Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Elephant and Boon
The Wild Sheep Man
The Elephant Man
Baal (Holy Cow)
The following post of paintings were made sometime between 2004 and 2006.
'Meat' and 'Bacon' were made while reading a series of articles on Francis Bacon. I was thinking about compositional tools Bacon had taken from Picasso. After realizing that he had 'taken' almost every design element from other painters, I decided to do the same.
'Baal (Bust)' and 'Baal (Holy Cow)' were made while taking a class on early world civilizations. I was particularly interested in Sumerian, Babylonian and early Jewish cultures.
'A Landscape' was made while thinking about middle America.
'The Elephant Man' and 'The Wild Sheep Man' were made as bookends for 'Baal (Holy Cow).' The compositions were appropriated from Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein. 'The Wild Sheep Man' comes from a Haruki Murakami story.
'Woman' and 'Peoplerplastic' were made while listening to De La Soul's Buhloone Mindstate.
'America' was made after reading Allen Ginsberg's America poem.
'Elephant and Boon' was made as a bookend for another triptych.