Just wrapped this one up, taking it to the gallery tomorrow.
Shipping work out West!
The end pieces are made up of 16 5x7ish collages that are mounted to birch. The background is a 6′ 8″ x 4′ piece of paper.
“Suit wearing a beard” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Now with sprinkles” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Rub for luck” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“What the dog sees” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Remember me as I was” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Sniffing the new hand shake” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Response to trauma” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Lucky friends” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Facial hair on the wind” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Snow wizard” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Surviving rabbits” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Responsibility” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Reflection of self ” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Nothing up this sleeve ” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“Friends sniff friends” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
“El Tio Gio” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $340.00
I am very happy with the silicone mold so far, I have been able to make seven heads. Next up… painting.
A closed mold is easier to spin around, learned that the hard/messy way. I wrapped a piece of cling wrap around a scrap of cardboard, silicone and cling wrap make a decent seal.
Yes that is “pink lacy” elastic, it’s what I had on hand. I have a big roll of it, don’t ask.
Now for some trimming and sanding, then Paint! super excited!!!!
Starting the mold (mould) from the sculpture.
Finished the left eye and nose, then started the mould process. I was nervous at first, I always thought that the original sculpture would be trash if you didn’t make the mould just right (that’s for plaster moulds), but after the first layer was dry I was hooked. I think (cross fingers) that this will be a good first test and I can then start scaling up.
First pour of silicone
I will let it cure overnight and apply another coat of smooth-on 5050 in the morning. So far easy to work with and i like the pink on white I can see the high/strong and low/weak points.
Clem is waiting for the first mold pour before she approves anything, Clem is on the left.
Third pour now with registration points, and dams to fill weak spots.
The ‘Clem Head’ is almost ready, I used scrap clay to make terraces around the eyes and nose areas (lots of detail low thickness). Registration pieces were cut from bits of foam insulation, but i will be using left over silicons bits in the future, the foam ripped holes and have escaped.
I made a Mother mold
Mother mold made out of plaster, it’s a simple two part mold, next time I’ll make it lighter and maybe more sections. I didn’t put too much (none) thought into the back.
Very excited about this part. After 4 days I wanted to see how the original sculpture would fare.
The original came out trouble free. The original is made out of Plastilina clay and popped out without the use of any demoulding spray.
Putting the parts together
Starting the casting process mother mold together with the silicone mold, and the an after thought backplate.
The backplate, cork and elastic… will it work?
After twirling the plastic mix (smooth-on) around for 7-14 minutes. I remove backplate and peek inside. This is my first time doing this so I have no idea if this is right…
I am so happy at this point. Sculpture (pink) original (white) and first cast (grey).
It is late at night but i press on and make 7 castings. Clem Heads are ready to paint.
The next morning Clem joins me and checks out the work, she even poses so i can do a comparison, thanks Clem.
Update: The Giant Maggie head
I have a lot of work to do and can’t wait to get back to it. I have to finish the pieces for the May, Hive Gallery show first, and then it’s back to giant dog heads. Below is the incomplete Giant Dog head with coins for scale.
Spicing up the gallery. I am moving to a new space, same building, and thought it would be worth a saturday. I thought about it for a minute and started with brown butcher paper for visual structure.
Then an aqua and beige landscape under it, with a little white line for more structure.
Then some paintings on top.
At the dinning table working out the pieces. Enjoying the graphic effect of cut paper. Wonderful things are happening when I mix in ink and paint.
Final paint job and some minor fabrications to the base, it is now wall mountable.
Here is the Sugar Skull hanging up at Sis and Moon Gallery in Alpharetta, GA.
Damien with the Thunder Lizard. 50+ cardboard tiles cover the head eyes and jaw. hand painted and now on sale at Sis and Moon gallery in Alpharetta GA.
Hello, 4 new masks started Thursday night (October 3rd, 2013) at Sis and Moon Gallery. I am working on a cardboard Dog head,
alligator Thunder lizard (done), Skull (human), and a Bird mask. Saturday I will be back at the studio to begin painting them. Wish me luck…
Started the base coat on all four masks and begin prepping the Thunder lizard. It got a set of hand carved teeth screwed into some cardboard mounts, more tiles and eyes, next step COLOR. I will be updating throughout the process or till Halloween which ever comes first.
So last night Tuesday (day three oct 8th, 2013), I put the kids to bed and then started working on the Thunder lizard (picture to the right). I painting the tiles, added highlight, added even more tiles and made a bottom jaw. I’m going for a Aztec ish look. This is a picture of me wearing the Thunder lizard this morning, very tired, trying on the mask helped keep me going.
Three more masks to go. Below is a larger image.
