Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Glass Block 7 Enter Here Please


Glass Block 7 Enter Here Please Digital Art.

Glass Block. The glass block is my visual metaphor for the veil of lies. The veil of collectively agreed upon premises that blind each of us in our own regionalism and nationalism to greater universal truths. These collectively agreed upon premises about right and wrong etc., can blind us and bind us to ideas about what is real. And in doing so, form our individual constructs out of which our reality is shaped. All of which can easily be based on self serving half truths from the individual perspective all the way up to the regional and national consciousness.

"A work of Art is a small fragment from the eternal stream of the Creative Spirit which springs forth into existence through the persistence and focused thought of the Artist." "Art is the lie that unveils the truth, revealing it, making it more clear, and gives truth it's substance. Robert James Kelly

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Glass Block 12 Nite with Bob


Glass Block 12 Nite with Bob Digital Art.

In this series I have chosen to utilize historical, pop or other recognizable images whether they be found or created. I do this to better connect with my audience. Using these icons as visual clues and references. Allowing me to further investigate and experiment with how our minds work. And how they reinforce our sense of reality and history, along with our need to belong. As it relates to social order and individual purpose.

Glass Block. I will use this visual metaphor again as I did over twenty years ago, but with a clearer purpose. I shall use the glass block wall as a visual metaphor for the veil of lies. Blinding each of us in our own regionalism and nationalism to the greater universal truths. The collectively agreed upon lies that bind our ideas about what is real and form our individual construct of how that reality is shaped.

The veil that blinds us. The veil that deceives us. The veil that conceals the truth. I will paint it all for you. I will paint for you beauty... I will paint for you the horrors of this world... I will paint for you all I see though my walls of glass. And we shall see if anyone shall take note or time enough to notice, "to see what lies beyond"... And in doing so, see the lie that reveals the truth.

This image was created by using a photographic image of one of my oil paintings and a composited image of glass block. Creating a while new piece inspired by an earlier piece and time, some twenty five years ago. A comment on the human condition and our bizarre world as I see it with all it's delights and perversions. rjk

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Glass Block 12 Mona Lisa Smiles


Glass Block 12 Mona Lisa Smiles Digital Art from composited photographic images.

Glass Block. I wil try more with this visual metaphor again as I did before many years ago. I shall use it (the glassblock wall) as a metaphor for the veil. The veil that blinds us. The veil that decieves us. The veil that conceals the truth.

I will paint it all for you. I will paint for you beauty... I will paint for you the horrors of this world... I will paint for you all I see though my walls of glass. And we shall see if anyone shall take note or time enough to notice, "to see what lies beyond"... And in doing so, see the lie that reveals the truth.

"He who does not see more vividly and clearly than this perishing mortal eye can see, does not see creatively at all." William Blake

"Art is the lie that tells the truth." Pablo Picasso

"A true work of Art is a small fragment from the eternal stream of the Creative Spirit which springs forth into existence through the persistence and focused thought of the Artist." "Art is the lie that unveils the truth, revealing it, makeing it more clear, and gives truth it's substance. Robert James Kelly

Friday, January 26, 2007

Glass Block 12 L'Estaque


Glass Block 12 L'Estaque Digital Art.

Not unlike many of my predecessors, from Braque to Warhol, I will use whatever images necessary to create my digital expressions.

In this series I have chosen to utilize historical, pop or other recognizable images whether they be found or created. I do this to better connect with my audience. Using these icons as visual clues and references. Allowing me to further investigate and experiment with how our minds work. And how they reinforce our sense of reality and history, along with our need to belong. As it relates to social order and individual purpose.

Here I find great delight in being able to create socially and relevant statements. All using photographic images using original art & photographs to create cultural statements... sometimes pop. Using these icons as base subject matter to express artistically the current state of my our world.

Once upon a time, a very long time ago... I did a painting, a study of Cezanne's L'Estaque. This image was created by using a photographic image of my oil study and a composited image of glass block. Creating a while new piece inspired by earlier piece and time, some thirty years ago.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Monday, January 22, 2007

Glass Block 12AG


Glass Block 12AG Digital Art from composited photographic images.

Again I must apologize for the lack of another image today. I still can't connect to my image server. I will add any images that are absent as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Glass Block 12AG2


Glass Block 12AG2 Digital Art from composited photographic images.

Again I must apologize for the lack of another image today. I still can't connect to my image server. I will add any images that are absent as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.

Glass Block. I wil try more with this visual metaphor again as I did before many years ago. I shall use it (the glassblock wall) as a metaphor for the veil. The veil that blinds us. The veil that decieves us. The veil that conceals the truth. I will paint it all for you. I will paint for you beauty. And I will paint for you the horror. I will paint for you all I see though my walls of glass. And we shall see if anyone shall take note enough to see. To see what lies beyond...

As always please feel free to add your commments, thoughts or ideas.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Come Back Kitty


Come Back Kitty Digital Art from composited photographic images.

