Friday, September 22, 2006

I must be crazy ~queue up the gnarls barkley and let her rip....

Ok, I still haven't learned not to volunteer. Its been a busy week with show prep. Still working on a few projects for the Celebrate the Art's next month sponsored by the Monrovia Art Festival Association. Of course I am showing, but am also coordinating the event. This event is the largest of the fund raisers sponsored by MAFA with the proceeds used to fund art education in the Monrovia Schools. Near and dear to my heart, yes. Watch here for a teaser on the piece I will be donating to this years auction at the event.

Too much on my old dance card, but at least it keeps my brain ticking.

I continue to explore man vs nature themes. The Aztec Hotel which I wrote about recently has some interesting things going on with that theme. This is a massive structure that much of it has very biomorphic shapes capped with very hard edged shapes. The Brass Elephant is part of the hotel. A colorful venue serving up libations initially to the Hollywood Glitteratti during the 1930's (secretly during prohibition) on their way to Palm Springs. The Bar still much of its original stuff inside and will be restored eventually.

The impressionist within has been running wild the last few days with the Aztec. The massive scale of the Mayan themed decoration on the hotel is unique and is on such a grand scale. No matter how you look at it is very man made, not machine made but made by man, by hand. Layers of stucco and concrete built up until the artisans handiwork changed the face of the building. It shear size can't even be softened by a cloudy sky.

So today's exploration was just that machine vs man vs nature. The Brass Elephant was the subject and the print is my final exploration. My exploration involves altering elements to soften nature, had a man made edge to what man did, and sharpen what was done by man. All with the intent to allow each element express itself as a part of the whole image. I won't bore you with the technical stuff but the end result speaks for itself.

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