Wednesday, February 08, 2006

new relic



Here is a new relic that has just been completed. This relic took so long to finish, I am not going to tell you how long -- it's that embarrassing. I don't know how to link thru the image yet, so if you want to see a bigger version click here.

I am completely sick of looking at it! Thank you relic, for finally being finished. You have been a real albatross.

104 Comments:

At 12:54 PM, Blogger sloth said...

This one took so long that it grew a narrative, which I might share later.

I don't know how I feel about it as a painting; it's still too new. Luckily there is another one underway in the studio, so the fixation is eased a little bit.

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger sloth said...

I know I need to loosen up as a painter. I'm trying, I swear...

 
At 1:11 PM, Anonymous JD said...

I love it! The landscape references are a newish thing, no? And the curlicues rock. It's an exciting painting, Ms. Sloth!

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger sloth said...

JD, JD!!!!!

So great to get a post from you! Please let's get together in real life. I am freelancing from home this week - maybe we could look at galleries or something?

 
At 1:24 PM, Blogger sloth said...

PS JD, thank you for saying nice things about my painting.... it is a little terrifying to post it.

 
At 1:55 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

SLOTHY!! Magnificent work! I would love to see it in person.

 
At 2:18 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

I sent the link to UpCountry. She seconds the sentiment. I told her I was in love and her reply was (in her words), "OOH!! ME TOO!!!"

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Krixy you are the sweetest. Maybe one day I will have another solo show & get to show this painting... in any case, I'd like to have the blog pals over to the shaq at some point. It looks likely that we'll be getting a new one, so a shack-warming party might be in the future.

 
At 2:56 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

YES!! Upcountry is coming to town in March for the 40 birthday bash. I am wondering if we might arrange a shack visit with you perhaps. I will email you the dates and make an appointment with the receptionist at log.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

SLOTHY! WOW! This is such an exciting painting!! What size (not that it matters, but feels huge!)
Love the color too--especially the orange and violet combo.

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous hammy said...

Oh Slothy! This painting is beautiful! It seems ecstatic, full of movement, strange too.
I love.

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

And the space. Hard to see in jpeg, but love the illusionistic vs. abstract space, and the curly whirlies pull you every which way.

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Thank you, PD! I think it's 50" x 44" ...kind of medium-sized.

 
At 3:17 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Hi Hammy, the swirls are crazy swirling thoughts...

I loved seeing your drawings the other night; they are wonderful.

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

Is the pale aqua "pours" poured or painted with brush?

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger sloth said...

It's all painted with a brush, PD.

(grr, blogger is doing the f*ing time warp again...)

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

would love to see in the flesh.

 
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous hammy said...

It makes me think of Bernini and explosions. Those swirling cloud bases at the Vatican and that sunburst. And swamps, and exuberance!

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger sloth said...

I changed my mind about 10 times on the color, so it's more built up than I would have liked... the one I'm working on now I have started in acrylics & will finish in oil, am hoping to overcome various problems that way.

 
At 3:32 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

it does feel huge. It really explodes out of its canvas.

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Krix, keep me posted about UpC's visit. I'm not sure what the studio moving sitch is, so I'll have a better idea when that all gets resolved.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger sloth said...

But I would LOVE to have you guys over!....

 
At 3:50 PM, Anonymous hammy said...

I would be so excited to see it in the real!

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

Sloth! How did I not see this until now?! LOVELY. RIOTOUS! Right on! I think i am responding most to those crazy flehsy forms/figures. especially the left one - twisty and turny. It's so hard to make abstract shapes speak this way i think. It's something we could speak of if you did not find me too pretentious. i dunno.
Wow, i want to see the relic in person too. in the flesh. so it's oil paint? i am curious about paint applicaition, matte vs shiny, edges, etc.

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

these material things are the things for nerd hillbilly relic-makers like me. did you use hemp in that there turnip bag ma?

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

I love those nerdy things---just my speed.

 
At 5:21 PM, Anonymous margrok said...

i love what you did in the lower left corner- i'm feeling reflections on a lake inside a japanese woodblock.

and the marbelized sky is very interesting.

i'm glad you spent a long time on it- there is a lot for me to see

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger sloth said...

