Monday, May 28, 2012

Don't Want to Jump The Shark

So this weekend I made some Critter Shelves, which is something I've wanted to do for a while now... even though I'm not real keen on having an exhibit // all this I explained in my last post.

I thought maybe it would be funny to give the critters some attitude so I gave them thought bubbles that said mean things. I thought it was sort of funny cause you have these sort of cute critters being sort of not cute.. but in honesty, I didn't really like them.. even though I thought they worked..

Then, an anonymous commenter wrote that I had jumped the shark! Ouch! I don't want to jump the shark! However, I had been thinking of another idea all along.. here it is...

I'm going to leave the thought bubble blank. Also, I'm going to make it out of some kind of white, metallic metal (or are all metallics metal?). 

Then, I'm going to get me some of them magnet letters like the ones above. I'll spray paint them all one solid color.. probably black... and leave then on the shelf.

Now, it will be up to the viewer to decide what the critter says. Like your critters mean? Write some thing mean. Like your critters nice? .. you get the idea.

Then these book shelves can sit in my studio forever cause I'm not having anymore shows... 

but that's that's another post.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mean Bookshelves

Even though I pretty much decided I didn't want to show in galleries anymore.. oh, did I mention that? Well, I told myself the Block Gallery would be my last show... and for two reasons. 

First, I didn't have the best experience. Don't get me wrong, it's a great gallery and Hannah did so much to put on a great show. Still, it wasn't me.
Second, it wasn't me. I'm more a paint a bus, paint a billboard kind of guy. I like the public art. Especially the outdoor art.

With that said, I always thought I got a little bit ahead of myself with the larger bookshelves. The first bookshelf I created was for only one critter. It was simple and worked well. Also, I liked the idea of the written message but again, I felt the need to write as much as possible. 
So I thought, what if I made the smaller shelf with only one critter and only one message? But what would that message be? 
My critters have always been fun and happy so i thought it might be interesting to see another side of them. What if they told you what they really thought about you? A little critter honesty. 

These aren't even completed.. they are sort of prototypes but what do you think? 
Comments welcomed!