|Project by AgentTwitch||posted 02-08-2016 08:05 PM||2110 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I took a different approach to this swap than I have in the past. I chose to spend the majority of my energy into the print instead of the woodworking aspect (I did build the deep maple gallery frame for this project. pic 5 shows the basic L profile of the frame). I designed a print that would be recognizable as “art” in both context and content. I wanted the project to be something that people might recognized as “art”, so I looked at modern paintings and the method that galleries use to display them.
For my source of inspiration, I used artist Andy Warhol and the ‘Pop Art’ style. Warhol created a series of diptychs of popular Americana using publicly recognizable images, bold colors and repetition to create “art”. Perhaps his most famous works were those of Marilyn Monroe (source: www.emaze.com)
The subject matter for my piece is Norm Abram. 20 year veteran host and famous TV personality of the New Yankee Workshop. I tried to use some of the aspects of Warhol’s style above in my piece. Recognizable figure (Norm!), bold color, repetition of form, and slight variations of each frame (skin tone, hair colors, etc (notice how Marilyn is slightly different in each color panel).
I also decided that Norm’s red plaid shirt needed to be included in this homage to Warhol. I thought it would be humorous to keep it the exact same red in every single frame, even though the background colors and his skin tone, hair, and beard colors change from panel to panel.
So this project included making the 18.5in x 18.5in print, cutting a mat, salvaging a piece of lexan for the glass panel and building the 24in x 24in frame from maple. The frame is painted satin black and rubbed out with wax using steel wool. There is a wire hanger built into the frame for installation.
While the frame would have been nicer as a standalone piece if it were naturally finished, I decided the black frame was more appropriate for the gallery style.
This was a fun swap, thank you Mark for running it!
-- Regards, Norm