Today, I happened to be screenprinting on the same screen as the very talented illustrator Sophie Casson, which is also a family friend. I didn’t know she was going to the same screenprinting studio. She’ll even be in the same exhibition in two weeks…
Small world mm?
The studio is “La Bourgeoise Sérigraphe”, it’s where I learned to do screenprinting and where I keep going to do stuff. You can have more info here.
Since I started this venture, I kept myself locked in small formats.
For what? Scared of loosing too much material. time. money. whatever. In the end, it just pissed me off. Badly. What’s the use?!?! In my head, it’s all about large canvases. All the time, It’s getting bigger and bigger in my head. Painting, sculptures, well hell yeah, but not if it can go through the door! (We will deal with the problems related to that statement later!) It’s like a Jenny Saville painting, it’s a blast in the face, you get in the room and baaaammmm, you’re destroyed by the weight of what’s in front of you. Could be this. Could be that. either way you are crushed.
I mean, yeah, small format has its use, but in the end, I look at it and I feel like him doing shit. So I stopped whining, put on the largest piece of paper on the wall, and threw myself at it with a piece of charcoal like there was no tomorrow. “Now canvas… it’s between you and me. And I ain’t coming down without a fight.” That’s what I wish I had said. something like that, or even better: “If we’re about to die anyway, I’d rather die fighting!” (awwww Neverending story…)
I was Atreyu for a second. Here’s what came out.
I’m happy. It’s not much about the end result actually. it was the fight. Intense, and actually quite short. After two hours I had nothing left in me. I left the studio, had a good sleep, and then came back several days later to finish the last details. I hope this piece transmit the intensity I had when I was drawing.
I like it for now, I’ll pursue in that vein. I want to go on with the same energy, so I started a new one already. hopefully, I will not trash it before the end, but lets not give a damn for the moment shall we. I’ll just concentrate on doing what I want.
Although work has been crazy, I had some time to enjoy the studio.
Here is two fast practice I made. You can see the progress.
The black and white one is from a youtube documentary of a war journalist following a group of soldiers during the Kosovo War. At that point, the soldier was explaining that he had spent his life working in that factory, and now his job was to defend it.
The second one is inspired by a drawing I made in a life session several weeks ago. Testing out the colors. Proportions are way off.
Which one do you like?
So far, people seem to prefer the first step of each. humph!
Ho, and here is a drawing I made at work, while waiting for my computer. It’s the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Obviously, the first week isn’t especially entertaining.
In order to have a real fresh start, I decided to whiten everything I had done so far:
the tests, the incompletes, the not good enought or even those I just got tired of looking.
So here you go, dozens of white canvases.
Now all I need is inspiration….
Oh okay, I’ll post something I did two weeks ago in order to keep the interest. I know my dirty studio floor is not so captivating.
Here is my favorites from a live drawing session I went two weeks ago.
I can’t believe I finally have it, but after two months of searching -being told yes and then no the day after- I finally got a studio!
It’s small but close, and the other artists working there looks like fun. I never thought it could be so complicated to find a little concrete box to work, seriously.
I decided to start a blog in order to record the process (hopefuly progress) of my work. I’ll see how often I can update it. Maybe less often at the beginning, but I could post old works in order to keep it alive. I’ll see!
In the meantime, you can see one serie I made at the beginning of last year, Growing Monsters, by clicking here.
But here it goes, I’ll be moving in tomorrow, and I can’t wait to start painting.