Cenotaph will show at Guerrero Gallery tomorrow night in Weight Perception a group show curated by Andrew Schoultz. Opening reception on July 17th from 6-11, food and live music will be happening! Show goes through August 7th.
Tell me about your latest piece, Cenotaph for Weight Perception at Guerrero Gallery.
Basically, it has to do with this exploration into the chasm of things worshiping other things. I grew up in the bible belt and i know all that bible shit. I know it, sure, but it was always like reading the funny papers. I tried to believe that stuff, but it was just so...unbelievable. Through painting, I can have fun with it and play with the essence of things. It's pretty neat to turn a shark into God. Now it will be even neater to see what people think about that.
Would you say your paintings often have a spiritual under theme, or is Cenotaph a new exploration of that?
Not really, it's just something that's been coming up here and there lately. Actually, I've been working in a couple very different directions lately and when Andrew [Schoultz] invited me to be in Weight Perception, he mentioned "those religious paintings you've been doing". I was happy to consciously explore that realm, since it had been more of a phantom theme to me. I do like the idea of very diverse elements connecting within a visual plane through some sort of hierarchy of worship. It's a food chain of those who eat souls.
What is a Cenotaph?
I met up with Kyle Ranson today at Adobe Books where his solo show, Portraits opens on Saturday. Many of the portraits in the show were commissioned by Andrew McKinley, owner of Adobe Books and the remaining, friends of Kyle's. When Kyle first told me he was working on a portrait show I was really excited to see what he would do. Kyles work is often overflowing and intense with color and vision. So to hear he would be taking on portraiture was really intriguing. The show is beautifully subtle and soft from as you enter the small gallery. It's not til you get up close that you can see and feel the electricity that Kyle's work is known for. It's a super intimate show and one I was really excited to have the opportunity to hang with Kyle and snap some pics of...
Kyle Ranson: Portraits, July 16th - August 14, 2010. Opening reception is on July 16th, 2010 7-10pm. Performances by Little Wings and WR/DS. Kyle will be available for portrait sittings on Mondays afternoons 1-4pm and Thursday evenings 7-9 pm, from July 19 to August 5.
Portrait of Monica Canilao.
The portrait of John Dwyer of The Oh Sees face was painted with a pigment from Morocco. In the bottle it shone like that of a green beetle's wing but when Kyle wet it, it became the beautiful lilac/pink you see here.
Below is the pigment used above. I took this pic back in April...I wish you could see how beautiful this powder was. But I wanted to share it with you anyway.