FB, I will talk art with you anytime...
plus, I am a total materials-nerd, too.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger sloth said...

hi Margrok, thank you for coming by... nice to meet you!

 
At 8:08 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

Sloth, I think we scared Anon away for now. Or maybe he's got a night class at the Senior Center--teaching those 80 year olds how to be "radical" like Baselitz.

"Okay class, let's turn our figure paintings upside down!"

 
At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Sloth's relic / albatross said...

Well, no need to thank me Sloth--you are the master. I am just a lowly canvas waiting for you to make me special.

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Oh god PD, a whole can of nooles just blew out my ears...! You are too funny.

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger sloth said...

"and class, don't forget to bring those broken dishes in next week!"

 
At 8:18 PM, Anonymous pd said...

"But Professor Anonymous, I only have the finest Royal Dalton china."

"Well what can be more radical than that Mitzy! We're talking anti-market here, class."

 
At 8:20 PM, Anonymous pd said...

"Are we talking The Piggly Wiggly? Because I shop there all the time, sir."

 
At 8:22 PM, Blogger Corny said...

Slothy, your relic is a revelation, however much time you put in was well worth it, you've arrived at a brilliant place, it's explosive, which is all the more weird because the surface looks like it's painted slowly. It's a trippy painting, like Bridget Riley, screws with my optic-nerves. My favoride part is where the blue swirly sky part plunges into the placid water part. Wait no my favorite part is the assy floaty forms. I would love to see in the flesh too someday. What about the loosening up thing, curious to know more about that, like painting wet into wet? Or with the imagery? What and Why?

I was looking at the Bellmer dolls yesterday/today and see a memory of them in the humanoidy forms.

Beautiful, Thank you Slothy.

 
At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Mitzy said...

well, okay... but can the next painting be art for pussies? I do love them so... Snowball and Lady Puff...

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Thank you, Corny!!!

I want to get more intuitive & color outside the lines a little bit more, I guess. Y'know... more spontaneous, looser. It is a struggle.

 
At 8:31 PM, Blogger sloth said...

And yeah, Bellmer is definitely an influence. I did a paper in grad school (Johanna Drucker's class -- great!) on Bellmer and Cindy Sherman. Been chewing on him ever since.

 
At 8:36 PM, Blogger sloth said...

plus yes, maybe wet-on-wet; I don't do it so much but love it in others' work.

thanks so much for your comments, Corny; they mean a lot.

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Regi said...

WOW sloth

The few things I have seen of yours have been a little too beige. Made me worry about you. I think this explosion of color is a great sign of an inspirational future.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger sloth said...

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At 10:40 AM, Blogger Regi said...

I got the link. You can delete it if you want.

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger fairy butler said...

PD, noodles.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

Sloth...don't let the "beige" slip into th work!

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger sloth said...

it's actually fleshy-fleshy-flesh-flesh, PD... not much of that at beige. except maybe the hooker? Krix?

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

I know, it was a sad attempt at a joke. Very bad. I get flesh here at the beige in the form of x-rated query letters.

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger sloth said...

if my painting starts to look like this, then you will know I'm in trouble.

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

Noodle, SLoth!!

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

i love those paintings. i have to send them around my beige now. chanks.

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger sloth said...

in some perverse way I like them. The one in the lower-right-hand corner looks like an office ca. 1985... that blouse... that hair... that phone. Makes me queazy.

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

oh my god sloth, at my beige we just had a like 15 separate email string about these paintings. thank you. i totally love them - in a way.

the one in the lower left - or as daiel dubs it - the erotic one - is the most disturbing to me. my favorite is probably the first one though. the bald spot.

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

we think it depicts an alternate dimension where there are redfaced stone people in charge. the computer screen in the first one is the port hole to this alternate dimension.

oh my god. we are really really bored here. i should have included you on the email string.

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

I like the 4th image--the multi-tasker!

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger Heart As Arena said...

Sloth. Bustin' OUT!

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

I mean the 5th one.

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

The third one has a touch of Melanie Griffith as working girl.

