Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Journey

Zetos




















I am working on compositions based upon the subject of " Journey," specifically “The Argonautika”  and the mythic story of Jason and  his quest for the Golden Fleece.   It is an old, old, (really old), hero’s journey.  Older even than Homer’s Iliad, wherein the Argos and its’ many heroes are referred.
Through millennium the Argosy and the Argonauts have become synonymous with adventure, discovery and in our present age name pervasive to every product and service one might imagine.  Just Google Argosy and you will currently see (about) 8,000,000 results.  I find that remarkable, daunting and relevant to why Jason's mythic quest is still potent. 
“The Argonauticka” is a classic tale of betrayal, vengeance and like many Greek myths has a tragic ending.  It is a story of group dynamics (a crew of 50 heroes), about stretching geographical boundaries and like every important myth it also explores the very human behavioral aspects of quest and the unrealized world.  Hence the appeal to countless generations.
The compositions above and below are at present being cut in Cor-Ten steel.   From these I will make a small edition of rust prints.  I will be  writing much more about that process and posting many compositions around the subject of “Journey” and “The Argonautika.”

Jason



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Self Portrait






































George Wright, sculpture and director of The Heron's Nest Gallery on Vashon Island invited me to create work for a self portrait exhibition at the gallery this month.  Above is my contribution, "Back to Back, They Faced Each Other" an 8 x10 x 2 inch Monotype print, portrait, mounted to a wood panel box.

The show is quite fun and a bit of a challenge to identify fellow artists and friends.
Here is a link to The Heron’s Nest.  Stop by when you have a chance.