At least I can cap off a rough year with one last Metro Times gig, a cover and some spot art for the annual Dubious Achievement awards. If 2016 was a cake, I'd probably kick it, too. Happy New Year, all.
...on page 58, actually, of the August 29, 2016 issue of Time magazine. That's where there's a small photo of the Little Library I painted, the one in front of the Hatch Art gallery! So that's a first.
For the first time in quite a while, I supplied the cover art of the Metro Times this week. The illustration was for a story about the possible consequences for Michigan governor Rick Snyder in the wake of the scandal around Flint's lead-poisoned water supply. Snyder likely won't be "breaking rocks in the hot sun," as the song goes, any time soon, but — what the hell, dream big, right?
For the last several months, I've been studying in the Detroit Institute of Art's interpretive volunteer program to learn how to conduct tours of the museum's collection (we're typically called docents). Today was graduation day, which of course necessitated some partying! For the post-luncheon cocktail party I made this fruit tray to stand in for the DIA's famous Van Gogh portrait, the first of his paintings to enter a U.S. museum collection.
The real thing is traveling (recently in Japan, as seen in this photo of a billboard in Toyota, Aichi), but I thought he should be with us in spirit at least!
Hey, remember me? Been a while since I posted, what with school and all (I'm back at Wayne State getting an art history degree). I have been working on one art project in my meager spare time, though: decorating the Little Free Library that lives in front of the Hatch Art building in Hamtramck. The kaiju theme was inspired by Hatch's fire-breathing monster mascot. Here's a preview, before I return it to it's post on the front lawn.
UPDATE: Here it is in situ outside the Hatch gallery.
A very smart person at the DIA decided to hand out foam cut-out hearts to visitors for the Valentine's Day weekend, with the idea that you could lay the heart in front of your most beloved artwork. Well, I'm too much in love with too many items in the DIA's collection to choose just one, so I snapped some semi-selfies of me giving my heart to just a few of my favorites.
(Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, "Evening By The Sea")
"What the Heckel I do if you won't be my Valentine?"
(self portrait woodcut by Erich Heckel)
"I've lost my head over you, Valentine!"
("Judith and Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes," by Artemisia Gentileschi)
No jokes - I'm pretty sure I've touched the little sculpture "Donkey" by Renee Sintenis
every time I've visited the museum since I was in grade school. Love...
Heart Attack I
(Central American warrior figure [need to find the info on this guy...])
Heart Attack II …