Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Jeff Soto 'Turning in Circles' Preview from Modus Films on Vimeo.
Friday, November 21, 2008
One of a couple new paintings on their way to miami for art basel. They both continue on the theme of masks. I'm really havin fun with it. This one is 30x40 and is titled, "Bipolar". If you happen to be going to Art Basel, make sure to come by Aqua and check out the Cerasoli : LeBasse room(106). They are going to have a ton of new paintings by some pretty amazing artists.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Shallow - 24"x30" - I thought it would be fun to illustrate “shallow” in every sense of the word. One definition of the word is “lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge”. Not only is the boy in the painting standing in shallow water, but he still finds a way to drown himself in it, ignoring the affect he has on his surroundings. The boy holds a single fish, plopping in his hand to represent how a person like this distances themselves from the people around them.
Loved - 30"x60" - Roses are a pretty simple and clear representation of love. But I wanted to convey a little more than just that. I think love is innocent and playful and I tried to show that with the way the girl dresses and the way she stands. I also added the flower petals floating down to show that love can be a beautiful thing, but you have to be careful with it, because it's fragile and it can wilt away. And speaking of fragile...
Fragile - 18"x35" - I tried to tell that story in a few different ways. I played around with washes to create movement in the piece..to feel as if something is trying to blow the girl over or push her around. The hair is used as the mask in this instance, creating thin shadows across her face that almost resemble cracks in her skin. And the butterflies are meant to continue the feeling of movement as well as be a symbol for something light and delicate.
Nobody - 24"x30" - So here we have this boy, stripped down to almost nothing, sitting alone in his room. He wears a bag on his head, feeling like he has no identity...not even a face worth remembering. He's "nobody". The colors surrounding him are monotone and bland. The world he lives in is almost colorless. But he still has a little hope, shown by the almost happy picture he hangs on his wall(reference to the "Hopeful" painting?). Now that all the depressing stuff is out of the way, it's also meant to be taken a little light hearted. I think a lot of us feel like nobody sometimes. But I don't think any of us should take ourselves too seriously. And now that I think of it...I originally intended to paint a smile on the bag. How did I miss that?
Vain - 24"x48" - So obviously "Vain" is a reworking of "Nest". When I looked at it, I thought it fit so much into this show. The girl is very proud of her appearance and works hard to doll herself . She tries to be something she's not so that she can fit in with her surroundings. But if you look behind the mask, she's not exactly happy or comfortable in her own skin.
Again, thank you guys. I hope this gives you a better look at my thought process and my own personal meaning behind each painting.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Nate Frizzell opens ‘Put on a Happy Face,’ his first solo exhibition in Gallery II. Frizzell uses highly rendered images and softer graphic elements, weaving tangible emotions into his portraits. As an artist his focus is less on the actual subject as it is on portraying the emotions the character is representing.
Contrasting the vitality and flamboyant hues of his foreground figures with an often washed outlandscape seen in the background, Frizzell questions the human condition and the difficulty we have being honest with ourselves and those around us.
Presented to the viewer as paintings of children, we see at first innocence not yet formatted by society. The bright colors and playful presentation belie the truth - that there is nothing joyous or innocent about these youthful subjects. With hidden faces, each subject is alone and desperately hiding the self-consciousness and emotional pain our society prefers not to admit to.