I use images of glass block that I have shot over the years. Photographic images which I scan and digitally enhance to clean up pin cushioning and other unwanted distortions. Then using other source images from photographs to drawings and paintings. Mostly images of my own creation but I also use historically important images at times. The more iconic images help to convey the message to a larger audience as to what is going on. The distortion of the visual reality created by the glass block is a metaphor. A metaphor for what I see happens to a culture when collectively either actively or passively the truth is distorted. And yet we still trudge on like everything is just fine.

The visual beauty of the art juxtaposed to the terriible gut wrenching truth that the metaphorical meaning embodies. Thus, through Art we can see the lie that reveals the truth.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Return of Shiva


The Return of Shiva Digital Art.

Shiva is a form of Ishvara or God in the later Vedic scriptures of Hinduism. The meaning of the word 'Shiva' is 'Good' hence he is called the Good Lord. Shiva is the supreme God in Shaivism, one of the major branches of Hinduism practiced in India.

Shiva as Rudra is considered to be the destroyer of evil and sorrow. The formless, timeless and spaceless Supreme God in Shaivism. Adi Sankara interprets the name Shiva meaning "One who purifies everyone by the utterance of His name" or "the Pure One". The name Shiva is the Holiest of Holy names.

source: Wikipedia
see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva

BUT IN 2007 WE MUST ALSO CONSIDER THAT:

A typical human, any individual from any number of groups separated by nationality, or religious affiliation*... might well think of Shiva as a pagan idol to be scorned, shunned or otherwise denigrated.

My goal is to illustrate this and other difficult images and topics through the use of glass block as a metaphor and visual mechanism to distort the source image.

It is this abstracted, changed or distorted view that is at the crux of my point. Our reality is based on what we believe. And I know what we believe, and believe to be true is not always so. We can be wrong, miss the point completely because our belief is so strong that it blinds us to the real truth.

For more see http://www.virtualartgallery.com/rkelly/shiva.htm

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Enter Here Please


Enter Here Please Digital Art.

Today I start a six month contract position so I will be out of the studio much more than I have been lately. But my plan is to continue to post something everyday. I will be posting more digital art and sketches along with the occasional finished oil.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sylvana


Sylvana Digital Art.

Inspired by Carl Maria Von Weber's Sylvana Overture

Glass Block. I will try more with this visual metaphor again as I did before many years ago. I shall use it (the glass block wall) as a metaphor for the veil. The veil that blinds us. The veil that deceives us. The veil that conceals the truth. I will paint it all for you. I will paint for you beauty. And I will paint for you the horror. I will paint for you all I see though my walls of glass. And we shall see if anyone shall take note enough to see. To see what lies beyond...

This construct is an important part of my personal lexicon. One of many constructs that I just can't get away from. These Glass Blocks and their ensuing distortion of reality represent to me the very crux of personal perception and artistic expression. As they take the world just on the other side and make it into a celebration, a dance of light, color and form. A real example to the world just how I as an artist desire to influence, interpret and effect the world around me. As an artist I also see the world as an amazing myriad of light, color and form all moving in creation as a beautiful dance. As the grid binds it also creates flow, rhythms and patterned movement. This is the duality and the underlying truth in the chaos and systemic structure of our world. Our reality bent in light. That's the way I see it.

While at the same time creates it's beautiful abstract rhythms of light and color. The ability of the materials to abstract the world just on the other side leaving the viewer to note, enjoy, ignore or be inspired by. I choose to be inspired by them.


"He who does not see more vividly and clearly than this perishing mortal eye can see, does not see creatively at all." William Blake

"Art is the lie that tells the truth." Pablo Picasso

"A work of Art is a small fragment from the eternal stream of the Creative Spirit which springs forth into existence through the persistence and focused thought of the Artist." "It's the lie that unveils the truth, makes it more clear, and gives truth it's substance. Robert James Kelly

Monday, January 15, 2007

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Friday, January 12, 2007

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Riding on the Wings of the Golden Dragon pt4


detail of Riding on the Wings of the Golden Dragon Oil on Canvas. 6" X 4.5". 12" X 9" overall.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Riding on the Wings of the Golden Dragon pt3


detail of Riding on the Wings of the Golden Dragon Oil on Canvas. 6" X 4.5". 12" X 9" overall.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Riding on the Wings of the Golden Dragon pt1


detail of Riding on the Wings of the Golden Dragon Oil on Canvas. 6" X 4.5". 12" X 9" overall.

As an artist and creator I have always considered myself and explorer. I have to feel challenged and excited to be fully engaged in the process. I go were ever mt Spirit leads me as I work through my thoughts and experiment with processes. Never being afraid to look at an idea again or even try something completely new. That's how I grow and an artist and expand my understanding of self and the creative process.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Hans Bruckner Walking with Giants part 3


close up of Hans Bruckner Walking with Giants 2006 Oil on Canvas. 6" X 4.5". 12" X 9" overall.

Like wild birds we flutter around in mass, not knowing the reason why. But we somehow know that something is wrong. Something bad is coming.

