February 12th 2013…9:35AM…And I’m questioning why I went to art school….instead of becoming a Daredevil….or Cowboy…or Pearl Diver

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“6:10AM.  Proof, I am a Zombie” ©2012 Robert Redus

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” 

Music is a wonderful device…Bob Marley said… “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”….I agree with Bob…unless of course the person playing isn’t  a musician at all, but is plucking, strumming, fretting….doing whatever musicians do with the instrument in their hand…yet think they are a musician based on maybe a few lessons…some natural talent…a god given gift…dad saying you play the spoons pretty darn good….or  self-taught. I mean really how do you teach yourself something you don’t know the first thing about but still think you have the ability to teach yourself….are there self-taught biologists…or self-taught astronomer…maybe there are self-taught veternarians…hire a self-taught lawyer or self taught dentist…and watch what happens….now before you say…“Hey wait a minute…don’t you know dentists and lawyers have to go to school”…you should also think of the answer to the question first…and that would be…so does anyone who wants to be better at what they already do. ED U CA TION is the secret to knowing more…learning more…doing more…being more…seeing more…knowing more….having more…

psychologists have shown that expertise takes right at 10 years…that’s 3,650 days….before you have the ability to look at your work and see where you were in relationship to where you began….where you currently are and where you may very well be headed in the future as a professional whatever you might be…and especially those who define “Art” as their profession…regardless of the art you use to define that profession. Read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell….timing and about 10,000 hours and it just might happen….

is there any reason to wonder why selling art or music or film…in….say Albuquerque is as likely as…Monsanto saying…“you know, you guys are right….were taking all of that GMO stuff off the market….we’ve realized that people are much more important than profits”…..

Every thing is pie…and that pie is divided into as many slices as can be manageably cut…and unlike the  Jesus turning a few GMO salmon and a couple of glasses of 2 Buck Chuck into food and drink for 300…this is the reality of the “art” market in Albuquerque….the pie is sliced so thin…it can’t be pickup…held….eaten…or even run through the digestive tract enough to know it ever even happened…really all that can take place is observation…while the end result will probably not be found where you think it will….juried show or not….

You’re either competing with every group of people with instruments who call themselves a band for a deal at the VFW…or you’re showing your film on the side of a building to an audience  who are made up of 55% homeless…40% of people just passing by while the remaining 5% are your family and girlfriend….or  you’re showing your work in a “Gallery” run by a  couple that just love Albuquerque and moved here from Northern California…..and have….“always wanted to sell art” and your stuff is next to a 7-year-old who paints drink coasters and on the other side of you is a guy  who makes bolo ties from license plates…(Real event….no kidding)

So the 505…Land of Enchantment….Burque….has more artists per capita than most other states…what need be done about that?… you ask….well first we must conjure up an image of Marie Antoinette… and whether she said “Let them eat cake”….or not…is incidental….those who did the deed felt that they were removing the correct head…so to speak…The truth might never save you but they say it sets you free….who ever they are….so that’s where it begins….placating…pacifying art/music/film revues in local magazines are not the truth…self appointment is not the truth..look what happened in Jonestown……uneducated art/music/film critics are not the truth…those are opinions…George W had those…Anything ending in Gallery is not always the truth…Santa Fe is not the truth…notes…words…colors…images are not always the truth…Let them eat cake!!!!

so what ever head you may be thinking about…figuretively….make sure it’s the truth…might be your truth…which just might be untrue….but know…correct head or not….when the head is gone:

I now have this bumper sticker on my truck….I think….it is the truth….but I might be lying….

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I recently ran into a friend of mine who has been a professional photographer for 45 years. he is well-educated, knows his art extremely well and has made a very good living selling his work for his entire career….he said to me…“Digital cameras are great..they give everybody that sense of  what being an artist is like”

“Most of us have only two or three genuinely interesting moments in our lives; the rest is filler.” 

