KICK IT!

So here we go.  The challenge of a lifetime.  This is the pre-game to the big show.  I just launched my kickstarter for the residency/book.  I’m trying to get to my goals soon.  I’ve been thinking about this book for over a year now, and I’ve been lucky enough to get an opportunity to share my talent, learn more, and get advice from a school I deeply am a fan of… SVA (The School of Visual Arts).
Now I have a month to get this all together.  Saty tuned to this blog to find out more.  Will I be able to go?  Will I make my goal of 100 pieces?  Will I buckle under the pressure, and collapse into a world of artistic insanity?  Who knows?  But I can promise it is going to be a hell of a ride.  Memorable indeed.

Without further ado… Here is the link to my grand project.  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/920816431/beyond-the-void-intensive-residency-artist-book

Celebrate to this.  You can’t spell “PARTY” without “ART”.

 

 

SOMETHING AMAZING

So last week I found out that I was accepted to the summer residency program at SVA in New York.  I’m over joyed and still in shock that I got in.  Now I have to figure out how to get over there. I plan on starting a kickstarter account within the next few days.  The funds will go to travel, materials, and a book that I plan to make at the end of this program.  This is going to be one the most mentally, physically, and creative processes of my life.  I plan on making 100 pieces in that time span.  This includes paintings, drawings, mixed media, and maybe an installation.  The process will be documented on this blog.

I’ll post a link to the project very soon.  The program actually starts the day after my birthday.  No that is some fate in action.  I hope to have your support.  Thank you all for the encouragement.  You guys are the reason I keep  pushing.

LOVE,

REVO

Sumi

I recently received a packet of rice paper.  This immediately got me into using my Sumi Ink.  I’ve been pushing these quick studies.  The process is totally different from painting.  I try to slow down while also speeding up… If that makes sense.  Using Sumi Ink forces me to roll with the punches.  I have to work with the mistakes and use them to my advantage rather than dwelling.  I think this is a philosophy I might start using in my everyday life.  There are a few potential paintings in these pieces.  The drastic contrast of light and dark is an element I want to bring into my paintings while keeping the bright and colorful aspect of the environment.  I’m doing more experiments with this.  Stay tuned for updates and new work.

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STREET SALES (HAIGHT ADDITION)

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It was another fine day to go out into the city to sell some work and shake some hands. This time I was joined by fellow artist Adam B. (Franklin).
We found a little spot and made jokes for the most part as we said hello to the passers by. I got three sales that day. A nice young girl from Fresno ought a piece from Adam and I. (Sorry I forgot your name dear.) She and her crew seemed pretty chill. I love people that can just laugh with strangers as though we have met before. Later a this laid back cat named Nick bought one of my drawings. He was pretty stoked about it. I was pretty stoked that he was stoked… ( So my stoke going around.) I hope they both love their new art pieces. Thanks again you guys for buying and supporting the work.

Sadly, a bike cop came by to fuck with us. We were told to leave even though we weren’t hurting anyone. In fact a lot of the locals gave us praise for being out there. It’s a shame that we can’t go out, and just show art while trying to make grocery money. The sad part was there were folks out there doing worst things then we were, and that cop just rolled by. Fuck that dude. Hurting the potential of people just trying to get by.
Ah well. C’est la vie…

WARRIORS COME OUT TO PLAAAAAY!

The band of art mercenaries are back. If you don’t know, a long time ago a group of young artist, that met online and through comics, came together to form a collective site to show case their works. This group was known as RESPARK. We’ve had many members and many incarnations of our group. After a few years of people doing their own thing and honing their skills, we finally came back together. I present respark.net. I’m so proud of my friends and colleagues for the work they have done. We hope to surprise you all with new works and innovative ideas. Please check out our site and join our facebook fanpage.
RESPARK!

URBAN JUNGLE

So I’m in a new show coming up.

Wonderland SF presents:
Urban Jungle

Opening Reception
Friday April 12, 2013
6pm-10:00pm
Where: Wonderland SF (2929 24th Street, SF 94110)
http://www.wonderlandsf.com

Works by:
Alec Huxley
Calvin Wong
Daniel Valadez
David Flynn
Fred Goykhman
Hannah Sitzer
Jack Taylor
Jeffrey Nemenzo
Lacey Bryant
Matthew Dean
Melanie Alves
Ralph Browne
Revo Dubois
Sandra Rauch
Todd Laby

Hope to see you for some great art, music and complimentary beverages.

If you are in San Francisco you should come by. Show some love.
This is going to be a great time.

Hidden Faces

In a show tomorrow at Mama Art Cafe in SF. Working with the Maritime crew. The show seems like it might be pretty cool. I’m excited about the show. It’s like a kick off to a bunch of other things coming up. Now only if someone would buy some art, so I can keep my place and keep making more work. Fingers crossed.

