Sunday, March 30, 2014
"Liberty" is a combination of imagery. The focus is on the Rubber Band, and amazing bluegrass, jazzy, blues band that opened the show. At the bottom are stills from the footage projected onto the moon and the massive screens beyond: A moon catching machine, The Tower of Babel, Civil War soldiers. The inverted flag echoes the opening act where inverted soldiers walked upside down on the upper edge of the proscenium and proceeded to unfold and "raise" the flag which in reference to the audience, was being lowered, upside down. It was a powerful message from the beginning.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
One of the most amazing moments in the show is when "This little light of mine, I'm going to make it shine" was played when the stage went dark and these bulbous balloons came out and seemed to lift the dancers right off the stage and into the air traveling perilously close to the moon above. The deterioration of the paper is pretty evident in this one: in the purple region behind the dancers the texture of the worn sheet is abundantly clear.
Monday, March 24, 2014
After the trip to Salt Lake City to see "Man in the Moon" (see posting 7-12-13) I generated a poster series highlighting the live action portion of the show which was AMAZING! The posters play on the imagery of traveling carnival shows. The medium is soft pastel on an incredibly difficult pressed paper. The paper was very fibrous and was prone to deteriorate when worked too hard. (Note the discolored edges where the tape literally peeled the top layer off of the sheet when removed)
It was a real pleasure to see my work on the set again. Here Glenn is hosting Judge Napolitano and looking in between them is a redressed image of the original poster. The original above was given as a gift to Glenn for his 50th birthday.
Friday, March 21, 2014
This one is a remake of an earlier composition with a stout all orange cup. Stephanie Irwin liked the original but thought the ring was too big. The ring, which has become a trademark of sorts, is the one thing that documents the true scale and is the seal of the completed composition, often being the last thing placed before the work is signed. In this case I cheated and used another bottom edge so as to test the composition of scale. I can't help but feel I cheated a bit, and not confident it is better, but for Mrs. Irwin, it was worth the exploration.
After a series of sketches and development with the details, below are the front and back cover of the album. The original began as a water colour and then that was made into a physical model which was photographed under different lighting conditions. With the help of Joel West, the photoshop king, we finalized the images below.
With the front of the album acting as a stage set, the back listing of performers and songs acts as the "playbill" to the cover theatrical show. The collage of items is to mimic a shadow box...a memory box.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
These are way too delayed, but I was able to sketch a passenger waiting and the interior of the plane again. The series of lines, patterns & internal forms always arrest my attention and the exploration of the line is always appealing.