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9.30.14

Posted by John Grant IV on September 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Today, a friend referred me to check out several artists.

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I looked at the work of Ed Whitney, Jo Taylor, Millard Sheets, Bud Shackelford, Naomi Botherton, and Ed Froman.

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Out of all of the above artists, I really like Naomi Brotherton's work.  BOY!  Her art is AWESOME.  

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I also read about a collector named Faber McMullan who met his untimely demise with a post-hole auger.  Ugh.

9.28.14

Posted by John Grant IV on September 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

It feels weird to have spent so much time and effort on my latest big sculpture and just to have laid a big fat turd.  :roll:

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I just got a new book in the mail about Lucian Freud.

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Last night I began watching an art movie on Amazon.com called "Portrait of Wally."

9.27.14b

Posted by John Grant IV on September 27, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Added more muscles

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9.27.14

Posted by John Grant IV on September 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

More work on my sculpture:

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9.26.14

Posted by John Grant IV on September 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

More progress:

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9.24.14

Posted by John Grant IV on September 24, 2014 at 8:15 PM

More progress.   Don't know if anyone will ever like it - It's weird sometimes to just do an artwork for myself and not worry if anyone will like it (But I still do, I guess.).  It's called "Bully."  

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I didn't understand what it was about until last night.  As I was worknig on it, I realized that it is all about the skin on it.  I realized that the figure is a bully.  Though he damages and bullies others, he himself is scarred and damaged.  

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As he himself was bullied, he developed a thick skin.  But the skin beccame so thick, that it became disconnected from his flesh.  This actually happened to the statue as I worked on it -- the skin became detatched from the flesh.  It is just kind of hanging on the flesh.  Though the skin covered him, it no longer was connected to him.  It was no longer part of him.

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I need to keep thinking about what this may symbolize.

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As far as construction, the sculpture is 6'-2" tall, about 180 lbs. It is made of a wooden frame, aluminum foil, duct tape, drywall mud, epoxy paint, triple-thick polyurethane, masking tape, clay, Modge Podge, screws, molding, and acrylic paint.

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(four photos below)

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9.12.14

Posted by John Grant IV on September 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

new self-portrait (24x36" acrylic paint)...

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9.1.14

Posted by John Grant IV on September 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Following is some info about my sculpture:

 

Title: 'Marcus Aurelius'

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Size: 10x14x25"

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Materials: Wood, screws, a metal plate, aluminum foil, duct tape, clay, Modge-Podge, Triple-thick polyurethane spray, acrylic paint

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Description: It is called 'Marcus Aurelius' because I was inspired by a sculpture of Aurelius that I saw at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Aurelius is a major character in my favorite movie "Gladiator." The sculpture at the museum had a note-card which said that the head on the body may not have actually been part of the original sculpture. Back in the day, the sculpture's figure was headless; and whoever obtained it found a sculpted head in the nearby tall grass. So they merely attached the head onto the body.  My head, the one that I constructed, could just as well be what Marcus Aurelius looked like as the one that they placed upon the headless body. I feel like the head that I made enjoys serenity, because even though he lacks a body and just sits upon a wooden box, he is at peace with himself. He doesn't need a body. He is just as worth-while as the head in the museum.


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8.31.14

Posted by John Grant IV on August 31, 2014 at 3:50 PM

More progress:

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8.28.14

Posted by John Grant IV on August 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

More practice:

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