That is the Spirit, our connection to all things that is speaking to us.
Our collective Spiritual self speaking to our individual physical selves...

Warning us of a yet unknown, unseen but impending doom. Whay WILL you do?

I am only here for a short time and can only help you so much. The rest WILL be up to you to understand and discover. In my art lie clues, clues that are hidden in the fabric of color and stroke. Images and meaning that tell of a world both past, present and future. For all to see if only you have the eye needed to see. You must be able to look beyond the obvious in order to know. The truths that is shows with great pain that it flows. I don't expect you to see, or if you do, to understand. Such is the WILL of the Masters hand. But if you do, please let me know. As I would be thrilled to know that there are other Souls that can see these truths that I sew.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hans Bruckner Walking with Giants part 1


close up of Hans Bruckner Walking with Giants 2006 Oil on Canvas. 6" X 4.5". 12" X 9" overall.

Walking with giants.
The Guardian, the protector, the guide

weaving space and time, the fabric of creation
onto the canvas, my canvas with paint
my very soul aches

if it were not for the giants that walk with me
the ones that are rarely spoken of and
never mentioned in casual conversation
i would not be able to continue my labors

we are all one
what we do to others
we do to ourselves

now you hear
now will you listen
for an hour
for a day
for a second
then away

or will you hold true to the dream
and in time find away
to do you part
make us all do our part
and believe right now
you and i

that it must be so
why don't you see
as the world turns
so do we

we will have been judged
righteous and worthy

or just fade away

--
Ars est Celare Artem (art that conceals art) is the lie that reveals the truth. rjk

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Struggle Continues part 4


close up of 2006 The Struggle Continues Oil on Canvas. 6" X 4.5". 12" X 9" overall.

Ars est Celare Artem (art that conceals art). I am not unlike the surrealists and cubists of the past. As I seek to conceal and reveal my imagery and meaning in my works. However, I am not just using not just the idea of expanding time, or trying to show various sides of an object. I seek to illustrate a different truth. One that is of many different times and places, all existing at once on my canvas. This myriad of layered compositions creates a multi-dimensional view of the world as I see it. All times, all things, all places existing, interlocking, interweaving. This is the fabric of Time and Space. Thus my paintings and drawings become the two dimensional representations of how I see. When we can see past the reality we collectively manifest. There is a great sense of freedom I feel as I go beyond our conscious reality. And see beyond the lies we collectively believe.

So, it is through unlocking and calling upon my subconscious mind to bring forth images that I find my truth. As I allow my subconscious mind to flow freely and call forth it's images I am using my conscious mind to control my eye hand coordination. This is how I believe I can pull into this world thoughts and images from beyond the veil of lies we all must endure in this reality. The lie I want to believe. The lie that conceals the truth. The one that allows me to fully exercise my freedom of speech and self expression.

I am more than a one dimensional artist. I have always had broad interests in my creative studies and throughout my life. While I was in school one of the things I remember was being criticized for having to many branches and not a big enough trunk... Basically because I wanted to research and study many different styles and philosophies to broaden my experience and understanding I was thought to be less focused. Perhaps even less successful than I could be. But, that is their lie, not mine! Now, nearly thirty years later my vision is sharpening and much more focused and unique because for the path I took. The journey has been long and difficult, but I am certain it was and is the right path for my creative evolution.

As I see and learn a little about Quantum Physics, and it's relevance to our understanding of time and space. I wonder if this feeling that I have is a connection to a larger eternal creative Spirit. Or, have I found a way for my future super self to interact and communicate with my self of this time. If my super self is revealing truths to my current self by a future super conscious self. If so, is this a type of time travel?

As I work and watch the marks I make unfold deeper intent than merely marks made to appear as something like a person, boat or mountain. They become objects, beings, creatures in and of themselves. Many recognizable to me as people, things or animals like, houses, boats, horses, owls, hawks, eagles, bear. It as if the art I make conceals more art at a deeper level. And again I am back to Ars est Celare Artem (art that conceals art).

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Struggle Continues part 3


close up of 2006 The Struggle Continues Oil on Canvas. 4" X 5". 8" X 10" overall.

Monday, January 01, 2007

The Struggle Continues part 2


close up of 2006 The Struggle Continues Oil on Canvas. 4" X 5". 8" X 10" overall.


As the New Year begins I leave you with this thought as my gift.

My fellow artists, Americans, human beings of this plane, of this planet.

Please ask yourself today,
is the World you live in
the one the most desire.

Or have you become part of that
which you most despise.

without compassion and an open mind
this USA of yours
this USA of mine
will continue to fall
in the eyes of the world

Please consider this as you see this little piece of art of mine.

I hope that the link below workss for you so you can slao check out the companion piece I ust finsihed titled: Where have we been, What have we become, Where are we headed.
http://www.mnartists.org/work.do;jsessionid=7E921642AB339673184375C62B732AAD?rid=129438

I hope it reveals a part of it's truth to you as you ponder the lie.
Peace in 2007.