Taking down this month’s show…
Hang everything, I said.
It will look cool, I said.
Well wrap me up in swaddlin’ clothes and call me baby Jesus…
Well I’ll be hornswoggled, slathered in gravy, and served with a side of slaw!
Well blow out my slop trough and fill it with ju-ju beans!
Well Shuck mah corn!
I’m assuming that 500 is probably low considering the blog is almost 5 years old.
The FB event for Hoop’s night of destruction/re-construction. :p
A Small Sampling of My Growing Art Collection:
Raleigh Artists Edition
Not that many (any) of you guys would remember, but every now and then I like to show off pieces I traded for, was gifted, etc. from my fellow artist friends. This time around, I decided to show my undying love for my local scene, and brag about a few pieces I’ve got from the amazing folks I’ve shown with.
1.) Marwen El Hicheri:
Acrylics and Mixed Media on Canvas (L-R Clockwise)
‘What If God Were A Woman’, ‘Lady Liberty’, ‘Flesh’
Unfortunately, his impressive collection of fine art is not on
his website. Rather it is advertising for his digital/graphic
skills, but you can at least check that out here.
2 & 3.) Marty Matthews
Mixed Media Assemblage in Frame & Abstract Ink Drawings
‘Obituary’ (From the ‘Dark Matter’ series)
2 Untitled Abstract Ink Drawings from back when he was still
using his first name.
Being a true bohemian, Marty refuses to set up a
website. You can read a review of his latest show here.
4.) Jenn Hales
Print: Originally Acrylic on Canvas
‘Thar She Blows’
Forgive the fact that it is still wrapped in plastic. I haven’t got a
frame for it yet because I am a terrible person. Check out her
incredible illustrative talent here.
5.) Art Acrobat (Aka: Candace Pryor)
Collage on Wood
‘No More White Horses at Your Day’
One of my few fellow collagists in the immediate area! Check
out her work here.
One of the perks about being an artist who knows artists is that you can become an art collector even if you are relatively poor! I’d like to thank the wonderful and talented people I’ve met for keeping my walls interesting! I hope to continue to acquire the work of local talent in the future.
Tim Lee, Saba Barnard, Miriam Ximil, Luis Franco, Jared Carpenter, Louis St. Lewis, Rio Aubrey Taylor, are just a few of the many names I wanted to drop here, but I haven’t got my hands on any of their work…. yet! :p
Incidentally, the magazine I helped start/write for has done articles and/or interviews with every one of these folks… just in case you wanted to flip through some back issues. :)
And remember, Reverend Hoop Loves the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Area (and you)!
If I ever get to writing that ‘Great American Novel’
I hope critics hail it as a “Postmodern Pizza Party for the Cynical Soul”
'The Masked Denizens of the Wobblyknob Forest' - Collage on Card Stock 2014
So, I was going to do a series called ‘Excerpts from the Travelogue of Lord Pilkington III’, and as I began the next two in the series I kinda lost all motivation. Maybe I’ll come back to it and finish it out, maybe not, but here’s at least one of them.
Q:What is your tumblr avatar image about?
The Short Answer: An easy and cryptic logo that I use on my business cards and some promo material. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything (like ‘Hoop & Stick’, or ‘Merz’, or ‘Dada’).
The Long Answer: It is a portion of a previous collage called ‘The End Times' from a short series called 'Promises of the Jet Age’.
The series is about the darker side of science and technology (not that I am anti-science, far from it), and how we’ve been dazzled by promises of everything from flying cars and jetpacks to faster-than-light travel and helium 3 mining in space. Often, what we really get are better ways to destroy and exploit.
'The End Times' is an image depicting the image of an 'Archivist' surveying the destruction of our civilization - or the world - or the universe - or *insert subjective meaning here*.
The concept of the ‘Archivists’ is from previous collages I had done which depict an extra-universal species of hive-mind beings which archive and record the raw data from every universe from beginning to collapse. They later use that data to inform the creation of the next.
It was a convoluted premise and I largely stopped using it. Every now and again, an Archivist will pop up in a later collage as a self referential nod to previous work.
Terry Flowers is an amazing and prolific collage artist and he has gathered together some heavy hitters from across the globe to work on a collaborative series wherein we heavily butcher a slew of Garbage Pail Kids trading cards.
While I am not sure whether this project has a (public) online gallery, you can check out Terry’s work here.
Tell him Hoop sent ya
(or not… whatever. I don’t care what you do! Mleh!)
This is one that I did solo.
There should be one more that I started and Terry Finished, though it has yet to be uploaded anywhere that I can see.