This piece is finished, after working on it literally for years.
It might be somewhat obvious, but I'm going to explain a bit about my assemblage style. So I typically make a piece of art, send it out into the world, and if it sells, great; but if it comes back, that's just as exciting to me. I don't like showing pieces that have already shown somewhere (unless it's an epic masterpiece, 'cause then screw it), so I'll tear things apart and put them back together. They become the building blocks, almost like found objects for my next pieces. So because I'm super excited about this one being done, I'm going to share some of the past iterations of some of the pieces that make up this guy.
I originally painted these three when I was living with my parents for six months after graduating college. I was a little down at that time because I was living with my parents, but in the end it turned out to be just what I needed. Time to take a breath the crazy wonderful whirlwind that was college. I got to hang out with my ma every day. And I got to take my dogs for a walk every day (which meant the world to me. Breeze and Lucca both died of old age the next summer and I don't think I'll ever get over it. Although my parents got another dog, like, two weeks after Breeze went and guys GRYFFINDOR IS THE COOLEST DOG EVER. I'll add a picture at the end of this post. You'll see.) Anyway, I also made a literal shit ton of art while I was living at my parent's and it really helped me build up my portfolio and kick start my career. (I'm unsure of the precise measurement of a "shit ton", but this was it.)
I showed this version, with the added playing card and piece on the bottom at a show entitled "POWER" curated by Chris Moon at Studio Bongiorno in Santa Clara, which is also the gallery I had my first ever real show.
These next two pieces were also at Studio Bongiorno, except the show they were in was "Endangered" curated by Timothy Dilbeck. This show was a bit of a breakthrough for me, as I had never before used sewing in my assemblages.
Oh, also something cool about the one on the left is the fact that that large face in the upper-righthand corner was a demonstration I created for one of the classes at the art school where I teach. I love it when they turn out awesome like that.
These next two were at a show called "Insomnia" at the Neologian Gallery. This was a really cool show because I got to work with my dad. He's a pulmonologist (which is a lung doctor) and he runs the sleep lab at his hospital and he sent me the transcripts of several talks he's given throughout the years, which were really cool and inspiring.
This one below was part of the show which I am probably the most proud to have participated in to date. It was called "50 and Looking Forward" at the Triton Museum to celebrate it's 50th birthday. My parents flew out from Montana. The other artists were INCREDIBLE. It was such an honor.
Here you can see them coming together a bit more. It incorporates a wonderful sewn photograph by my dear friend Daniel Eloy. Who is exquisitely talented. And hilarious. I liked this version, though it was a bit unwieldy. But it made for a good banner for my blog page... oh hey, look at that!
And now here she is. I believe this is the final form. It is now 5 FEET TALL. Guys, I'm 5 feet tall. This piece is ENORMOUS. I believe it's got an exciting life ahead.
P.S. I promised to post a picture of Gryffindor. He was found in a dumpster on a reservation as a puppy, his DNA breed testing came back inconclusive, and he is the smartest animal I have ever encountered. COOLEST. DOG. EVER.