In the middle of re-working the site and failing at adding my new work to it, I failed to mention that I have an opening tonight, March 6th, 6-8, at Red Mug in Superior! I’ll be presenting forty new pieces from a series that I completed in December. The works are expressionistic heads, make with alternative mark-making techniques and mediums such as ink, oil pastel, glue, acrylic mediums, latex paint and graphite on BFK Rives paper which is mounted on board. If all goes well, I’ll actually get a few images of this work up. The show will be up through April 30th!
Believe it or not I’m sitting on a panel discussing “artists and the internet” at the Duluth Art Institute’s Art Nexus tonight! I had to post quickly so all of the, let’s say, two people who show up and type my site name in correctly see something that is fresh, fresh, fresh! In a way, this post is present, a gift to those who endeavored to persevere and found this site… only to now scratch their heads wondering, “Why the hell did I listen to this guy? What a dolt.”
Here’s a new photo that I scanned the other night:
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Photography. After posting that I have prints and cards of digital photographs available to purchase the other day I’ve heard a few skeptics wondering what the hell’s going on? I thought you only painted! But, unbeknownst to many I actually shoot quite often, have a few photo exhibitions on my resume, and works from three different photography series in the collection of the Tweed Museum. My old Canon Xti, the one which a day after I bought it I had in a plastic bag while shooting underwater bubbles made by crashing waves in the big lake, is still kicking along. I’ll post a few of the those images for old time sake someday. I also shoot film, mainly medium format through modified camera’s I’ve made, and have developer, stop bath and fixer mixed up in the basement, ready to soup up the couple rolls I just shot the other day. I’m not process oriented enough to be formal with a camera, nor do I have the income to keep up with the “latest and greatest”, so I approach photography from an experimental standpoint. I ask questions, test and problem solve. I ask myself, “How can I tweak what I have to make something original.”, much the same as I do within my other artforms.
That said, I’m excited by this “black out” series. On one hand, the work requires a little more photoshop than I or my weary old Mac would like but then again, I hit a couple buttons and I’m done compared to the thousands of hours spent on the computer “cleaning and balancing” images that most “traditional” photographers do. Let’s not kid ourselves, in this day and age I believe the only thing that really matters in the end is, How does it look on the wall? In this series what I am really doing is using the camera as a non traditional mark-making tool. The works are abstract, at least for the most part and nontraditional. In fact I would consider them aesthetically and compositionally comparable to my abstracted minimal paintings. I find the process quite unique, enjoyable and it’s a challenge to create a quality shot, probably one “keeper” out of, oh, 75-100. In time I’ll also share with you the drawings I’ve done over night photographs, but you’ll just have to be patient. For now, here’s one of the black out series and click HERE for a link to see a few more:
And click HERE for a link to abstract art on fineartamerica.com!
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I finally have a website that will sell prints and gift cards of my “black out” series! I added a link to the side bar of the blog and am trying to figure out the best way of getting the word out there… oh, wait, so is every other freaking artist in the world. Alright, so I need to up my marketing a little bit and be a little more shameless in my self-promotion. No problem.
Here are a few images from the series, enjoy!
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Breaking news from Germany: eric ist und dummen Esel! I love my German fans. Danke, danke.
As the title says, mirror wiper. Designboom has a post on a German designed suction-cupped wiper for a bathroom mirror. This is a great example of smart design solving, a quirky yet functonal product. I have my doubts that it will work as well as the images, but I dig it. My blog has a HUGE Deutschland following, I’m sure I’ll hear reports from the masses and give y’all an update on the usefulness of this thing.
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Fall is in the air and Eric is back to the blog. Life and such required a break of sorts, eh, more of a re-adjustment in priorities and focuses. The challenge of posting new work regularly while not producing new “finished” works daily became a challenge that I had to accept begrudgingly. I no longer have to sit on a small chair and make a small drawing for the site each nite because I could work in the studio or work on a series of photographs, creations that are not ready for prime time but are part of the lifelong process. The hurdle I have of accepting that my process is too malleable, to tangential for the structure of posting daily has finally sunk in. So today, here’s a link to a slideshow of works the MOMA will show in a new Willem De Kooning retrospective. He’s one of my favorites. He suffered, was an idiot with relationships, drank too much and committed his life solely to the creation of artwork and being an artist. He’s dead.
The Daily Beast De Kooning slideshow: http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/09/02/the-de-kooning-retrospective-at-the-moma.html
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Introducing the newest member of the Hall-nicka clan: Jack. He was from the Barron, WI Humane Society, likes treats and walks, and apparently is house-trained.(skeptical) I don’t foresee a shift in my creative work towards photos of him on a loose stool with a scarf, but if mutts show up in the murky edges of a muddy work or two I wouldn’t be shocked. Speaking of shocked, I’m still working on artwork, just haven’t been sharing with y’all. And speaking of Schock, Jeremy is heading up to da Nortland for a few days of collaboration. What the hell that means, we haven’t figured out yet. I’ll keep y’all updated.
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Dear diary, I don’t like ________; what a total douche bag.
So here’s the birkie prep plan. Since I’m so out of shape from marriage and happiness, I determined that I need to first focus on dropping a few pounds and work on my lungs. In the past I’ve been known to over due it and injure myself so I’ve slowly been working my way into it. I’ve now completed my sixth Thursday trip up Spirit Mt. I’m improving, but damn, it’s going to be awhile before I run all the way to the first lift. I’ve been lifting regularly now, primarily my upper body as my left hammie has been tight for over a month now, figuring that on those hills it’ll help to have a little power from the upper half of my body. Blah, blah, blah. I should add though, I also stopped drinking, oh, and eating fried foods, citrus, tomatoes, red meat and chocolate, amongst other things. All I can say is that it’s doctor’s orders and I’ll fill you in on it another day. My head is pounding, perhaps I’m detoxing… can’t have advil or caffeine either.
No drawing today, I’m actually headed out to the studio in a couple minutes to work on a couple paintings. Seriously, I want a beer. Here’s a photo of Meeko from a year ago last weekend.
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If it isn’t obvious, I needed a little bit of a break. Between living life and life’s little surprises I haven’t made the time to update the blog. Trust me, I know this makes many of you quite happy. That said, I finally got the studio tidy and have three paintings in progress. I’ll be back soon.