Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My venture into Photoshop has required a large learning curve.  Yogi is a 20 inch tall ball point pen drawing (a class demo) and the background is a combination of several collages scanned, overlapped and blended.  I plan printing the image around 30 inches square and insetting a half eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich as part of the True Piece of the American Diet series.  The piece is in reference to some old icon painting I have seen with inset relics.  A True Piece of the Canyon and the Reliquary for an American Virtue: Wisdom are in this same vein.  I am still working out how the frame will look on this one, I am leaning toward something on the minimal side.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My most recent sculpture

Reliquary for Man-Zan
15" tall
Completed August 2012  

You can never take yourself too seriously and a bit of humor doesn't hurt anybody.  If you have not seen an episode of Johnny Bravo, it is a must.  He makes a great archangel with his plunger scepter and majestic wings.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Upcomming Solo Show

Art Access in Salt Lake City will be hosting an exhibition of my recent work opening Friday June 17th, 2011.

A True Piece of Zion

I recently finished this piece. It is a nice mixture of assemblage and construction. The base is from an old oval mirror, the lens and handle on the reverse of the piece are found, and the central structure holding the relics and lens is fabricated from mahogany. The work is 13 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter.


Zion inside

Detail of the relics inside the piece: a 1935 National Park stamp, a rock from the area, and words from Moses 7:18. And the Lord called his people ZION....

Zion pair

I would like to do more works that are reliquaries containing fragments of places that inform or are even integral to our American identity. A piece of Plymouth Rock, The Redwood Forest, fragments of Ellis Island, and the like.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Foster Art Brillo 1
Pop Art Relic: Emblem of the End of Art
Completed September 2010
On loan to Phoenix Ostermann Salt Lake City, UT

I am really excited about this piece, my first true assemblage. I thought that the use of a found container would be limiting, yet it has been the opposite. Thanks to Frank McEntire and his constant prodding, I will be using this method more.

big boy1
A Piece of the American Diet
Completed March 2010
The relic, under glass in the belly of Bob, is hamburger.
On loan to Phoenix Ostermann Salt Lake City, UT

Upon completing this combination of Bob's Big Boy, a candlestick, and a marble ashtray I started a collecting campaign that has not come to an end. I am acquiring advertising cartoon icons in order to fashion them into statuary reliquaries housing a variety of different objects.