I had this up in one of the #Kamikaze shows at @postlaorg this summer but had real cupcakes on it with the intention of them being eaten. People were hesitant to eat them, just like they were when I tried serving cheese cubes. We’ve all been trained so well to not touch the art! I want to figure out a way for my sculptures to serve food that people actually can eat. For now, here’s the #sculpture with newly finished sculpted and painted #cupcakes. #letmeeatcake
This little guy is a bit worse for wear after spending the last few months undergoing the test of time in the fridge. I wanted to see how it would hold up under light preservation methods. I snapped some photos before retiring it, but in its glory, it was a carved #cheesesculpture with cheese preserving wax. #saycheese #socheesy.
After studio hiatuses, ongoing repairs and improvements and some photo shoot action, I’ve got some new and improved work images of arms and hands and paintings and cheese sculptures. Here’s this one: “These Arms of Mine, They Are Yearning (From the series #CanIOfferYouANiceEggInThisTryingTime?)”
I’d like to get my grubby paws on some of these super rad stickers from #camillataylor. Maybe you do too.
Very excited for the culmination of a lot of scheming and dreaming with @liznurenberg and the amazing folks of @montevistaprojects and @tsa_la. Tonight is our big #secondannualtsamvpholidayartraffle. Thanks to all our amazing friends who donated work to make this event happen. ❤️❤️❤️Feeling very grateful to be a part of this #artistruncollective community.
My fancy #WIP #AspirationalMiniature boys are all standing on their own two big boy feet. Where before there were built in pedestals there is now internal structure and balance. #ItsGettingBetterAllTheTime.
I’m growing my #aspirationalminiatures gang. These are mostly all made with that glycerin/gelatin/chopped nylon fiber #silicone substitute I’ve been obsessing over. #Moldmaking from either #oilclay or #paperclay with that and the reusable #friendlyplastic has meant that I’m much less scared of messing up and can focus on practicing/perfecting proportions and body language. These are mostly #aquaresin castings with #acrylagouache. They’re all I want to do right now. This whole recipe also works really great on a larger scale and I am excited to start working on some bigger relief pieces now that I’ve got this all figured out.
I painted #Batman for #gotitforcheap a few years back. He’s my current gooey #WIP again. 🦇 #aspirationalminiatures
I’m going to be offering up these “#caniofferyouaniceegginthistryingtime” guys for the #secondannualtsamvpholidayartraffle. We have an opening exhibition for the raffle in @tsa_la alongside the opening reception for #absencethelandscapeofobjects in @montevistaprojects. Come hang and have a drink with us while you scope out what stuff you’d like to snag at the raffle on December 9th!
We’re already getting terrific submissions! @montevistaprojects is excited to announce the 2019 Open Call! Los Angeles area artists working in all mediums are encouraged to submit up to three works to be considered for the exhibition. Submissions will be curated by the current membership of Monte Vista Projects. Deadline is Friday, December 7th and no application fee! Selected works with be exhibited at the Monte Vista Projects Gallery from January 5 - January 28, 2019! Apply at montevistaprojects.com! #opencall #artexhibition in the #BendixBuilding
I like the way the wood glue interacts with the aqua resin and the upcoming acryla gouache. #WIP.
#caniofferyouaniceegginthistryingtime x2. Two eggs. One for sharing, one for keeping.
I am going to build a light box. #CanIOfferYouANiceEggInThisTryingTime but instead a summer sausage hunk with a slice of cheddar on a ritz cracker. #dreamingofyou
Corn for @trinaturt.
More #KINGOFBEERS #BUDWEISER #AspirationalMiniatures documentation for ya. I need to build him a boat with fishing poles and also a light box to photograph him in.
@288__am is continuing his #NewstandProject. I’m very happy to have participated last week. #CanIOfferYouANiceEggInThisTryingTime?
