Almost 6am. I just finished this octopus post card. I should really get ready for work. Maybe I will buy a fancy iced coffee drink for breakfast.
Almost 5am, one octopus slap drawn.
“Tentacles” is an exploration in tattoo design as minimalist art and tattoo commitment to art.
When I heard about the INK Exhibition AKA Ink Detroit show being curated by Diane Irby and Adam Layne, I was excited for the challenge. I am not a tattoo artist, but a fine artist. However, I did train a tattoo apprentice how to do some fine art techniques in the past, so I decided to accept the challenge.
I created a tattoo design, committed to having it tattooed on my person and then drew up the design big and cropped for the gallery exhibit. I did this all before even knowing if I would be accepted into the show. The risk was a big one. I never thought about what if I had not been accepted, I would just have a very unique tattoo on my arm forever. That was definitely something that I could live with.
The INK Exhibition ran May 10th - 11th, 2013 at Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom, 715 East Milwaukee St , Detroit, MI 48202 USA.
The large drawing “Tentacles” sold the first night.
Please enjoy the chronicle of this project and the video that I have edited together for the viewer at the following link
“Tentacle” and “The Hand Job”
25" x 19" Framed
Acrylic and Marker on canvas
“The Hand Job”
12" x 15"
Acrylic and India Ink on Cold Press Paper
The process of making these paintings, was very rough.
I started painting “Tentacle” on 6/6/13. Depression was kicking my butt that day. I called everyone I could call, I IM’d everyone that I could IM. I felt this darkness, this numbness and pain that I cannot explain. It was like a haze.
Here is a video of clips from 6/6/13.
The next time that I worked on the painting, I tried listening to more positive music and not thinking. It helped. There were no emotions, just working on the piece.
“The Hand Job” is a painting of a hand. The hand was modeled by Andrew Bradley. There is more to the painting than just a hand, but I will leave that up to the viewer to decide and keep my secrets secret.
Here is a video clip of the 2nd half of painting “The Hand Job.”
In process photos of myself painting were taken by Andrew Bradley.
Self portraits and video were taken by myself, Ren Fracture.
I submitted these two paintings submitted for The Funhouse Gallery presents the Black, White and Red Show. I hope I get in it.