Tuesday….December 29th….The last Art Tuesday of 2009…Just can’t wait…..sort of quivering with AnticiPA….tion…right about now…aren’t you?????

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“Barren Trees” Oak Ridge Tennessee, 2009

“My dear friend, there’s a little bit of Don Juan in every man, but since I am Don Juan, there must be more of it in me.” – The Adventures of Don Juan 1949

Being the last Art Tuesday of 2009, I thought it only fitting to show a few of the works of one of my all time favorite artists…Henri Matisse. Matisse was the artists’ artist….(hard to say)……he immersed himself in the work of other artists he admired and got into debt from buying works from Rodin, Van Gogh….Gauguin and most importantly….Cézanne’s “Three Bathers.”  Matisse found his primary inspiration in and through Cezanne’s work…. Matisse’s earlier works…show a very impasto style of painting…..where as in 1917 Matisse relocated…and his worked changed a bit…to include a more stylized…graphic…finish…..his work in the 1940’s and 1950’s….became extremely flat….on the surface…yet portrayed….a visual depth….similar to his pieces from the early 1900’s…I tend to prefer Matisse’s  earlier works…as they resonate more to my thinking….enjoy the work…let me know what you think….

The Green Line (La Raie verte). 1905.

What a great painting….how a green stripe so normally out-of-place becomes less of the focus and more of the element that binds the entire painting together…

Self Portrait 1906

Again the use of the “Green line”…there is something so stark about this painting that it almost seems void of emotion…

Blue Nude, Memory of Biskra, 1907

By far my favorite paintings…everytime I look at this painting…I want to know more….it is flat yet deep…light as well as dark…for everything there isn’t…there is….

Bathers by a River, 1916-17

this painting seems like a series of paintings….or photographs….

Creole Dancers, 1951

What a beautiful painting…I love the movement and flow of the work…there is a festive quality that increases the more I look at it….

What a great way to end 2009…with a few paintings by Matisse….I hope you enjoy these paintings…and your input would be greatly appreciated….thanks.

I always try to think what sort of music goes well with the paintings…If I were standing in front of these paintings…what would they sound like….this is what they would sound like to me….

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“Hanging” 2009

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem. and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin to Pooh

Another Art Tuesday…already…today I thought we’d look at a few works by installation artist Andrew Goldsworthy….  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Goldsworthy

Andrew Goldsworthy’s work is exceptional as it has a life expectency….there is something about art that won’t last…..perhaps it may survive a few days…or just minutes…and in that notion is the idea that attachment is non-existent…has no place…as artists we always think of what is and isn’t “Archival”…in Goldsworthy’s case there is no such word….please enjoy these works and let me know what you think….

Branches on a pond…that create an incredible reflection of completion….

A person laid down on the rocks while it rained….here is their rain shadow of sorts

a leaf covered rock

different colored stones assembled

the entrance to the De Young Museum in San Francisco…..I was at the De Young…and over heard a woman as she pointed out the cracks….in the floor…she said…”See they have had enough earthquakes here….they’ve cracked the floor”….

Again the temporary mentality of Andrew Goldsworthy’s work is really something wonderful…of course anybody could cover a rock with leaves…or lay down on gravel when it rains..I see this type of work as memory development…maybe the structure has long disappeared…but somewhere in the minds of those that help build it…and those that saw the work in various stages of construction…and destruction…have their own personal image of the piece and what it was to them…a painting or sculpture are devices that can be revisited….studied…explored…investigated…for years picked a part yet it still remains the original…I hope you enjoyed these…..have   a great day…..

Tuesday…December 15th….it’s not just any old Tuesday…It’s Art Tuesday…and not any old “Art Tuesday”….it’s “Abstract Expressionist” Tuesday…..

