concentrating on other aspects of art.  In most cases, including this one, the lack of more personal public presentation can be chalked up to creative experimentation, research and learning.

However, I have recently become interested in exhibiting my work in Dallas again.  Not often, just once or twice a year.  I have only shown publicly in the city twice since 2010, for different reasons.  The first being that in 2010, I decided to concentrate  on reaching a global audience and collector base.  I have been fortunate because it actually happened pretty quickly and has continued. I now have hundreds of pieces hung in collections literally all over the world.  Thanks to a couple of extremely loyal and supportive collectors, the areas with the largest collections are probably in New York and London.

Thank you for your continued support.

While it is great in many ways, unfortunately, all the global concentration not to mention becoming a new father, left little time to maintain a presence or relationships in Dallas.  That being said, maybe a little too boastfully, I did show in Dallas twice last year.  I was selected for the Red Bull Canvas Curates last year.  The event was held at the “Life” building in Deep Ellum.  A few months later in 2013, I exhibited at the African-American Museum as a part of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.  Most of the artists I encountered were younger artists a little newer to the scene, but I did run into a handful of the guys I used to exhibit with.  It was really great to see them.  I’ve been trying to stay in contact since the events.

Anyway, I’ll get back to the point of this blog entry.  Like I mentioned above, the vast majority of my sales in the last four years have come from every where but Dallas.  However, I have noticed a significant amount of recent sales that have come from local Dallas art collectors almost exclusively.  I’d say the number is currently around 80% Dallas buyers this year.

I’m not sure why this is occurring but if this trend continues and I can find the right Dallas based gallery to present my work with, I will be doing so.

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“Epoh” created in 2012,was the most recent sale to a repeat Dallas-based collector.

None of this will probably matter to the majority of my readers, collectors, and friends as most of you are not residents of the city but this is something I’ve been milling over for a little while now and decided to put it out into the world to see what happens.  I also wanted to give a shout out to my new and repeat Dallas art collectors.

Thank you for the continued support.

Until next time,

ckirk

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