Acrylic & oil on panel. 8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm)
Orientation: Up to the viewer
Another in the series of "MICRO-PAINTINGS" created with powerful magnification glasses and the tiniest brushes available.
Completed in Los Angeles on 5/6/2008
In whatever size you look upon this small painting, remember that the original is only 8" x 10", so you may be seeing it larger than life.
This painting symbolizes the creation of my "tiny universe". It is a rendition of a bright mili-second burst of inspiration before it culminates in the creation of an idea. A bright and explosive germ of an idea! The first flash of synapse and neuron! The tiny explosion which is the beginning of a series of electronic agitations which culminate in a plan!! A plan of how I might re-invent reality in my art, and so also in my life!
Because of my chemical make-up, God, Fate or total randomness, I wish to live in a world apart from most other people. I live in a world that I have managed to create. A world apart from what I sometimes refer to as the "unreal reality". I live as far away as I can. (It's not easy!)
I sleep during the day, and work on my art at night. I avoid most human contact. I interact with my fellow man with great reluctance. I spend most of my time in my glorious studio! This is the place that I love most. My space for creating things and ideas! A place where I can think! It is here that I keep my easels, my paints, my computer and printers. It is where I write and paint and dream and scheme. It is where I read and wonder, admire and conspire! My sanctuary. My mind turned inside - out!
Typifying my nature is an obsession for cleanliness and order. Ironically, I love to be surrounded by clutter. However, on closer inspection, one will find that this clutter is organized in it's own logical manner. This is very much like my paintings. I am fascinated by transparent and translucent objects. These objects are very "CLEAN". I collect these small things in my studio. This is a secret collection. Yet, these objects hide in plain sight. (Orbs, water drops, bottles, light bulbs, paper weights, fuses and containers of liquid) Some of these are in this painting.
I also collect objects from the outside "reality". These items represent feelings of the ironic, contemptuous, and sardonic. (a mummified cat, giant spider in plexiglas, tiny skulls, rubber heads, animal taxidermy, photos of ridiculous movie and TV stars, old dolls, puppets, teeth, broken toys, dead fish, dried insects and human remains) These objects are very "UNCLEAN". These things serve as reminders that the world they come from is a threatening, dangerous and UNPLEASANT place. I am, of course, also fascinated by these things. Some of these are also in the painting.
You, the reader, being of superior intelligence and comparative wisdom, (as no one else thinks about, or reads about my art) might feel well equipped, and even anxious to interact with "Unreal Reality" and all it's politicians, gangsters, psychopaths, crooks, cops, idiots, drunks, misfits, yuppies, beggars, thieves, horror stories, love stories and sad stories and I wish you well! but I'm sick and tired of the game. So I choose to drop off and start my own! This painting is the illustration of the birth of that idea.
I'm not completely unrealistic. I need money! So, as part of my "not-so-brave new world" I choose to include the internet. (And here I am!) In this wonderful, (very clean!) electronic infinity, I can trade the fruit of my mind for my daily bread. This electronic data transfer is also illustrated in the painting.
On the net I communicate mostly with my like and kind. I deal with interesting subjects, interesting entities and an environment which is perfectly clear, logical and ordered. The computer reality is as clean and clear to me as the inside of my translucencies, On the internet I can disseminate my art, the ultimate diary of my existence, written in pure metaphor, for the money I need. This is truly a gift for which I thank fate, or my chemical make-up, or God, or total randomness.
Thus, my "LITTLE BANG THEORY" is a farcical rendition of the bright beginning of a glimmer of an idea. The sparkle in my eye blown up and painted in my "MIRCO-PAINTING" style, using many pairs of powerful magnification glasses and the tiniest brushes I have.
the people you meet along the way need your help and you need their help! unless you are simply so highly evolved that you no longer have any need for human interaction....
the others serve as mirrors to reflect your own psyche and each person is a garden overflowing with divinity, just look into their eyes. you see only the darkness in other humans, but you must realize it is only shadows... nothing but spectres and illusions.
how can you turn your back on all humanity?
you might like the world you have created for yourself, but you are actually hiding from yourself by retreating away from others. if you hide something long enough it does not go away, it will simply be buried in your psyche for so long that eventually it will explode in your mind like a sledgehammer smacking your skull. it will be painful.
each other person holds a piece of the puzzle that is you... you will never be whole again if you abandon us all.
mainly it is just plain selfish.
Sometimes what happens in reality seems to be getting closer and closer to the chaos that HPL hints at in his stories. What is made up pales in comparison to what is real. We all could be great horror writers if we use newspapers and tv as reference materials! Maybe so but maybe readers will find such stuff as cozy fiction when they can get their horror and chaos right from the source.
Apologies if this is too much.
I found your page, after typing in 'alien sea' ... I can't believe it. I know I am going to fave so many of your works.
(1) Life on earth is full of suffering.
(2) Suffering is generated by desire.
(3) The extinction of desire involves the extinction of suffering.
(4) The extinction of desire (and therefore of suffering) is the outcome of a righteous life.
Really like your paintings.
We do create our reality you know...no matter what circumstances we live in.
But you are right...others often have a real problem with those who are ok with themselves and really want to point out how everything could just go so terribly wrong.
It takes a brave soul to be oneself and to believe in the power to be what ever we want to be and have what we want to have.
As for the painting...it makes me think of the beginning of life. And it has fish...I love fish.
I also love this painting and you constantly amaze me with the size of your work and the detail it contains. Your little bang theory could be seen as anything from an orgasm to the creation of mankind.
Wonderful painting as always RS!
Spinal Totem looks phenominal on my wall by the way. Cant wait to get it tattooed.
Cheers brother ~ Glad SPINAL TOTEM looks good - SO many people love that piece man!
I've become a victim of the times I'm afraid so unfortunately I have very little expendable income at the moment. I'm thinking things will begin picking back up this year so hopefully come 2011 we can talk about another commissioned piece (a 10' x 20' mural is what I want but that isn't happening until I win the lottery!)
How are things going for you? any measurable increase in success since Spinal Totem? Oh, I haven't had that tattooed yet by the way (fucking lack of money). You seem to be contributing with more art shows since then as well as jumping on all the electronic social phenomena.
I'm still around following your work and it's insane to see the evolution from only a few years ago to today.
Keep up the awesome work man. You've got a fan for life here.
interesting pictures but what makes
you really stand out are your comments
-at least that is my opinion