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“Deflating” 2009

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr. Seuss

Abstract expressionism was an American Post World War Two art movement. This was exclusively an American movement initially and attainted world-wide influence, making New York city the epicenter for the western art world. The artists in an effort to show feelings and emotions often painted quickly, seemingly with minimal intention, when in reality they were very calculated and experimental. Using larger brushes, tools and other means of painting the Abstract Expressionist portrayed a more expressive personal dialogue. Many know those at the forefront of Abstract Expressionism like Pollack, Motherwell, Francis, Mitchell, and Rothko, when there were many other painters who were equally as talented …yet relatively unknown to the Art History world…..here are a few of my less known favorites…..enjoy….

Jane Frank

Jane Frank’s work is so organic and eye pleasing… This particular piece is a landscape and has me in a cave with the flash of a camera going off….revealing all of the stones that make up the cavern…

I am so drawn to work like this….the simplicity of the work…and how it is so well intended…the brushstroke is amazing

Adolph Gottlieb

This piece has a very Asian feel to me…partially scroll…perhaps an announcemnet…but whatever the intention this is a beautiful piece….

This painting has an African/Egyptian feel to me…and I have to say I am not really attracted to the work…a bit to quilt like… perhaps to much of an unreadable story for me…

Clyfford Still

Still’s work is spectacular…a controlled spill of sorts….everything seems so random but is in perfect order and thought…the nature of the “stains” could be trees….clouds…something etheric….but nevertheless…lovely

The patterning is spectaculor…the subtle yellows and grays….again a very random look with a great deal of calculation and planning… I’m certain…the fingerprint of Still’s work is obvious…..

I truly do migrate to the work of the Abstract Expressionist,,,it has certainly influenced my work and is something I study as well as strive to replicate in feeling.

I think often when people view this style of work…..they forget that the historical context is an important part of the viewing as well. The technical levels displayed by many of the Abstract Expressionists…now are duplicated and re-made many times over…yet when these paintings were still sitting in studios drying…these were the cutting edge of the art world….the newest most over the top work….These paintings and artists were going to be the ones who set the pace….the timbre…and the face of the future for many others who followed…. I’d like to hear your comments on the work….

Tuesday….December 8th…It’s….AAAARRRRTTTT…Tuesday……

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“Reflection #1” 2009

“A dream that is not interpreted is like a letter that is not opened” – Sigmund Freud

Today is “SURREAL” day…not only in the literal sense..furgurative sense as well as what’s going on in my mind….something about the wind maybe…who knows….here are the works of 3 of the better known Representational Surrealists, Dali, Magritte, and Ernst…..

Surrealism means….””Above Reality”…based on the idea that there is an element of pure truth revealed by our subconscious minds…that far supersedes our everyday reality….There are 2 schools of Surrealism…Representational Surrealism and Abstract Surrealism, both derive much of  their influence from two Renaissance painters in particular who are thought to be the beginnings of Surrealism. Both Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Brueghel painted very fantastic and dreamlike paintings, and can easily be described as surreal. Modern Surrealism began as a movement at the end of the first World War…with its focus on psychological states, dreams and fantasy. I hope you enjoy these paintings….

SALVADOR DALI

Not one of my Dali favorites….but certainly defines Surrealism and has sort of a Renaissance feel in some weird way…


“The Temptation of St. Anthony”…by far one of my favorites…..I’ve never had a clue about this painting…yet it just draws me into it with the activity…the unknown…every aspect of the painting has a grip at my throat…

Rene Magritte

“The Lovers”…is again one of my favorites….love truly is blind…

Brilliant painting….the whole idea of half woman half fish…beached….with an obvious end result…makes the scenery very real and “could happen” sort of thought…

Max Ernst

Ernst…is very fantasy like for me…full of gardens…serenity…peacefulness…and a true feeling of relaxation….

Such a wonderful and beautiful painting…I enjoy how all of the interaction and focus is behind the painting…in the reflection…where often what is there may be slightly out of focus…untrue but truthful….

