BuzzFeed Quiz #26 “Which Contemporary Artist Are You?”
Well, hey. I consider this a compliment, and I’d say it’s probably as accurate as these sorts of things can get. We share similar views in politics and harbor a love/hate relationship with institutionalized art. Our preferred means of dealing with galleries and museums is largely ironic and sometimes flatly antagonistic.
Years ago, when I was a street artist, I destroyed all documentation of any work I did (performance, print based, street… it didn’t matter). I did it out of a belief that you were either there to witness the work or not… documentation was pretentious bullshit.
Great theory…bad for your portfolio.
This poster today was a new challenge. My first thought was simply to appropriate one of his most well-known images— he would probably approve, and it seemed, well, appropriate (see what I did there?). But, I wanted something a little more than that.
I thought about his rat that often appears, and realized that rats started appearing in my work about a year ago. What strange kismet. I decided to draw my own rat (using previous drawings of my own and and a public domain clip art that I used to reference upright posture).
I was pretty sure black and white needed to be the MO for color, but it seemed so stark. I went outside and took a picture of a concrete wall near my home, brought it back in, live-traced it, lowered the opacity and then spent an hour turning on and off outlines. I settled for off.
The rat was also too crisp, but it’s very difficult to get an overspray effect in illustrator, but I did figure out a way to reference it. I created a copy of the rat, made it dark gray (instead of black) then but a very large blur on it. Rasterize the image, then trace it with the blur now becoming shapes. Splatter effect the blur. Rinse, repeat.
It is 9:34 pm in my home, regardless of the posting time, so yes… I did make it in on time. I gotta say, it was tough, esp with driving to corvallis to pick up my new pup (which you all may be seeing sooner than you think!)