Friday, July 21, 2017

Markuza Shows Art

Welp, I done did it.  It's taken me about a week to recover from my extraordinary efforts, but I can proudly say I have mounted my first solo exhibition.  Before I turned 50.  Who knows, maybe I'll do another one some day.

I'm not going to write much here, a picture being worth a thousand words I think I'll go for some ten thousand picture-words with brief annotation.

The dragon - probably the most popular piece of the show. It is made entirely of what they call eucatex here, I can't remember the damn name in English.  All scavenged from the street, formerly the back part of cheap wardrobes.  It's segmented and each segment fits into the next one.  It is modeled after a wheatpaste I made that went to China with Eric Marechal of Urban Hearts.  This I mostly worked on at the store during quiet periods, of which there have been many lately.

This is an older piece that I included when I realized that I wasn't going to make enough new art to fill up the whole space, which was pretty big.

The owner of the space encouraged me to "break out of the rectangle," which is why I made these more sculptural things.  This guy is a Markuza version of those bird mobiles you see around, if you pull down on the tail he flaps his wings, briefly.  Also made of entirely found materials - I only bought the paint, the string, and the eye hooks to attach the wings to.  Well, I bought the hinges and stuff too, but for previous, forgotten projects.

My dad met Alexander Calder, and was friends with his daughter.  He used to make mobiles too, which is probably why I was inspired to make one myself, albeit a super simple one.  There's a preschool in this space (hence the toys and the tent) apparently the kids loved these guys.  Let me just take a second to say that my dad would have been thrilled that I did this show. 

The last of the semi-3d 'kinetic' works.

All these guys are made from repurposed particle board, mostly old shitty wardrobes that get thrown out on a fairly regular basis around here.  I had been looking around for one to make these guys out of and rescued one out of the back of the dump truck.  As you can see, an extremely fragile material to work with.  I was terrified the flapping guy would fall on the ground and meet a similar fate.

These two paintings were by far what I spent the most time on.  I wanted to do the whole show in this vein, but it's just as well I couldn't pull it off - the owner of the space didn't really like them.  He said that although my other pieces were mature works, these looked like I was "trying to be a painter," to which I say: fair enough.  I wasn't terribly pleased with the result either, I needed at least another week of dithering on them to finish them properly.  However, they have gotten a positive response on Facebook and by the few who were present at the opening, so now I feel better about them.  And will continue to work on stuff like this, regardless of what people think.

More filler works: the one on the right is part of a tryptich of unfinished panels I did, this was the only one I was able to finish in time for the show.  The painting on the left glows in the dark and is one of the only paintings that is done on a proper canvas, the rest are painted on repurposed political posters.

The freakin' gorgeous view out the back of the "gallery."

He had the idea to make a labyrinth in the entryway, which turned out pretty cool even though it didn't photograph well.  It would have been better if I'd had a couple more hours to work on it.  It was also the item that pushed me over the edge into the realm of pure exhaustion.

And that's it!  This is a picture of a rainbow, because everybody loves rainbows.  It has nothing do with the show.  I took it while I was walking the dog, something I won't be doing for much longer, if at all.  I'll leave that story for the next post.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Markuza Makes Art

Markuza was offered an opportunity to show his art.  A whole gallery (of sorts), all to himself.  He was sought out by the gallery (home gallery, actually, but it's better than that sounds) owner to do the show.  How could he refuse?

Markuza is flattered, but he is also super busy.  He is desperately trying to get the art together to fill up the space, which is large.  He works six days a week, walks the dog twice a day, makes food for his kid, and tries to make art in the rest of the time available.

He had hoped to make all new pieces, large paintings, etc, but he is coming up against the reality that it's not going to happen.  He has a fair number of older pieces which he can include.  It was suggested that he have an overarching theme to the work, but that ain't gonna happen.

It was also suggested to Markuza that he "break out of the rectangle" by making non-painting type art, which he has embraced with some gusto.  He probably alarmed and/or confirmed the suspicions regarding the sanity of non-brazilians to the garbage men when he hauled a bunch of particle board off the back of their truck.  This particle board, from a recently deceased cheap ass wardrobe, is now being cut into relatively 3-D versions of the monsters that Markuza likes to paint in the street.

Here's a couple of pictures of work in progress for you curious types:

Markuza won't be posting any pictures of the paintings at this time.  Maybe if he's motivated he'll write a post about the opening.  He's planning to do a Live Paint!

I love it when people refer to themselves in the third person.  All the best people do.