Mama Art Cafe (4745 Mission Street, SF) on March 21st
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

I helped write this little insert about the show.

“The context of the human experience is a multi-layered creation. Through these layers we wear masks for protection, inclusion, and a sense of identity. “Hidden Faces” is an exploration and personification of the masks of society, the individual and the roles they play on the culture at large. The artists in the this show are all a part of Maritime Art Collective. Maritime calls reference to a group of aesthetic explorers foraging a new path in the ever-expanding world of art. This group works together under a cooperative spirit and a common understanding that a whole can become greater than merely the sum of its parts.”

Here's a preview.

Here’s a preview.

International Connections

I recently sold two pieces to two great ladies. The lovely Silvie, and her beautiful daughter Luisa. They were on vacation from France. We later went out for a drink and some conversation. Thanks for a great time my dears, and a safe trip home.

Cognition : ID, Ego, and SuperEgo

This autobiographical mythos is a language—much like the hieroglyphs of Egyptian, Aztec, and Asiatic cultures, written languages that were one part image, one part sound, and one part phrase. Each piece stands alone but is a part of a larger visual narrative. Within the work, various symbols create a coded language that in turn creates a phrase, speech, or title. This coded language not only speaks to the fictional visual narrative but is also a reflection of my own life. Deeply personal messages, thoughts, theories, and experiences are on display. The image itself reflects aspects of the fictional mythological narrative. There is a coded language present within the images. This code speaks to the worlds of reality and the dreamscape. The symbols, plants, items, animals, colors, words, numbers, and figures contain specific meaning to the character or deity while also speaking of actual events in my life. These events are tagged into each piece, creating the last feature. The breaking and exploding are representations of myself as I delve into my own psyche. This is me self-dissecting my psychology.

Within a single painting the work stands out as a phrase.  An example would be the Fox Mask (Sex) + Space Halo (A place) + Knowledge Halo (to learn) = a place to learn through Sex = Sexuality…  Use of triptychs allow the phrase of one piece to grow and become more elaborate telling a larger story.   The repeating image of breaking and exploding are representations of me delving into my own psyche.  This is a self dissection of  my  psychology.

The number 3, much like the language theme, appears throughout the series, and is reflected in “The Three Obsessions” (Art, Sex, and Death), “The Cursed, Jaded, and Relentless” (Knowledge, Time, and Space), and “The Dancing Passions” (Love, Life, and Music/Sound). Breaking this up is the wandering character, the Arbiter, an avatar representing the artist—myself. (Plus, I can’t afford models.) In this dreamscape world the Arbiter changes through his interaction with the deities. These forms are Jungian archetypes.

The first interactions are with “The Three Obsessions”.  This transforms the Arbiter into Ego, ID, and Superego. This is a well known Freudian  concept.  This is a  look into my own mind, while adding to the story of the Arbiter’s Journey.  Ego is a dark figure with giant hands, electric hair, a brilliant chakra, and color pumping through his veins; The Creator. Ego is my reality.  This figure appears when the Arbiter is endowed by Art.  Ego is the search for pleasure through the real world.  It is the force in which I find my solace through creative means.  His large hands are a representation of tools used to get there.  They are also a force used to destroy.  This aggressive aspect is a link to ID.

ID is a feral figure with wolf eyes, sharp fangs, a bottle of whiskey and long, loose hair: the Outlaw. This figure is predominant in proximity to Sex. It touches upon my primal ambitions and pleasure-seeking nature. This figure shouts down all thought and self-scrutiny. This primal urge has been fought, but must sometimes be surrendered to. A freeing release from the constraints of Time and Space. The primitive nature of Sex (Eros) and aggression (Thanatos/Death), and their kinship to each other are why the two deities are closely bound in this narrative.

Superego is an angelic figure wearing a Tibetan Shiva mask, wings, and a fiery sword, rides a white horse, and has a hole where his heart should be: the Ruler. This figure is a product of the Arbiter and Death. Superego is the judge and punisher of actions. The consciousness of experiences. This consciousness also creates the “Guilt Ghost”. This figure is no deity, but a lingering specter of societal norms and scruples forced on me by past influences. (Parents, teachers, etc.) Superego represents the aspect of the person I should be, or want to be. Though this form is a terrifying image, it is a silent judge of the actions of mankind, revealing itself only when circumstances are dire. It is a reflection of a saint or martyr complex that silently plays in the back of my thoughts.

 

 

Updates

Been on the update tip lately.  I finally finished my new piece “Knowledge: The Curse of Thought”.  Along with that I’ve added some pieces to the Painting, Illustration, and Sketch pages.

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I took this picture with my phone.  I really need to invest in a good camera.

Any how… Here is the piece in its finished state.