Friday, February 01, 2008

Illustration Friday: Blanket...

With the Tucson shows coming around the corner, I didn't have time to make a new piece for this week's Illustration Friday theme, Blanket. Instead, I'm posting an image of a literal "blanket" or soft sculpture I made using pieces of paintings on canvas that I had done the previous five years. The piece was created for a series of work called, Resurrection. The work made for that show was highly introspective, in that I wanted to revisit my own work both literally and figuratively. I decided to recycle former pieces and in a sense cannibalize them to create new ones.

7 comments:

carla said...

I love this! The concept is so wonderful and the execution is gorgeous. Did you piece the bits together on top of another support, or join them in another way? Hwo large is it? It's really neautiful:>

Lucy Autrey said...

Nice soft sculpture blanket and a great use of recycled art!

Thanks for the nice comment on my "blanket of snow" contribution. I would not have discovered your site otherwise. It's a treat to see your artwork and that of other talented and original artists you have included (Anne Choi and Amy Walsh are wonderful as well)

Toni said...

This color palette is finding me everywhere lately -- I'm actually glad you decided to post THIS even though it's not a 'new' piece. I love your work -- I look for you every week on Illo Friday. What show in Tucson? I live in Phoenix; I would make the trip to see your stuff in an exhibit. Talk to me! (smile)

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Carla!

Thank you so much for your kind words. The pieces of the paintings are all cut up and sewn together with a zig-zag stitch. In a sense they are a quilt. I didn't stretch the piece so that it would hang loosely and the folds in it would really show. It really forces the viewer to see it as a sculpture of sorts.

I have done paintings based on smaller sections of this project. I'll often times do that, where once I am finished with a piece, try and re-interpret and re-work it in other paintings. A fun thing to do.

Andrew Thornton said...

OH! By the way, it's roughly 4 foot by 2.5 foot.

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Lucy!

I am glad that we could connect. I think that the great thing about blogs in general is that they link people together who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so. It is such a wonderful way of creating community.

I'm glad that you're a fan of Amy Walsh and Anne Choi. THEY ARE GREAT! I'd love to see one of Amy's Specimens as an Anne Choi bead, or maybe all 12... BUT sometimes it is best to appreciate things individually and let artists do their own thing as they are wont to do anyway.

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Toni! That is flattering that you look for my pieces. I don't nearly participate with Illustration Friday as much as I would like. I wish I had more time. It is in such short supply these days.

The show that I'm referring to is actually trade shows for beads and other jewelry components to compliment the gem show that happens annually. Unfortunately none of my work will be up. But it is a very creative environment and I suggest that anyone who hasn't gone to Tucson for the gem fair madness do so! It's so much fun. If you come, you could attend our party and get to meet my sisters and brother-in-law who are also artists.