Being a Pop Artist, I enjoy poking lighthearted fun at America's dependence upon and wacky relationship with, mass-produced, mass-marketed food. It's usually crummy and bland, and bad for you, but we keep eating the junk anyway. 'Cause that's America. That's what we do.
I love using bright, bold, in-your-face cartoons and comics on, as you can see, canvases that trend to the larger dimensions. I add collages made up of food packaging, which brings the "real world" into the work.
I'm happy to say that I've been accepted into a group exhibition at a major East Texas museum, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts! The exhibition is the East Texas Regional Artists 2011 show. It runs from July 9th to August 27th.
I'm sending eight paintings, and they range in size from three feet to five feet square, in both cartoon and comic book styles. The comics are a semi-autobiographical self portrait series, and the cartoons are of American food favorites. These are two variations on a theme.
I don't think the museum has ever shown work exactly like this, and it's my hope that I'm bringing something truly unique and innovative to them.
Well, obviously, these large canvases are not cheap. I stretch them myself to save money, but even the raw materials can get pricey. My primary needs for this exhibit are stretcher bars, canvas and paint, and I also purchase the collage source materials. In the case of food items, that means I go out and buy food, and use the packaging in my art, though sometimes I also enlist the help of friends and family to collect the packaging.
I've thought a great deal about your pledge rewards, and put a lot of care into finding something of value for you. Everyone who donates will of course be invited to the private reception as my guests, and even the entry level pledge reward is a god one, I think: the postcards. They may seem modest at first glance, but actually account for a large portion of the project. I'll be creating ten new pieces of art for them, and they'll be a limited edition, never to be used again.
Ten limited edition, signed, numbered cards is not bad for twenty bucks. They're at that pledge level because this exhibit means so much to me, and I appreciate your taking part in making it happen. At the higher range of donations, I'll even create a comic book character of you and put you in a painting! So that's pretty cool.
By the way, the paintings will sell for $1500-$2500, so that's an option, of course!
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