Welcome to Part 3 of the Unfinished Project series, the final installment. Pictured below are four projects that I worked on that haven’t been used for anything and haven’t been shown in any gallery for any reason. Once again, it is quite a shame because I spent much time and energy on these projects (oh, ‘woe is me’) but they just weren’t up to par.
This first project was originally submitted for an international juried exhibition (in the UK) and was not accepted. The full title for the piece is: If a quark blinked into existence and then immediately blinked out of existence right before your eyes, this is not what it would look like. Back to the drawing board.
Back to the Drawing Board • inkjet Print, vinyl prints • 2011
The next (rather large) drawing was completed in 2007:
The next image is a digital mock-up of a several drawings that I combined to then create an intaglio print from. I did create a print from it but it came out really bad. Unfortunately, I do not have any images of the failed print. The title suggests a ‘divining of oblivion’ — a topic that still pervades my work.
And, the final pieces below are simply interesting croppings of another large-scale drawing (probably about 6-8 feet long) titled Thought-Organ: Love that I never exhibited.
Thought-Organ: Love (The End) • Graphite • 2007
Welcome to Part 2 of the Unfinished Projects series. The piece I would like to discuss today was originally conceived in late 2007 (while I was still working toward my MFA) and is titled Collected Subconscious. At this time I was looking at the automatic drawings of Austin Spare, as well as, the Surrealists. I think there are some really interesting conceptual ideas happening here and an interesting use of light and shadow in a work of art, but, overall it was lacking in several areas and that’s why it got benched. Maybe I’ll revisit this concept in the future. Who knows?
When searching for images for the Unfinished Project series I came across the image below. I have no idea what it was intended for. All I know is that I spent a great deal of time on it and I never used it for anything!
This post begins with Part 1 in a three-part series of Unfinished Projects. You can see some previous posts of unfinished projects that will not be appearing in this series here and here. Nothing is more frustrating than spending over 100 hours of work on a project that doesn’t get completed. Such is the case with the project below, titled Not for Consumption/Entanglement, that I began in mid-February of this year and just decided to shelf (for now) a week ago. I was just speaking with a scientist the other day who thought that his field was the only one in which hours and hours of work could go into a project that goes nowhere — but, working in a university environment, I am discovering more and more connections between the arts and sciences every day.
This summer I have been focusing on how to not only create the imagery I want, but to also to create work whose final presentation is of much higher quality than I have presented in the past. Unfortunately, I just could not work out all of the material issues associated with this project to reach that goal, for many different reasons; the top two were 1) money (and I could not foresee getting grant money to fund this specific project) and 2) my studio is way too wet and has ruined most of my paper and makes it very difficult to apply any type of media to paper.
Without further ado, here are some images from Not for Consumption/Entanglement:
Above is the original digital sketch for the project. Hours were spent on creating a composition adhering to the measurements of the Golden Section spiral while also adhering to some sense of rabatment. Each rectangle in the grid is a 14″h x 17″w ink, marker, and color pencil drawing that was to be dry mounted onto a durable backing. The dark, vertical strip on the fourth row was to be covered with tinted plexi-glas with white vinyl (for the symbol) adhered to the front of the plexi. Horizontal rows three and four were to be vinyl prints adhered directly to the wall (more of that below).
Whatever happens with this project in the future, I don’t really know. But, I DO know that I really dig this composition and may use it for another (smaller scale) drawing and/or for a mural project (if one should ever present itself).
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Unfinished Projects: Collected Subconscious