"The Japanese Texans"⠀
60" x 42 1/2" x 6 1/2"⠀
Interior paint on wood⠀
Another part of my exhibition @laitylodge was the creation of four large-scale wooden storybooks—each symbolizing a different generation in my family: my paternal grandparents, maternal grandparents, my own parents, and finally, myself. This book, The Japanese Texans (テキサスの日系人), is a tribute to my Nisei (2nd generation) Japanese-American grandparents. ⠀
Written by Thomas K. Walls, this title is actually a real book that was published in 1987, and is where I discovered my Grandfather's quote that became the theme for this exhibition. I never met my grandfather, so these few words have helped paint a picture of him, along with stories and photographs passed down. ⠀
You can swipe to see what the cover of the actual book looks like. I took a more illustrative approach—wanting to combine traditionally Texas and Japanese symbolism into one single image. ⠀
1st two 📷: @wendipoole
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1 day ago
#workinprogress “Love Not War!” Started this one probably back in 2015, pulled it out recently and got back into it. The zen of building a painting brick by brick. Doing a final pass over each row now (orange tape marks where I’m at, moving down), enjoyable but fairly painstaking. (Especially in this NY heat... a/c barely works in my studio 😅). Many thanks to stunner @jusmickey for posing a while back! 💛⚡️Definitely takes years sometimes - for various reasons - for paintings to get finished, thank you for your patience. 🙏💫 Thanks @mychalworldart for your assistance! 🎨 #LoveNotWar#OneLove#representationmatters
23 hours ago
Nearly every work of art that Basquiat produced during his short career, from text-heavy street art to his dynamic canvases made in the studio, feature some form of written word.
Trash bag chic. It's the latest trend in fashion (although a google search shows that Moschino beat Heidi to it back in Fall 2017).
In all seriousness, it felt good to be back in the studio - watching Heidi paint was the remedy I've been needing. The constant breeze of a rotating desk fan. The pacing back and forth to grab and apply paint. The circular motion of mixing her medium. There’s an atmosphere in the studio much like the atmospheres she creates in her work - they all put me in a trance. It made me realize how similar artistic processes can be in their preparation. Yet somehow in those final seconds when brush meets canvas, a unique picture emerges.
Thank you for the visit Heidi!! Btw she has the cutest dog ever. His name is Pamplemousse, which is French for grapefruit. I told you she’s chic.
Finally unpacked my #paintings from #Montepulciano. Any guesses as to how many I brought home?!
They're still drying, but I scraped off (gently!) most of the dead bugs, tiny flower petals and other plant debris that got embedded in the paint. And just finished a difficult photo shoot. Usually cloudy days offer the best diffused lighting, but I am not confident that my camera captured all the colors correctly. Always a challenge! .
Next step is to let them dry more so I can give them a coat of varnish. Meanwhile I will process the photos so I can add them to my website. Then will start thinking about where and when to display them. If you have any suggestions, let me know! .
“who here has been personally victimized by the humidity in new york this week?”
22 hours ago
Gallery artist Fred Bendheim has been busy making studies for a mural commission at Industry City. See more of Fred’s work in the flatfiles at the gallery and on @artsy