This week I got back to painting, and created 2 16 by 20″ works.
I have been thinking that art often uses sensations in a sort of metaphorical way. ie– something looks polished and expensive, and this represents both the item, the subject matter, and the audience for which it’s made. Or, an industrial drone texture sounds rough– and this servers as a metaphor for modern life being rough, for the urban aesthetic having lots of abrasive qualities, for life itself in the city being abrasive at times. To me, there’s no guarantee that art actually creates the visceral effect that it implies. Rather, it suggests an effect, to the senses, and the viewer’s mind interprets this suggestion in various ways.
Perhaps, one might suggest that the degree to which art is successful depends on how evocative it is of the values and ideas wrapped up in it. There are some, though, who would say that art that is too visceral “sells out”, or is cheap.
All of this is, of course, open to discussion.
A short essay about trying to make it in visual art in the Saint Louis arts community.
This set of videos reflects a method used by multi-disciplinary artist Thomas Park. He called the method, “Near Still-Lifes”. Thomas would set his camera up to remain stationary for longer periods of time. The only motion would be that captured incidentally in the scenes filmed.
Here is a direct link to a pdf of a collection of works I call, “The Putin Prints”:
At some point, during the year 2015, I began to have a strange and persisting intuition about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
I felt that he was going to soon play a larger role in international politics.
That year, I created a musical release called “Sovereign” ( https://archive.org/details/MystifiedSovereign) (2015 Treetrunk Records). It was both a tribute to Rapoon’s “Cold War: Drum ‘N’ Bass” (2001 Caciocavallo), and a newer take on Cold War fears, involving predominantly Putin and his actions.
At about the same time, I created a series of prints, combining other images I had crafted with pictures of Putin himself. This document features each of these prints.
In 2016, it was suspected, and has become more and more apparent, that Vladimir Putin played a significant role in a U.S. Presidential election.
Intuitions are often dismissed–I believe that, when a feeling strikes one, one should listen.
Here is a direct link to the pdf for Thomas Park’s collection of prints called, “Essential Prints”. Please enjoy:
Here is the Introductory Text:
Thomas Park developed a particular method for creating prints. He used software to digitally blend layers of painted panels. The panels themselves were made with acrylic paint, spray paint, and occasionally collage or simple application techniques.
Some of the works utilize “Dream Symbols”. Dream Symbols, as defined by Thomas, are signs or symbols that seems to suggest some concrete meaning, that meaning remaining elusive. Dream Symbols invoke street art and world art traditions. They provide the suggestion that Thomas’ prints have an “artifact” quality– seeing them is like coming across a buried or archived series of hieroglyphics or ancient tablets
Much more could be said of “Dream Symbols”. The main message, from Thomas’ perspective, is that they express a lack of focus– an inability or unwillingness to understand the icons of modern life.
They represent a blurring of taboos and behavioral, cognitive or emotional necessities– a turning away from the completely known and accepted.
Thomas would like to thank his wife Torrey for encouraging him to purchase his first paint set, and pursuing his dream of becoming a visual artist.