Stemming from a class that a lot of other students seemed to dread - Art Direction - I was able to return to my traditional roots and produce some more "analog" styled pieces for our December 2013 gallery show, One to One: Dimensions of Duality.
Having had many years of previous experience in management, I was not completely surprised when I found myself directing the show, from outlining budgets and staffing fundraising events to directing our graphics team and serving as liaison to the representative of our chosen gallery space, the Chicago Art Department in the artist friendly neighborhood of Pilsen. At times it really did seem like I spent more time in Excel spreadsheets than any design software, but I knew that those things needed to be done in order to get to the fun stuff.
I produced three pieces for the show under the collective banner of BLAKROS. The pieces all stemmed from a thought process that turned in on itself and wondered how to visually represent the concept that an idea is far from reality. I worked with a floral theme and produced three pieces- a sculpture, an acrylic painting and a mixed media video.
BLAKROS I: ROSA NIGER PAENITENTIA
BLAKROS II: ROSA ATER DESIDERIUM
Above: Digital concept pieces prepared for the painted piece.
Below: The final painting (36" x 48" acrylic)