Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mattera Chunks

"Attached are two of my favorite color chunks, taken in Chelsea in spring 2008. Both have a transucency that's almost ethereal. I just happened upon them when the time of day was just right, because I have seen them both at other times and the effect was nowhere near as luminous. The soap-dispenser image is from a women's bathroom in one of the gallery buildings in Chelsea. (The location is either 529 W. 20th or 511 W. 25--I'm not remembering which at the moment. But if you spend the day in Chelsea, you'd better know the locations of the accessible bathrooms.)"

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hallard Chunk

From Brent Hallard...

Didn't think I had anything for you, for your color chunks and then I remembered prompted by Pat's posted chunk four years ago I bought my first cell phone with a camera in it and took a bunch of useless images. They all had something to do with daily chores; a place I had to go every day; a barrier that I would be confronted with -- traffic signals, or waiting for the train to pass; a bus whizzing past, rubble, a plant across the road, and I would shoot. Not very interesting, of course, but it became a habit that I followed. It struck me that what I was doing with this then new little toy, and as especially as I'm one of the world's worst photographers, was paying more attention. With the help of the camera/telephone strange things started to pull together, patterns arose, the drum was heard not for its incessant dulling beat, but for the variations upon the timbre on the fabric of experience. All this, simply by paying greater attention to what usually gets filed under ‘forget’. So, if you could choose an image which suits you as a color chunk organizer that would sort of complete this little note, bringing the events of the past right up to the present, which will then fall back into a new past.


And here's a link to one particular focus back then over a number of days. it stopped just as it started, just as everything seems to do, patterns build to then fall away.

Strange universe we have crawled into.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Untitled Writing

I wrote this about a year ago. Shelved it. Recently I rediscovered it and decided it wasn't too bad.
Can a painting be made out of something besides paint? What makes a painting, a painting? Who has the right to answer this question? Art schools, the market or painters themselves? There are no rules to painting, or to art. Only conventions and all conventions are free game to be questioned. They aren’t set in stone. Chaos won’t ensue if the conventions are not followed, will it? Some of these issues I’m concerned with were raised during the late 60’s and early 70’s. I don’t think the issues were ever resolved or could be resolved. And I certainly never agreed that they were. Every stage of my process is important. Every step from conception to sketch to preparation to execution to titling to display is considered and realized for itself. But it’s not systematic. Intricate but not formulaic. At each stage I’m open to intuition. In general, slightly off lines seem to have more character than perfectly drawn straight ones. I favor the wet to the dry, the soft to the hard, the bright to the dull. Complexity is arrived at through reading the work piece to piece to piece. When I was younger, I tried to pour everything I knew or was interested in, into one piece. Now I don’t. It’s honed, more singular and specific. I want the "viewer's" experience to be as such.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cast Work (inspired by below)

urethane resin, 14"x 13", 2008.
click on image for too much detail.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Blue Sheet

McCubbin Chunk

"Here's a color chunk I love, although strictly
speaking some of it is a bit fluid for a chunk."

Monday, December 08, 2008

Assertive Color

Color Chunks: Looking for areas of assertive color found
in the real world. Frequently man-made and often plastic.
Where the object or area screams color. In this case "orange".

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Color Chunks: Open Call

I'd like to announce the first Color Chunks: Open Call. Previously people would send in their Color Chunks here and there and I would post them here and there. But I hesitated making an "Open Call", fearing some Chunks people would send in might not be Chunk-worthy. And I didn't get into a selection thing where I'd accept some people's Chunks but not others. We have enough of that b**l sh** in our business anyway, don't we?

But now I've decided with a few guidelines it could be fun. I'm curious to see how people interpret what "Color Chunk" could mean.

So here are the guidelines. Let's start the madness.

1. Must be jpg. form.
2. Must not be your artwork, but 'source material' is okay.
3. Must not be somebody else's artwork(including design).
4. Must not be somebody's photo where they try to make it art.
5. Nothing from fckr(see above), unless taken yourself.

Basically, "Chunks" is an alternative to the word "Piece" in mindset and philosophy. As in..."I created this particular 'piece' during my 'Summer in Tuscany Period'. There is an artlessness to Chunks, a spontaneity, a happy accident, a stumble upon quality. Frequently, the more ambiguous the image or object, the better. Color is what is known and where you can hang the meaning.

So, send in your Chunks: moahksan@yahoo.com and we'll see what happens.

Deadline: Open

Friday, December 05, 2008

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Red Party Cup

A note to Color Chunks viewers outside the U.S. Perhaps you've
seen The Red Party Cup in the movies. You might be interested
to know that, yes, we really do use The Red Party Cup at parties.
Why the cup is red, I don't know. Why at parties, I don't know.
If anyone knows, please let me know. This Red Party Cup post will
go under the "Cultural Curiosity File" of The Color Chunks Blog.