I think Surrealism is like a martini….you either like it from the beginning…or it takes some time to develop a taste for it…or it just doesn’t work…my issue with surrealism has always been my inability to look without wanting to know more….the more I look at surreal paintings these days…the more I can appreciate them and see  there is an element that says just enjoy what is right here at this moment…no prediction…or decisions…it is what it is….and in that is some greater understanding that what the artist’s intention is…may not be revealed to me…today…tomorrow…or next month…let me know what you think of the work…I’m curious…..

Tuesday…December 1st….I know…another Art Tuesday….hard to believe….

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So here we are…another Tuesday full of Art…since there is so much art out there…the level of difficulty in locating what is called “Good Art”… rather than “Refrigerator Art”…. sometimes pushes the edge…I don’t for one moment think or want you to think I am a connoisseur of fine art….I know what I like…and what I don’t…I tend to look for technical skills…the understanding and aptitude in the taught cannons….rather than the self proclaimed…..I understand the importance of continual study…critique…and constant conversation….so my choices on “Art Tuesday” are generally from professionally trained….educated…active professional artists that take what they do very seriously…that being said…I’m not taking anything away from those with natural talent nor the intrinsic ability to be artistic….

Today I chose 3 contemporary artists that are all showing at Art Basel, Miami this week…..www.artbaselmiamibeach.com/each is very unique in style and delivery….I hope you enjoy the work…..

George Grosz

This painting has a cartoon sort of feel to me, very animated, festive but chaotic…seems like there is so much going on for my OCD to handle….but I like it…

sort of Great Gatsby meets 2010….I love the perspective and how everything is tweaked in a way that makes me try to fix it in my mind…I also really enjoy all of the little things that make the painting very interesting….

David Salle

there is a great level of unknown for me in this painting….I keep wondering what is happening….how did things get to this point…very engaging…!!!

again…a great deal of information…seems like a story that takes up in the middle or someplace other than the beginning…I like the notion of not knowing what has happened or what is going to happen

Leiko Ikemura

I was initially bothered by the painting… yet the more I looked at it…what was removed was the bothersome nature of the work…I found myself looking at all of the pieces that make the work…work…her right knee…the rabbit’s tail…her expression…right hand positioning…I think the work is brilliant…

I love the blur…the idea that it is a figure to me…but maybe not the original intention…the work is nebulous….unclear but…makes perfect sense to me….

I hope you enjoyed these paintings….they are certainly different and where the art market lives today….I like all of these works…but have to say I prefer Leiko Ikemura’s paintings over the rest…..let me know what you think….

Tuesday…November 24th…Another AAAAAAAAAArt Tuesday……

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“Up There” T or C, 2009

Today is “ART TUESDAY”…I’ve capitalized the words…because I’m shouting them rather….. than just saying them…today I was slow on getting the post up as I have been under the weather…and opted to rest rather than write…until this afternoon….today I thought it would be nice to explore some of the work of my 3 favorite sculptors….there is something about all of their works that seems to draw off of each other…Alenander Calder, died in 1972…I feel he was the beginning of the modern sculptural movement…by creating what we’re called “Stables”…large steel structures that were anchored outside as an asthetic…he is known for his mobiles…which are incredible to look at…as well…but there is something about the scale and construction of his Stables that are overwhelming….

Mark Di Suvero

I have always liked Di Suvero’s work…to me there is something very weapon/tactical like about every piece of his sculpture I’ve seen….like there is more than meets the eye…I expect this piece to begin turning as is the case with most of his work for me….

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder’s work is breath taking…I saw a show of his Mobiles at SFMOMA…and was amazed at the level of complexity from something that seemed so simple…Calder’s the Grand Pupa of sculpture…as I see it…..

Fletcher Benton

Saw Fletcher Benton’s work in Scottsdale at Riva Yares Gallery a few years ago….I am very drawn to his balance and out of balance…he creates…there is something about the ability to catch a fraction of a second in time…that I feel Fletcher Benton does with his work….every piece I have seen of his….I expect has just started to fall apart and I am watching it take place….

