In the studio…more wood carvings. Softer wood & layering more colors
The other day I was on the overnight train from NY to Chicago. I was sitting next to an older guy, maybe my dad’s age. That train is so long and always has delays so it’s even longer, so we started talking.
He was very nice and told me about his twin sons, wife, and job.
I get uncomfortable talking about myself to complete strangers, but he was very nice so I told him about my family, Chicago, my job, and unavoidably, that I painted.
I lied and said I didn’t have photos on my phone.
I hate when I do that, it’s a terrible habit. When you do that you give power to the dangerous idea that people can’t handle it, they won’t understand it, they won’t appreciate it, and in turn will look down on you. It’s a stupid habit because another opinion should not be able to sway your own self esteem. And it’s a mean habit because a man is always smarter than you think, it’s just the masses you have to worry about. Anyway, I guess I was feeling a bit raw and didn’t want to risk it.
"No not really, more abstracts"
"Abstracts…abstracts…what is abstract?"
Should have showed photos on my phone.
I looked out the window, and pointed out the silo on a farm. I explained that if I were to abstract the silo, I would take just it’s shape. And then I’d paint it in a picture or something, and maybe it’d be silo like but it’d lose all of it’s defining features, it’d be unclear what it was if anything.
"Oh! So like paintings where you look at them, you start to see things after a while. And maybe someone would see something else after a while."
"If you saw a silo shape, what would you see?"
"Um…I don’t know. Have you see 2001?"
"Ohhhhh….like on it’s side! Like the spaceship!"
"Oh, yeah, I didn’t think of that. I was thinking of the obelisk"
But I had lied again, because the first thing I saw was a penis.
Outdoors at Living Room Gallery…New work by Ryan Duggan, Keith Herzik, Damon Locks, Ethan D’Ercole, and myself. Ethan made this wonderful poster. What a great group, this is sure to be a fun show!
1530 W. Superior, Chicago, Il. Reception 6-9, March 7th