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger sloth said...

"the erotic one"..... HAHAHA! love it!

I like the one on the upper left: the pot belly & the empty blue space portal. Tell Krix we found the wormhole.

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Also love the notepad in the 3rd one. "move all icons down." existential.

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

You are right sloth. The hooker likes to show off the fleshy mcFlesh here at cubeworld. Haven't seen much of her lately. Probably on a coke bender with Number Two.

 
At 3:01 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

ahhhhh wormholes. If I only had one now. Could take the place of beaming technology or maybe they are intertwined. I will think more on this as I have absolutely nothing to do here today except work on homework and send resumes.

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

Okay, I am so mean. My very sweet, but very young co-worker asked me if there was a place that sells rose petals (not whole roses. Her boyfriend is coming back after a week away. SO I replied: "try cliche.com" Terrible!

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger sloth said...

... yet funny!

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

You need to take your show on the road pd, seriously.

Daiel just told me that he would pay me one dollar to climb up on my cube and declare that i was jesus christ. that is the extant of the humor today here.

oh, and i am completely paranoid and afraid since i have posted a zillion comments on painter nyc. i am not so articulate in the blog forum sometimes. i get scared me be dumbdumb.

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

FB, you are a christ-like figure. It would not be a stretch. I say go for it.

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger sloth said...

no FB! You are one of the smart ones in that forum... voice of reason & whippy-snap insights... More!

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger sloth said...

p.s. did you take the dare?

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger sloth said...

I have to go buy cat food now. My kitty is looking at me with those big eyes, like on Shrek 2...

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

HEY!!! I can't talk to you guys through this blogger wormhole. I'm being teleported into the past.

 
At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Jesus said...

Smit, Smite, Smote, how much money have you got?

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

Oh that's a good one, FB. So you are the Christ---you're the great Jesus Christ!

As for Painter NYC--you are keepin' it real, FB, SLoth, MM, Heart!

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Jesus said...

I am Jesus. I know what you will ask before you ask it.

 
At 4:14 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

I'm stuck in the wormhole with Jesus. F me.

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger sloth said...

p.s., Jesus, do you do smites? I have a list.

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

paranoia is fierce. Cannot express things clearly.

daiel is constructing a cross as we speak.

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

My boss is driving me crazy with his memory probs. Geez. I had to correct him 100 times today. This is a job for Jesus....FB?

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

i think you might need fabeebles for this one pd. for your boss.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

whoa blogger just did the time dance again.

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

My co-worker just ran out for a minute--I bet she comes back with petals.

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

THAT IS SICK

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

OH MY GOD! She has the petals!

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

how mysterious! just like the blogger time-warp.

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

Okay, I just I just got the craziest query. It is about a ghost hunter--non-fiction. there is a photo of a window with the drape slightly drawn and the author circled the area of the drape and claims it is the ghost looking out at him.

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous ghost said...

he is right. I was looking at him.

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger sloth said...

I think you may need to post this one, PD.

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger postmoderndebunker said...

Freaky! I must scan it in and post it.

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger Heart As Arena said...

Hero.

 
At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Mountain Man said...

This is beautiful Sloth, but beautfiul doesn't do it justice. I too want to see it in person, I hope we caan begin our group tour sometime soon. I am not going to be blogging much for the next few days - in Miami for UF's project show in a trailer thingy at Fred Snitzer. Should be fun. Away.

I am really blow away by your painting, Sloth. You push and work and it comes out ecsatic, just like Hammy says. It's an ideal I care about very much.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Corny said...

Slothy, mm, pd, fb, w.w.,hammy, HeartasArena, thanks for taking the time to post on painternyc yesterday,
I'm not sure that painting is worth the concideration it got, but some interesting ideas emerged from the conversation. Thanks.

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger sloth said...

MM, you are the sun king. Congratulations to Uncle Fritz!

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger sloth said...

Oh Corny, there is something very cruel about being hung out for public examination... sometimes I think we kill what we dissect.

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger sloth said...

pee ess: I am always rocked by your work & am excited to see your show!

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger The Capt'n said...