I hope you enjoy these pieces….let me know what you think….

Arthur Ganson’s Work is incredible…below is a video of his work set to music….

Tuesday…November 17th…Hey it’s another Art Tuesday….Holy #$@%…..what a F$%#@&!…. treat….

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“Sold American” 2009

“We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.” – Bertrand Russell

Well…another Art Tuesday has arrived….oh my…I chose three of my favorite historical painters and three of my favorite paintings from each…each of the paintings is truly about emotion…draws deep the feeling of fear…defeat…anguish….joy…happiness…playfullness…in each of the paintings…there are consequences…and each story in my mind continues..i’d live to be able to turn the page and see what happens next…I hope you enjoy these….as I do….

Eugène Delacroix. The Massacre of Chios

Delacroix shows a true sense of defeat…there is nothing more…nothing left except what remains from the conquerers…I love the level of an ending…how things are going to chnage and change really fast….

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Slaying Holofernes

One of my all time favorite painters and paintings…Artemisia Gentileschi shows a beheading…that seems so “Let’s get this done”….sort of  caption…I really enjoy the look on both of the women’s faces…they seem calm…composed…almost as if they have done this a few times before….there is an emotional rawness for me that seems to come forth…doesn’t make me uncomfortable…or concerned about the end result for Holofernes…as it seems pretty obvious….more I want to know if the women talked about this the next morning over tea….

Caravaggio, Amor Vincit Omnia

Caravaggio typically used street urchins for his models…he used dead prostitutes….the homeless and down troden to make such beautiful paintings…usually there is something that indicates the model is homeless or an urchin…perhaps…sunburned hands…or a dirty neck…this boy seems very happy to be who he is portraying…I suspect that the wings on the model  have some how become real…and if I knew the rest of the story…he would have flown away…to some other town….

Tuesday…November 10th…It’s Art Tuesday…look at a few paintings…..tell me what you think…..

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“All the little Houses” 2009.

I decided it would be nice to explore current artist’s work every Tuesday…my thoughts….your thoughts…the works I have picked are from some of my favorite artists…as well as artists I just discovered….I am drawn to their work for a variety of reason…but I see in each of these paintings some incredible things.. I strive to develop in my own work….I also thought it would be a good idea to mention some of the galleries I have been to on a few weekend excursions…so grab a nice cup of coffee…a bagel or some fruit…and relax…enjoy the paintings…..

John Currin

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I like Currin’s work because it is just a little tweaked…necks are a bit longer than normal….bodies seem more drastic in a way…more accentuated. John Currin seems to play with the obvious in a way that makes me look twice….or a few hundred times….

Jim Waid

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Jim Waid’s paintings for me are like a journey into some surreal landscape…a place where everything is so clearly  unpredictable…

Do Hoang Tuong

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These paintings are incredible…to me they are so stark and blunt….it is as if the image can stare right through me…I really enjoy how the expression is so nondescript….blank…but at the same time speaks volumes….

Fabian Marcaccio

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Fabian Marcaccio is by far one of my favorite painters. His work is very visceral…raw…and sophisticated…there is always something familiar when I look at his work…something I think I might know about…for some rason….

H. Joe Waldrum

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saw these paintings at the Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery in Truth or Consequences…(Thanks StevenArt for the tip) and to say the least they were staggering. The paintings are large…..thick layered…and as complex as a bee’s social structure….the paintings were very difficult for me to walk away from as they are just so captivating…the visual was incredible…the technical equally as exhilarating…..

here is the website to a gallery I visited this weekend….

http://www.riobravofineart.net/index.htm

what an incredible experience….the gallery carries such an incredible array of work…and offers so much to see and experience it is well worth the drive to Tor C. The Artist in residence is Bill Brown, he is working on a series of ink on paper that is really going to be exceptional…I am looking forward to his show….

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