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The Symbolist Sphinx

The Symbolist Sphinx

1. Fernand_Khnopff – The Caress, 2. Sphinx , 3. bernard1, 4. the sphinx by Von Stuck

Not much to say, just pretty things to see.

I really wish I knew more about the lower left image. Supposedly it’s a black and white image of a painting by William Sargeant Kendall, and is called The Sphinx. This is kinda believable and kinda not. If you look at other black and white images of his work, you can see some similarities, but this work was supposedly done at a time when photography was new and also when similar images were taken of actress Theda Bara, as Suzanne of Wurzeltod points out to me here. Perhaps Kendall had seen those images and was also inspired by other symbolist sphinx works by Knopf, Von Stuck and other artists.

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Aftermath!

The show is hung! The show is shown! Now we get to relax again till the closing reception! We had a great turn out and good press. Lorrie, the gallery owner, rented a Blue Bunny ice cream truck for the show and passed out tickets for free cold treats instead of having cheese and other traditional appetizers. Several of my classmates and even one of my instructors came to the opening. It was a really great night. More pictures will be coming, but here are a few shots from my phone. Like a brat I only have pictures of my own stuff. I think I was really excited to see my stuff on the white walls looking so official with spotlights and everything. Also I did a bit of an impromptu installation with paper fortune tellers. You can click on the pictures to see them larger in my flickr account.

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Odds & Ends

Jason and I are still preparing for Stuntkid & Friends Show this coming saturday in Norfolk VA. It’s pretty rad having a bedroom full of art by artists that you’ve admired for a long time through the warped lens of the internet. It’s better in real life.

In stark comparison my studio area seems to be full of unfinshed paintings. I may need to get a dehumidifier to deal with my paint refusing to dry to workable point.

This weekend I got to take some concept photos with the adorable burlesque performer Marla Meringue. Which means no one will see anything that came out of it for quite a while, but she definitely helped me plan on a few future paintings.

Here’s a peak at some portrait studies from school and home.