Wednesday night / thursday morning, Boom, a Thunder Lizard. It is at Sis and Moon gallery in Alpharetta, Ga. It’s about 32 x 32 inches (ish), made out of cardboard, glue, acrylic paint, wood screws and some wood for the teeth. It took four day to get here: build, fabrication, paint and assemble. Ha, just fun with glue and cardboard. I was going for something that spoke to an fun Aztec design. My kids helped paint the Thunder lizard tiles and had lots of ideas about what colors we should use. They are very excited to see it finished but not happy to see it go to the gallery. They said, “Please don’t sell it, we’ll buy it.” I had to explain to them that if we kept everything we made there would be no place to sit down and their mom would kick me out, kisses honey.
Thunder lizard, done. now head down to Sis and Moon and buy it.
Damien wearing the Thunder Lizard, he made lots of scary noises, like, ” Raw Ew Uh! and Rorrhra!.
When it was Oscar turn he must have had “what does the fox say” on the brain and started to chitter, “Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow” and “a-hee-ahee ha-hee!”.
Saturday and Sunday, worked on a bottom jaw and the sides. the jaw will be double hinged and screwed to the head. I’ll wrap it up tonight. Pictures in the morning.
The next morning after a late night finishing the jaw. The blue Diamond Sugar Skull is a nod to my time in LA. I am very excited to make more skulls.
I wrapped up the Sugar Skull and now I’m going to start the Dog Head. I worked up this head and painted it a few weeks ago, I am going to shorten the neck and add a lot of detail panels for painting mini vignettes on the panels.
Trying new tricks with the Dog Head (I need to come up with a better name). The eyes and nose are made out of Crayola Model Magic. Not sure about the paint job, wish me luck.
Going with a gold theme, maybe, I need to focus and figure out what it (the masks) wants.
Had to skip Thursday at the studio so I snuck in a Saturday afternoon to worked on the dog head. I am thinking about sending them to LA for the Hive. This is the Hive’s 5th year of it esteemed Sculpture show, celebrating sculpture of all types and styles. Postcard
My space is a bit dark, so I have added some lights. I think I need to put a spot lights on the masks, maybe a blinking light. Today is “Lunch Truck Thursday” I hope someone takes home the Thunder Lizard. If not I’m going to send it to the Hive in LA, see what those guy can do with it.
I brought in three new paintings to Sis and Moon’s Gallery today. I look forward to seeing you in the shop.
I don’t know if you know but sometimes Alex Feliciano, John Tindel, and Michi Mecho get together and paint. Three pieces you can come and touch.
“Something in the bushes”, 2010, by Alex Feliciano, Tindel and Michi, acrylic and mixed media on canvas. $2000.00.
“What’s that in the bushes”, 2010, by Alex Feliciano and Tindel, acrylic and mixed media on canvas. $1500.00.
“Robot Love”, 2010, by Alex Feliciano, Tindel and Michi, acrylic and mixed media on canvas. $500.00.
by Alex Feliciano. a series of masks, faces, bears, rabbits, dogs, and monsters. They have sold out. Second collection coming early 2014.
Dire wolf head for the wall. I started with my dog as a model, and tried to keep it simple. Also keeping supplies simple: a pencil, a box cutter, t square, Elmer’s glue and some scotch tape.
– I quickly sketched my dog, Maggie’s profile. In the picture below you can see it cut out.
Ok I said simple right well I thought about it an decided to smoothen out the seams and that led to tubes of acrylic/silicon and then tubes of 100% acrylic.
Haven’t been able to get back to work on the head. Looking forward to finishing up and start the mould process.
I have been working on the head, added lots of clay building the neck up and adding fur texture around the face and collar. I have also started 4 new cardboard pieces, at The Sis and Moon Gallery.
From the Hive’s website…..
The Hive Gallery is proud to present:
May 2013 Line Attack 2!!!
Opening: May 4th 8-11:30PM
$5 Suggested Donation for opening show
Show Runs: May 4- June 1
*A portion of the proceeds for our opening show will go to non-profit Fighting for Fitness, helping train “at risk youth” and obese children in fitness and martial arts
Featured Artist 1: Adam Roth-
“Adam Roth and the Archive of Discoveries proudly present The Age of Astramid,
the first of our ongoing exhibitions from the Argyle Excavation.”
