These are 2 pieces that I did for the GREEN show. I sent the image on the right. Title "In The Future All Monkeys Will Be Plastic". 24X24 inches, Mixed on Canvas.
As I promised, here are some images that I made over the past month or so, including a painting for the Mark Murphy/Robert Berman exhibition GREEN. Here's the blurb:
Joseph Daniel Fiedler is a Berkley based artist who has created “In The Future All Monkeys Will Be Plastic.” In 2006 he began a series of paintings and mixed media works around the general theme of imperialism. Joseph wanted to weave a thread that incorporates the various issues, historical, personal and quirky. “I have been a vegetarian for well over thirty years. I find negligence and cruel treatment of animals repugnant. As imperialism evokes domination so too were animals dominated by force, brute strength and gross ignorance.” The recent murder of Mountain Gorillas in Africa is a case in point. Pollution, deforestation and habitat reduction have decimated untold thousands of species. Now, our fragile planet is threatened. Moral, agricultural and animal husbandry issues have a direct impact on sustainability, climate change and population growth. Joseph asks, “Is this a manifestation of animal blowback?”
Here's a piece for the Harvard Medical School Annual Dean's Report. It is one of 7 pieces all reflecting the concept of Systems Theory as applied to the workings of the school.
Another piece for Harvard. This one involves brain research.
This piece is one of 9 images that I made for a St. Louis Magazine feature that tells unusual stories about unusual events. This one is about a heart transplant.
Green Art Exhibition Opening Nov 17 -7:30 PM The Robert Berman Gallery is pleased to present GREEN, curated by Mark Murphy, an exhibition that will showcase the inspired talents of over 40 artists including: Jeff Soto, Andrew Brandou, Robert Hardgrove, Mars-1, Kathie Olivas, and many more. Artwork features an eclectic mix of visual storytelling as artists hope to reveal nature’s delicate balance with humankind. Exhibition will be on display from 11/17-12/22, please contact The Robert Berman Gallery for more information. Sponsored by www.murphydesign.com and featuring the live music performances of SSI and the Modlins. Robert Berman Gallery Bergamot Station Arts Center 2525 Michigan Avenue / C2 / Santa Monica / CA / 90404 310.315.1937 / The Robert Berman Gallery
I apologize for being lax re the blogspots recently but I’ve been hit with a rather heavy workload and as much as I like looking, I’m just not so inured with seeing the world through a lens [like a tourist instead of a participant]. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken my camera along but never out. I’ve made over 20 paintings since the beginning of the month [all but 2 of them jobs- and those 2 were 24x24 inches big]. If you want to know “nervous” give it a try. And I admit, as a traditionalist, I use every item in the Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies [including alkyd oils]. I’ll post some of the work soon enough but I just wanted to skim some of the East Bay ArtBeat stuff that got swept under the cracks in the meantime.
Caught the transcendent Pharaoh Sanders kicking off the San Francisco Jazz Festival this year at the appropriately awe inspiring Grace Cathedral. In the piece, called “Sacred Spaces,” Sanders and a lone sideman on piano and hand drums cajoled the beejeezus out of the sonorous acoustics of the cathedral’s nave.
Caught up with Richard Downs at home during the annual Nevada City [CA] Open Studios tour. Downs [a founder of Picture Mechanics] and fellow Illoz [er] studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. These days, he executes his work almost entirely on a computer in his studio [actually the hill-top pool house –surrounded by a screening wall of thick bamboo –another brother behind the grass curtain!] in Nevada City, Calif., where he lives with his wife, artist Gwyn Stramler, and their daughter, Jillian.
SF’s Mark Ulriksen did his wonderful dog and pony show at the California College of Art [Potrero Hill campus], which was open to the public. Spotted in attendance were fellow Drawger Robert Hunt, Bob Ciano, Josh Gorchov, John Mattos and David Pohl.
A similar rag tag contingent met for beers and BS at the Mayflower Inn in San Rafael. This time joined by local digital gurus John Hersey, Mick Wiggins, Gordon Studer, Isabelle Dervaux and Craig Fraizer.
The Berkeley Art Museum [BAMPFA] in conjunction with UC’s Digital Media department is co-sponsoring a hybrid course called Rip/Mix/Burn: Digital Media 0101 that I’m sitting in on. It’s run by UC’s Richard Rinehart and kicked off last week with a lobby party and interactive artworks drawn from the BAM collection.
Kim Scott, Travis, me, and Shawn Barber.
Art Dork Travis Louie was in from Red Hook NY for his part in a group show at The Shooting Gallery. Man, his work is SMOOTH!
That’s all for now but look forward to a special report from Germany and Austria from the folks at Beer & Pencils!