PURGE is coming in less than a week, but you may’ve been asking yourself “what’s it all about?”
PURGE began several months ago when I was cleaning out the studio and I came across a couple of old paintings on wood. They were intended for a show that never happened, as the gallery folded before the release date. They were nearly done, but I had never quite finished them to a point where I was happy to release them. Plus, with the abandoned show, they fell by the wayside.
As an experiment, I took a photo and asked the world if anyone would be interested in purchasing these older pieces at a fair rate. Surprisingly, they were snapped up instantly and several voices cried out for more. My first impulse had been to chuck them in the trash, or consign them to the ever growing bins of old unfinished work, but my experiment paid off, and a few people are now the proud owners of a piece of art they enjoy.
That seemed like some kind of sign.
I am constantly drawing. I am always drawing, painting, or making something of one kind or another. Basically, I make and sell art for a living. Many of these works never make it to fruition, but I have embraced the experimentation as part of my creative process. However, the work does tend to stack up. As a fulltime working artist, I constantly struggle with the balance of what to make, how often, pricing and several other conditions that arise from owning one’s own business. In this endeavor, there is a constant push/pull on the balance between experimentation to improve my craft and create new works for purchase. I gave up the distinction long ago between experimental work and “legitimate art” as the latter often got too wrapped up in its own pressure. The 100 Drawings project is an example of taking the creative ball and running with it. My experiments are my art, much as the experiment of living my life is my life. Every new piece is a chance to grow and make something special, just as every new day is a chance to experience something new.
PURGE has arisen as a way to both offer several unique pieces of unfinished or older reworked art as well as clean out the creative clutter both literally as well as figuratively. Every piece that ends up unfinished becomes a reminder of my constant need to focus. The goal of this project is to refocus and assign myself the task of finishing older ideas as well as creatively problem solve the best way to make each piece “work.” Several pieces ultimately did not make the cut, but I am pleased as I approach the end result.
Flash forward to now, where I look around the studio to literally dozens of small drawings, paintings, experiments, old work and various other surprises, and PURGE is nearly ready for public consumption. It has been surprisingly enjoyable, as I find myself in a better creative headspace to finish pieces that I had struggled with in the past. Plus, the knowledge that people could derive enjoyment from the work that may have never seen the light of day is an immense pleasure. Oh, and the money from selling the work is nice too, I’m not leaving that out!
Here is your first major preview of the work, before the full for-purchase release. The works are mostly on paper, but there are a few resined pieces, works on wood, drawings on random scraps of paper and even a couple custom resined craft boxes. For those interested in purchasing, the work will be available sometime in the day next Wednesday, May 15th on my personal webstore. For those wishing for the best opportunity to get the pieces they want, I urge you to subscribe to my newsletter at the side of the page. I will release the exact droptime in the newsletter the day before. If you’re not on the newsletter subscription, the show will still be available the following day, but you may miss the piece you were hoping to get.
I am not taking any preorders for the show.
I hope you enjoy PURGE as much as I enjoyed making it. This first look is just a sampler of the full body of work available next week. At this exact time, there are currently about 40 pieces available and at least one print release, but that number will most likely increase as I finish off the last few pieces. Enjoy!
Rebirth of Mia
Archival giclée print on 100% cotton, print size: 9″ x 12″
Limited edition of 15, each print is hand signed & numbered.