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Immortal Artist is dedicated to exploring all aspects of experimental art and creating new and innovative techniques which other artists can use to strengthen their own work.
The blogs creator, experimental artist Grey Cross pursues and discusses art across a wide spectrum of artistic mediums. They include painting, sculpting, body art, digital art, and photography. With an emphasis on teaching artists to utilize today's social networks to further their own art and reputations.
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Saturday, January 30, 2016
I felt myself fraying at the edges tonight. I realized I've completed 15 large sculptures in a little more than five weeks and I was suddenly very tired. It was like my brain just shut down for the evening. I often find relaxation by shifting gears to digital art for a bit. So I spent my evening playing with this little fellow. If you'd believe it, he started out as a jellyfish, slowly transforming into this charming character. I may do a series with him and tell a tale such as I did with Elissa . We shall see. But sometimes its good to shift gears for a bit.
Throughout the weekend I will attempt to finish up the 4 work in progress sculptures almost completed in the studio and begin work on at least 2 more. But for tonight, it felt good to just step back for a bit.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Here is The Spire. She is 54 inches high on an 18" tile base. Her base was sealed twice. The first seal was done in natural clay with a foaming glue overlay. This is strong but for a piece so large I needed to make sure it would not eventually come lose from the base tile. So over the glue I used concrete mortar for a second layer which reaches up higher than the glue beneath and seals to the wood. I lost some of the wood doing it this way but it guarantees the piece will not come apart.
The Sinaguan Refuge was made from a piece Mississippi River driftwood pulled out of the river during the recent flood waters that came down from the central part of the United States. I am unsure even what kind of wood it is, but the unique holes bored into from some long gone parasite reminded me so much of the Indian Cliff Dwellings in the southern deserts of the U.S. that I knew the piece needed to resemble those ancient ruins. I've always had a love affair with the lost Sinaguan Indian tribes so the piece means a lot to me personally.
It will be shown in the upcoming March 2016 reception "Between the Darkness and the Light"
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Always have a profile! It gives others a point of reference to start a conversation with you. We don't like talking to a blank wall.
The more information you post, the more others will follow you. In turn the lamer the information you post the less you will be followed.
If your only going to post recycled quotes that have already been posted a thousand times close your computer and go away
Thursday, January 21, 2016
"Sunset on the Last Day" is an abstract piece using a beautiful piece of smoothed driftwood. For me it represents a lone rock on the beach, the water lapping gently around it as the sun sets for the last time on the world.
It is not quite done yet. Full photos of the piece later.
This will be one of the pieces shown at the March 2016 show.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
If you've not followed one of my tutorials before, these are done to allow other artists some insight into the experimental techniques I use to create my sculpture work. This tutorial will take you step by step from concept to the final creation. They are usually done in real time, meaning that as I am creating it I am also taking time to photo document the process and post and write about it as each step is completed. Depending on the sculpture, the process may take a week to two weeks to complete. I appreciate feedback and commentary in the space provided below. I will answer any questions to the best of my ability both during the process and after it concludes.
- SCULPTURE NAME: The Druids Playground (Changed to Boudicca's Last Rest)
- SCULPTURE SERIES: Driftwood Series
- SIZE: 12" x 12" x 32"
- BASE: Fired Tile
- PRICE POINT: Not yet decided
This is a rather odd sculpture. Much more gothic and mystical than I usually extend my art, but I feel a need to create it, so there must be a reason. I think this one may change quite a bit from the original concept, so I am not going to give you an explanation of the piece, but just give you the step by step development for it.
The original concept like much of my work came from dream-state. Most of my dreams right now involve driftwood concepts because that's where my subconscious is focused in order to create enough of a body of work for a show in March. So I pay particular attention to dream-state images that involve wood.
This article is not about the art of artists. Instead its about their ability or lack of ability to interact and communicate with their audiences and how that intimately relates to their art.
There is a silent revolution taking place in the art world that doesn't involve technique. Instead it involves something that most artists do not even grasp yet. Interactivity. How do artists interact with their audiences?
Even the best of artists with the largest teams of assistants still face a barrier. That is that they can only produce great art at a certain pace. If an artist relies solely on production to keep their name in the public eye then there are large gaps of time between each creation where the artist remains a relatively unspoken entity.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
The Four Stages
REALITY - SURREALISM - FANTASY - ABSTRACTION
Friday, January 8, 2016
Where my studio and home is, we are about a mile and a half from the Mississippi River. This sounds close but for a river fog we can be perfectly clear here but the downtown and river areas and along Bourbon street can be totally fogged out. Thankfully in today's age we have the wonderful world of webcams to help with this process. On a predicted fog night (such as tonight) the webcams are monitored closely. My equipment is ready and if I see the fog move in I can be on the ready and in the car within 5 minutes.
Unlike a gallery show where the gallery takes a lot of the weight off the shoulders of the artists when they host, this one we are doing ourselves. This is the wave of the future. Gallery hosted shows are becoming rarer and artists are having to take on the burden of a show themselves. Many artists are are going towards pop-up galleries. This will be much more than a pop-up gallery and much less than a gallery hosted event. We hope to aim for somewhere right in the middle of the two.
Because this is an artists hosted event, we feel there is benefit in sharing the details with our fellow artists on this site and on the wuzzleit.com site which is hosted by my co-artist Rosie Hartman.
With that in mind, I want to share some of the details as we go along on this journey towards the show.
The second order of business creating a solid support team
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
This new piece will represent a sailing ship foundering on the rocks of a great reef, already half sunk beneath the waves. The rocks will be made with driftwood. A plate of glass will be suspended between the rocks to represent the surface of the water.
This is a great piece to observe development of because it will use several facets unusual to most sculptures. You can follow along on this page step by step as it is built.
Building The Straits
Monday, January 4, 2016
Here is a case where I saw the art before I even had the object in hand. I knew what I needed for it, but had to go hunt down a shape that matched the vision in my head. Here is a stick. Pretty common looking but I wasn't looking for a stick. I was looking for a shape.
In a way its almost like we are too timid to make a big deal out of something we make. We may post a photo of it and we may make some cursory mention of its completion, but do we really go out of our way to celebrate something we've finished?
But how do we even do this? We've not been taught any method for promoting and celebrating a single piece of art.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
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This is a first look at the finished Solitude sculpture. At this angle you can't really see the giant figure in the center holding up part of the structure, but he's there.
This piece uses 21 pieces of Mississippi River cypress driftwood to form the spires and 132 wooden blocks to form the base. The piece is mounted on a 2 foot by 1 foot tile base.
This piece derives its name for its resemblance to Fortress of Solitude known well from the movie Superman.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
It took me years to grasp the intricacies of a good Twitter following. Like most when I first made my account I maxed it out (2,000 followers( following people who would in no way ever follow me back. The Guggenheim Museum with its million plus followers was NEVER going to even notice little old me!