THEO BLUE

Painting. Assemblage. Driftology. Oracles
“Tatanua”
found materials, 2012
This is a wearable mask I built from all found materials, a representation of the “soul mask” tradition of New Ireland, an island close to New Guinea. It was a logical further step from the mask-assemblages I started making 2 years ago. I continue to be fascinated by Polynesian/Oceanic cultures and their creative ingenuity with materials and form. The idea behind the mask is the “sarcastic” imitation of these isolated cultures using their found organic materials, and how my found, artificial materials mirror their process in modernized, open society.
More on Tatanua (Soul Masks) from New Ireland:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatanua_mask

“Tatanua”

found materials, 2012

This is a wearable mask I built from all found materials, a representation of the “soul mask” tradition of New Ireland, an island close to New Guinea. It was a logical further step from the mask-assemblages I started making 2 years ago. I continue to be fascinated by Polynesian/Oceanic cultures and their creative ingenuity with materials and form. The idea behind the mask is the “sarcastic” imitation of these isolated cultures using their found organic materials, and how my found, artificial materials mirror their process in modernized, open society.

More on Tatanua (Soul Masks) from New Ireland:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatanua_mask

"Anamorphic Atlantis"

acrylic on vinyl record, with cylindrical mirror

2012

"Anamorphic Stonehenge"

acrylic on vinyl record, with cylindrical mirror

2012

These two pieces are “Cylindrical-Mirror Anamorpheses”, I made them recently for the Vinyl Art Show currently at Neoteric Fine Art. “Atlantis” was the first I did, a serious experiment in optics and very difficult to master the contours in the mirror reflection. In the 18th century, the artist would have to actually work by using the mirror as his only guide, after using a grid formula to explode and distort his original image. I, fortunately, have photoshop, and with an easy shortcut could get the image I wanted. “Atlantis” is a multi-viewpoint work, as I created both the Temple of Posiedon and the Great Pyramid, both said to have been centerpoints of the mythical island kingdom (the ultimate viewpoint is from directly above, as I layed out the anamorphic distortion to resemble the actual aerial plan of Atlantis- a series of concentric rings and canals). Putting this painting on a working turntable was a trippy discovery as well- the temple seems to morph into the pyramid in a continuous “wave” as the vinyl record revolves. The application of painting to the vinyl record was so satisfying for mirror anamorphosis, its the perfect shape!

"Stonehenge" is the second piece, and a natural choice to continue the series, as it relates to Atlantis as a mythical prehistoric work of man and laid out with the same concentric plan. Here I recreated Stonehenge as it would have looked when it was structurally whole, and this creates another level of meaning, as the mirror creates the phantom image of "what was". I love how these two pieces relate and I plan on continuing the series in some way.

Some new things Ive done, for The Vinyl Art Show at Neoteric Fine Art. A return to xerox transfer collaging from my college days…mmmm the chemical haze of xylol fumes..

"Devious Machine", found plastic parts, mixed media on driftwood, 2012
A concept kicking around for awhile, just a random machination of aimless (probably evil) intent. The first fully “dimensional” piece ive done in awhile…

"Devious Machine", found plastic parts, mixed media on driftwood, 2012

A concept kicking around for awhile, just a random machination of aimless (probably evil) intent. The first fully “dimensional” piece ive done in awhile…

"Trackgrid III", surfboard traction on panel, 2012
A smaller piece continuing in the “trackgrid” series, using cut and assembled pieces of surfboard traction or “trackpad”, roughly on a grid. This will be part of a larger body of work utilizing used surfing materials…

"Trackgrid III", surfboard traction on panel, 2012

A smaller piece continuing in the “trackgrid” series, using cut and assembled pieces of surfboard traction or “trackpad”, roughly on a grid. This will be part of a larger body of work utilizing used surfing materials…

"Rex", found plastic assemblage, 2012
Hot off the workshop table. Companion piece to “Psaura”, did it influence the name? Emphasis on play between positive and negative space, this piece is filled with holes and positive echoes, real lines vs. implied lines and organic “tears” and strait edges. These pieces are an attempt to bring gestural “paint strokes” off the canvas and float them right on the wall, not that I’m an abstract painter or anything…

"Rex", found plastic assemblage, 2012

Hot off the workshop table. Companion piece to “Psaura”, did it influence the name? Emphasis on play between positive and negative space, this piece is filled with holes and positive echoes, real lines vs. implied lines and organic “tears” and strait edges. These pieces are an attempt to bring gestural “paint strokes” off the canvas and float them right on the wall, not that I’m an abstract painter or anything…

"Psaura", found materials and epoxy resin on driftwood, 2012

Another recently finished piece relating to “Divinorum”, continuing with found materials. I Decided using the heavy-duty resin would seal better and give a nice finish, almost fetishistic? This one is also kind of violent I think. The names I come up with are psuedo-latin and usually just the first things that pop in my head when I finish them. Click through for more.

"Psaura", found materials and epoxy resin on driftwood, 2012

Another recently finished piece relating to “Divinorum”, continuing with found materials. I Decided using the heavy-duty resin would seal better and give a nice finish, almost fetishistic? This one is also kind of violent I think. The names I come up with are psuedo-latin and usually just the first things that pop in my head when I finish them. Click through for more.

"Scylla", found plastic shards, 2012.
This one evolved from a few leftover ideas/pieces. The broken shards of plastic invoke painterly globs of color, and thats how im using them here. Wing motif is still making an appearance. Had a huge amount of trouble with the construction of the thing.

"Scylla", found plastic shards, 2012.

This one evolved from a few leftover ideas/pieces. The broken shards of plastic invoke painterly globs of color, and thats how im using them here. Wing motif is still making an appearance. Had a huge amount of trouble with the construction of the thing.

"Conundra", found driftwood assemblage, 2012
New found driftwood “flotssemblage” piece. Im using alot of found wood, as a nice organic counterpart to all my work with plastics and man-made materials. These are inspired by Oceanic art and cargo cults, in the way that I want to hint at some kind of advanced primitive technology or “ancient astronaut” theme. It is similar to the earlier “Oracle Totem” and “Agasis”, with the wing motif and holes and is becoming a larger body of work. Click image for more like it.

"Conundra", found driftwood assemblage, 2012

New found driftwood “flotssemblage” piece. Im using alot of found wood, as a nice organic counterpart to all my work with plastics and man-made materials. These are inspired by Oceanic art and cargo cults, in the way that I want to hint at some kind of advanced primitive technology or “ancient astronaut” theme. It is similar to the earlier “Oracle Totem” and “Agasis”, with the wing motif and holes and is becoming a larger body of work. Click image for more like it.

Ive been super busy in the studio, making stuff inside and out in the freakishly warm January weather. Here is a new piece im calling “Divinorum”, composed of all found materials including fiberglass from boats and surfboards, faux leather and other plastic shards on driftwood. I start with the shape of the driftwood as my “template” and collage the pieces in accordingly to the edges, never altering the components themselves. I think this feels like pure collage in the simple arrangement of forms, and the end result looks much like an ab-ex painting. Exploring the possibilities of this… Click on image to see more stuff ive been up to

Ive been super busy in the studio, making stuff inside and out in the freakishly warm January weather. Here is a new piece im calling “Divinorum”, composed of all found materials including fiberglass from boats and surfboards, faux leather and other plastic shards on driftwood. I start with the shape of the driftwood as my “template” and collage the pieces in accordingly to the edges, never altering the components themselves. I think this feels like pure collage in the simple arrangement of forms, and the end result looks much like an ab-ex painting. Exploring the possibilities of this… Click on image to see more stuff ive been up to