We are really excited to be putting together this years raffle! I would love to see you on 11/17 and 12/9. . . . @montevistaprojects and @tsa_la are proud to announce our Second Annual Holiday Art Raffle & Party featuring selected works from local artists and curators. All works will be on display from Nov. 17 - until a lucky raffle winner gets to take it home on December 9th! Opening Reception: November 17th, 2018 See you then ❤😘😊
HALLOWEEN DOG PETTING
I’m grateful to have been a part of @montevistaprojects for a little over a year now. Grateful for where we’ve been. Grateful for where we’re going. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ・・・ What has 11 heads, 23 arms, 20 legs and a bunch of pomegranates? This only-slightly-photoshopped pic of the new iteration of Monte Vista Projects! A fond farewell to @rebeccabennettduke, and welcome to our new members @rakeemc, @andyfedak & @zebrazorb 🙌 #artistrunspace #artistrungallery #artscollective #artistcollective #bendixbuilding #gallery #contemporaryart
Thank you, @andrewjamesmckay, for including me in this terrific project. All the work you’ve done for it has been astounding. This piece is up at @montevistaprojects until 11/4 with a boatload of other incredible pieces for #FieldOfVision. ・・・ 'Isaac' sculpted and painted by @emilyblythejones. Mixed media sculpture measuring 16by20by3. Interview with Emily--where we discuss dimensional reality, working outside the measured limitations of the canvas, and talk over some of the questions about making work about communities and the people therein--at https://issuu.com/andrewjamesmckay/docs/field_of_vision_-_andrew_james_mcka
Ready to bring you this spooky Halloween themed #easteregg in my #CanIOfferYouANiceEggInThisTryingTime? arm as part of my contribution to my friend Victor’s( @288__am) #NewstandProject with @mndnch. We’ll be near @trejosdonuts by Hollywood and Highland this Saturday from 6-7 PM. Sounds like @mndnch is interested in some similar themes: “I’ll be sharing some new written works exploring memories of the medium, as well as musings on belonging, what it means to call a place home, and my favorite intersection of topics: life, death, & family.”
#TBT #IveSaidItBeforeAndIllSayItAgain #compressionandexpansion #spaceandtime
I’m very excited to be working with @andrewjamesmckay to hang #FieldOfVision at @montevistaprojects. I would love to have any and all by for our opening this Saturday evening. Here’s just a few parts of a bigger whole, straight from #KitsilanoHighSchool. Come check out #FieldOfVision, opening Saturday, 10/13 at the #BendixBuilding. . . . . Monte Vista Projects is pleased to announce Field of Vision, a group exhibition organized and curated by Vancouver artist, Andrew James McKay. Field of Vision will feature the work of the following artists: Andrew James McKay (Vancouver, BC), Michael Alvarez (Los Angeles, CA), Emily Blythe Jones (Los Angeles, CA), Maureen Gubia (Guayaquil, Ecuador), Tracy Kerdman (New York, NY), Juan Carlos Noria (Benicàssim, Spain), a painter of unknown name working from Dafen Oil Painting Village (Shenzhen, PRC), and the 12th form students of Kitsilano High School (Vancouver, BC). Field of Vision restructures the historical tradition of the portrait as a presentation of an image taken to be ‘authoritative’, and is a consideration of what it is to work as an artist in a variety of geographical locations and under a variety of economic systems. The exhibition takes as its locus a series of five portrait photographs which act as source material to be interpreted by a number of artists. Some of these are professional artists, some are students, and some find a position in between. Posited through the exhibition is the theory that while each artist has painted an interpretation, all of these works together form a much more comprehensive vision of the subject to the degree that once one has seen the composed whole, returning to look upon a single work in the series it is made apparent that one cannot do the job of many. Each of the five series of works is comprised of a photographic print of the subject; a painting by artist and curator @andrewjamesmckay ; a painting as done by @__michaelalvarez__ , @emilyblythejones , @mgubia, Tracy Kerdman (www.tkerdman.com), and @juancarlos.noria ; a painting produced by a worker in the painting village of Dafen, PRC; and paintings made by the students of #KitsilanoHighSchool.
