Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ghost - Square Hammer

I occasionally post musical items on here when they interest me. I recently came across this "band" (seems to be one person, mostly, with some "Nameless Ghouls" hired to play on stage), who are gaining popularity these days. It's not really heavy metal as such, more melodic hard rock in my humble opinion. They remind me of my teenage years wasted listening to the likes of Blue Oyster Cult...and like that band, there is a heavy mystical/dark/atmospheric feeling to the proceedings. The video shown here I like for its overall aesthetic & the references to Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" & that old vampire movie "Nosferatu"...it's my favorite song of the week & that guitar riff is killer. Also, the singer/mastermind gets kudos for not just wearing makeup but also a prosthetic mask under that, to give him that aged/ancient look. A hit.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

There is a Soul that Nestles in the World

Another one in the plywood series (see previous posting) where the warmth of the wood grain becomes a part of the composition. This one uses a very small portion of the surface of the support to give a sense of quiet intimacy.

There is a Soul that Nestles in the World, 2018, acrylic & ink on plywood, 20" x 16".

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Medusa 2018

This is one of a new series of smallish paintings on treated plywood...I give the plywood several coats of water-based grain filler & then draw & paint on top. So far it seems to be working & the paint & ink hold well. In this one, the ripples in the grain of the plywood echo the coils of Medusa's hair, which was an unexpected but welcome touch.

Medusa 2018, ink & acrylic on plywood, 20" x 16".

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hell painting circa 2010 -- unfinished, forgotten & destroyed

I was just looking through my hard drive backups for something else...funny how that happens...and I found this piece which was from around 2010 or maybe earlier. I spent quite some time on this one, but it just didn't come together & as far as I remember, I painted over it. However, looking at it now, there are some interesting ideas in there that might be worth reconsidering. You never know...

Hell circa 2010, acrylic on hardboard, 24" x 24"

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A New Global Agenda: Book Launch

Here is my wife, Diana Ayton-Shenker at the book launch event for "A New Global Agenda" at the New School in NYC on March 1st, 2018.


Monday, February 26, 2018

The Books Have Arrived

Just delivered by the UPS guy...Diana's new book, "A New Global Agenda" arrived this morning. It's always exciting to hold the actual item in your hands...makes it more real, and has the new book smell (printer's ink, mostly).

A New Global Agenda edited by Diana Ayton-Shenker

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A New Global Agenda book launch poster

Below is the poster for my wife's book launch event at The New School in NYC on March 1st, 2018. The poster, designed by The New School, contains 2 of my drawings which appear as section dividers in the book (there are 3 in total). I also did the cover painting for the book (see blog sidebar to the right of this post).

Links:
The New School
The New School book launch event
A New Global Agenda (publisher's page)
A New Global Agenda (on Amazon)

A New Global Agenda book launch poster

Saturday, February 03, 2018

The Entrance to the Otherworld

This is from a new series of middle-sized (for me) acrylic paintings on plywood. It's a symbolist-leaning piece (reminds me a bit of Böcklin, with its inky sky and shrouded figure). The portal/tomb structure is actually influenced by a recent trip to the Mayan Riviera of Mexico (the three windows at the top come from "El Castillo" in Tulum). The pomegranates (or apples or whatever they are) are for Persephone. It's twilight, and the open door beckons.

The Entrance to the Otherworld, 2018, acrylic on plywood, 20" x 16".

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Maid of the Mountains / Frozen in Time

After having spent the last month or two (or three) reading the Walter Isaacson "Leonardo da Vinci" biography (which I can recommend, more on that anon), I find that whenever I spend a significant period of time in the company of another artist's work, I start to absorb a certain amount of the sensibility of said artist. Which brings us to the work presented here, which is obviously a little more than a nod in the direction of the Mona Lisa (I was thinking of titling the piece "Anom Asil", for example), but I think I caught a little of the essence of the original, whilst bringing something different to the table...you can decide...

The Maid of the Mountains / Frozen in time, 2018, acrylic on plywood, 16" x 12".

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Coils of the Gorgon

I'm working on a small scale due to the fact that it's cold & snowy & expensive to heat my studio right now. I have a stack of sepia card I'm working through, putting the best results on various web sites (my own, Flickr, etc.). Here's an updated version of Medusa, influenced in part by the Leonardo book I'm reading (more on that anon).

The Coils of the Gorgon, 2018, ink & acrylic on sepia card, 11" x 8.5".

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Caught in the Storm / Facing the Future

My first drawing (heightened with white acrylic paint) of 2018. A week ago I was in Mexico (Mayan Riviera/Playa Del Carmen/Tulum/Chichen Itza) & now I'm back in the frozen wastes of Rhinebeck New York. The weather doesn't necessarily want me to make art, but I felt I had to start today & this was the first piece that surfaced...

Caught in the Storm / Facing the Future, 2018, ink & acrylic on sepia card, 8.5" x 11"

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Frozen Hive

Actual photo of an actual thing (not an artwork, though it could be). This currently-dormant wasp hive on our property looks like something from a horror or science fiction movie. Makes me want to sculpt something like this...

The frozen hive

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Two Heads, Talking

I was considering titling this one "The Conversation" or "The Argument", but settled on the current title as it seems more directly descriptive. Both heads are talking, but they don't seem to be listening to each other.

Two Heads, Talking, 2017, ink on sepia card, 8.5" x 11".

The Man Who Imagined Himself Into Existence

Part of a new small series of drawings on sepia card (some of them heightened with white acrylic). I did this one earlier today—I thought the apparent paradox gave the piece a certain something...

The Man Who Imagined Himself Into Existence, 2017, ink & acrylic on card, 11" x 8.5".

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Emperor

I feel like I was channeling Paul Klee a little on this small (10" x 10") painting. Interestingly, the piece came together with the finishing touch of the plant-like motif under the eye on the profile head.

The Emperor, 2017, acrylic on board, 10" x 10".