Many of the art projects I have been creating lately -That is to say, in the last few months while I’ve quietly been away from my wordpress blog in late 2014 and early 2015, have been unconventional in the usual way I create art.
“Where is Home?” is a typical example of what I mean. A mixed media sculpture that I would not have normally created unless, I had been commissioned to do so -as it was the case- In which I found myself challenged to produce something radical to transmute a conventional vintage, 2 1/2 feet high kindergarten chair into a 6 feet high fairy-tale sculpture such as this:
As most of my artistic project, this one was a purely intuitive one in which I started priming the natural wood with a latex primer to cover the the legs with acrylic paints, and to, collage the seat and back of the chair with an assortment of hand-made papers from Nepal and the US. This tiny chair had to be elevated with balustrade posts to become decorative but, not functional in the process of transforming it into a sculpture. Building and adding the red-wooden ladder was the “frosting on the cake” or, the emphasis in turning the sculpture into a thought-provoking and magical piece! The heart on top of the back of the seat was cut out with a jig-saw, collage with hand-made papers and hand-painted to be affixed to the chair. In conclusion, this project was a joyful work of art!
PEACE, to you all who read my blog and best wishes! -Jorge
The mascot of Norwood School’s athletic programs is the Blue hawk. In 2010, the Head of school commissioned me to create a logo of its mascot and I successfully did. It is now proudly displayed on the floor of the Ruth Rales Athletic Center in the middle school.
Last year, I was commissioned to create a large mosaic of the Blue hawk mascot with the colors of the school -Blue and White- by the main entrance of the athletic center. I began by creating the head of the Blue hawk with white earthenware and, just in case one would break in the process of drying, firing, glazing or re-firing, I made two of the same.
And so, I began the meticulous creation of the Blue hawk mascot mosaic at Norwood School in 2014.
For years I have been enchanted by the festive nature of Henri Matisse’s paper cut-outs. I have personally seen some of the originals at the East wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and, many of their reproductions printed on the famous book , “JAZZ” which was written and illustrated by Matisse himself.
Nevertheless last year, after reading again “JAZZ” and other books related to Matisse’s cut outs, I was so inspired by the organic quality, colorful character and playful spirit of some of his cut outs that, I decided to create a few clay cut outs of my own-such as the ones below- in homage to the creative nature of the master of color. Enjoy!
I hope my greetings and best wishes for this new year will find you all who read and follow my blog well!
I am back and I do plan to make my art visible for the year ahead.
With kind regards,
I made this oil painting in 1988 for the birthday of my friend Lori whom I lost touch for many years.
Recently we had dinner together and the day after, she sent me a photo of this painting which still graces a wall in her office. I was delighted to reconnect with her and, I am equally grateful for the photo for I had practically forgotten this painting!
After weeks of staring at this bisque fire vase sitting on a shelf in my studio since I made it in early December of last year; yesterday morning…
The wisdom of my lovely wife came to my rescue suggesting to change course in my traditional glazing technique with a brush and, to venture into dripping glaze straight from the bottle onto the geography of the vase (Just like Jackson Pollock dripped paint onto his canvases) to attain a purely improvisational and spotted finish such as this.
I followed her advice and I did not only dripped ceramic glazes over the vase but, I also experienced an exhilarating freedom while doing it! Yet, I also had to recur to my old tricks of adding finishing touches with my brush –I couldn’t help it!
To grow, to evolve, tradition and innovation must go hand in hand with an open mind in the creation of new works of art!
I leave you with Cuban Troubadour, Silvio Rodriguez’s song “Paladar”. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, it really doesn’t matter. I am fluent and yet, I still don’t understand most of the meaning of this song but, the poetry is not exactly in the lyrics but, in the melody and the harmony of the guitar accompanied by his voice. So close your eyes, let yourself be whisked away by the muses of this music and enjoy!
A mosaic project is not completed for me until I have gathered all the essential tiles for it!
Thus, in the active process of collecting delightfully designed ceramic tiles for a current mosaic project, I recently found at a home store two Turkish trivets in the kitchen department which I immediately purchased for their beauty and potential for a mosaic mirror for my friend and client Kim.
With tiles such as these and in such limited quantity, the key is to fragment them with such precision as to not to waste anything at all! Therefore, this was a mission for my portable tile cutter to extract the 10 scalloped shaped of the tile on the left and the 8 pointed shapes of the tile on the right.
Once these shapes have been skillfully cut out, it is time to fragment them into smaller pieces.
After the trivets have been transformed into tesserae, nipping and sanding the rough edges is the next step in the final preparation for my mosaic.
Although a considerable amount of time and energy is invested in this process, it is worth it and it will pay its dividends when the tiles are set and the line of the grout will run across the mosaic clean, smooth and elegant!