THIS IS A JOURNEY
To be with two other artists (one from Fukuoka, Japan – the other from Masan, S. Korea) in 1995-2016 with a goal of accessing a world which respected art enough to inspire their publics with the idea of World Peace Through Art. So much more exciting with artists from all over the world also being included as the excitement for this idea became electric and motivational.
The Kiss | 30″ x 24″ x 15″ | Bronze with Patina and Acrylic
Moon Eye | 30″ x 24″ x 12″ | Bronze with Patina
Untitled | 11″ x 10″ x 6″ | Bronze with Patina
Disc with Parallelogram | 28″ x 24″ | Bronze
A long line of “The Kiss” works were done in clay, bronze, oil on canvas, and prints. The Kiss started as a moment in the act of kissing which gave the idea of the beginning of a love affair. But you knew from seeing any paintings that this was just a glimpse of what was to come of a pretty slippery affair. I loved showing these to my Korean and Japanese audiences, because in their countries the custom was to NOT kiss in front of anyone, mostly foreigners. We foreigners were not part of their upbringing – they could let us bring this scene to them and it became a fantasy at that moment. I was always asked to make my future shows with them ALL kiss pieces. As we come from America, and are products of Hollywood movie world ethics, they could take this sight in as part of something they could not do themselves – commit a cultural vulgarity toward one of their own. This was very close to pornography but never really got there – it was against their customs.
We Americans do not realize how different we are from other cultures and they do not realize their own culture being different from us – till we visit and live together.
I thought The Kiss was novel. I started doing small 4×4 in. ceramic tiles with a different kiss for each tile. They had little subtitles on each side that gave a reflection of that person’s thinking compared to the other kisser and their thoughts – as very bold, in your face, frank, thoughts.
An oil painting (6×7 ft.) of The Kiss is up in The Rio Grande restaurant which is done rather abstractly in a calligraphic style. It is two asian people and it is not clear if it is two women, etc.. I like it as a view of the start of an affair in which you know by the sparks created in the human festival – events yet to come are clearly a love affair.
The Kiss 2 [Front] | 48″ x 30″ x 18″ | Bronze with Acrylic
The Kiss 2 [Back] | 48″ x 30″ x 18″ | Bronze with Acrylic
The Kiss | 30″ x 26″ x 24″ | Ceramic with Glaze