So I have been busy with exhibitions and i haven’t posted anything in a while (sorry). But here is a new piece (actually 2) for an upcoming show at e11even 2 called 27. The show’s theme is centered around musicians who passed away at the age of 27, and specifically 6 of those musicians are being featured in this exhibition. (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain) I chose Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain as my 2 pieces. My Cobain piece isn’t done yet, I guess you’ll have to see it at the exhibition on May 20th. But in the meantime, here are 2 Hendrix pieces that I made. Both are from the same stencil.
The first is a wood piece, made from bisecting 4×4’s like bread and then cutting the stencil in reverse so I was painting the highlight (vs. the shadow). The intention was to build a small guitar and attach it to this piece, but the more i looked at it i enjoyed the simplicity of it and it’s spiral texture of the wood was enough for me to make it interesting. It measures about 27 x 27 inches
The second piece was created while i was contemplating the first. I went a little more graphic design meets fine art on it. I incorporated some new techniques I discovered to give it a vibration effect. I was thinking about what images do sounds make? And the idea that i came up with was vibration. So i painted this echo line in multiple directions to simulate vibration. It also gives the pieces a celestial feel. Like the music orbits Jimi, or that he is the center of the universe. Either interpretation works for me. It’s a new color pallet for me. I tried to avoid using blacks as the shadows and whites as the high lights. So you can see i went brown (as my shadow) and pinks (as my highlight). I thought it was an appropriate for the 60’s/70’s color pallet that Hendrix performed in. This piece is 24 x 36 inches.
I’m not sure which piece (or both) will be in the show at this point, but i should have prints of both available there. Any way, check out the show “27” at e11even 2 on May 20th from 5-9p. There’s a lot of cool work in many mediums.