Benji Doesn’t Work Here, But We Feed Him

 

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18×28 in. mixed media on canvas. Naming works is an art in it’s self, or at least it seems. Some artists I talk to spend very little time on naming a piece and just want to get it over with. Why? We spend so much time making something that is linked in some fashion and form to our name, why not give it it’s due. For myself once a piece is finished i want to spend time with it and enjoy it’s presence…it is during this time thoughts of what to call it drift around my head. I write them out on my work pad,or a scrape piece of paper while I am wandering the bins at Lowes, sometimes one begets another and several names later I wonder how I got to this title…but once I place the label to the piece, rarely does it change, it fits like a favorite pair of jeans…just right. When you get down to it a title can help the artist give the viewer some insight into their vision and from that point look at it maybe in a different way…trying to understandwhat in the heck was going thru the artist’s head…lol ;-)
PS…This piece was about my factory experience and done with the style/commerical art I was into at the time. Believe it or not all of that equipment, I operated at some point in time while working there (Right Donnie?). The title nails it for me.

Social Connectedness

Very mixed up 12×18 in. We are all connected in some way today with each other and more importantly the world, more so than any other time in history.  Where all of this will take us, only time will tell. From my standpoint seeing art from fellow bloggers  on the other side of the world, or sharing data/thoughts/ideas makes this such a wondrous time. I gave this piece some thought as it was developing and the brite circles of colors are ideas, seen through different eyes (the tissue paper) and they are all around us, obviously the white lines are our connections…phone, pictures, tv, computers, snail mail…anything that lets us share. The little silver metal dot is us taking it in, in our own private world (black area). The gold circle is like the potential we have and the black lined area is boundaries that some of us stay within, and others venture outside. This is about as deep as I currently get…been watching too much PBS ;-)  By the way I like brite vs. bright in case you haven’t noticed, my rebelliousness to Webster.

Migration

A 12×18 mixed media. A multilayer piece done early in the Fall series with just triangles used. Hard to tell that the background color was baby blue, but after about 5-6 layers I started getting the effect I wanted. Too bad the photo doesn’t show it very well, the texture over the whole piece is nice. The black images were a stubborn happy accident that kept coming thru, and I am glad they were stubborn,  would you believe at one point they were a faded lite gray.  At any rate I hope the title leads the viewer where I was going with it…as to what they represent…all the clues needed have been given…enjoy.