Archive for July, 2012

Resistance is Vital

Posted in Anthropology, Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, grahamatbedlam, Graphic Anthropology, Misanthropy, Misery, Oil Painting, Painting, Theoretical Ideology on July 31, 2012 by graphicanthropology

Resistance in the studio, to show scale, its hard to get a good impression of artwork just from the web image.

This is one of those images, one of many, I keep meaning to revisit, do it again, it still holds a great deal of meaning today. This piece is from 1997, approximately, I don’t date the work usually. Its called ‘Eunuch’, it is about abuse, physical and emotional. Its a difficult thing to revisit, but still, it seems everywhere today, worse than ever, worldwide. It was painted on a piece of paper tablecloth. With a large pallette knife and cheap oil paints. I was broke, too broke to buy canvas, or even cheap plywood. I attacked the paper for about an hour, and it was done, gobs of paint falling to the floor. So I stuck another piece of paper to the wet painted surface and ripped it off quickly, like tearing a bandage off an open wound, at least that’s what was in my mind at the time. It is falling apart. Paper doesn’t last long with oil soaked into its surface, and through the back.

This is the back, soaked still with linseed oil. This is what the contact print looked like too. It got mounted in a very expensive frame and sold in 1998. Actually, I traded it for a whole lot of wine and food at a restaurant. About 3 months worth of drinking and eating out.

Now this is the third time I’ve taken it out in the past year, with the intention of re-painting it on proper canvas. The shape of the world, the horror, its still happening, its never stopped, its getting worse, motivates me more than the condition of the painting. But its like some of the other images I have, painted on scraps of masonite, particle board, that I have been asked to do, ‘If you do that again on canvas, I’ll buy it from you!!!”, excuses, well, if only it were that easy. These paintings are a frame of mind, in an instant of time, that is gone, mostly I’d rather not go there again. Sometimes I feel compelled.

‘Eunuch’, 36″ X 36″, oil on paper, 1997 (approx.)

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Sketching at the park today….

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, drawing, Entertainment, Gossip, Graphic Anthropology, Opinion, Pencil on paper with tags , , , on July 30, 2012 by graphicanthropology

Part of the broken old dam at Riverside Park in Ontariario as seen from the railway tracks. The government wants to blow it up instead of fixing it, or maybe just leaving it alone, its doing no harm as it is, it just looks old, which I think means character. Why does everything need to be new? Its a river, not a computer.

Homs in February

Posted in Acrylic, Anthropology, Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Graphic Anthropology, Landscape Painting, Mixed media, Painting, Watercolour with tags , , , on July 29, 2012 by graphicanthropology

This is the first painting I made about the conflict in Syria, it was February, I was watching the news. It looked like a regular peaceful neighborhood on a sunny day in Homs. Then…

‘Homs’, 15″ X 19″, watercolour and acrylic on paper, February 2012.

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Sketching at the Cafe

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, drawing, Entertainment, Graphic Anthropology, Pencil on paper with tags , , on July 28, 2012 by graphicanthropology

Sitting by the window in the coffee shop downstairs.

Pencil Tree

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, drawing, Entertainment, Graphic Anthropology, Pencil on paper with tags , , on July 26, 2012 by graphicanthropology

Another of the old trees at Riverside Park. This one I started at the park and finished from memory at home. Its too hot here in Canada, it hasn’t rained in two months, which is bad for Canada, I’m sure its worse in other places. The river is solidifying with algae, and the geese are angrier than ever.

Homs : Restraint

Posted in Acrylic, Anthropology, Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Graphic Anthropology, Landscape Painting, Mixed media, Painting, Photoshop on July 24, 2012 by graphicanthropology

Restraint

Cell

Posted in abstract, Acrylic, Anthropology, Arts & Entertainment, domesticated, Entertainment, grahamatbedlam, Graphic Anthropology, Oil Painting, Painting, Photoshop, Sculpture on July 24, 2012 by graphicanthropology

‘Lay down on the table, please!’, digital image, sculptural elements: wood, gypsum, cotton, glass, pipe insulation, acrylic and oil paint. Background: acrylic, gypsum, oil paints on canvas.