#ASPIRATIONALMINIATURES #WIP #KINGOFBEERS
#ASPIRATIONALMINIATURES #WIP #NOSHOESNOSHIRTNOPROBLEM #PORTRAITMODE
#NewToys / #NewTools.
The. hands. have. been. shipped. . . . . . . Thank you to all my amazing friends for lending me their hands to make this project possible. . Ten #lifesize #hand #moldmaking #sculptures with #props #casted from my #LosAngelesArts community members and made with @smoothon products from @ramaterials including #moldmax #silicone, #ultracal, #alginate, #smoothcast65d, #foamit #freeformair #epoxyclay, #magicsculpt / #apoxieclay, #supersculpey #polymerclay and #manicure #nails and then painted with #acrylagouache #acrylic #gouache #paints and #prismacolor #coloredpencil. They were commissioned for @freerollspokerclub in #KatyTX and will be on display during their hosting of the @worldpokertour.
This sort of feels like cheating because one hand still isn’t even cast, but I’d say 9/10 is a pretty good place to celebrate. These nine are officially finished. The relief I feel is palpable. Next up is figuring out an economical and effective packing procedure and finishing up that last buddy. . . . . . . Thank you to all my amazing friends for lending me their hands to make this project possible. . Nine #lifesize #hand #sculptures casted from my #LosAngelesArts community members and made with @smoothon products from @ramaterials including #moldmax #silicone, #ultracal, #alginate, #smoothcast65d, #foamit #freeformair #epoxyclay, #magicsculpt / #apoxieclay, and #nails and then painted with #acrylagouache #acrylic #gouache #paints and #prismacolor #coloredpencil. They were commissioned for @freerollspokerclub in #KatyTX and will be on display during their hosting of the @worldpokertour.
Thank you @eastsideinternational, for holding such an awesome exhibition and for being such a solid art community. Today is the last day to check out all the beautiful work hung up with this little monster. ・・・ #heatofthemoment #currentexhibition #onview #galleryhours #lastchance #today #finalday #saturday 1-4 PM #opencallexhibition #juriedby #adamdmiller #owneranddirector @thepitla #hot #art #kunst #artistrunspace #summer #kunsthalle #losangeles 😀 #niceweatherwerehaving #summersnotoveryet
Dreaming about improving my #moldmaking techniques and methods for making when I’m available again. The hand project is deep in painting mode.
We’re here! Next step is priming. . . . . . . #moldmaking of hand #sculptures with #smoothon #smoothcast65d and #rigid #expandingfoam.
Day dreaming about kilns and clay bodies, partially because I’m incredibly inspired, partially because I really enjoyed working with the kiln I had access to in 2016/17, and I wish I had that ability again. Where do all you amazing clay people who are out of school and don’t have your own kilns to fire your work?!? This is an honest, personal thought that comes with weird personal hang ups, but tbh, sometimes I feel like the caveat of working with #polymerclay rather than REAL #clay is a bit of a bummer. It’s what I have available at the moment, and I love experimenting, but so many of the things I’m experimenting with are just to compensate for what could potentially be more easily and inexpensively achieved with clay. There’s also all the weird hangups with craft materials having their own entry points that I just wish I could surpass a bit. Also! Functional ceramics! I want to make functional things. I’m thinking about all the #aspirationalminiatures, busts and hands I want to make when I’m done with this hand commission, and I’d love to try tackling more of them in clay.
I’ve had this diptych on the proverbial easel for some time but finished it up right before the hand project began. I’m calling it “Differing Perspectives” from the “#CanIOfferYouANiceEggInThisTryingTime?” series. . . . . . . It’s a #mixedmedia mashup of #painting and #sculpture in #relief style with #sculptamold, #oilpaint and #acrylicpaint on a #canvas stretched cradled panel. They’re both 29 inches tall, 20 inches wide and about 4 inches deep. They’re #portraits of my Grandma and Step-Grandpa in their home in #LakeComo #Wisconsin.