Friday, March 25, 2011

More New Collage Part III

Here's a few more new collages. The first one was made at the beginning of spring break, after drinking some absinthe. I'm not sure if that influenced the collage, but it might have.

This one was made the same evening, but before getting into the absinthe.

I've I haven't done much in the studio at all this week. Back to school, very busy work week, etc. Hopefully, I'll get some more done this weekend.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More New Collage

I posted some new collages last week. Here are a few more.

As I mentioned before, these are collages made without any large ideas guiding my work. I did set some rules, however, mainly to keep them simple and avoid storytelling.

Originally, I was only going to use black and white images against the colored paper backgrounds. The green one above was the first of these I made. That rule was quickly abandoned, however.

This one was done on a piece of wallpaper, which adds some interest (and content?), but it didn't dry very flat. I do like it, flat or not, and really should do some more.

I'm still making these, expect to see some more in a few days. Meanwhile, remember my print sale to benefit Japan disaster relief. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan Relief Fundraiser

I'm sure you're aware of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In the past, I've made donations when tragedies have struck. Now, I'm trying something a little different.

To encourage donations beyond what I myself give, I will be selling prints and donating all the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders is an international medical humanitarian organization. They provide aide in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, while operating independently of any political, military, or religious agendas. They have already send a medical team to Japan, and will need funds to continue work there.

I will be selling ten prints. Each print will be approx. 7.5 X 10 inches, unmatted, on 8.5 X 11 inch paper stock (prints may vary in size-many of the images on my blog are square, which would mean a 7.5 X 7.5 inch print). They will be printed using archival pigments on Epson glossy paper, and signed by me. The cost is $50 per print, the entirety of which will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

I highly encourage you to participate. Here's what to do:

1. Go to my Photo A Day blog.
2. Choose any image I've posted to the blog. I've been running the blog for just short of three years, so there are plenty of images to choose from.
3. Email me the following info:
-the title and date of the post with the image you'd like a print of (please list at least one alternate image, just in case). If a post has more than one image, let me know which one you want.
-the address you'd like the print shipped to.

If you're one of the first ten people to respond, I will send you a return message with info on how to make payment to my Paypal account. Once I receive your payment, I will send you your print.

If this works as I hope it will, the end result will be a $500 donation to Doctors Without Borders. It will also result in your receiving a piece of art.

Now go buy art and support emergency relief!

Monday, March 7, 2011

New Collage

I've been making collages over the past couple of weeks. Here are a few of them.

I didn't have any initial inspiration for these collages, aside from using up some sheets of fade resistant artist's paper bought for a project I finished several years ago. 

I did set some rules, however. First was size. I pre-cut 8X10 inch pieces of paper, to limit the size of these collages. Past experience has taught me that smaller collages seem to go together easier. The second rule was to keep things simple. I tried using as few individual elements as possible in these collages to avoid over working them.

The third rule was to avoid any attempt to tell a story or create a narrative. While not exactly content free,  they hopefully encourage the viewer to apply their own associations when viewing them.

I'll post some more in a few days.