Sunday, December 16, 2012
Hi all....stopping by to wish the current studio residents mucho love on their artist journey this season.
Also, Brick City Project makes an appearance in Metro 29 art show still goin on now for all who havent seen. Stay tuned for more photos as i get closer and closer to completing the 1st installation of BCP....(super excited).....stayed tuned also for future appearances by other bricks as the momentum gains. Newark Museum and a few Nyc galleries are jus the appetizers for this artistic cuisine. There are big, BIG plans in the making so keep your fingers crossed and your hearts open for whats to come. Peace and Blessings....Malik
Friday, December 7, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The springboard for this piece came from looking at Chuck Close's 'Big Self-Portrait'. I did a smaller version which was to serve as a template for the final work, but didn't have the space until now to see it through. The small version was in included in a group show, 'Nonsense', curated by Jill Wickenheisser at Seton Hall Law.
As an artist, I sometimes struggle with the idea of 'am I good enough?' The attitude Close conveys in his work embodies confidence and defiance at a time when Clement Greenberg had said there's only one thing an artist can't do any more and that's paint a portrait. While I would like to channel more of Close's self-assurance in my process, the image I wanted to create with this piece was one of naive wonder. The image comes from my class portrait sometime around 2nd or 3rd grade, with these colorful cellular blobs making their way in from previous paintings. The eyes I incorporated were Spongebob's; being that I have two young sons, and that seemed to be all that was on our tv for awhile.
|Chuck Close's 'Big Self-Portrait'|
Friday, November 16, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Whether we're making a painting, a drawing, shooting a photograph, a video, scripting a performance, writing a talk, engineering an intervention, planning out a collaborative project, or mapping out a place for a site specific installation - what's going on in our thoughts while we do what we do?
Monday, September 24, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
To warm up at Aferro, I'm creating some works on canvas tarp with house paint and large brushes. Experimenting with black and white only, will give me insight into lights and darks. Since I don't have live models and my work references pop culture, most of my references are figures from magazines and newspapers. They run the gamut from football players to fashion models. Hopefully I will be able to snag some of the other artists to model for me when they are around the studio. To view more of my work, visit jameshornerart.com.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
"Brick City Project" is my vision of the beauty of Newark. As a Newark resident my goal here is to show the world and remind our citizens of the beauty that Newark has to offer. Growing up in this city i was blessed to witness its many positive wonders and every day miracles as opposed to the publicized negativity. Each brick expresses a certain perspective of Newark and places together gives a never before seen look at the city and its inner workings.
I was excited about doing my residency at Aferro because it seems appropriate as a stepping stone for my installation. During my time here i have learned so much, met so many people, gotten so many positive reviews (learned how to blog...lol), made many connections and the list goes on. The most difficult part was plain ole time management for me.....basically setting time aside to go to the gallery and work....but once i got into the swing of it the ball rolled along smoothly. One of the most important things i learned was from Evonne who told me that as an artist i needed to be spending the same amount of time "marketing myself as an artist as i do creating the art"....that made so much sense to me....(thanx Evonne).
So with the residency over now what? Good question....the painting continues....more bricks will be made and then comes the arts shows. Stayed tuned for more photos and info on the "Brick City Project"
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
|Inspiration for a drawing-in-progress|
Looking forward to meeting with everyone this week. We keep such different schedules, so it'll be nice to all be in the same place at the same time. I'm excited to see what everyone has been up to!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Idea > Experiment > Product
What is the point?
- of online publishing
- object/self publishing
- data/idea sharing
- language vs. image
- language vs. object
Book as alternative space
Why object/book vs. web platform (objects do not need maintenance)(or ask for "comments")
web platform is "open"
Object is closed and finished
web platform is open
object is purchased and owned
everything web is in progress
Living in the book:
Intimacy > Objects > Weight > Heavy
Show Paper = 10,000 copies (weight)
Process? Online = the bastard step child?
Art In America vs. Art In America Online!
Is this about cost? What cost are apparent and what costs are hidden?
How do we occupy the space of the internet? vs Occupying the space of the page of an object/book.
The function of print.
Art > Sustainability > Profit
PM 100 - 1000
Economics of publishing
Community > Art making can be a very solitary thing, is that different or changing in the publishing community?
People seeking out the weird.
Why do people buy art books? Because they are fetishized? Cheaper than most art objects?
How effective is your consumption of information online?
Us, we as cultural creative workers have a very different idea about what online consumption is and can be vs the "average" data consumer?
mp3 vs. vinyl vs. live music < (The person most sensitive is the musician - not the consumer)
Information vs. Idea vs. Object
Comics > Collectable > Sharing/Trading (Cannot separate comics from print)
Object Sharing - Community (What else cannot be separated?)
(It's orange and blue and it's sooooo nice.)
Conceptual (comics) vs. narrative thread.
Artist writing vs, fiction
Narrative vs. sentiment
Zines = underground publishing
Zines vs. artist book
(I don't think any genre of literature is sacred anymore.)(Lord Byron would agree!)
What is the content?
What is the purpose? - To draw attention to something under recognized? Could it be something other than a book? Then why is it a book? C
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The second project I am currently working on is Mobilis, another human-powered mechanism but this time it is in the form of a convertible car. I've been working with a programmer (Slava Balasanov) to develop a mobile and web application that will communicate with each other via an online server. The user will be able to virtually navigate through wilderness parks and the adjacent industrial sites using an iPad. To view these sites the user must pedal the car (it will have a bicycle chain drive) to power the screen (windshield) that project these two images side by side. Below is an image of the Grand Canyon and the adjacent uranium waste sites. By scrolling their finger on the iPad glass, the user can navigate in the sites, like one would in Google Earth with their mouse.
|Mobilis, Google Earth images of Grand Canyon area|
|S*OIL prototype #2|
Monday, May 7, 2012
This drawing and an in-progress non representational piece (still in progress) will be in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music opening on May 17th.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Finally I got my studio ready to begin my first project which is a video series, one of the videos was shot in my studio at Gallery Aferro. I had to make the studio mimic a gallery which meant plastering, painting the walls and the floor. Even though it looked as if I did no or little work, it was a lot of work to make the space resemble a white box. It was exhausting but it was nice to get my hands dirty and I told myself I'll never become an art handler.
Photos of the video shoot to come!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I have also highly recommend David Wojnarowicz, Waterfront Journals.
What do you recommend?
Friday, March 30, 2012
Andrew, one of the interns, was talking about how there is a lot of stuff going on the Gallery now... and hes Right!
Gallery Aferro started up again a few weeks ago and we welcome anyone to come experience 3 new exhibitions on display. Admission is always free and we are opened Thursday-Saturday 12-6PM.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Also I wanted to share a link to an art related radio show broadcast on WVKR, the radio station out of Vassar College. I had an opportunity to meet up The Dead Hare Radio Hour co-hosts Chris Albert and Matthew Slaats, during the taping of episodes 27 and 29, to discuss some of the ideas behind the Sidewalk Alchemy Project begun at Gallery Aferro. Podcast episodes can be accessed online at: http://deadhareradiohour.com/
Chewing gum patterns, horizontal sidewalk joints, and gold leaf. 5 feet x 10 feet