The last few months. (In search of meanings)

The last few months I’ve been on a search for that driving force that pushed me for many years.  The year has been busy with work, painting, music, and digging into the dark parts that I tried to ignore for the longest.  It’s a good feeling to rediscover things about yourself.   I recently made a new site that has a combination of the many things I’ve been working on.   The site is still coming along… I suggestion checking it out . www.bangzoompop.com

I’ve got  a ton of my old illustrations.  I’m trying to collect my ne pieces to be scanned.  I’ve also been offered a gig drawing a few comic pages again.  Which is a bonus.  The paintings are coming along.  I’ve been posting progress via Instagram.  A lot of the new work is post there as well.  http://instagram.com/revodubois  Going to up date the site with this once I get a better scanner.

Been thinking about living and following your dreams.  I had a good talk with an artist friend of mine, Akira Beard.  His thoughts about life and art are pretty on par with how I feel about creating and where it comes from. We conversed about art and the spirit.  The way that art can pull out and examine neurosis.  It was a breathe of fresh air to find someone with similar thoughts.

I find that there is so many good artist out there.  So many well done pieces, but how much of it means anything.  I see so much work that is a almost like a brand  work that feels like a McDonald’s logo.  You just keep being beaten over the head with something that is souless, like  a painting of a celebrity… When was it the job of the artist to just give into celebrity.  When did we just become microphones for pop culture.   Was it Warhol?  Have we not recovered from what he was doing?

In Warhol’s time it was original.  After reading the philosophy of Andy Warhol, written by the artist himself, you get a clearer picture of what his work meant.  He was bringing down the “high art” elite feeling and bringing it to the same level as the everyday artistic values we see.  The design of the Coke , the soup can, and the celebrity that we see on the big screen, but we’ve come farther than that.  In our world celebrity has taken over, art is now ever present and viewable by the public, and access to it is a click away.  I think that now,  if you paint a picture of some childhood nostalgia it is just as bad as a movie remake.  You’re regurgitating an idea that is not your own.   Is it a connection to  a “simpler” time or the just because pop is something everyone recognizes… Is it wrong for me to think of is as unoriginal…    I dunno.  I’m ranting.  More power to those artist, but it’s an unsatisfying visual meal.  I hunger for something that brings fits of synesthesia.  Something that can make me hear sounds, and ask questions about meaning in this world and the one of the artist.  I’m consistantly in search for meaning through painting.

  I just finished reading Concerning The Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky.   His theories a about art and how to move it forward are inspiring.
“The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal, but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning.” (Kandinsky, 54)  I’m just looking for meaning in art just like I look for it in music.  I want something to move me, to question an artist’s motives,  the artist’s inspirations, the life the artist themself… I want to have to look deeper.  I want to be confused, angered, scared, and excited.

Last tie I felt this was the Ai Wei Wei Show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  At first, I was confused by some of his pieces, angered at how basic some of it was, but as I kept going you could see the power and the connection between all the pieces.  After I left the exhibition it all kind of sank in.  the ideas of change, transition, breaking tradition…defiance.  I was left in awe.  The artist made his life the art work.  He was the piece. How do you make life art?

13 days left.

I am so grateful and humbled by the generosity of  friends, family, strangers, and fans.  This week has been nuts.  The past two weekends I’ve been working with Artmobilus doing some live paint events.  It’s been worth it to interact with the community at large.  There are so many beautiful and fun people out there.  I actually lost my voice yesterday from talking.

So here are a few  of those wonderful and generous people.

Andrea Koehler
Jonathan EstradaRyan Gali
Orlando Barcena Jr
The boys from IFYW
Arthur Johnstone
Ryan Dodge
Calvin Wong

Thanks for helping me get closer to my goal.  I still have a ways to go, but I Know that with your help this will happen.

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.

ROSE_SUMI_STUDY Body_Study_Sumi

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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!

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.