Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
My first attempt at using the watercolor backgrounds with my nude figures. I used a black outline so that the figure will stand out. The figure is also in transparency so that she becomes a part of the landscape, as if lost in her own movement.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Right now I'm working on illustrating my nudes, but I've also begun to work on patterns and new backgrounds painted with watercolors. I would like to somehow incorporate these patterns into the work, but I'm still resolving that aspect. But for now, here is a new work in progress.
Friday, April 11, 2008
My portraits are comprised of collage materials such as magazines, newspaper pictures, personal photographs and cloth glued to wood, cardboard and paper. I begin by laying in the dark tonalities with acrylic paint or garbage bags. I then place cutout pieces from magazines which are usually the mid-tones and highlights of the portrait. By working from the inside out, I am never really sure how big my work will be. Pieces of glued paper surfaces are added to enlarge the canvas size. Rough and cutout edges are typical of my work. Many of my portraits contain small cutout pictures of celebrities such as: Oprah Winfrey, Marilyn Monroe, Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Jennifer Lopez, Puff Daddy and Elizabeth Taylor.
The true essence of my work is to be able to view recognizable objects and pictures up close. Then as you step back the hue and tone of each cutout picture fuses to create a harmonious pictorial representation of a person. This visual experience is similar to the recent paintings of Chuck Close who uses large circular brush strokes of color in his portraiture. Now the beauty lies in extinguishing the power of these content ridden images from magazines transforming them into pure color and tone from a distance. Unlike Close, my work is more painterly than photographic from a distance. Using strong images such as famous people and branded products helps me in creating this two world experience of near and far viewing. The viewer would be more impacted if a recognizable image transformed into nothing more than perceived color from a distance (Now you see it, now you don't). This would result in a greater visual dichotomy.
Another of my influences is Romaire Beardon, who depicted the daily lives of the people of Harlem where he lived. Beardon's approach to depicting humanity and character has always been a great inspiration to me. Beardon would use cut-out faces from magazines and use the literal interpretation of them; a face became a face. Unlike Beardon, I try to use that same face to represent color on a figure. The images, like bottles, watches and people then become hidden in their new role as color. At the same time the viewer is aware these colors are really cut pieces from magazines not painted color. Through the use of these elements I try to demonstrate how the smallest most insignificant picture, ad, or product influences us on a conscious and subconscious level. Placing a picture from a Hip Hop magazine next to a picture from Time magazine creates a dialogue between the two cutout pieces.
Regardless of our economic, political and ethnic background, we are surrounded by similar visual stimuli on a daily basis. This is prevalent in today's economic wave of globalism which increases connectivity and interdependence of the world's markets and businesses. Similar images and subject matter can be used to paint the portraits of people from all walks of life. This visual freedom allows me to make the collage more dynamic because of the contrasting textures, colors and subject matters.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Here are some drawings I did...mostly doodles that I would like to incorporate into my work somehow. My favorite so far are the scales (black and silver watercolor), which are influenced by my alias "SirenMelusine" or "Siren Designs" referencing my favorite stories of mermaids from my childhood. The serpentine forms (black charcoal and black watercolor) also reference mermaid tails, but I'd like to keep working and refining on those shapes. The second drawing is an experiment of line, using charcoal. I'd like to try this one out using watercolors. More coming!
Monday, April 7, 2008
This is a work in progress. I'm trying to show the female form in motion. In this image she is jumping up into the hair, with hair flailing, unaware of any audience. I'm still working on the background, which was put on hold due to my entire weekend being bedridden thanks to a terrible cold.
This poster is the first of the series "A Woman's World". All posters are similar in illustrative style and portray the victim as the main subject, with the countries flag in the background. My goal was to make the posters both horrifying and beautiful.
This poster is a response to China's gender selection. Because boys are so much more desirable than girls in a country were couple's can only have one child, they are aborting female fetuses and even going so far as killing the newborns upon birth. The sentence under the header reads, "over the last two years, more than 3,000 babies have been murdered because they were female."
Mixed Media Poster. Work in progress. I became very interested in working with different view points. Most of what I have done in the past has been from a straight on angle. This piece was challenging to make, but very inspiring for future work. - Rich Mack
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
this was one of the first prints from a copper plate etching i did last week. since printing this, i have added some aquatint to the background and the tree top, which would be all good except that i lost a lot of detail in the soft ground impression inside the top of the tree. i was pretty upset about that because now i have to do it all over again and it will be very dark, but i'll still try. the newer version of it will be shown in the student exhibition at the lowe this year even though i consider it a work in progress still. what do you all think of it and should i keep working?