Saturday, September 12, 2020

Some Movies This Week

 

On recent podcast Eugene and I talked about a few movies we watched this week. PORTRAIT OF WALLY is about Nazi-looted Egon Scheile painting and it's eventual "return" to original owner. It is so good and an excellent way to view art history. Belwo is a photo of a lousy man who took advantage of the appropriation of art by Hitler and kept the stolen art for himself. I'm so repulsed by him I can't believe I'm sharing that photo here. I highly recommend. Please check out our podcast THE AGENCY

I loved everything about KING OF STEN ISLAND. 10/10

We also chat about Montana, and Kelly Reichart movie CERTAIN WOMEN. Thank you for listening!

Friday, September 11, 2020

"Mint Bar" New Episode

 

What do Eugene and I think of the new Christopher Nolan movie? Check out our conversation on MINT BAR at apple podcasts. Or find THE AGENCY on iTunes, Spotify or Podbean. Thanks for listening!

Shell Game

 

Or in case youre having a bad day here is a human painting a raccoon....





Friday, August 21, 2020

Lesson Plan A New Podcast Episode

Hope you are enjoying our podcast. Thank you so much for listening!! This week we interviewed an e-learning and marketing wiz, Stephen. We would love to know what you think and hope you email us or snail mail us.


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Some Finished Some Not

 

All of these are oil on canvas and a fair ssize between 4'x5'-6'x6' ish.
Yes that is supposedly a Robert Fludd version of Globe Theatre or Swan Theatre (upside down)
The following three canavases ARE NOT DONE she says huffing! I having so much fun oil painting during the quarantine and I'm so glad I'm an artist.



The Same Painting Over And Over

 

We are going down the way back machne today. I am posting these especially for a friend in the UK Martin...as he pointed out how I haven't posted much lately. I really ought to be posting more and I'm trying. Stupid Facebook kind of killed blgging. Everyone made such creative blogs back in 2005-2019 then moved t Favebook where its never creative or as much heart as blogs used to be. So I shall try here today to activate things. I often have said that I am making the same painting over and over...and here I have some proof LOL Above is a large folding screen. Probably about 7-8 feet across and about 6 feet tall. The building references a water works building of the City of Toronto. I'll try to post a photo of the actual building. I made many paintings of it in the 1980s. I made this screen in 1984. Always stars lots of stars since I was at least 14. I came naturally to the secret arts of Illuminati, and pretty young.
I also used to compulsively paint and photograph these electiral boxes/bins found all over Toronto. I was obsessed with them. This is oil paint and oil stick on thick paper.

There is Muffy the cat running into a shot. I wa smaking stage and film set designs and here is a "backdrop" made oil on paper...and a small maquette of an idea sitting on the floor in front of it.
I once painted this right onto the wall in my kitchen. It was afantastic and freaked out every one who ever came to visit. It was so much fun to paint and I thought I was quite wild.
Above is another oil painting on thick water colour paper. I actually sold this for $75  to my bosses parents. They attended my solo show where some of these paintings are from.
This is a rather large painting from 1992...it's on several hinged canvas panels and is oil. I made tons of folding screens. I used to have a box with piano hinges ready for when I got inspired to build a screen.

These are the same screen and both sides painted with encaustic. Encaustic is when you mix oil paint with bees wax and it smaells so good. You've got to work in a steay particular way because the mixture dries very quickly. This is the only apinting my dad ever really liked.  And he only liked the side with the rain drops on black. That really made me laugh.

This was quite large too...two huge oil on canvas hinged onto a wooden pillar in the gallery so they could swing. 1987. Called "The Swan, The Bandit and The Resurrection" I riffed on Poussin's tomb from "Et In Arcadia In Ego" on the left panel in the middle you might be able to see a tomb shape. Then on that same panel near the bottom of the left panel next to pillar is a little dog froma  cartoon. So I am still paintingas from th Illuminati and still including animals often cartoon animals.
This si so much like my panting today...and its also from the late 1980s....its called "Chopstick" and there is a beaverpainted at the bottom inspired by the design of a chopsticks wrapper. The pink shape is of a pink silk negligee I often had hanging on a wall in my apartment. The little "scene" of a bed to its left is related to stage and film set dsign I was working on. You can see a "moon" shpae and clouds for sky...another perenial image I like to use always.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Art Merch Found In Museum Gift Shops



This week on The Agency Podcast ....among a number of topics we mentioned merch inspired by famous art work. These things are often found in museum gift shops especially during "blockbuster exhibits." What are your thoughts? Write us at:
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Inflatable desktop punching bag The Scream by Edard Munch. Stands about 18 inches.

Jeff Koons dog balloon piggy bank. I have one of these in bronze.

Artist inspired socks.
General Idea test patterns plates. I covet these.