After spending over 30 years in the electronics, automation and robotics field, I found myself on disability and going back to school to start over. It’s a completely new direction for me and although my grades show great promise for the knowledge I have gained, I have to admit that I just plain do not understand some forms of art.
I went to the San Antonio Museum of Art last year and specifically went to the contemporary art exhibit first to see what people were creating that was considered art. One of the pieces I saw was the Pink Electric Chair by Ivan Navarro, made in 2006. An interesting concept but not very practical. It’s a full sized chair made with Fluorescent light, color sleeves, metal fixtures, and electric energy. I get it. Re-purposing something to make something else. It’s original and I probably would not have thought about doing something like that myself.
Another piece I saw is apparently no longer on display or the website does not show it. I must admit that it confused me. It was a larger piece, probably four foot by eight foot hanging on a wall. It contained what I saw as a bunch of garbage (bottles, metal scraps, etc.) glued together on a base plate and the entire thing was spray painted gold. I remember taking a photo of it and a photo of the artist statement but still do not understand what the heck it meant. It obviously meant something to someone because the museum purchased it.
I have created several pieces of art. Some were made in 2013 while others have been made in 2014 and 2015. I have also taken photographs of things.
The artwork I did in 2013 is a set of drawings made from pastel oils and colored pencil. They are a contemporary vision of the “Life of Christ” and have five pieces in the set.
The first piece shows a droplet entering a body of water. The piece is called “By Water and the Spirit.”
The second piece is a close-up of an eye. If you look closely, you will realize that it is not a typical eye. It is representative of a bionic eye. The piece is named “The Blind See.”
The third piece shows a US Marine who has lost a leg in the war. He has a prosthetic limb. The title of this piece is called “The Lame Walk.”
The fourth piece is a line art piece that looks like a stained glass window. In it are the elements of Communion. The title of this piece is “Amazing Grace.”
The fifth and final piece shows the feet of Christ while He is on the Cross. The title of this piece is called “Paid In Full.”
Together, they represent a contemporary view of the life of Christ. Will everyone like it? Probably not. Will some like it? Yes. I like it. My wife likes it. I hope you like it too.
I’ll introduce some other work I have done in posts in the near future.