When I started out dreaming about becoming an artist and being impressed upon by just about anything [successful] I thought was relative to the vision I had in mind.
There were a number things that influenced me outside the realm of painting and drawing but within it, I was drawn to the figure as form like most art students.
I had an Instructor whose paintings were a dead ringer for the school of Phillip Pearlstein (seated behind me.) which is a hyper realism rendered from photographs as I learned later in a gallery discussion last week from the man himself who is in his 90’s. The only difference between the two is this particular instructor worked from live models and a more reductive color palatte.
I would be a fool to ignore or not mention the influence of Hip Hop and Graffiti again with it’s focus on the body and identity but in a slightly different way.This urgent more impulsive art form is more physical in a real time sense. Not staged in a room or professional studio painted in sessions over a long period of time.
The man shown here in the second picture is Jon Naar also in his 90’s who happened to photograph these young artists in the mid to late 1970’s and give a face to the public art that was popping up everywhere on walls and also being done on subway trains in New York.
All three men have studied the human figure and what it is capable of under many different physical conditions capturing the moment just long enough to leave an impression on us.
Just recently I have been able to move about more freely due to the nice hot summer weather. I’ve had a few things on my mind to check out while I had the chance and I accomplished what I could within reason.
One was to walk the Highline elevated park in Manhattan as far as I could,then find the new Whitney museum.
The second goal was to once again travel to New York City and get on the Staten Island Ferry and ride it across the bay to Staten Island and back to Manhattan.
So far I have accomplished one which is to find the Whitney Museum via the Highline and enjoy the sights & people in and around the area. It’s one of my favorite locations now in Manhattan now that I have explored it.
I even had to return to it sooner than I expected because on the day I was there I lost my iPod and miraculously someone sent me an email letting me know that they had found it.
I have always been sort of lucky in Manhattan so this to me is an indication that I should try and make a go at it again to see how far my artwork can take me? I LOVE NEW YORK!
This summer was the most unusual for the author due to I usually try to enjoy the great outdoors. Although I got out and about locally I did do just few outings that were more like reconnaissance missions for the things I needed for my new studio and;personal image.
I did attend a book signing in the spring for ‘Notice: No Slam Dancing No Stage Diving No Spikes’ in New York @ Jonathan LeVine gallery and it was a terrible experience because of my problems and the authors don’t seem very inclusive when it comes to explaining to people that “I have the best stories in the book” as written in my signed copy of the damn thing.
The optimal word of this post is job because I worked very hard on creating the atmosphere that will be conducive to the future of living here in Princeton New Jersey as a person living with a disability and productive artist god willing. I not only totally renovated the studio I made some improvements physically and this allowed me to finish what I started two months ago.
I made some new friends in the literary world that somewhere down the line I will find out the purpose of their presents in my life. One world renowned writer/poet I met at the gym of all places has given me permission to use some of his writing for a collaborative project for WCA (World Citizen Artists) a group that I joined recently. I know it’s to premature to guess what’s coming next?
A brand new medium for me as an artist has come to fruition accidentally but if you believe in your own talent and try everything that comes to your mind; wait for it…. and, act on it something just might happen that will lead you to a brand new horizon or beginning.
I was once told by the late iconic pop artist Keith Haring [his words] “Don’t just depend on one thing, do a lot of things!”
He said this to me as I was carrying a rejected canvas for an exhibition I just knew would be a knock out for the jurors of a particular gallery.
I never forgot those words and he was absolutely right because I have experimented with many things in my life most of which have remained experiments and out of the public eye.
Thirty years ago I wrote a poem describing an imaginary woman after breaking up with a girlfriend and put it away and out of my mind.
As a result of simply getting in the habit of writing things down in note books (instead of trying to remember off hand) I now have created a song out of this poem with the help of my cousin Scott R. Trent (singer & music arrangement) and “DJ Ed Gusto” Green (producer) of Signature Soul Records.
I find it quite ironic that I have been into dance music for well over thirty years as a serious club goer which is very well documented in the last blog article and, countless others with real flyers of party events.
I’ve also kept old membership cards complete with some great stories attached on this website.
But due to my back injury I can no longer dance. So I can’t dance to my own song but I would love to here it in a disco and witness other people enjoy it! “you can’t beat that with a bat!”