Pool Party

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at the hot pools

intimate liquids of passion

overflow reality

and ten beings

of indeterminate gender

race or species

gather together this night

to celebrate

an anniversary of light

a forgetting of time.

 

in slippery skins

strawberry champagne

laughter and flowers

they lantern the dark

with blushing desires

and cascading hearts

dance the wet dance

under summer stars

serenading the lovers

and the naked moon.

 

painting and poem by clinock.

 Pool Party: acrylic and mixed media on canvas. 30″ x 20″ (76.2 cm x 50.8 cm).

Redux, 2013.

The 100 #58 – Pop on Fire…

Pop on FireThis is the third and final piece of text based, mixed media art work from my past students. It differs from the previous two in that it intellectually references art historical movements (Pop and Surrealism) rather than personal emotional issues (although these may be subtly present). Whether the image addresses or connects to any of the background text remains debatable. It also differs in its artistic and conceptual skill being from an older and more accomplished art student.

Should you ever come across this —, I hope you have continued your creative adventures and I thank you for your art. Get in touch if you feel so inclined.

The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu

The 100 #57 – “I am lost…”

I am Lost...This is another text based, mixed media art work created by a high school student of mine from the past.

Relationships are so very important to adolescents, especially those that involve infatuation and the first blooming of romantic love. These tearings of the heart continue, of course, far beyond the teen years but with experience we grow armor or develop wisdom or cynicism or learn to discriminate in our emotional dance with each other. In the beginning, however; we are open and vulnerable in our innocence, the hurt fills our world and we need a way to express this hurt. Using Scrabble tiles and miscellaneous media this student courageously opened herself to her art studio peers with a direct, simple and honest expression of rejection and loneliness.

To the artist – If this post ever appears in your world I thank you for your art and truly hope you are happy, healthy and still expressing yourself through making art.

The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu

The 100 #56 – “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels”…

DisappearThis is a text based, mixed media art work from a high school student of mine in the past. The title is taken from the artwork. The issues of this student are obvious. She was a talented and creative young woman who faced and fought her problems with courage and pizazz. Her art was an important outlet for her constant struggle and she expressed herself clearly in this unsophisticated, simple but incredibly powerful piece.

If you should ever happen to see this —–, I hope you are healthy, healed, living your life to the full and still creating. Thank you for your art and for the inspiration of your strength and belief in yourself.

The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu

‘The 100’ #30 – Altered Books, Part 1…

A very popular contemporary art form that frequently fuses text and art is the altered book. An altered book is a form of mixed-media art that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.

To make an altered book, the artist takes a book (old, new, recycled or multiple) and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts, and/or be-ribbons it. The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags and ephemera or other three-dimensional objects. Some change the shape of the book, or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art.

Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. Victorian or antique art is frequently used, probably because it is easier to avoid copyright issues. Altered books are shown and sold in art galleries and on-line.

Since exploring Altered Books with my students I have collected hundreds of images of altered book pages and will post a selection of them in three parts. This post is Part 1 -The flat page with art and text.  Part 2 will look at Altered Book poetry; and Part 3: The sculpted book and found objects.

More Altered Book Images:  (All Credits at bottom of page).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits from top to bottom:  Altered Book information – Wikipedia.  Picture 1 – susanlenz.com / Picture 2 – sperkins.wordpress.com / Picture 3 – by Terry Owen: autumnwindstudios.com / Picture 4 – by Shauna Palmer: art-e-zine.co.uk / Picture 5 – by darkRRab: pavoninestudios.com / Picture 6 – by Helga: art-e-zine.co.uk / Picture 7 – ingriddijkers.com / Picture 8 – stempelchaotin.wordpress.com

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.

‘The 100’ #25 – Guest Post – ephemeral gecko

I am a dedicated follower of ephemeral gecko’s blog and particularly enjoy his text explorations. I am honoured that he accepted my invitation to be a Guest Post for ‘The 100′ series. So, here is Eph’:

I am an artist. Sure, I have a day job too. That pays the bills and keeps one foot on the ground (almost). But my soul – my purpose on this planet – is to create.  If others get enjoyment from it too, this makes my heart sing.

I am an ink addict. This (above), like many pages began with splattering splashy inks.  Dribbled and directed, in places it’s bothered by brush or scratched at with pen nib. The text in this piece takes sharp contrast. Stenciled with Markal metallic paint sticks, the shimmery gold part blended, part sitting proud to the surface. Text in all its forms fascinates me – from the characteristics of handwriting to the exotic intrigue of scripts and languages foreign to me – this special human code.

An example (left) of the text leading the design; having recently cut a new alphabet stencil I really wanted to explore the possibilities it afforded with different media. From gouache to charcoal, spray paint to oil pastel, this day’s page has it all. These images come from the ‘page a day’ sketchbook project, around which the ephemeral gecko blog was formed. It’s the place I play daily. Leaving behind all rules and ‘good practice’, convention and the like, what comes out in these pages is spontaneous, unplanned, and often unexpected.  It’s a visual stream of consciousness, a meditation, an exercise in self-discipline. And as a body of work it will become a compendium of resources and experimental ideas. I hope!

I like to collage; layers seem to build in character to an image. For many years my only artistic outlet was digital. It suited me well, compact, clean – those pixels couldn’t be knocked over and stain the carpet. I now mix the pixels in with the inks and paints, demonstrated here (above) with photos I took at the local museum of a faded, moth-eaten, old zebra, printed onto some font samples, collaged, drawn onto, then block printed.

Set against a backdrop of ink painted newspaper discs, and flanked by slithers of print, this cut-out couple gaze lovingly. Borne from my hatred of waste, once dull office documents have been printed on both sides of a sheet I consign them to art. I have a stock of what I call ‘overprints’, in this case, page umpteen of an insurance policy was reincarnated with photos of textile prints, then again with some more font samples.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip, to find more of this and my other projects please drop by http://ephemeralgecko.wordpress.com

art rat note: Eph’ is on my Blogroll. ‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As Words and Images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu. Thank you for viewing.

‘The 100’ #2 – OV 59

OV 59. On paper. 14″ x 22″ is a mixed media work incorporating acrylic, text, photocopies, wrapping paper and Letraset (remember Letraset?). For explanation see my ‘Post Number 100’.

Mixed Media Text in Art by clinock:

OV 59