Thursday, April 29, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

ULTIMATE FUNK --- resin sculpture


I always feel uncomfortable when I have to show funky junky that I made. I usually try not to show it to people for a while, but when I eventually show it, I would first put it in a corner so people wouldn't notice it. I just feel more comfortable showing and selling my “neat” works. 

My experience with selling my art, however, differs from my feeling towards my funky art. No matter how much I want to hide the funky stuff, I’ve sold quite a few of them. If you think funky people like the funky stuff, you're  wrong. All the buyers of the funky stuff were all “neat” looking people with non-funky outfits. I've sold the weirdest looking things in the past years to those people. 

I don’t even photograph many of them before they are sold because I don’t expect anyone would buy the funky stuff. But today,  I've decided to overcome this reluctant feeling toward my funky stuff. Just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean no one else likes it. I really don’t understand the mentality of those who “pay” to get funky stuff, but I am beginning to think that I might be good at funky stuff. Actually, it’s not that I don’t like it; I just have a hard time calling it “fine art.” But now, when I think of it, these funkies might be the fine art and my other “neat” stuffs are “commercial” art .

Oh, well. I don’t care which is what. Whatever the reason may be, I made what I made and I can’t throw them away, so this is the new funk. In any event, I admit it’s a lot more fun to make the funky stuff than the “neat” stuff.

8 inches in diameter, and about 6 inches in height at the highest point. Approximately 5 pounds in weight. Produced in 2009 and finished up in 2010. 

Monday, April 05, 2010

ASCEND - 34.5x18 Acrylic Painting


"Ascend" is an acrylic painting on a wood panel 34.5" x 18" in size and about 2" deep and was made in 2008. The calligraphy at the lower part means "Ascend."

It is actually not formal calligraphy. I designed it from the Chinese character that means, "ascend" or "rise." The Japanese and Chinese written languages share hundreds of characters, in case you didn't know. Admittedly, my calligraphy skill is limited to the one I leaned at Japanese elementally school, and I do not want to think how long ago that was. 

I placed the title in the portrait because I wanted to express the mystery of life, especially the transiency of life. The upper portion of the splashy line is a movement that was there but yet isn't there any more. It is a "trace" of existence, so to speak.

The entire painting has a sheer, but generally speaking it is a "dark" painting.  Close up photos are posted at my Flickr account set if interested. 

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