Featured Artist 2: ShaqJizz
Tall Wall Artist: Lisette Pastor Aranda
Installation Artist: Paul Arden
Line Attack Artists:
Carlos A. Etcheverry
Juliette Bensimon Marchina
Megan Elizabeth Ford
Nikki Garcia Poling
Front Room DJ’s:
Back Room Dj’s:
LIVE DOODLE DRAWING BY: Line Attack Artists
The Hive Gallery Resident Artists:
Alyssa Beasley /Annie Terrazzo / Arlou Somo / Artrates.com / Ave Rose / David Reyes / Diana Levin / Doug Meyer/ / Dulcinea Circelli / Ellen Schinderman / Glenn Fox / Graphation / Greg Gould / Gretchen Ingram / Hollis Hart / Ink Pen Mutations / Jennifer Korsen / Jinx / John Dang / J.Salvador / Keith Wong / Lisa Levy / Luciano Martinez / Marcel DeJure / Marigrace Alebelda / Mark Posey / Meirav Haber / Michelle Hall / Mike Street / Nathan Cartwright / Patrick Haemmerlein / Randy Kono / Rob Sussman / Sara Hedstrom /Sarah Ockuly / Sarah Winkle / Shrine / Sonik / Stephan Canthal / Stephen Holman / Superpao / Teod Tomlinson / Walt Hall
BATHROOM INSTALLATIONS BY:
Alex Chiu http://alexdoodles.com/
Daniella Batsheva http://daniellabatsheva.com/
John Haley III
HIVE TAROT DECK READING BY:
Medium, Astrologer, Card Reader, Poet
FABRIC ENVIRONMENTS/ INSTALLATION by: Sonik http://www.transmorphic.net/
I would like you to understand how this process works. You may find it hard at first, but the short answer is we paint over and on each others work. This is something requiring a great deal of trust. Our process is as much a collaboration as it is a critic on the work itself a commentary that carries with it a wet brush. So the painting passes from artist to artist each editing, celebrating, embellishing, and reinventing what was there before. The painting becomes something else.
In April 2008 Art Murmur, Los Angeles was pleased to present “COAST TO COAST BUTTER TOAST”. A show featuring new collaborative work by John Tindel, Michi and Alex Feliciano. The visual mash-up was a lively celebration bursting with texture and quick witted humor. And we are doing it again, With all new work, this time in Atlanta!! at Art Department Galleries.
Feliciano is creating new works with Tindel, Michi, Maxwell and Kowalski, starting in 2004 when Michi and Tindel invited Feliciano to come and paint with them. In 2007 we started mailing canvases across the country from LA (Feliciano) to Atlanta (Tindel, Michi and Maxwell) this how the COAST TO COAST BUTTER TOAST show got started. April 2008 was the first show on the West coast. All five of us will regularly be showing work in Castleberry Hill, Atlanta’s historic arts district during the monthly Friday ArtStroll. Kowalski has put together a new space, MadMan Studios, above the Besharat Gallery at 175 Peters Street.
This is a flyer from the show.
The press release read:
Art Murmur Gallery is pleased to present “COAST TO COAST BUTTER TOAST” - featuring new collaborative work by John Tindel, Michi and Alex Feliciano. Fresh from the land of Dixie, Atlanta artists John Tindel and Michi come to Los Angeles to creatively team up with LA artist Alex Feliciano. The Atlanta pair bring with them their southern-fried “folk graffiti” style of painting. Feliciano's own painting style, though decidedly more surreal, is comparable with its graffiti-based origins. This visual mash-up promises to be a lively celebration bursting with texture and quick witted humor. TindelMichi – “Two Fat Southern Boys That Paint” John Tindel and Michi ("TindelMichi") have been dazzling fellow Atlantans with their collaborative paintings for the past few years. Like many residents of the south, these two proudly embrace their southern identity, often injecting regional humor and folklore into their colorful, multilayered canvases. This practice of infusing their paintings with a delicate sensitivity for southern culture adds an unpretentious quality to their work, yet the overall effect is indeed sophisticated. The artists cite artistic influences from Neo-Expressionism to contemporary Pop, and draw inspiration from urban hip-hop, free form jazz and poetry. TindelMichi’s collaborative method of working plays out less like a duel and more like a dialogue – a point, counterpoint that yields a delightful and refreshing result. Alex Feliciano Originally from Miami, Alex Feliciano moved to Atlanta in 2000, where he met John Tindel and Michi. Together with others, the group formed the artist collective “The Creative Life.” In 2004, Feliciano moved to Los Angeles, where he lives and works today. Alex Feliciano is largely a self taught artist, who at an early age became immersed in the burgeoning graffiti movement. He strongly believes in the purity and nuance gained from life drawing and painting, as opposed to working from photography or with the aid of computers. He continuously adds to his thousands of pages of sketchbooks, images from his own mind, as well as technical studies of his surrounding environment. The result is a fascinating mix of quirky, humorous imagery, based partly on reality and partly on Feliciano’s very active imagination. His paintings often depict bizarre characters engaging in strange leisure activities, and acting out curious and puzzling tableaus. This manner of creating lends an intriguing and deeply psychological undercurrent to much of his work. Please join Art Murmur Gallery for this visually striking exhibition from three very talented young artists. At Maxwell's studio in Atlanta.
The canvases below are some of the first painting to be shipped to Atlanta From Los Angeles.