Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TBT



4 years ago... We've come a long, long way partner. 


All the stories we could tell...


...and all the stories yet to be told.
Hop, hop, BOOM!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Compass Rose (revisited)

It's the difference between disappointment and finding joy in unexpected beauty. 
It's easy to forget to let go of preconceived expectations when opening the kiln.


I think this is why I enjoy collaborating with my studio partner Jessica Fong. I have to relinquish control of the entire process and enjoy the portion that's mine and sit back and applaud the performance that's mine to watch.

I have to face it... As much as I'd like to think that I know what I'm doing, like any artist, (...at any rate, the particular kind of artist I seem fated to be...) I'm just a catalyst for a convergence... at best. Tasked with bringing everything together and guiding it along to its final state.
That final state is not always as much a product of a sharp focus of intention as it is of whimsy.


In the end, When I'm lucky...


I have someone to cheer with. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pop TArts

I give in.
They are soooo quick and easy!
I can barely resist playing with all theses different photo apps on my phone.


At a point in collage, I made a decision to do still life's using objects that either my friends or I had created. It was one of those decisions that led me into so many other media over the years and eventually away from photography.


Still, I think its a valid starting point when playing, especially using new technology.


There's just too much to play with and no reason not to use it. 
Don't be a wuss. Own the fuck'n content at least. 


These are just simple image manipulations using Dreamscope. 
It's just sooooo quick and easy, just like making Jess a Pop TArt.



Mmmmmmmmm, now there's an idea.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Instagram







I'm sure most of us are quickly becoming familiar with this relatively recent new way of sharing, not just the self indulgent quick shots from our day to day lives, but the world of interests that we dial ourselves in on as well.

As creatives, we get to add to the dog pile of content that's making this point in time look more and more like a golden age of expression and creativity. A view that runs directly against the notion that we are all devolving into moronic consumers, completely incapable of free thinking.





Although it's also possible that we are just diverting ourselves with our own desires and imaginations.





From what, I can only guess, but I suspect it's a diversion from ourselves.

Me and mine are happily part of the dog-pile too.
Our smiles and our work can be found at https://www.instagram.com/zygoteblum/



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Le Coq (revisited)

Happiness is a Rooster that does what a rooster is supposed to do...



Cone 6 Hawaiian red stoneware stenciled with a cobalt blue slip, washed with a black stain, and fired using a SDSU texture and craw glaze.

Boom goes the dynamite...





Monday, February 1, 2016

As the Crows Fly

I'm told I don't need to fear the loneliness.

 My home is the open skies.
I must believe the wind will lift me,
As the crow flies.



A few years back my daughter asked to take one of my canisters to school. She had to pick a piece of Art to talk about. I was a bit taken aback. She equated what I was doing with Art on par with Artists that they talk about in class.
She had to discuss the work and what it meant and how it made her feel...
What she said opened my eyes to my own work.
She said the crows made her feel lonely, but in a happy sort of way.
And that's pretty much what this body of work was, and still is, about.
It's okay to feel lonely.
Even when we are with those that we Love.
Our hearts can still soar with joy.