Wow, Sloth, this is pretty darn exquisite. There is a quality of course of tight control & design combined with a sensusous loosey fleshy bust-out. So the 2 together make a great tension, & along with the rhythms and colors and particularly the spatial, I have to say yes. I like looking more and seeing more, if you know what I mean.

 
At 3:04 PM, Anonymous sushi Blameful said...

So much sun in dark swirls make bright inside. Sloth your luck abounds, many recessed hard edge drips. Heart can come outside, through mind?

 
At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Mountain Man said...

Hiya Sloth. I like to come back to look at your painting. I am so excited for you. Plus I would like to know how long it took you to make. Because my big paintings take a year and a half or more sometimes. I am curious.

It is nice down here in Miami. But I have to tell you something, I am a little afraid of the ether now. I know it will be ok and fun again, but I feel like I got my ass kicked and am still not sure why. I guess I am a horse with blinders on, otherwise if I had my blinders off I would know. Sensitive MM. Stay inside, MM. Why are we getting bashed for wanting to talk to and support each other? I find it sickening. Get off me. I did nothing but try to facilitate a playful environment. This is my sincere belief. It was my sandbox. I was unaware there were pups who wanted throw sand in my eyes. Pissers.

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Capt'n, thanks so much for the nice comments! I feel like the imagery is there, but I wish I could do a loosey flesh bust-out paint application, like our Corny! She is such a virtuoso of luscious paint splat.

Corny = anal expressive. Slothy = anal retentive.

I think I may need to develop a drug habit.

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Sushi, heart is trying very hard, but mind has stuffed all the cracks with steel wool. Still nibbling.

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger sloth said...

MM, I have been thinking about you a lot lately, missing your presence in the ether painfully.

MM, this episode of ether turbulence will pass & quiet down. It seems inevitable that the jerks will occasionally breach the sandbox, and I know that you feel the cruelty & take it to heart, because you are a sweet Mountain Man with tender feelings. Think of walking down the street in Manhattan; every so often you pass a crazy person who shouts epithets at you for no apparent reason. The interwebs are like the public square, and every nut in town is able to pipe up. Ignore the crazies, think to yourself, "poor crazy guy, he seems very angry. He must be an unhappy person," and then give him wide clearance.

One winter day I was walking in midtown and this random guy hawked a big lugie right in my eye. His aim was perfect. It was one of the most violating experiences of my life, and 2 days later I got the flu. Why did this asshole do that to me??? Because he is nuts. He is nuts, it sucks, and there is nothing I could do about it. I still walk around in Manhattan.

You must have taken some comfort in all of the outpouring of love & support from friends & strangers alike; just keep that in mind, to arm yourself against the creeps in the ether. Hearts.

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger Corny said...

I am so ANAL RETENTIVE SLOTHY!!! geez, you have no idea, I fight the urge to be tight which is my natural inclination. Like yourself i decided i couldn't take it anymore so began to load paint onto the canvas but really it's still pretty controled, it doesn't feel "expressive". I think Sillman is really expressive with her paint, she makes paint dance and sing, I feel more like I'm mocking paint (and painting tropes) sometimes. I don't know, it's all very confusing.

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger Corny said...

...But thanks Slothy, what you say is heartening.

 
At 11:08 PM, Blogger Corny said...

Sorry, I want to take that thing i said about mocking paint tropes back, i didn't mean that, i love paint, i love painting...

 
At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Mountain Man said...

Thanks Slothers, I know you're right. I just got all ballsy and kunty and what not and well I guess I'm over it.

And as to the painting - I have this feeling that even the most "expressive" painters are secretly anal retentive. It's such a self-made practice, where would we be without all our rules. Sometimes I think it's all wide open, there are no rules, then I realize we are defined by the rules, the choices, the limitations. It's still play but it's psychotically limited and focused play. Limited in the non-pejorative sense.

Whatevs, I ramble. I can't wait to get back in the studio and Sloth, I don't care what they say, it may be masturbatory and congratulatory to tell you so but this painting looks fucking amazing.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Regi said...

Valentines Day dinner invite for you.

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger sloth said...

awwwww, regi.... you REMEMBERED!

 

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