Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Adomo, 2008, Oil, acrylic, epoxy, metallic pigments, collage, and sand on canvas, 6 x 8
This is how I feel today, after my birthday party last night at Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Here are some images of my friends and family that made it out last night.
The is a nice little write up in the June issue of The Artist's Magazine, which is mainly a publication for the materials and techniques of painting, however they also try to cover subjects such as this blog.
The write up seems to be slanted to the classic "Tortured artist"" status of yours truly.
-Jason Robert Bell
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I am currently the Artist in Residence at Bronx Charter School of the Arts , the kids are putting on a production of The Wiz, and it was up to me to create the giant head for the Wizard, Thanks to my intrepid little brother John, we were able to bang out a rolling kid safe giant silver head in few hours today.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Sailor, 2008, acrylic, epoxy, ink, metallic pigments, collage, and sand on canvas, 8 x 10
This piece came about from strong bond in my imagination with Cephalopoda and The Cyclops, Maybe it is because Polyphemus in the Odyssey is the son of Poseidon? Perhaps it is merely due to the fact that having one eye up on top of the many limbed form seems to work visually?
Who is to say?
There is that line about the wandering eye in the Mollusk by Ween.
The title comes from the the english translation of Nautilus which means sailor, The Nautilus has almost no sense of vision at all with "pinhole" eyes without any lenses that can only pick up strong changes in light. And painting and image making in general is all about creating light on forms for various effects.
With all these new "metaphysical" paintings I am trying to tap into primordial images, but let them take on a life of their own as they form, a mixture of known and unknown aspects, that hopefully create something that has a visual effect on the viewer both optically with the materials used and intellicatually in terms of an arresting image to think about.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Zygote, 18"x 12"x 6", sumi paper, spray foam, epoxy, acrylic, found objects, and metallic pigments. The first in a new generation of sculptures. This one was inspired by vintage toy, The Great Garloo,
Although after I made it, I realized that he looks like the long lost bastard child of Ray Harryhausen's Cyclops
Sunday, May 11, 2008
"Videos of Fictional Immortals" outdoor Video Projection at Secret Project Robot
My good friend Chris Uphues and I will be projecting my new Hour and Half Long
Large Scale Outdoor Video Projection
next Saturday the 17th at SPR
I'll be showing a re-edited collection of my experimental videos with
new abstract soundtracks
A Feast Unknown!
Caveman Robot: Operation Permanent Burial
my new short
"The Salty Tears of Gilgamesh"
Hope you can make it. Please pass this on to others
Secret Project Robot
210 Kent Ave (entrance on river stree)
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Secret Project Robot is a privately run art space promoting the
exploration and appreciation of the arts across a wide variety of
disciplines. We are open to the community and would like to invite you
to come by, participate and enjoy.
Jason Robert Bell
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The Matador, 6 "x 8", acrylic, collage, colored sand, and epoxy on canvas, 2008
This painting, is an homage to my friend Britton Walters, who when I said I wanted to reclaim the subject of Bullfighters to High Art from their Kitsch Ghetto, was to push it up a level by making the Matador into a Chimp.
This painting will be up for Auction in San Francisco, CA this May 17th, to help with my friend's Tiana's health crisis. Please pass on this link below to your people.
friendsoftiana.com. If you are in the SF part of the world and want to help a damsel in dire distress go to the event. There will be many works of art, besides my humble efforts.
-Jason Robert Bell
Barbelo, 2008, Acrylic, epoxy, metallic pigments, collage, and sand on canvas, 8 x 10
This was one of those paintings that was "born of the canvas", I didn't really have an idea in mind only the creation of some sort of fusion of a Tank with a Goddess. After I was done I called it Barbelo.
The Gnostic term Barbēlo refers to the first emanation of God in the various Sethian gnostic cosmogonies. This figure is also variously referred to as 'Mother-Father' (hinting at her apparent androgyny), 'First Human Being', 'The Triple Androgynous Name', or 'Eternal Aeon'.
-Jason Robert Bell
Thursday, May 1, 2008
AmeriRa #2, 2008, Acrylic, epoxy, metallic pigments, collage, and sand on canvas, 8 x 10
This is the second painting in this new series to portray AmeriRa, who is a character from my sketchbooks and doodles going back to 1995, I really have not done much with him until more recently. He is directly inspired from Enki Bilal's depiction of Horus in his The Carnival of Immortals graphic novels. Which I first saw in a copy of Heavy Metal in 1982, being 10 years old I was shocked by the way the monstrous hawk head sat atop the human body in a rather matter of fact manner. Years later I drew AmeriRa, as a kind of mascot for the U.S.A., a visualizing of my countries imperial power and "bird brained" approach to other nations, but also the hero claptrap that I am such a sucker for. The character name AmeriRa is of course a portmanteau with the name Ra. The Sun God is the fun God, RA! RA! RA!
Here is the first painting done a few months ago.
AmeriRa, 2008, Oil, acrylic, epoxy, metallic pigments, collage, and sand on canvas, 4 x 6