Friday, November 7, 2014

Aaron Morse

Have you ever seen a painting by Aaron Morse? The more I see them, the more I want to just dive into them. Featuring carefully detailed imagery and vivid, enticing color, they are quite a treat for the eyes.

If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, you can see many Aaron Morse paintings in person through November 8, 2014 at Acme Gallery

Aaron Morse, The Sea #2, 2007, watercolor on paper

Aaron Morse, Cloud World #2, 2014, acrylic and oil on canvas

Aaron Morse, Waves, 2011, acrylic and oil on canvas


Aaron Morse, Philosophical Creatures, 2011, watercolor on paper

Aaron Morse, The Beach, 2004, acrylic on canvas

Aaron Morse, Cloud World, 2014, watercolor on paper


Aaron Morse, Space Coast, acrylic, oil and spray paint on linen

Aaron Morse, Timeline (Humanity), 2010-2011, acrylic and collage on canvas

Aaron Morse, The Mountain That Was God, 2008

Aaron Morse, Stampede, 2009, acrylic and oil on vinyl canvas

Aaron Morse, Early America Firearms, 2002:2014, acrylic and oil on canvas

Aaron Morse, Hidden Canyon, 2011, watercolor on paper

Aaron Morse, Maritime, 2011, acrylic on canvas

Aaron Morse, Philisophical Creatures, 2014, acrylic and oil on canvas

Aaron Morse, Cloud World

Aaron Morse, Christ Entering Coachella (#1) detail

About the artist...

Visually complex and frequently composed of sequential images, Aaron Morse's works require lengthy consideration. Often featuring epic subjects, such as oceanic exploration, buffalo hunts, or mountain treks, narratives slowly unfold as details are revealed from scene to scene. Morse uses a variety of media, often combining acrylic, watercolor, and oil paint in one work. Due to these substances chemical incompatibility, the resulting image contains subtleties and imperfections which add to the aesthetic appeal.

His solo exhibitions include ACME, Los Angeles, Guild and Greyshkul, New York, and the Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles. He has also participated in several group exhibitions include MATRIX 213: Some Forgotten Place, Berkeley Art Museum; Women Beware Women, Deitch Projects, New York; and The Old, Weird America, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston.

biographical information found here

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Day of the Dead at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Last weekend was one of my favorite events ever -- Dia de los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

I already posted several of these shots on Instagram (and stupid fucking Fecesbook -- pretty sure I will be deleting THAT account soon -- I am instantly enraged and irritated every single time I log in to it), but the narcissist in me wants to see them posted a bit bigger here.  So this post goes out to me.  HA! 























Random blathering about the event...I had to go this year by myself (GRUMBLE GRUMBLE) since a certain someone flaked on me. Meh. So that kind of set the tone -- I was a little bummed. Then my jackass phone started acting up. The one day of the year (SLIGHT exaggeration) that I look forward to taking my favorite pictures is when my phone acts up, telling me I am over capacity (or whatever), that I need to delete apps, blah blah blah. ANNOYING. So I basically missed out on 14 million great shots, but such is life.

The nice thing about this event is that those people that go to the trouble of dressing up EXPECT to be photographed, so you don't really HAVE to ask permission, and you don't feel like you are subjecting yourself to a possible beat down every time you snap a pic.  Overall people were very friendly and accommodating when I asked if I could take a pic -- a please, and a smile, and they pretty much stood still and let me do what I wanted to (lol, within reason). How often does THAT happen?! Nice!

Sadly I don't have any wild stories to report. Nothing. Bupkis. But it was fun and visually stimulating, and what more can you ask for. :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Danny Boy

My sister and I were sharing stories about our fucked family (stories I just can't bring myself to write here -- UGHHHHH), and she relayed this one about her brother-in-law, Danny:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ugly Pianos

Is it possible for inanimate objects to feel shame? Horror? Dispair?  If so, I feel sorry for these ugly pianos.

Wendell Castle, Caligari Piano, 1990-1
Sorry for featuring you front and center in this post, Wendell Castle. 
Usually you make beautiful works, but this thing is HIDEOUS. 
But thanks for inspiring this blog post!

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