Notes 5.22.15: Crystal Castles, Egon Schiele and Figure + Abstract

Crystal Castles, "Wrath of God" is playing.

There were ominous clouds gathering when I arrived at the cafe...

Figure I (detail)

Figure I (detail)

Figure with Black Hood started as a remake of another image of the same title. I wanted to further explore combining traditional techniques and non-digital materials with digital imagery, the way I had done with some earlier images. At the same time I was thinking about the idea of the body merging with an abstracted backdrop, something akin to the existential voids of Schiele. However in this case the void would subsume the figure. Figure I was a further exploration of this and so came the desire to explore this as a series.

By the time of Head I and Head II, the figurative forms are being consumed by or even dissolving into abstraction. I intend for the series to be loose, experimental - the pieces can look very different while possessing similar elements. Form into nothingness. Form into abstraction. Beauty into decay? Or vice versa? Expressionist. Experimental. About the process as much as the aesthetics. Titles are to be merely descriptive and spare.

Head I

Head I

Head II

Head II

The series is more improvisational than most of my other work. It's almost like the whole series is a sketchboard. Thus far, it has largely been acrylics and ink that I've combined with photography and digital painting. I'm looking to incorporate more papier-mâché and start using water color.