After a LOT of work to create and then frame this diptych, I got the pair up to the Cedarburg Cultural Center for the group show. The works are being delivered through Wednesday and the show will be ready to view on Friday the 16th of July. This is the pinnacle shows (or that is the plans) for the Wisconsin Visual Artists SE WI region. I am pleased to be a part of this INAUGURAL SHOW. Please come to the opening reception on July 22 from 5 – 7 pm. I will post more images as I get them! Thank you for all your support. Please sign up for my mailing list to continue to be informed.
While I will be writing more about this later, this current work… “This Is In Sync With Reality,” Frank Korb, Acrylic on Cloth, Canvas, and Masonite. Quilted Cloth with Bible Pages, Ballot Copies (Samples), Printed (Ink Jet) Wisconsin Maps, Gold Leaf, Stones, and Pine. 11 1/2″ x 27 5/8″, 2021. (Maquette.), is all about the voter suppression that the GOP in WI and ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY and in the Supreme Court are pushing and passing in laws!
The work consists of four sections: a quilt, a wall, a canvas, and a hard panel of Masonite. Minority votes are being suppressed and the GOP of my state and quite possibly your state are working hard to suppress the votes of minorities and underserved. The quilt represents the monorities and underserved, the wall represents the wall that the GOP is building in laws and restrictions and rules about voting that work to restrict eligible voters. The canvas is the actual act of voting and the Masonite, the hard board, is the GOP with the hard edged rules that make it more difficult and suppressing for all voters to vote.
This is a maquette for two additional works that are in the works. Follow me in Instagram to see the works develop over time.
The progress of this work can be seen HERE.
These six new works all deal with the ideas of climate change. Subtleties abound in the works. My choices in color use represent the following – although one can find many more ideas as one looks deeper into the challenges the environment faces. The grey’s represent the ideas (and facts) of pollution: smog, tailpipes, smokestacks, factory exhaust and more. The oranges represent the beautifully rich skies at sunrise and sunset as with wildfires across the country and world burn. Gorgeous visually to see on the horizon from a far but devastating when it in it right up close. My choice of the greens represent the pollution of out large and small waterways, rivers, lakes, and oceans. From the chemicals poured in to the plastics and other garbage that has collected over the decades. Finally, the toned down reds of the burning of cities.
There is more to the pollution and climate change than just what happens in the wilderness. The burning of the cities can be seen as the literal architecture being consumed but it can also be seen as the streets, the sewers, the lots and decay of buildings. Of course there is more. The underlying painting is taken from the sunrise of my own neighborhood and commute to work. Looking out at the beauty of the eastern horizon as the sun breaks it and casts the oranges and blues is a beautiful beginning to my days. From there I cast a number of light blue glazes over the top of the sky, blocking out the brushwork and beauty of the under-painting. The white-blue line that chases and builds up the outline of the shapes is from the same white-blue of the glaze, a coarse sand texture has been added to that and some of the colors within the shapes as well. A texture of contamination of the surface.
Finally, (and there is more – there is always more) the framing – finishing up the use of wood from other frames and constructions so that I can maximize the use use of the materials, I allow a gap between the back edge of the frame and the wall so that one can see clearly the colors of the under-painting without the haze and glaze over top.
Some have pointed out that they see other things in the forms. I agree. Just like the clouds and the shapes in the sky, one can see what they will in the clouds.
Each work is framed and ready to hang. As of the writing of this post they are each selling for $375 (+tax and shipping).
Thank you to EVERYONE who came to the opening reception at Bluemoon Gallery in Grayslake, IL. Please stop by and visit every weekend through May 9 to take in the show. Kendra Kett for the opportunity to share my works in front of a new crowd. The opening reception was GREAT and a new sculpture found a new home (I hope more of the works do the same).
Bluemoon Gallery is located at 18620 Belvidere Road Grayslake, Illinois 60030 and will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 4pm. Visit their website at www.theBluemoongallery.com. HERE is a link to my page on their site.
Message me if you are interested in any of the works that are being shown and I will help you out.
Thank you to the Nihal and Gallery NK. We had a great meeting in the gallery as I showed a number of paintings on paper and canvas and my newest sculptures. 5 works will be exhibited in a show at Gallery B at the end of April – time to frame and ship! The top 2 works will be in their space until then with the 3 below that will be shipped soon.
A good dinner with family and a few drawings to occupy the time beforehand. Enjoy your family. Enjoy your food.
Well, this is a new direction for the lines and grounds of my abstractions. As we get started, the scale is small… 15″ or so is as big as it gets so far. I’ve got plans for some summer work – larger human scale works… stay tuned! Until then, enjoy and share these out. Galleries, collectors, museums… I am available.
Click on the TITLES to see the works in progress. This sculpting takes more time that I thought it would.
“One Thing Set Against Another,” Frank Korb, 11″ x 7.5″ x 5.5″, Acrylic, Roll-A-Tex, Sand, Bible Pages Collaged, Drywall Screws, Plywood, and Pine, 2021.
“You Can Remain Present, Here and Now,” Frank Korb, 13 7/8″ x 8 5/8″ x 5 5/8″, Acrylic, Roll-A-Tex, Sand, Bible Pages Collage, Plywood, Pine, Drywall Screws, 2021.
Best (and stay safe) –
Well…. This came as a wonderful surprise. Thank you Anne Rintz and Kendra Kett for the honor and the opportunity. I’ve got a show coming up at the Blue Moon Gallery in April folks… so stay tuned. If you can get to the Blue Moon Gallery in Grayslake, IL to see the show please do. It’s ALL for sale too (I’m asking for the sale). Take care my friends.
Click HERE to see the progress of “Ideas and Systems Were Offered.”
As I spoke about in my previous post “Realizing the Nature of What We’re Looking For” was wrapped up a bit ago on February 20. Since then, the footage has been edited into a companion movie. Please sit back adn enjoy the short film. Also… as said before, so that you can become excited about the film, here are some of the final details from the painting and a link to the progress / process of this painting. Lastly, below is a short about the painting we see in the beginning of this film “Being fully engaged in the Moment” and it’s progress photos as well here.
“Realizing the Nature of What We’re Looking For” got finished up on Saturday morning – February 20. I’ve also finished the footage for the upcoming film that documented the process. This film was inspired by the words of French filmmaker Soraya Milla (thanks). So that you can become excited about the upcoming film, here are some of the final details from the painting and a link to the progress / process of this painting.