ArtQuest

This past weekend I completed a quest for some artwork that I’d been thinking about for a couple of years. This is the piece:

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During an art crawl a couple years ago, I saw it and really liked it. There’s just something about it– virility, masculinity, energy– that struck a chord in me. I love the heavy oil and brush strokes and the bold colors.

But at the time, I passed it up. But every art crawl since (and at random other time) I would think about the piece and lament my missed opportunity.

Well, right around the first of the year I thought about it again and decided to track down the artist and see if it was still available. Only I couldn’t remember the artist’s name.

But I knew he lived and exhibited in the artist area in St Paul. I thought I remembered the building he was in so I started there and called up a listing of the artists in that location.

Nope. Not his building.

So then I googled all artists in Lowertown St Paul— still no dice.

Then I did a Google search for the artist who did pieces where he cut up his work into tiny ovals and used clear pill cases for each fragment then mounted them all to recreate the picture.

Bingo.

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This is called “Bitter Pill”.

He also did the piece below which is constructed of tightly rolled dollar bills in a mesh frame.

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I love it!

Anyway, this led me to the artists name and website. And email address. So I sent him a message.

And almost immediately he responded and said that Bull was still available and he was surprised and flattered that I still recalled it so vividly. Especially since he hadn’t had the piece out in a few years.

So this past Sunday I met him at his loft space and we chatted for about 30 minutes. I really like his work, and I love that he has so many different styles. Mixed media. Oil. Wood cuts. Pastels. Sculpture. And most with some sort of social commentary.

Anyway, I now own Bull. And this is what it looks like on my wall:

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You likey?

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About cb

Nickname: Munt Measurements: 45 B, 34, 38(?) Ambition: to be the best human ever! Turn ons: long walks on the beach, romantic dinners, porn, rainbows, cock Turn offs: bad smell face, men who are full of themselves, dead puppies, popcorn, sadness
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13 Responses to ArtQuest

  1. Martin says:

    I really like that CB. And its placement is excellent. So in spite of the crazy weather I read about for your area, you’re still able to get about and do stuff! mwg

  2. Gavin says:

    Striking. I do like it!

  3. Terry says:

    Nice addition. I like it very much.

  4. Chip says:

    Nice. You’re motivating me to get some artwork I have in storage hung on the walls.

    I sent you an e-mail about mini-cooper stuff. Did you get it!

  5. my DO likey! and you found a perfect spot for it!

  6. Symon says:

    it reminds me of that commercial, Merril Lynch (i think).

  7. Mark in DE says:

    I agree that’s its simplicity and bold colors invoke masculinity and strength. How great that you were able to track down the artist and purchase it. Any chance of a date for you with the artist? Sounds as if you had more than art in common.

  8. Robert says:

    That’s a really great piece! It’s very simple, but yet complex at the same time.

    Love it!

  9. Damien says:

    Very much so. Your right about the virility being conceptualised in the piece. Plus where its mounted surrounded by the other pieces makes it stand out even more.

    Nice pick.

  10. Damien says:

    Apologies = “YOU’RE right” – I hate when I miss that.

  11. kyle says:

    i like where you put it.

  12. javabear says:

    Me likey very much. Congrats on scoring the piece.

  13. Rick says:

    I like the bull’s big balls. You’re creating quite an interesting collection in your home making it quite the show place I’m sure. Good for you and congratulation on your successful artist search.

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